Intuition is something naturally endowed to humans. AND we all use it on some level every day. Unfortunately most of us misunderstand what it is. I’d like to take a moment and perhaps clarify what intuition is through the following distinctions:
Instinct – is a universal component of nature. It relies heavily on our five senses. It is related closely to survival and that part of us that acts faster than cold reason. It functions within our flight or fight brain processes. An example would be the instinctual sense of danger when one smells smoke inside their home.
Intelligence – goes far beyond academics. It is the part of us that thinks, the part that blends experiences with insights through several types of thought processes to help us make meaning. For example intelligence can express itself in these ways:
Divergent or Productive Thinking invents all the new possibilities that have not occurred to you before.
Reproductive Thinking fixates on what has worked in the past and tries to apply it in the present.
Convergent Thinking eliminates and narrows down the possibilities to the one right or two right next steps.
Insight – is like a realization. It happens when we “get it.” For example: Think of the moment when it all came together and you discovered the true identity of Santa Clause. Or, think about the moment you realized that your parents must have had sex…at least once.
Intuition – is a function of awareness that comes from the soul or from the spirit. It springs forth from a source that is neither linear nor rational. It is NOT imperative to our survival. It IS imperative to our spiritual wellbeing, personal evolution and our own creative expression. It is a flash of personal certainty. It is the language we must hear when we want to understand what our soul has to tell us. Intuition is clarity and it always, always brings a sense of peace that we cannot be deterred from. It feels ancient, clean and clear as well as deeply personal. When it guides we just know what we know and we can’t tell you exactly how we know.
I have come to strongly believe that utilizing and learning to trust your own intuition will always lead you to greater clarity and stronger peace-of-mind.
If something has sparked your interest and you want to know more about how to develop you intuition further I suggest you pick up a handy, creative, fun to apply little pocket- book titled: 101 Ways to Jump Start Your Intuition by John Holland.