Trauma, old pain or intuition: which message do you listen to (+ these are the differences)

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Trauma, old pain or intuition: which message do you listen to (+ these are the differences)
(Youth) traumas can ‘shout’ your intuition, making you think that your intuition is warning you while you are actually listening to fear and old pain. Your intuition is a magical tool: it helps you make decisions and according to some, these messages come from your soul. Messages of trauma want to protect you based on information from the past. This article explains how to easily distinguish between these messengers.

Trauma feeds the fearful, wounded aspect of your ego and allows you to make decisions based on that pain. If, on the other hand, intuition directs your decisions and communication, you will act out of love and stability.

We start with a question: does your intuition or your trauma predominate? Trauma tells you to avoid getting hurt again at all costs. When trauma takes the lead when it comes to emotions and decision-making, it blocks your intuition. Trauma feeds the fearful, wounded aspect of your ego and allows you to make decisions based on that pain. If, on the other hand, intuition directs your decisions and communication, you will act out of love and stability.

What is intuition?

Everyone has intuition. Yes, you too. From a psychological perspective, intuition is an innate ability to fit bits of information and emotional impressions together into a ‘gut feeling’ about something or someone. As the great physicist Albert Einstein once said:

‘I believe in intuition and inspiration… Sometimes I feel I’m right. But I do not know.’

Psychologists recognize intuition as a non-analytical thought process that usually occurs unconsciously and is part of the larger process of judgment. If you’ve ever had a hunch or were sure of something without being able to explain why your intuition was at work.

Other insights about intuition go back to ideas about the higher or true self. There is a form of knowledge that does not come from our rational brain but goes deeper. Some people feel that their intuition is rooted in past life experiences while others have access to knowledge that cannot be scientifically measured. An inner trust that something deep inside them just knows what it needs, wants, or is.

The disguise of trauma

Trauma, old pain or intuition: which message do you listen to (+ these are the differences)

Trauma feeds the fearful, wounded aspect of your ego and allows you to make decisions based on that pain. If, on the other hand, intuition directs your decisions and communication, you will act out of love and stability.

Sometimes you don’t notice that your intuition is puzzling things together and coming up with an intuitive answer to a problem or choice. Your intuition may also be clouded. After all, if you are trapped in fear or trauma, you sometimes mistake the messages your trauma is sending you for wiser than they are. You think the fear-based messages are your intuition, when in fact they stem from unhealthy conditioning and silently pretend to be your intuitive truth.

It is good to become aware of childhood traumas and imposed limiting beliefs that may still influence how you live and feel. To this end, you must learn to distinguish intuition-based emotions, decisions, and beliefs from trauma-based ones.

What is the difference between messages from trauma(s) or intuition?

Great, but how do you do that? When you encounter something that triggers a strong reaction, such as a decision, a relationship, or an emotion, take the time to calmly consider whether your response is intuition or trauma.

Intuition-based responses

A choice, feeling, or reaction prompted by intuition usually has the following properties:

  • a calm feeling that you know;
  • a sense of freedom or liberation;
  • a calm and clear voice;
  • no urge to justify yourself with logic;
  • relief and feel that your mind is clearer;
  • consciousness and stability; you feel that you are in the now;
  • a protective, helpful mood;
  • a clearer picture of the result or the future;
  • the willingness to surrender to the unknown.

Trauma-Based Responses

Trauma, old pain or intuition: which message do you listen to (+ these are the differences)

In contrast, a choice, feeling, or reaction prompted by trauma will be more like this:

  • going out and judging based on worries and fears;
  • a feeling of being confined or trapped;
  • an emotional, even panicked voice;
  • the urge to explain the logic and rationality behind your response;
  • a despondent feeling; your mind is dark or depressed;
  • focus on the past; you may be using it to justify your reaction;
  • a restrictive and demanding mood;
  • feeling lost and confused;
  • resistance to the unknown; the need to be in control.

Awareness of trauma messages

If you begin to realize when you are being led by trauma and fear, you are already one step (or several big steps) toward letting go of your limiting beliefs. You begin to accept that what your youthful self thought about the world was not necessarily based on truth. And that is really liberating.

What would change in your future if you were constantly guided by calm intuition in the now instead of trauma and fear?

The intense effect of childhood trauma

Trauma, old pain or intuition: which message do you listen to (+ these are the differences)

Any trauma can affect you, but trauma from early childhood is arguably the deepest and the hardest to let go. Trauma in young children causes emotional instability at a time when their selves are still developing; in that growth process, they absorb pain and fear and internalize the trauma deeply. Sometimes that creates a void that they are constantly trying to fill or an elusive monster that they have to run from again and again.

Therefore, as difficult as it may be, you should not ignore childhood trauma as you work on your inner healing. If you did, you would never achieve healing. Perhaps you can heal the emotional wounds you’ve suffered more recently and, for some time at least, feel like you’re in control and stronger and calmer. However, junk from your childhood always comes back, even if it was subtle and you don’t really see it as childhood trauma. Regardless of who you are and where you’ve been, you still have limiting beliefs that you developed when you were very young.

Negative childhood experiences can range from mild abuse to chronic and severe abuse. However, the point is always that healing is possible and that one’s expectations of life can radically improve. No one has had a perfect life. And that’s fine. After all, we are all human; no one dances through childhood without some pain, insecurity, or fear of the adults around him or her.

The good news is that you can let go of those old beliefs to make way for new ones. That requires effort. It’s not easy, but you know that by now. And most importantly, you know it will be worth it.

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