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  • Writer's pictureDana Arcuri

Trust Your Intuition: The Answers Are Within You

Hello beautiful souls! Although I am currently on a break from blogging, I wanted to share my older post with you. Today, when I was on my website, I discovered this blog post from May 2022. I sincerely hope it encourages you. Also, may this content help you to understand the direct correlation between struggling with abuse and not trusting your gut instincts versus taking forward realistic steps to start tuning into your inner guidance. For there is hope for healing trauma.

Trust Your Intuition: The Answers Are Within You

After people have been abused and traumatized, it is normal that they don’t trust other people. Oftentimes, the perpetrators who abused you were not honest or trustworthy. Rather, they have broken your trust. Not just once or twice, but repeatedly.

It is common for trauma survivors to not trust themselves. One legitimate reason is due to being brainwashed, tricked, and habitually lied to by the perpetrator.

It may have been your mother, father, siblings, spouse, intimate partner, friend, boss, therapist, doctor, or someone else. In addition, it may have left you scarred with a trauma bond to the person who deeply hurt you.

Most abusers want their victims to stay quiet and expect and demand that. You owe no loyalty to anyone who has abused you. They gave up the right to any loyalty and silence the moment they made their choice to abuse you. You have every right to speak up and expose an abuser for who they are, regardless of any relationship.

Are you living in a spirit of fear? When you ponder your gut instincts, what does it tell you to do? Be aware that when fear or the ego rears its ugly head, it may not lead you to make the wisest decisions. Doubts, fears, and your ego can keep you spinning out of control. Isn't it time to jump off the hamster wheel?

The Top Major Blocks to Tuning into Your Intuition Are:

  • Being disconnected to yourself

  • Too Analytical/Overthinking

  • People-pleasing

  • Worrying about other people's opinions

  • Escapism/Avoidance

  • Chronic stress & worrying

  • Lack of trusting your own self

A significant part of the trauma recovery is to reconnect to ourselves; body, mind, and soul. To come home to our inner child. To self-parent ourselves. To pay attention to our body sensations when it gives us signs that something feels wrong or someone seems “off.”

These subtle cues can have you feeling anxious, unsafe, physically ill, or experiencing an inner knowing that you are in potential danger. You may feel triggered, have chills running up your spine, feel nauseous, have a migraine, feel unsafe, or experience various types of discomfort, including muscular pain, a stomachache, or a fight, flight, freeze, or fawn response. By all means, trust yourself if something or someone doesn’t feel right.

Trust Your Gut Instincts

The answers you seek are within you. When you ignore your gut instincts and you look outside of yourself for solutions, you are giving your power away.

The truth of your soul is a whisper. It knows what is good for you. Pay attention to the cues and signs of your soul who is guiding you. Understand that you can learn to trust yourself.

Do not let the loud voice of fear, ego, or uncertainty to drown out your wise self. Get still. Seek a place of solitude, such as being in nature or near water for discernment. Follow your inner guidance, which is like a compass directing you onto the right path at the right time for the right purpose.

Your intuition is essentially a beautiful companion that you have for your entire life. Its mission is to protect you. Your gut instincts will never steer you wrong.

"Your gut often knows someone before you do. Your gut can spot ego, character flaws, and negative intentions because your gut instinct doesn't overlook past lessons like your mind does. You have to trust your gut when it comes to choosing the people you surround yourself with." ~ The Minds Journal

Some people seem to hear their intuition loud and clear. For others, it can be silent. But don’t worry—you do have one. Hearing your intuition is a skill you can develop with practice and by working with me as an Intuitive Coach. Learn more about Intuitive Coaching:

Trusting your gut instincts is the ultimate act of trusting yourself. It requires serious self-reflection, self-awareness, and self-love. Tuning into your inner guidance requires utter honesty with yourself.

What is “self-love”? It’s what it sounds like: fully LOVING your amazing self; inside and out. Just like you would love your child, partner, pet, or anyone you love unconditionally: without judgement and without limits. To completely, divinely love with full acceptance.

