How to Tell The Difference Between Fear and Intuition

Knowing the difference between your inner voice and your inner fear is one of the most extremely powerful tools you can have in your self-care toolbox.  Getting to know the difference between fear and intuition takes practice and it is absolutely worth the effort.

What You Need:

A little time and a quiet space.

How it Works:

  1. Imagine someone or something you love (such as a friend, a child, a pet).
  2. Make the image in your head as clear as possible.
  3. Notice the feeling in your belly that goes with this picture. This feeling should be calming and expansive.
  4. Now, imagine a destructive image of something that really makes you feel upset. Maybe not getting your dream job, not being able to pay a bill, etc.  Notice the feeling. Likely it is constrictive and tight.
  5. Finally, imagine a fearful feeling based on guidance from your inner intuition. For example, this might be going to the doctor for a check-up when you haven’t been feeling well, even though you have anxiety about going to hospitals.
  6. Notice how the mix of feelings that sit in your body. How does the fear show up? And how does it interact with the underlying good feeling about doing something you know is right?
(Adapted from Christine Gutierrez)

Your inner fear voice is perfectly natural, and not without its wisdom. Fear can tell you when something is wrong or alert you about situations that do not serve your highest good.  The trick is learning to know when the voice inside is leading your towards your dreams, or when it is holding you back.

How do you tell the difference between your inner intuition and inner fear? Comment about your own personal practices (or this one, when you try it!) in the section below!

5 Steps to Saying NO Without Feeling Guilty

One of the hardest things for me to learn was how to say “no” to people. I always want to help and be of service, so I often would say “yes” even when I knew that it was not aligned with what I needed at the time. I was always afraid that I would hurt the requestor’s feelings, or that I wasn’t being a good friend, colleague, or partner. Then the guilt would roll in. However, I know understand that when I communicate my boundaries in a honest way, NO ONE is mad or upset with me. Learning how to say no without beating myself up has been the most important step in my escape from expectations!

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