05/19/2016 01:12 EDT | Updated 05/20/2017 05:12 EDT

Why It's Essential To Amplify Your Intuition

Do you ever think about someone, and then a text pops up from them? Have you ever thought of a song and then heard it on the radio shortly after? These moments, moments when you notice synchronicity and flow, serve as reminders that you are connected to your intuition.

What is intuition?

You may know that voice inside of you -- the one that talks to you and always seems to know what is best (even when you don't want to admit it). Sometimes called your intuition (or your "~ing", instinct, sixth sense, or any other name that sounds as sweet), this innate inner compass can play a key role in guiding you on your path.

According to New York Times best-selling author and international speaker Gabrielle (Gabby) Bernstein, "we all have powerful intuition working through us at all times. Our intuition is a kind, loving inner voice that guides us towards positive actions and peaceful outcomes."

Do we all have intuition?

In conversation with Gabby she assured me, "yes, we all have intuition. It is always there, but sometimes we are just not looking for it." We are all unique, and because of that our intuition can appear in different ways. "Often intuition shows up as a strong knowing, a gut feeling, a powerful sense of inspiration, or tingling sensation" says Gabby.

Although our intuition is always present, it can be hard to hear sometimes. Just like it can be challenging to have a conversation with a friend in a loud, busy coffee shop, it can be very challenging to hear your intuition if you don't slow down and get quiet. According to Gabby, "it is your responsibility to create a clear space within your mind so you can receive that supportive guidance that is available all the time".

How can we connect to -- and amplify -- our intuition?

Learning to to take ownership of your intuitive powers and use them to connect and amplify your voice is paramount for expansion and growth. According to Gabby, the main connection to your inner guidance system comes from intention (or some call it prayer), "deliberate intention allows you to choose to tune into your own loving voice."

After you have set your intention to connect to your intuition, Gabby then suggests practices such as meditation to help still your mind and train yourself to get back into an energy that is more receptive (check out Gabby's blog to learn how to make meditation simple). "Through meditation you can still your mind and you can train yourself to get into an energy that is more receptive. You can create a clearer space within your mind so you can receive the positive, supportive guidance that is available to you all the time", explains Gabby.

Once you have connected with your intuition, it is important to remember that listening is an on-going practice. Making time each day to sit quietly and listen to your intuition will help to strengthen the connection.

Autopoetic Ideas is hosting Gabby this Friday in Montreal. During Gabby's two-hour workshop you will learn more about intuition and how to amplify it to keep guidance flowing freely. Tickets are available online or at Les Place Des Arts Box Office.

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