11 Signs You’re Listening To Your Fear, Not Your Intuition

You might think you’re in tune with your gut and that you always let it lead when you make decisions in your life both big and small. However, if you’re doing any of these 11 things, you’re listening to your fear instead of acting out of love.

  1. You’re worrying based on the past. The thing about intuition is that it’s about right now. You’ll get insight into what’s happening but not be stuck on ancient history. Your wisest self knows that the present time is all that matters. Only then can you create an amazing future.
  2. You’re scared. Your intuition is a clear, calm voice. It’s not going to be filled with panic and anxiety. If you’re feeling stressed out after tuning into your “gut,” then you’re actually tuning into your fear and letting it control your future.
  3. You feel nuts. You know when you experience worrying hunches, like when you’re worrying about your relationship or feeling like you’re not good enough for the amazing new job you just got, and you don’t feel like you’re in control? That’s not your inner voice. That’s your darkest fear coming to light and making you run around like a headless chicken.
  4. You’re not taking time to listen. What is there after you strip away your fears? If you don’t regularly take time to listen to your innermost feelings and thoughts, you won’t be able to access your intuition. If you don’t know yourself, how can you know what’s best for you or know anything else for that matter? Not gonna happen.
  5. You’re analyzing the feeling. Your gut feeling doesn’t need to be picked and prodded. If you’re constantly analyzing it to death, then you might actually be dissecting your fears instead. As it’s been said, intuition is a knowing that can’t be explained by thoughts or facts. Remember that the next time you get a feeling that you think is your intuition but which demands that you pick at it all night with your brain.
  6. You feel like running away. Your intuition is calm and it tells you what you need to know without much emotion attached to it. Even if it’s not the answer you want, it doesn’t make you feel like running away from its truth in the way that fear can make you.
  7. You feel sick. There’s a strong link between your emotional and physical well-being. If you’re trying to tune into your intuition but you’re getting upsetting physical symptoms such as tummy aches, insomnia, headaches, or heart palpitations, then you might be listening to your emotionally-charged fears instead.
  8. You don’t even realize your fears. If you’re succumbing to your fears every day with negative thoughts but you don’t even realize you’re having them, this can make it easy for you to get too comfortable with following your fears instead of your calm inner voice. Pay attention to what you’re feeling and thinking every day so that you can start to question those thoughts and emotions. You know what they say: Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real!
  9. You can hide from your fears. The thing about your intuition is that it’s the truth that doesn’t have to defend itself. It’s also not open to questions and negotiations. With fears, however, you can try to unpack and analyze them. You can tell yourself you won’t listen to them for a while and you can talk yourself out of paying attention to them. You can’t do that with intuition. It’s there and can’t be ignored, but it’s not screaming at you either.
  10. Your “gut” feels negative. Although you can’t escape from your intuitive voice, that’s not a bad thing! It’s a total myth to think that your gut feeling is always going to tell you negative things about what to expect from your life. That’s not your gut. Your gut is honest, yes, but it’s also focused on helping you with love. While your fears will tell you that your relationship is screwed and there’s nothing you can do, your gut will be the soft voice that says, “You’ll be okay.”
  11. You’ve just got fear, nothing else. Sometimes what happens is that your fears take over your intuition. Or it feels that way because it’s hard to tune into what your intuition is telling you if you’re letting your anxiety rule you. Usually, when your intuitive voice speaks to you, it breaks through the layers of fear. To help it along, go to a quiet, soothing place and be alone with your thoughts. If you’re still only getting your fear, then it’s not your intuition. You’ve got to dig a little deeper to find it!
Giulia Simolo is a writer from Johannesburg, South Africa with a degree in English Language and Literature. She has been working as a journalist for more than a decade, writing for sites including AskMen, Native Interiors, and Live Eco. You can find out more about her on Facebook and LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter @GiuliaSimolo.