Is it Fear or Intuition Talking?

When we are about to take some form of action, it is important to be able to make a particular distinction. Is fear talking to me in this moment or is it intuition? How do I know? What's the difference?

The first step in distinguishing between the voice of fear and the voice of intuition is the practice of mindfulness. Simply noticing - thoughts, feelings, body sensations, images, metaphors - from the place of our Impartial Witness. It is from this place, that we can respond to life in new ways.

With mindfulness, we can notice that the voice of fear feels very different, even at a body level. It's a signal that we need to protect ourselves. When we are physically in danger, it's an important voice requiring our attention. At other times, it can stop us in our tracks because its message is based on a lie. Some form of constriction happens whether it shows up as tightness in our bodies and rigidity/rumination in our thinking.

Our intuitive voice feels very differently. Our heart is open. We are calm and grounded. The message from our inner voice comes from love. We simply and deeply know.

Noticing and loving the fear when it shows up is a never-ending process. Taking the time to listen to our intuitive voice also requires a practice that includes quiet and presence.


I notice my fear and breathe - connecting to what's true. I listen to my Divine Heart, my intuitive guide. I am safe and loved.


Jeannie Campanelli, Ed.D, CPCC, is deeply committed to sparking the hearts of women and men to experience an inner confidence - that sense of wholeness, aliveness, and serenity that comes from deeply knowing yourself, fully accepting the lightness and darkness of being human, and living freely by standing in your own truth.

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