My thoughts on intuition
What is it? Where does it come from? Does everybody have it? How do I get it?
These are some of the questions I am asked regularly. I am going to attempt to answer a few of those questions below (from my perspective).
What is intuition, and where does it come from?
The scientific explanation for intuition is an insight that arises spontaneously without conscious reasoning or unconscious intelligence.
My explanation for intuition is that ‘gut’ feeling you get. You often literally feel it in your gut. You may also get goosebumps. Often you may feel nothing physically, you will just KNOW. It’s your unconscious mind / guides / higher powers giving you a helping hand.
Obviously, there are times when your intuition needs a little dissecting, you may feel that you need more time before you end up going with your initial feelings 😊. There are also times where you really need to follow that intuition instantly, when in a potentially dangerous situation for example.
How do I get it?
You already have it. Unfortunately, often the pressures and experiences throughout our lives, along with social conditioning have dampened it down. That gut feeling really does come from your gut. Instinct is primal, genetically programmed and has been for millennia. Our survival as a species has depended on our instincts. With all the fantastic human inventions throughout the years, we’ve depended less on what we feel, and instead concentrated more on what we see or hear, for instant gratification.
This is such a shame as instinct and intuition can be so rewarding. It can help you to make a decision based on ‘the right thing to do’, rather than what your ego wants you to do. It can help you develop your own creative abilities. Following your intuition can stop that negative little voice inside telling you that you can’t do something.
Steps to improving your intuition
· Meditate – take time out. Practice thinking of nothing by focusing on your breathing for five minutes and sit in silence. There are plenty of online resources for meditations that can help you initially, while you’re training yourself to ‘think of nothing’.
· Concentrate on one sense at a time. For example, tomorrow for a couple of hours, concentrate on your sight. REALLY see things. Make a point of looking around you. You’ll see signs you wouldn’t normally see. The following day concentrate on your hearing, and so on.
. Those goosebumps, that shiver down your spine, the gut feeling, they are all signs which in time you’ll learn to recognise and differentiate.
· Follow your intuition but don’t follow it blindly. Common sense and intuition can work hand in hand.
I’d love to hear your comments or the ways in which you tune in to your intuition.