After working as a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach for two years, what stands out the most is that at least 95% of my clients had trouble trusting themselves and loving themselves. After they had suffered years of despicable abuse, they started to believe the rotten lies that the toxic people said to them. I strongly believe it's linked to having a trauma bond.

Self-love can feel foreign to most of us, especially if we've suffered abuse and trauma. We live in a world completely starved of authentic love. We may have grown up in a dysfunctional home with an abusive parent, siblings, or other toxic people. Or we have suffered unhealthy relationships with a narcissist and flying monkeys.

Self-love is formed by showing up as your authentic self in all aspects of your life. Stay true to you. Essentially, by staying true to yourself, it can help you to quiet the noise of fear and doubts.

With self-love, you know that no matter what happens, you’ve got your own back. You stand up for yourself. You stand up for your core values, your beliefs, and your healthy boundaries.

Intuition can be possible when you are present in your conscious moment. To be in your present moment, it involves that you’re in tune to your subconscious reality. To listen to the soft voice within you.

Also, to trust a Higher Power who is protecting you and guiding you each step of the way. For some people, it can be God, Source, the universe, or something totally different.

Intentions & Prayers Transform into Miracles

What I love is when I receive confirmations about something important. For example, in 2016 when I wanted to write my fourth book, I asked God to confirm it by showing me three red cardinals. I set intentions that I would visually see three red cardinals at the same time.

While it may have forced me to leave my comfort zone, it significantly deepened and strengthened my own faith. This was a big prayer for me. I really needed clear answers.

Asking to see three red cardinals at the same time was a huge step forward in faith. Despite my uncertainty, I stayed true to myself. I kept my faith in the Lord. I knew beyond a shadow of doubt, if I would see three red cardinals, it would mean that prayer is real. That prayer is powerful. And that God is always faithful.

Red cardinals are signs of healing and hope. Within one month of praying to see three red cardinals, I had the most miraculous experience. It was a profound, supernatural phenomena.

One morning, as I was doing my gentle stretches on my bed, I had a perfect view outside my window. As I lifted my leg high in the air, a red cardinal flew into my backyard. Then a second red cardinal soared into my yard.

At this point, my attention was fully captivated by the two red cardinals. When I jumped out of my bed to peer outside my window, a third red cardinal flew into my backyard.

In awe, I admired the beautiful red cardinals meandering near my window. Suddenly, all three cardinals flew into alignment. One. Two. Three. And just like that, the three red cardinals were flapping their wings in unison right in front of me. Had I not visually seen this with my own eyes, I may not have believed it.

The moral of this story is that when we step out in faith to trust a Higher Source, to trust our intuition, and to pay attention to the divine signs around us, anything is possible, including to receive powerful confirmations to keep moving forward.

For those who are curious about which book that God confirmed with red cardinals for me to step out in faith to write, it was my book, Sacred Wandering: Growing Your Faith in the Dark.

Are you wrestling with trusting your intuition? Your gut instincts will continue to grow stronger and clearer when you consistently practice listening to it.

As a matter of fact, you can thank your intuition for bringing you here to my website. Or my YouTube channel. And my Twitter page. It is not an accident that we’ve crossed paths for such a time as this. I don't believe in coincidences. I do believe in divine appointments, synchronicity, and our intuition guiding us.

If you feel stuck in your life, like your intuition wants you to do something intimidating and scary that you don’t feel capable—first of all, know that it’s okay. Dear Friend, you are not alone.

Want credible tools and emotional support to tune into your intuition? Want to have improved relationships, health, abundance, and peace of mind? If so, contact me to get started with Intuitive Coaching.

It can feel intimidating to trust your intuition, especially during early stages of your healing journey. Despite your inner critic, I encourage you to keep returning back to self-reflection, building awareness, self-compassion, and to look for divine signs. Have faith that there is no situation you can’t overcome.

Within you are all the answers. You are strong enough to do anything that your intuition calls you to do. Today, I challenge you to take a leap of faith. To let your gut instincts to guide you. When you sense a gentle nudge to do something, take heed. Your intuition will always have your highest good for you no matter what path it takes you.

May you have discernment and wisdom to trust this process. Most importantly, may you learn to trust your own inner guidance and to continue your beautiful healing journey to become who you are destined to be.

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