An exquisite article I’ve recently read addresses one of the most important subjects that I have been thinking about these days. How to tell the difference between your gut feeling and paranoia or traumatic responses?
Differentiating intuition and paranoia
It is common for individuals who are still discovering their identity and role in the world to project their emotions in various ways. This is a natural human behavior as we seek validation, attention, and connection with others. Our beliefs about ourselves and others shape our perception of the world around us.
In order for something to deeply affect or hurt you, it typically stems from a belief that you hold deep within yourself, causing it to strike a chord. It is important to identify the root of our triggers by asking questions such as “how,” “why,” and “what.” Once identified, we can then work on addressing and healing these triggers. For further guidance, please refer to my previous blog posts on rebuilding trust with ourselves and others.
So how do you tell the difference between paranoia and intuition?
The feeling of paranoia can be quite scary as it attacks the mind and causes discomfort in the gut area, indicating an imbalance in the solar plexus or low levels of confidence. For instance, if you come across a post on social media that triggers you and you start worrying whether it’s about you, that’s a clear indication of paranoia. When you find yourself guessing and wondering, it’s highly probable that the paranoia has been triggered by a response to a traumatic experience.
Intuition often arises without any effort and seemingly out of nowhere. You may receive information that originates from your third eye or brow chakra, and it will be clear and direct. However, if you are sensing something negative, it may initially feel like paranoia, especially if you lack confidence, leading to confusion. Despite this, a strong sense of knowing will prevail and overcome any doubts.
Our intuition plays a vital role in our personal power, including our self-confidence and ability to make sound judgments. When we have overcome any lingering trauma and feel empowered within ourselves, we can more easily identify the underlying causes of our thoughts and feelings. For instance, if you sense that a colleague has been speaking negatively about you behind your back, you can recognize that their behavior may stem from envy, stress, or a desire to be closer to you, rather than taking it personally. However, if you struggle with unresolved trauma, paranoia can take hold and make you feel overwhelmed and unsafe, causing you to interpret things in a more personal and frantic manner.
It’s important to distinguish between intuition and paranoia caused by unresolved trauma. To achieve this, meditation is a helpful practice. If you’re unable to take deep breaths and calm your nerves, it’s best not to believe everything you feel or witness. As someone who communicates with spirits, I’ve gained insight into what constitutes intuition. I’ve observed that people often create unnecessary drama and harbor grudges or envy towards others. This can create a negative psychic loop that affects both individuals due to one person’s unresolved trauma.