Have you taught your kids to listen to that little voice inside? You know the one that is faint but clear? The one that’s always right and you know that’s especially true when you don’t listen? Call it what you may but teaching your kids to listen to that inner voice or feeling is so important! The older they get the less they’ll doubt it if they’re taught from a young age to trust it.
I’ve been teaching my daughter to trust hers for several years now. I’ve taught her to discern what it means. Generally, when it’s encouraging you to do something, you get a warm feeling in your chest like your heart area is opening up. I explained to my daughter it might feel like the sun is shining inside of her and it makes her feel really good. She might ask herself a question of what she should do or how to handle something. If she gets that warm feeling in her chest that’s a clear “yes”.
I’ve also taught her the importance of listening to the signs her body gives for a “no”. Many people refer to this as a gut feeling and it makes sense because it’s generally like a punch in the gut or that feeling in the pit of your stomach that bottoms out like you’re on a rollercoaster. It gets your attention by making you feel uncomfortable or uneasy and gives you a sense of urgency. Sometimes this can be subtle and other times it can be undeniable.
I think it’s important to teach kids this because as they grow older they’ll start to doubt or ignore it until they aren’t as sensitive to it if they don’t learn to value it. They’ll feel the gut punch sensation but it might have been a more subtle feeling earlier on they would’ve felt had they been more in tune with it. I remember there was a time that I started to ignore my intuitive sensations. It got to the point that I no longer felt the warm open feeling in my chest anymore. The only sensation I was in tune with was the gut punch. It felt horrible to only receive the warnings but not receive my confirmations. I started paying attention to the slightest sensation in my gut and began to feel the more subtle warnings. By listening to that, I was able to start feeling the warm confirmations I felt in my chest again. Since then, I’ve been very in tune with my sensations of confirmation and warning alike.
There are many times that your intuition can help guide you even when you can’t explain it logically. By encouraging your child to trust those sensations they have no control over, they’ll be fine tuning their connection. That way they’ll be able to pay attention to their sensations of confirmation and warning when they’re subtle instead of needing a gut punch to get their attention. Explain it in whatever terms make sense to your child and using whatever reference they understand. We are spiritual but not religious in my house so I explain it in a way that my daughter understands related to the universe, vibration, and intuition.
Some of the ways I’ve had my daughter practice listening to her intuitive sensations are by paying attention to how she feels when she-
meets new people
others tell her things
thinks of a situation
doesn’t listen to the sensation she got
does listen to it
Is this something you currently teach your kids? Are you sensitive to your own intuitive sensations? Do you remember a time when you were? Do you remember the last time you had a gut feeling you didn’t listen to? Do you think this is something you should teach your kids to pay attention to? What are other ways you can teach your kids to hone into their intuitive sensations?
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