How To Know If Your Intuition Is Telling You Something — Or If It's Just Fear
As a clairvoyant, I'm used to people coming to me when they are at a crossroads, full of fear and anxiety about the future. When that happens, I have to stay calm and detached enough to use my intuition to feel into where their lives could be headed. And I can tell you for certain that anxiety and intuition are completely different states of mind and body. When you understand what a truly intuitive state looks like, you'll be able to spot the difference right away too.
How to discern between anxiety and intuition.
Intuition comes from a calm and mindful state that is not emotional and is therefore objective to the energy or messages that come through. Having confidence in our intuition is a process of self-awareness. Anxiety is a screaming, vibrating, unbalanced force; it sends people into a state where they have a racing heart and jangled nerves.
I've noticed that many people are prone to confuse intuition with fear when they're trying to get answers to something they're already stressed about. But when you're already wound up about a problem, you will project that fear onto everything else around you.
Let's say you don't know if your job contract will be renewed and you have a difficult boss. This is a super-stressful situation. Your livelihood depends on the job, the job depends on the relationship you have with the boss—so you're understandably fearful. You walk around thinking almost 24/7 about whether your boss likes you or doesn't like you. Will he keep you based on your job performance? Is she favoring the new person because they are younger, even if they're less qualified? You can't really stop obsessing. You're feeling anxious and need an answer or solution to feel secure again. Then, in the middle of days of this worry, you get a flash of a new person sitting at your desk and are sure that you're going to be replaced. Your heart rate shoots up even further, and you fully believe you're right.
You are sure you've had a psychic flash. Or have you?
This is probably not true intuition. You're too far gone down the rabbit hole to be objective in that vision.
How to tell when it's your intuition talking, not your fear.
So, how do you know when this scenario you can see so well in your mind is intuition versus fear? You know by the state of your mind and body when you receive it. You know by the absence of emotion that comes with it.
Accurate intuition will look more like this: You're in the middle of doing the laundry while thinking about what to make for supper. You get a flash of a person sitting at your desk at work. You can describe them in detail. You have zero emotional reaction to the person you see. They walked through your brain like a photobomb, then you carry on doing the laundry. Ten hours later, you have the same flash while driving to the pharmacy. There's still no emotional reaction, just more curiosity. That's intuition. Now you can describe the person you saw in even more detail. You can start to get a sense of who they are and why they are there. You may be right; someone is sitting at your desk. But the vision isn't charged one way or another, and it doesn't mean that you're going to be fired.
Clairvoyance is a quick slice-of-life image; clairaudience is a subtle word or short phrase that pops to mind; clairsentience is a bodily sensation that quickly comes to you and leaves. True intuition comes when we are not focused on the person or problem. That is craving. It comes in a whisper that is received as fully clear.
Fear and anxiety cause us to obsess, avoid, and overanalyze. Intuition comes from calm, detached mindfulness. It is nuanced, clear, and subtle. If you're unsure if you can trust yourself, check your heart rate, calm your breath, and be honest if you have been worrying. Accurate intuitive information won't cause or provoke more anxiety. It will feel interesting, curious, matter-of-fact, and reassuring.
To hear and heed our intuitive guidance, we need to address the roots of our fear and anxiety so we get to the sweetness that intuition will bring—a life of greater ease and a deep connection to yourself.
Catharine Allan is a Clairvoyant, Medium, Astrologer and author of A Little Bit of Intuition. She teaches people to develop their intuitive skills and beyond, offering online tarot classes, astrology, and has an active YouTube presence. Catharine also has a podcast every Monday at 8pm called The River Rain Show. She loves to sing and perform, and has trained in haute couture and interior design. She lives in Montreal, Canada.