It’s easy to confuse fear and intuition and this is because they are both experienced as a “gut feeling.” And with hustle and bustle of life now-a-days, most of us don’t even notice our gut feelings. We’re so caught up with our thoughts and intelligent reasoning, that it is difficult to understand what our gut is trying to communicate when it has a feeling.
There are ways to differentiate gut feelings based in fear from gut feelings that come from intuition.
- Fear is emotionally charged.
- It’s harsh, harmful, belittling or delusional to any or all involved.
- It focuses on the present or the past, reflecting past psychological wounds.
- It feels restrictive or shrinking.
- Intuition is neutral or unemotional.
- It reveals a gut-centered confirmation.
- It’s only about the present. There’s no worrying about the past or the future.
- It’s not about unresolved psychological wounds.
- It feels expansive.