Trust Your Intuition

January 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

By Bank Street alumna, author Jane Bernard 

When it counts, people trust their senses and use their intuition. Just ask any policeman, fireman, doctor or member of the armed forces. They trust their intuition to keep clear about what really matters. When it comes to intuition, everyone has it. Intuition is an inner guidance system you’re born with. It’s a focusing, balancing and awareness lens.

Getting my masters degree in Special Education at Bank Street opened an awareness of my senses. Because I worked  and played with and autistic, minimal brain damaged and emotionally challenged students, I had to learn to see, hear and touch differently. This sensitively snowballed through my life opening doors to my intuition. It has turned into books, programs and continued opportunities through media to share the delight and advantages of thinking with your senses. Your senses are the way of keeping in direct touch with your body and your world.

As we enter 2012, there is anticipation and excitement. People sense change. The Mayan calendar, dating back to Ancient Egypt, ends, and some say this signals a new beginning. Intuitively, for each of us, every day is auspicious. Every day is new.

Children are inherently tuned-in to this. They are excited by wind and autumn leaves, by snowflakes or the smell of a favorite dinner. We’re all children inside a shell of life experiences. We each recognize delight when a moment feels very clear. For example, a not-sentimental friend wrote in an email: “It never ceases to amaze me that the Christmas cactus makes a showing every December.”

When you recognize it, your intuition – just like your eyes and ears – is amazing. When you trust your intuition, the way you trust your eyes and ears, you feel in sync with yourself. It’s delightful.

This is a time of change. It’s up to us to make it auspicious. We have to think differently. Often we use our emotions to make choices. Emotions are complicated and we tend to justify them intellectually, which is equally complicated. Intuition, like seeing or hearing, is obvious. When it counts, it’s your senses that keep you clear about what’s really happening. Even though it’s not an emotion, your intuition connects with dignity, which comes from your heart.

You have the opportunity to make 2012 auspicious by connecting with your 6 senses and your life lessons to stay clear about the big picture, your priorities, personal boundaries and opportunities. Learn this new way of thinking and have the advantage of being in sync with yourself and the New Year.


Jane Bernard is an intuition expert and learning specialist with degrees in philosophy and special education. She has worked for educational think-tanks and as a writing professor at several universities. Jane is the author of 2 books about intuition.  She is sought as a coach and speaker. Jane regularly speaks at benefits to raise awareness about the needs of the hungry.

Jane has been featured on The Montel Williams Show, Martha Stewart Living (sirius radio), the nationally syndicated Joey Reynolds Show, Radio New Zealand, Australian Radio 891, and radio programs across the US talking about  intuitive eating as a solution to losing weight and the  21st century approach  to eating. With her tools, connection with your intuition is a stress buster that liberates you from dysfunctional diet dogma for good.

Jane reinvents personal dieting by uncovering how everyone can stay in sync with their body to lose weight and keep it off.  Her book, Am I Really Hungry, 6th Sense Diet : Intuitive Eating teaches how to recognize and trust your intuition. You gain a weightless and permanent self-understanding and you lose weight!

Instead of rigid programs intuitive eating is flexible. There is no good or bad, there is only what you’re really hungry for. Jane reveals easy and natural to intuitive cues, to recognize 24/7, to stay clear about your priorities and personal boundaries around food. Am I Really Hungry is full of trick, tips and techniques that will change the way you eat, forever!

“Intuition is an inner guidance system you were born with. Use it and you’ll achieve your body goals. You may start reading this book because you want to lose weight. You’ll walk away shedding more than pounds!”

Am I Really Hungry? is available on, Whole Foods stores and many bookstores.

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