Every day you have 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts. These thoughts influence how you feel. How you feel, informs the decisions you make.

Therefore, knowing what thoughts regularly occupy space in your brain and ultimately drive your decisions, is important.

Our thoughts are also influenced by the information we let in. It should come as no surprise, living in the era of the  twenty-four hour news cycle, that for most of you, the majority of your thoughts include some kind of fear.

Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat. Whether a threat is real or imagined, the feeling is very real. A fear response can be inspired by a past trauma or current experience. Fear is also a tricky bastard and wears many disguises. The more intimate you become with how your fear mind looks and sounds, the more empowered you will be.

Most people operate from some level of fear most of the time, therefore, deciphering between fear and other emotions can be challenging. I find this especially true when it comes to understanding the difference between fear and intuition.

Intuition is a knowing. It is beyond a feeling. It seems to come as guided wisdom from a place deep within. Intuition is emotionally neutral and simple, yet deliberate in it’s message. A dedicated meditation practice, can quiet fearful mind chatter allowing you to hear the voice of your intuition more clearly.

Stillness + Silence = Access to Your Intuition  @Terri_Cole  (Click to Tweet!)

Another great tool to help you differentiate your voice of intuition from your voice of fear, comes from pal and colleague Rhonda Britten. She says a way of determining what voice you are hearing, is to pay attention to the tone of the message. Fear speaks in a harsh, judgmental tone and may present you with a detailed list of all of the horrible things that might happen. The more familiar you become with the voice of fear inside your mind, the more quickly you can recognize it and shut it down. Although looking away from fear may be your natural defense against the discomfort of feeling it, I encourage you to lean in instead, listen closely and learn.

The better you know your fear voice, the less it will control you and the easier it will be for you to tap into the voice and power of your intuition.

What are your thoughts about fear vs. intuition?

I look forward to reading your comments, and as always, take care of you!

Love Love Love

Terri Cole is a licensed psychotherapist, transformation coach, and an expert at turning fear into freedom. Sign up for Terri’s weekly Tune Up Tips and follow her on Twitter.

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