How do you go about making decisions during the day? How do you decide what to wear or what to eat? How do you know what you are really thinking and feeling? How do you make decisions overall? You do have the power to decide after all.
I've spent a lot of life making top-down decisions. In other words, I made decisions out of discipline or obeying rules about what I should do. I never listened to what I wanted to do or felt like doing.
There was always a voice telling me to go against my intuition, and every time I went against that intuition, I subconsciously put myself down. With years of subtly putting myself down, it took its toll on self-esteem. I didn't trust my inner voice or myself. I was so conditioned to obey the other voice full of rules and what I should do, that I didn't even know how to hear my voice of intuition, until now.
I finally opened my eyes to the truth that lies within intuition. We've all heard the expression, "Listen to your gut," but we don't really realize how true it is. That gut feeling has told me I'd be healed, I'd get a job, I'd be happy or I would be unhappy with a decision. We'll look back and regret, "If I'd only gone with my instinct."
With baby steps, I started making bottom-up decisions by listening to my intuition. Those are decisions that come from the inside out. By asking to hear my intuition, that voice became stronger and more audible. Then by simply making a new choice, I could follow my instincts.
Each time I follow my instincts and it proves to be the right decision, I learn to trust that voice and myself more. The more I trusting myself, the stronger my voice of intuition gets and the stronger my self-esteem gets. I'm speaking up for myself and hearing my outer voice in addition to my inner voice.
In fact, if I have a day when I don't hear my instinctual voice, I feel a little sad. I'm coming to trust and love that voice of guidance so much, that it's feeling like that true extension of my true self. There may be times, like under the influence, when your voice of intuition may not be completely honest with you, but overall it's a beautiful relationship to have.
Listen to your instincts because you can!