Every day you have 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts. These thoughts influence how you feel. How you feel, informs the decisions you make. Therefore, knowing what thoughts regularly occupy space in your brain and ultimately drive your decisions, is important. Our thoughts are also influenced by the information we let in. It should come as no surprise, living in the era of the 24 hour news cycle, that for most of you, the majority of your thoughts include some kind of fear.

Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat. Whether a threat is real or imagined, the feeling is very real. A fear response can be inspired by a past trauma or current experience. Fear is also a tricky bastard and wears many disguises. The more intimate you become with how your fear mind looks and sounds, the more empowered you will be.

Most people operate from some level of fear most of the time, therefore, deciphering between fear and other emotions can be challenging. I find this especially true when it comes to understanding the difference between fear and intuition.

Intuition is a knowing. It is beyond a feeling. It seems to come as guided wisdom from a place deep within. Intuition is emotionally neutral and simple, yet deliberate in it’s message. A dedicated meditation practice, can quiet fearful mind chatter allowing you to hear the voice of your intuition more clearly.

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Another great tool to help you differentiate your voice of intuition from your voice of fear, comes from pal and colleague Rhonda Britten. She says a way of determining what voice you are hearing, is to pay attention to the tone of the message. Fear speaks in a harsh, judgmental tone and may present you with a detailed list of all of the horrible things that might happen. The more familiar you become with the voice of fear inside your mind, the more quickly you can recognize it and shut it down. Although looking away from fear may be your natural defense against the discomfort of feeling it, I encourage you to lean in instead, listen closely and learn.

The better you know your fear voice, the easier it will be to tap into the power of your intuition.

What are your thoughts about fear vs. intuition?

I look forward to reading your comments, and as always, take care of you!

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  1. My intuition I feel pops up when I’m not even thinking negatively but it makes me feel negative as in my intuition keeps telling me my husband is being unfaithful but could this be fear from past relationship experiences? I just don’t see how it could be when it feels like a guy feeling seemingly coming out of thin air.

    1. Hi Silvia. It’s not always easy to differentiate between fear and intuition. The fact that you are feeling negative towards this information makes complete sense, though I understand why you feel uncertain. I do believe that in relationships, open and honest communication is the best policy. Without attacking, consider talking to your husband about your intuition/fear without blaming him. However, before you do this take some time to curiously look without judgement at the idea that your husband may be unfaithful. This post may help https://terricole.com/oldsite/observation-vs-judgement/
      It seems like you are well aware that it is very common to bring fears of the past into the present. That being said, consider how you have felt before when your intuition was right and compare it to how you are feeling in this situation. You may find a common thread that can help you more deeply trust that this is (or isn’t) your intuition speaking.

  2. I believe the voice of fear, aka, the voice of negativity, can rapidly spiral downward, darkening one’s perspective. It removes objectivity, rationality. Catch it early, change direction, and believe in that peaceful intuitive voice that is always there to uplift and guide. Thank you for this tip and the reflection that it engenders.

  3. Wow!!! Yikes, it seems like there’s a whole lotta fear going on in my head. So simple and I’m w/Lacey – so simple to remember but definitely earth shattering. Thank you for the wonderul work you do, Terri!

  4. First time commenter here. At 65 years of age, fear of failure still haunt me. The voices have become quite loud in the past three years. Been in much therapy over the years. It always seems to come back and I always feel like it’s impossible to ever successfully push it “Back on the shelf” where it belongs.
    Listening to your “Voice of fear or the voice of Intuition” describing the voice of fear as “Mean” is very enlightening.
    Perhaps once again a tool to use in quieting these voices I hear so many times during each day and night time.
    Just found your site and the very first video was aimed right at me!
    Thank you Terri and Ronda

    1. Hi Jay! I am so glad to have you here. Keep coming back. You can subscribe to my newsletter to get weekly tips via email! I am so happy this was spot on for you! Sounds like in spite of your fear you are moving forward and working through it. Honor yourself for the work you’re doing and keep it up!

  5. Terri … This is amazing. I wish your book was out. One of the thoughts that crossed my mind as I was reading your post was how fear often triangulates a person where intuition does not. That’s part of that judgment voice.

  6. Wow, Rhonda Britten! She is one of my favorites! Do you think that our fear voice can be so sneaky and automatic that it’s hard to tell the difference between it and intuition?

  7. Terri, this.is.life.changing!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Such a simple thing to remember but earth shattering nonetheless. Always get so much from your videos!

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