Having a high self-regard and the ability to hear your inner wisdom are closely linked. Accessing your intuition is an action that happens in your internal environment. Your internal space will need to be calm, open, and receptive to hear higher guidance intuitively.
There are many ways to quiet your internal space: meditation, exercise, and expressing repressed emotions, to name a few. While these methods help release trapped energy, perhaps the most effective way to soothe your internal environment is to practice self-love. Loving all aspects of yourself is a gentle and effective way to create a calm inner state as well as provide a great deal of spiritual protection.
[Read: 4 Ways to Hear Your Intuition] for more on how to quiet the inner environment.
What is self-love?
Self-love is having a very high affinity for yourself. You respect yourself on all levels of consciousness: mind, body, emotions, and spirit. You treat yourself accordingly by avoiding actions or thoughts that are destructive and harmful.
Self-love is an expression of kindness to yourself. You understand that you are doing the best you can at any given moment. When mistakes are made, you forgive quickly and commit to learning and growing from them.
True self-love is not a selfish view that you are better than anyone else or entitled. It's an acknowledgment and acceptance that you are equally as valuable as everyone else. When you practice self-love, you are always worthy of your time and attention, no matter what you've done or what has been done to you. Your value is inherited as a spiritual being created by God and can not be earned or undone.
Having a very high degree of self-regard will positively affect all areas of your life. You will treat others with more kindness, compassion, and love when you treat yourself better. You will clearly and quickly identify situations that are no longer useful and make positive changes. When self-love is present, new habits are formed so effortlessly that you may not recall leaving the unhelpful behavior behind.
Learning to love yourself may take time and effort, especially if you have an inner critic incessantly saying you are doing everything wrong. Don't fall into the trap of listening to this potentially well-meaning but unhelpful guidance. Instead, program yourself to listen to the loving wisdom of the higher self.
[Read: Developing a Spiritual Practice] to learn more about how to create a space to look for higher guidance.
One tool that will help curb your inner critic is to repeat Louise Hay's affirmation, "I accept only thoughts that support me and make me feel good." Say this affirmation daily as you notice attacks from the inner critic saying that you're not good enough, lazy, or something is wrong with you.
Louise Hay was a pioneer and thought leader in learning how to practice self-love. I highly suggest reading her bestselling work or watching her talks on Youtube to get started in this area.
[Read: The Lowdown on Higher Self Intuitive Information] to learn more ways to distinguish between your higher self and negative chatter of the mind.
Self-love is something you can practice and fold into your life anytime and anywhere. The more loving, accepting, and peaceful you are on the inside, the easier it will be to hear your soul's helpful guidance and have protection from negative feedback from the inner critic and other unhelpful energies. Learning to love yourself is a process. As your self-love grows inside you, the external environment will catch up, so don't give up if you don't see positive changes right away.