What youll learn by the end of this post:
- The truth about what intuition is and where it comes from
- How to recognize the voice of the ego
- Action steps to determine the difference between intuition and ego
The Truth About Your Intuition
In order to determine the difference between you intuition and ego, we must define both. Let’s start with intuition: Intuition is sometimes known as the gut feeling or as your inner knowing. But to first understand intuition we need to take a look at where it comes from within and then define it from there. Intuition is direct contact with your higher self ( see the post: 5 Signs Youre Ignoring Your Higher Self and How To Reconnect).
When you receive intuitive messages they can come from all 7 chakras: the crown, third eye , throat , heart , solar plexus, heart , sacral and root chakra. Chakras are energy centers in the body, these energy centers cycle through the life energy we most need to survive and experience our life to the fullest. Which chakra the intuitive information comes from all depends on the energetic opening available to your Higher Self. Your Higher Self will typically want to connect with you wherever you are most open. In other words, if you have blockages in one or more of your chakras, your higher self will have a harder time connecting there. Intuition when it comes through as words may be very subtle and sound like compassionate or motivational thoughts such as:
This will work out
I know I have the tools to get through this
I am doing the best I can
“I can handle this”
Below are examples of what you might feel in each area of the body based on where the intuitive messages are coming through. As an example, you might want the answer to the question what is my purpose is in this lifetime? Here are the ways your intuition might speak to you:
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
Crown chakra is associated with divine consciousness and is a direct gateway to your Higher Self. In this energy center you might feel sensation, such as tingling vibration or warmth at the very top of your head. Loving words might come through about what you need to do next.
Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
Third eye chakra is the center point of psychic and intuitive information, the openness of your third eye chakra determines how far and wide your inner vision can travel. A sense of pressure, tingling or other sensations could become obvious in between your eyes. It’s also possible to see images of next steps to talk in order to move forward on your life purpose.
Throat Chakra (Visshudda)
Throat chakra is associated with your ability to express yourself in a healthy way, including setting boundaries and knowing when and how to use your voice. In this area, you could feel an opening in your throat, a constriction or you may feel the need to express yourself in a way that is related to your question.
Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Heart chakra is connected to the physical, emotional and spiritual heart within. This chakra, when open, has the capacity for unconditional love and inner peace. In your chest you might feel sensations of warmth, comfort, expansion or openness. Alternatively, if your intuition is pointing you in the opposite direction of where you are heading you might feel a tightening in the chest, shortness of breath.
Solar plexus (Manipura)
Solar plexus chakra can be found in the center of your stomach, this chakra is connected to the elements of strength, determination, and courage. Many people experience this as their intuitive gateway which is why it is so often called the gut feeling. We have so many nerve endings in our digestive organs and our gut even has its own nervous system. It is usually an important gateway for your Higher Self to get in touch. When you receive a positive response to your question, you may feel a sense of openness in your belly, a quiet, calm or a deep knowingness.
Instead, you might feel a nervousness (but this doesnt always mean that you shouldnt take action, this warrants the need to look deeper as it could be insecurities arising as a result of your Higher Selfs guidance) you might feel sick to your stomach or it might feel as if youve been punched in the gut. For some it is just a general uneasiness or flip flops in the belly.
Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
Sacral chakra is the storehouse of all your emotions in addition to the origin of creativity and sexual energy. This is the chakra of the subconscious as many unresolved or repressed emotions are located here. Information could come through your emotions such as peace, joy, excitement. However, the opposite is also possible such as: dread, fear and discontentment. Therefore, it is important to become embodied in order to sense what is present within you.
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The root chakra connects you to all of life. This energy center is the one that grounds you and helps you feel a sense of stability. This chakra plays an important role in identity, family and attachment. In some cases, you might have lower stomach issues in this area if your disconnected from this aspect of self or have suffered a great deal of trauma. It could also happen where you notice an opening and a connection to nature or your inner child.
It’s common to receive the same or similar messages from your intuitive guidance system, so make sure to pay attention to how you typically gather and process information.
How To Recognize The Voice Of The Ego
The the difference between you intuition and ego can be subtle at times but there is a way to unmask this ego mind. And yes, the ego might feel like the enemy, something like the big bad wolf that keeps you from being happy and makes you feel like you are separate from everyone and everything. However, when we take a closer look, the ego is just a collection of old conditioned patterns from your personal life as well as within the collective consciousness. Now let’s explore what the voice of the ego might sound like:
I should or “I shouldn’t”
(fill in the blank) is the reason for this issue in the first place!
This wont work out
“There is no point in even trying”
Thoughts from the ego are ALWAYS fear based and separation based. One important question to ask yourself when you want clarity around whats best for you ask –
Am I coming from a place of love or from fear?
Love is the voice of intuition and fear is the voice of the ego.
Action Steps To Determine Intuition Vs Ego
Take out a journal to explore these questions or go through these in your mind:
- If your mind is flitting back and forth between thoughts and is doing the monkey mind thing- stop and take a breath. In order to weed out the thoughts of the ego, you must quiet down the mind at least for just a few minutes
- Ask yourself- how do I usually receive helpful information? Through clear thinking, hearing, gut sensations?
- Think back to a time when you made a decision and felt great afterwards- knowing it was the right one. What led you to make that decision? What did it take? (Surrender, time, openness, listening, quiet, etc)
- Write down what your ego usually sounds like in your mind using the examples above
- Journal what your intuitive voice sounds like using the examples above
- Now think of a question you want to know and ask it out loud or write it down, ask your higher self to provide an intuitive message that will be easy for you to understand. Surrender the need to have the answer now- the more we try to understand, the less we do.
- Wait patiently for a response, checking in with your body each day to see if there are any changes
Ready For More?
I have created an intuitive decision making journal to help you deepen your connection to your intuition, which in turn will help you easily recognize when the ego has taken charge. You can use this journal whenever you have an important decision to make.