Where Does Intuition Come From?

where does intuition come from

Where Does Intuition Come From?

Ever wonder, where does intuition come from? I mean, all of this sixth sense goodness must come from somewhere, right?

And how do you strengthen your sixth sense, and trust the gut feelings that you get?

Today, I’ll teach you all this and more (which I promise is going to be super eye-opening). Let’s start with the basics.

Hollywood movies and dark corners of the web are well known for pumping out less than reputable information — especially when it comes to metaphysics.

So, if you’ve been on the fence about developing your intuitive abilities due to worries of psychic attacks or scary spirits, have no fear!

What is Intuition?

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” – Albert Einstein

Reading the quote above, it sure seems like Einstein knew a thing or two about being intuitive!

So, what is intuition? A hunch? A sixth sense?

Yes, and yes!

Intuition is an internal guidance system that connects you with your Higher Self (soul) and Spirit Guides, creating more clarity, more connection, and more joy in your life.

Everyone has intuition — you, me, your fav artist, and the kid that bags your groceries at the market. It’s your internal compass; a built-in GPS that can help you navigate through life.

Through your intuition, you may:

what is intuition definition

The magical thing about intuition is that it can guide you with everything from everyday decisions to super-important decisions, like:

  • What to buy your niece for her birthday.
  • What you should bring to the upcoming pot-luck dinner.
  • Which school would be the best fit for your kids.
  • The color you should paint your living room.
  • If you should take that new job across the country.
  • If it’s time to end your relationship.

Best of all, once you strengthen your intuition, you begin living life with:

  • More clarity
  • Less stress
  • More happiness

Intuitive guidance can help with everything from deciding what to wear, to deciding if you should move across country.

Now, let’s talk more about where it comes from.

Where Intuition and Psychic Nudges Come From

Before you were born into your physical body, a team of spiritual advisors agreed to support you through your human experience. Their trusty guidance is wise, loving and always for your highest and best good.

Of course, it would be amazing if we could call or text our divine helpers, but since we can’t, they connect with us through our intuition. 

That said, who are these wise and helpful beings? Let’s meet them now.

1. Higher Self

Your Higher Self is your spiritual self; it’s your soul

To clarify, your soul is an infinite, non-physical energetic being. It knows your life purpose and has been around for many lifetimes (so it’s super wise!)

Your Higher Self (soul) always wants the tippy-top best for you, and communicates with you through intuitive feelings and nudges, such as:

  • Go ahead and start that business!
  • Grab your umbrella before you leave.
  • Don’t eat those leftovers.

And because it is part of you, you are always connected to your Higher Self, and nothing can break your connection with it. Even when you are not aware of the connection, it is still there.

On the flip side, if you feel disconnected, you can strengthen your intuition and connection to your Higher Self!

Your Higher Self (soul) is also known as your authentic self or inner being. It is the true essence of you — it’s whole, loving, wise, and carries your past life memories, as well as a ‘blueprint’ of what you would like to experience in this lifetime.

In addition to your soul, you also have a team of Spirit Guides that offer you intuitive guidance each day. Let’s meet them next.

2. Spirit Guides

Part two of the answer to the question Where does intuition come from is: Spirit Guides.

You know how you know exactly which friends and family members to call together when you need advice?  Spirit Guides are like the spiritual version of your trusted counsel.

Spirit Guides are loving beings who work magic behind the scenes to support you through your human experience. Think of them as a team of trusted advisors.

They love you beyond words and truly are your cheerleaders in spirit!

Like your Higher Self, they connect with you via intuitive thoughts and feelings, and support you in all areas of your life.

They are the movers and shakers of the universe, and can help with anything from getting a great parking space to putting the exact person in your path that leads to your dream job!

More About Spirit Guides
  • We each have a main Guide that stays with us for life. These are souls we knew in a past life and have a spiritual connection with.
  • We have other Spirit Guides that assist us with other areas of life, like parenting. (I have a few Guides that help me when I’m giving psychic or mediumship readings.)
  • They can move in and out of our lives. Some advisors are with us for a short time, and some stay with us for a long time, depending on our needs.
  • It’s okay to request a Guide who has a particular skill set. During tax time, I asked for a financial Guide to help. (I was led to the perfect accountant for my needs!)

In addition to your Higher Self and Guides, your loved ones in heaven (and angels) connect with you intuitively!

3. Ascended Masters (Guides)

While your Guides help you with certain areas of your life, your spiritual team also includes high spirit guides, also known as Ascended Masters.

These include the “biggies” like Jesus, Buddha, and your loved ones in heaven.

Your spiritual team has the highest and best intentions for you — just like your Higher Self and Guides.

They may give you “higher purpose” guidance like, move closer to home, connect with that person, or try to have a baby one more time.

When you’re first starting out, you may not be able who is passing you psychic information — your Spirit Guide, an Ascended Master, or your late Aunt Jen. But as you continue down the path of your psychic development, you will learn to sense who is sending you the message, and why.

4. Angels

Like the rest of your spiritual team, angels can also offer you intuitive guidance.

While we often think of angels as floating around in Heaven, they are also incredibly wise divine presences.

Angels often use an indirect route to provide you with the insight or knowledge you need – even when you don’t know you need it.

They give you angelic wisdom straight from a loving source – themselves! When they are around, you may notice repetitive numbers a lot when you’re trying to make a decision (111, 333, etc.)

Angels love offering support and can be reached for clarification or divine guidance. Once you ask for their help, be sure to keep a lookout for signs that they’re around — like repetitive numbers (111, 333, etc.)

Right now, you might be thinking, “This is great, but how can I increase my intuition and trust the intuitive guidance I receive?”

Let’s take a closer look…

3 Ways to Increase Intuition

Now that you know where intuition comes from, it’s time to ‘tune’ yourself up a bit so you can start accessing and trusting this guidance.

That said, here are my top three ways to strengthen your sixth sensory feelings.

1. Ask for Guidance

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Honestly, you’d be surprised how many people wonder why they aren’t receiving intuitive guidance, but never ask for it.

So, start making a habit of asking for help with anything and everything, then, take notice of what feelings or signs you get!

2. Raise Your Vibration

Raising your vibration helps you feel more joyful and connected to your Higher Self.

Plus, it’s easy to raise your vibe! Anything that makes you feel happy raises your vibration:  Music, art, dancing, relaxing on a beach, woodworking, etc.

3. Meditate

Meditation raises your vibration and quiets your mind so you can receive the intuitive guidance being given to you.

It’s hard to hear your Authentic Self and spiritual team when your mind is full of ego-based thoughts. Meditation pushes all those thoughts aside and allows room for spirit.

How to Trust Intuitive Guidance

Best news ever? It’s super easy to start trusting the intuitive guidance you receive.

To get started, follow these two simple rules:

  • When you have a good vibe about something, it’s your Higher Self connecting with you and saying “Yes, this is in alignment with what you really want.” It resonates with your essence.
  • When you have a bad feeling about someone or something, it’s your soul nudging you, “No, this is taking you off course or there is danger — steer clear!”

These jumping off points will boost your sixth-sensory confidence in no time!

Read: How to Trust Your Intuition – 9 Tips


Your soul and spirit guides will love and support you in all ways.

A great first step in learning to use and trust your intuition is to take baby steps. Ask for intuitive guidance on a small issue, put your logic aside for a few moments, let go and trust what you are feeling.

Don’t get frustrated when you first start asking for intuitive guidance. Like Dory in Finding Nemo, just keep swimming.

You might feel like you are muddling around at first. But in time, the guidance will become easier and clearer.

I hope I’ve helped you answer the question where does intuition come from!

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