Being present, neutral, and receptive are essential characteristics for hearing intuitive guidance. These traits form what I call an "intuitive temperament," which is an attitude or disposition you create inside yourself that allows intuitive guidance to enter and be witnessed. To hear intuitive guidance from your higher self and God, you need to create an internal environment that energetically matches them. Therefore, you aim to have an inner space that is full of unconditional love.
Being present means that thoughts about the past and future reside so that there is only the present moment. Likewise, the story of your life and where you perceive it is going will need to fall away so you are without expectations and judgments, thereby remaining open to all possibilities. Essentially you are halting your personality or ego's input as you listen for intuitive guidance. This may seem like a tall order, but you only need to maintain this egoless state while receiving intuitive guidance, which can take a few seconds.
To be receptive and more closely match the unconditional love energies of God and the higher self, you will want to refrain from all negative judgments about yourself, others, life circumstances – everything. Holding biases about how something should or shouldn't be can cloud Divine guidance. Again, I know holding a non-judgmental attitude can sometimes be challenging, but you only need to suspend judgments long enough to receive intuitive guidance.
Tip: If you have difficulty experiencing an unconditional love space, I recommend taking a few seconds to reflect on the love you have for a child or pet, as this will drop you in the unconditional love zone quickly.
When judgments are no longer present, you will be inherently neutral. You won't expect what the intuitive guidance will say or how you will experience it. You will become ready to receive what is for your highest good from the most helpful possible spiritual sources – God and your higher self.
In summary, every time you come into your intuitive practice, consciously decide to stay in the present moment and foster a space of unconditional loving by suspending negative judgments. Set an intention that you are open and receptive to all that is for your highest good and watch with neutrality, like a spiritual scientist, what comes in. Take notes and follow up with the guidance received to see if it has value. If it does, you know you are on the right intuitive track.
[Read: Becoming a Spiritual Scientist] To learn how to track your intuitive guidance to see if it comes from a helpful spiritual source such as your higher self and God.