Intuition, defined as an “inner sense” of what direction a person should take, is an integral part of achieving that peace and balance that all of us want. It is absolutely amazing how your body will “tell” you what it needs if you listen.
I have been networking with integrative practitioners in my practice area. One naturopathic physician allowed me to shadow him on a consultation with a new patient. The patient was overweight, anxious and had high blood pressure. She was looking for answers on how to improve her health.
The doctor took a history, blood pressure and performed a type of technique called muscle testing to see if she was allergic to certain foods such as wheat or fruit. Muscle testing involves pushing against the physician’s hand. If the patient is allergic, the doctor easily overcomes the patient’s strength.
During the testing, we noticed clearly that the foods she said gave her reactions were the ones that elicited muscle weakness. We were fascinated and not surprised. I have done this myself with equally fascinating results.
The physician was able to make recommendations, pending blood tests. The patient seemed happy as she left the office with hope in improving weight, blood pressure and overall well-being.
What impressed me most about this encounter was the intuition the patient had in seeking the advice of an integrative practitioner. How can you learn to use more of your own intuition? Here are some suggestions:
- Allow yourself to recognize when you sense something isn’t right. The recognition that a certain treatment plan isn’t working is your intuition giving you a signal. Meditation is a great way to listen to yourself in a state of calm.
- Engage your physician. Ask questions and don’t accept anything at face value. I enjoy a friendly debate with my patients. I want them to be a partner with me in their care.
- Educate yourself. Look into alternative methods of treatment and use your primary care physician as a guide.
Your intuition can be the true compass of how you improve or maintain your health. Using your intuition and your physician as your guide, you will own your health.
Have you used your intuition to guide you? Please share your experiences.