Perhaps you do not sing well, or enjoy singing, but nearly anyone can squeak out a tune when inspired.

In the same way, your intuition may not be well developed, but like your voice, it can be honed and strengthened with intention, attention and training.

Intuition is the act of knowing something without conscious reasoning. This also describes the art of parenting, falling in love, and our basic survival instincts. In essence, intuition is a life skill.

When we say “I feel it in my bones”, “my gut told me to get out of there”, “she made my skin crawl”, or “I can’t stomach it” – we are expressing body-felt intuition.

Our bodies physically express what is occurring on emotional, mental, energetic, or spiritual levels.

Consciously, we may be unaware of what that experience is, but our body is aware, and that is how we can know things subconsciously.

Given that our bodies are constantly receiving, interpreting, and organizing responses to our experiences, it isn’t difficult to reason that experiences can also be stored in our bodies, like memories — especially repetitive or traumatic experiences.

Repetitive experiences become patterns, or doing-without-thinking; traumatic experiences can cause us to feel blocked.

Our bodies cannot heal or function normally if they are blocked; our vitality is sapped, which prevents us from healing, even when we’re doing all the right things.

Blocks change or misdirect the flow of energy in bodies. They create imbalances in organ systems, and lead to dis-ease. Blocks can be deep-rooted; they may be integrated with other parts of the body, or even with other people in our lives.

This is well documented in traditional Chinese medicine, and I have noticed it in my own practice.

How do we identify the blocks within our bodies? We can either seek professional help, or learn to trust our intuition.

We have a feeling when something is not right in our bodies. Pay attention to this, and do not let anyone convince you otherwise. Make time to listen to your body through meditation, or look up Eugene Gendlin for exercises on how to look more deeply into your own body.

If you are not the do-it-yourself type, there are a number of holistic health practitioners who can help. I practice a form of medical intuition that helps identify physical and emotional links to symptoms or illness. Many other talented practitioners can be found on the Yukon Wholistic Health Network at www. ywhn.org.

Taking charge of our health involves more than just learning about ourselves from outside sources. Our own body is an indispensable source of wisdom, and will return us more rapidly to health if we listen to the inner voice.