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Intuition

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”  ~ Albert Einstein

We can avoid giving away our power on a daily basis by listening to our own voice of knowing. It is that little inner voice inside us that we know so well and need to pay attention to more often. It is like listening to our instincts; rather like an intelligent monkey. Yet, it is often a human battle to actually listen to ourselves, without much questioning.

Intuition is a process that gives us the ability to know something directly without analytic reasoning, bridging the gap between the conscious and non-conscious parts of our mind, and also between instinct and reason.

We think of intuition as a magical phenomenon - but hunches are formed out of our past experiences and knowledge. So while relying on gut feelings doesn't always lead to good decisions, it's not nearly as flighty a tactic as it may sound. By honouring your intuition when it has wisdom to share, though, you can feel confident and happy in whatever decision you make.

The best time to trust your gut is when you're making more complex decisions. Most people might think they should trust their gut when they're doing something like ordering from a menu, but not when they're buying a car or deciding whether or not to get married. Follow the direction of your inner compass!

However, it turns out that because our emotions emerge from our unconscious mind, from our internal supercomputer, they tend to reflect more information than our rational mind. Buying a car or getting married are just the kind of decisions that seem to benefit the most from a more emotional, intuitive thought process.

The other time it is a good idea to trust your gut is situations in which you've had a lot of experience. If the problem really is unprecedented, then emotions fail to save you.

So much can be revealed to us when we listen to the language of our bodies. Our bodies are always speaking, sending us messages through the way we move, the sensations that arise from within, and the gestures and expressions that we make when we are communicating with others.If you want to know how you truly feel about a person or a situation, then it is a good idea to tune in to what you are feeling inside. Excitement, nervousness, anxiety, and fear are just some of the messages that your body wants you to hear. 

When you second guess yourself and go against what you know to be your truth, you can easily go off course because you are no longer following your inner compass. By looking inside yourself for the answers to your life’s questions, you are consulting your best guide. Only you can know the how’s and why’s of your life. The answers that you seek can be found when you start answering your own questions. 

In everyday life too, thinking too much and spending too long on a decision can actually lead you to make the wrong decision. The rational brain can be very useful, but it has real computational limitations. It can handle a certain amount of information at any given moment, but if you give it more than that you can overwhelm it.

Learning to tune into physical feelings can often point you in the right direction.

When we instinctively feel threatened, our skin will prickle and we will inevitably feel uncomfortable, even if our rational voice tells us we’re ‘being incongruous and silly’. 

Psychologists believe that we have an innate response to danger that alerts us before our cognitive brain has processed the information. However, it is easy to ignore these ancient signals, unless you’re paying close attention to your instant physical response.

Neurobiology states that intuition is a “right-brain” activity, using the emotional, creative, innovative part of the brain, while the left side is the mathematical, factual part, so it is often dismissed as too airy-fairy. True instinct, however, feels informed - as though an inner voice is speaking a truth you already know.

 “Close both eyes to see with the other eye.”  ~ Rumi

 

 

 

 

 

 

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