We all sense things we can’t always name. Whether it’s goosebumps, butterflies in our stomach, or even that weird pulling feeling in your forehead when your third eye opens, we’re all intuitive. If you’re interested in learning to trust your gut more, I’ve got some intuition books for you to check out.

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Intuition is necessary for every aspect of life. I’m not saying you have to consider yourself a full-blown fortune teller, but you have to admit getting a feeling about something is helpful.

For me, as a writer, I like to explore my intuition. I like to see how I feel through the creative process, and I see how trusting my gut helps or hurts the final product. I’m not saying I’ve completely figured out the difference between intuition anxiety. I’m not sure you can always figure out the difference, especially with how the world has been lately.

But I do know that when I’m following my intuition, there is generally a better outcome. And when I’m following my anxiety, I tend to play small.

A Note About Developing Intuition

Even the best books on intuition can’t help you develop a sixth sense. And it’s important to note there’s a big difference between being psychic and learning to trust your gut.

Intuition is different for everyone. For me, it looks like reading the room I’m in and using my past experience as a way to form a plan about the current situation. Only, it happens so quickly and in a way that can’t be clearly explained.

Intuition is helpful. It’s there to keep you safe or to help you take an opportunity. And if you’re an artist, it’s there to help you make creative decisions and work more efficiently.

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Intuition Books to Help You Trust Your Gut

These aren’t the only books on intuition psychology, or the only books about trusting your gut. Check out this post on books on developing intuition. And if you’re a creative person, I think you’ll like these intuition books to help you trust your gut and work better.

001: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

I know I’ve recommended this book in other contexts, but as a creative person, I can’t stop recommending it.

I love hearing how other creatives have approached their work and about those moments of serendipity that come from simply showing up to work on your art. It’s nice to see those inexplicable moments of the creative life as told from the perspective of someone else.

And this book is great if you’re struggling to learn to trust your own process and want to see how others learned to do the same.

002: The Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rimes

Okay. Again. I’ve recommended this book. And it’s another book about the creative process as told by a creative person.

There’s so much to take away from this book. But one thing I like is how Shonda Rimes started saying yes to stuff, and how that opened so many doors for her.

I know I tend to say no to protect my energy, but that isn’t always coming from a place of intuition. In fact, a lot of times, it’s simply a habit. And sometimes, habits can get in the way of you trusting your gut and going after something new.

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And in this book there are plenty of examples of things Rimes said no to when she listened to her intuition, even if she was saying yes a lot.

003: The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

Yeah. I’ve recommended this one. But hear me out.

Creativity and intuition go hand-in-hand. And meditative practices are great for building a connection with our intuition.

I can think of no greater meditative practices than morning pages and artist dates. Plus, the book is great for helping you see little aspects of your life that may be holding you back creatively. I, personally, loved the chapter on crazy makers. It was eye-opening for me.

004: Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Look. You can’t connect with your intuition if you don’t have boundaries. The more open you are to the energy of others, the less energy you have for yourself.

I think most of us have some pretty good boundaries, but there are people in our lives that aren’t always easy to be around, and for whatever reason, we don’t always enforce our boundaries with them.

If you feel like maybe you’re giving a little too much to people at the expense of your mental and emotional energy, you may enjoy this book. I love how the author gives examples of conversations you may have, as well as ways to approach boundary issues with different types of people.

005: You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance by Chani Nicholas

I do not care how you feel about astrology, especially if you go all googly-eyed over the MBTI.

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To me, astrology is a great way to learn more about ourselves, especially if you look at the whole picture and not just your sun sign. There’s something very fulfilling about seeing how you connect to the bigger picture of things, and birth charts are great for that.

This book is a great entry point in the discussion of astrology, and it will help you learn more about your chart.

006: The Moon Book: Lunar Magic to Change Your Life by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

My husband told me once I was a lot like the moon from The Mighty Boosh. He’s not wrong, and I once literally went on a whole screed about Diet Cherry Coke, as the moon did in one episode of that show.

Regardless, I’m fascinated by the moon and the cycle of it, and how it affects the world around us. This book is perfect for the moon newbies as well as those who already have some knowledge. And if you like the intersection of intuition and planning, you’ll love this author’s Many Moons planners.

What’s Your Favorite Intuition Book?

What book do you recommend to those who want to build up their intuition? Is there a guide on intuition you’ve found helpful? Do you access creative intuition the same way you access everyday intuition?

One Response

  1. Hi Marisa,

    I love this list, and that you’ve included creativity, astrology, and lunar magic. I’m a fan.

    This is cheeky, but I published my own book about intuition and I wonder if you’d consider including it among your go-tos.
    It’s not a how-to book, but more of a ‘why-to’. It’s called ‘What is Intuition? Resonance, Connection, and Trusting Intuition on its own Terms. It’s based on my PhD research & it validates intuition as a relationship we can cultivate. If you are interested, I’d love to send you a copy of the e-book.


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