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How to kill your intuition

Killing your intuition may not be top of your to do list, at least not consciously. But many intuitively sensitive people unconsciously kill off their intuition: it’s “easier” to not be intuitive than to be intuitive.

It’s easier to not know the things you know without knowing why you know them. It’s easier to ignore the alarmingly accurate dreams of future happenings. It’s easier to dismiss the hunch as random imagination than inspired intuitive insight. It’s certainly easier to do all of this than to mention it to a skeptical (i.e. closed-minded, not properly skeptical) friend who will at best pull a contemptuous face at you and at worst, well, let’s not go there.

So “die, intuition, die!” we unconsciously cry as we attack it with daggers, swords, laser rifles, and stamp it wailing into the ground.


Less melodramatically, here’s how to kill your intuition:

  1. Ignore it
    Don’t pay your intuition any attention. Ignore it. Like ignoring a group of muscles when you do a workout, your ignored muscles don’t get any stronger. And like ignored and therefore out-of-balance weaknesses, this will lead to problems later on.
  2. Dismiss it
    Dismiss your intuitive hunches and insights as silly coincidences. Brush them off as trivial and/or random. Don’t act on it. (Except you do act on it, because you’re busy dismissing it and pushing it away, which has its own energy and comes back to bite you on the bum. Harder. But more on that another time.)
  3. Deaden your sensitivity to it
    Eat too much or too little. Get drunk. Smoke. Eat food that makes you feel crap. Have meaningless sex. Party lots with people you hardly know. Feel crap. Get out of yourself – and out of touch with yourself. Wonder why you never feel satisfied and/or happy.
  4. Live in your head
    Get totally obsessed about something. Be obsessive about being completely rational about everything. Deny the influence and importance of anything other than logical, rational thought. Enjoy the alienated state of being and/or wild anxiety that this leads to.
  5. Go completely in the opposite direction
    When you get a hunch about going left, go right. A feeling that you should choose this job over that other one – choose that other one. That voice in your head saying “don’t date them” – go ahead and date them, marry them, relish the misery that befalls you.
  6. Be busy all the time
    Got a space in your diary? Fill it, as soon as possible. Don’t leave yourself any breathing space whatsoever. Not even a second. Spend every minute you have by yourself immersed in your phone – reading, gaming, facebooking, instagramming.
  7. Avoid deep and meaningful conversations
    Every interaction you have with all other beings – even your monologues with an animal friend – should be as trite and superficial as possible. Avoid discussing the things that matter to you. Chat about anything and everything inconsequential.
  8. Avoid silence
    Following on from the previous point about conversations, ensure that you never let the conversation lapse into a meaningful silence from which important things can emerge. Beware straying too far from the trivial during your motormouth sessions, as this may inadvertently allow an intuitive spark to enter your babbling. And we can’t be having that.

Within a few weeks – or even days – of systematically apply the above guidelines, your intuition will be thoroughly beaten into a pulp and sit quietly quivering in the corner, not daring to emerge in moments where you’re choosing the direction of your next step, not cautioning you when you’re about to do something that’ll ultimately lead to misfortune or misery.

So many people are miserable precisely because they have already killed off – or at least deadened – their intuition.

What’s your favourite intuition killer?

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