How Strong Is Your Intuition?
A leading global media company, Forbes, recently published an article about intuition as a form of intelligence. Who would have expected that a science-focused finance publication like Forbes would ever be writing on the topic of intuition!
Definition of intuition:
- the ability to understand something immediately without the need for conscious reasoning.
Intuition is your first instinct. You feel it right away before you have time to analyze or logic your way through a particular situation or problem. In an emergency, you may intuitively know how to react or make decisions without needing time to weigh the options.
Where Does Intuition Come From?
“The intuitive mine is a sacred gift and the rational mind a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
There are a lot of theories about intuition and where it comes from. Some argue that is it the subconscious mind, which contains all information from past experiences and provides us with immediate feedback that our conscious can’t sift through quickly enough for action.
Others, like those who follow The Gaia Paradigm, believe that intuition comes from the heart. In Gaia methodology, one believes that you must be able to shift down from your head to your heart in order to follow the “flow” for where you’re life is naturally trying to lead you.
This doesn’t mean you ignore the head but rather you use the brain as a tool for figuring out details but ultimately listen to your heart when it comes to making decisions. Listen to the audio below to learn more about the power of your heart/intuition.
Stronger Intuition = Higher Intelligence?
Gerd Gigeenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and author of Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious believes that being more in tune with your intuition and subconscious helps you make smarter, more intelligent decisions. Some people choose to ignore their intuition and follow pure logic and science, but Gerd sees this as a lack of intelligence.
“In my scientific work, I have hunches. I can’t explain always why I think a certain path is the right way, but I need to trust it and go ahead. I also have the ability to check these hunches and find out what they are about. That’s the science part. Now, in private life, I rely on instinct. For instance, when I first met my wife, I didn’t do computations. Nor did she.”
Surrendering to your intuition in times of indecision is equal to admitting that there are higher powers at work in your life, and trusting that you are connected to the universe and divine intelligence.
How To Strengthen Your Intuition
Here are a few tips to help you become more in-tune with your intuition and strengthen your confidence in listening to it:
- think about your dreams
- prioritize creativity
- go on quiet walk/runs
- pay attention to sudden mood changes
- listen to the way your body reacts to things (pain, disease, gut feelings, discomfort, calm, energy, etc)
- think about times your intuition has served you in the past
- busy your body and quiet your mind
- stop fighting/arguing with yourself
- ask a question, ignore mind chatter and listen for clear answers
- envision a conversation with a wise mentor/your higher self
- carry a notebook
Reminder: don’t confuse intuition with FEAR. Fear and intuition are easily confused because they both can create feelings in your gut. Here’s how to separate the two”
- Intuition is about the present. There is NO worrying about past or future involved.
- Intuition is neutral, unemotional.
- Fear is a feeling from the past or a worrying about the future.
- Fear is highly emotionally charged.
When was a time you followed your intuition and it helped you make the right choice? Do you feel confident that you are an intuitive person? Let us know in the comments below.