“Trust instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Wow, are you a mind reader?” “How did you do that? “ “How do you know that?”
These are questions I’m asked frequently because I use my intuition on a daily basis. What some folks call a “gut feeling,” a “hunch” or “women’s intuition,” I call “headquarters”. I have friends and family who frequently describe me as someone who “listens to the universe” (wow that’s woo-woo) and this ability has served me well in my life in countless ways from keeping myself from getting mugged to finding love.
I grew up in a very emotionally chaotic environment and had a family dynamic that required me to operate on an intuitive level to survive. That’s not the way I’d recommend learning this skill, but is often the way it happens. Intuition is a survival skill. Though we no longer have to cope with hidden dangers jumping out at us from behind bushes in modern life, our intuition knows what’s best for us even when our conscious, thinking mind doesn’t yet understand what’s going on. Due to the fact that this part of our brain (our limbic/reptilian brain) doesn’t get triggered very often, we don’t always recognize it’s messages and therefore tend to ignore them.
Tuning into and using your innate intuitive senses can positively affect your daily life by informing your decision making and relating skills. We make hundreds of choices daily, using most of the senses that we have, and intuition is just one of them.
One term I’ve heard used for the intuitive process is “Rapid Cognition.” In his book “Blink” Malcolm Gladwell writes: “I think we are innately suspicious of this kind of rapid cognition. We live in a world that assumes that the quality of a decision is directly related to the time and effort that went into making it. When doctors are faced with a difficult diagnosis, they order more tests, and when we are uncertain about what we hear, we ask for a second opinion. And what do we tell our children? Haste makes waste. Look before you leap. Stop and Think. Don’t judge a book by its cover. We believe that we are always better off gathering as much information as possible and spending as much time as possible in deliberation. We really only trust conscious decision making. But there are moments, particularly in times of stress when haste does not make waste, when our snap judgements and first impressions can offer a much better means of making sense in the world.”
Often times our intuitive sense knows the right answer long before our rational minds do. Our intuition often works faster and provides great hypothetical answers that our rational minds can then research and quantify. In most cases, the answers and ideas that our intuition offers us turn out to be the best options in a given situation. In my experience, I’ve found that the impression that came to mind first was usually the correct and most accurate, even after much deliberation.
The power of our unconscious minds is great, but it can be fallible. The trick to maximizing the benefits of using one’s intuition is to learning when fear is at play and when intuition is at play. We can fine tune, educate, and manage our unconscious reactions. The power of knowing is not a gift given magically to a fortunate few. It is an ability that we can cultivate for ourselves.
What if you could learn and implement this aspect of your mind and use it to your advantage intentionally (and not just by chance)? One of my passions is teaching people about how amazing life can be when we use our intuition consciously, for our benefit.
I’m so excited about doing this in fact that I’m putting the final touches on a workshop series that will help you do just that!
Do you ever wonder what life would be like if you could use intuition to guide yourself towards the vision you’ve always had for yourself? When you harness this ability, it will allow you to:
- Solve problems and make decisions with ease.
- Recognize and maximize opportunities.
- Connect with friends and loved ones more deeply.
- Navigate job interviews, social interactions and dating with more clarity and confidence.
- Feel confident and comfortable no matter what life throws at you.
- Open up to a world of possibilities.
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