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Blog:161 What is intuition? Why you should trust your inner wisdom

Intuition involves no conscious use of the reasoning mind.

Albert Einstein, physicist said:

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

Here’s a bit about Instinct, gut feelings, and intuition:

The term ‘instinct’ is used as a synonym for intuition – this means it’s a word that means exactly or nearly the same as another word. Intuition is very much allied to instinct – which refers to a natural response to the stimulus. For example, the ‘fight or flight’ feeling humans experience is allied to animal instinct.

Instinct is a natural response involving the senses. Institution however combines instinct with a cognitive element.

People who use their intuition well may well talk about ‘acting instinctively’, because their intuition may be so highly developed and their use of it so frequent that they respond to its call spontaneously and immediately.

‘A gut feeling’ refers to a body response that may not be located in the gut area. Perhaps the term is used because the gut is the site of one of the most basic bodily processes – the digestion and absorption of food.

Certainly, in our culture the term ‘having a gut feeling’ is often used interchangeably with ‘having an intuition’.

Your intuition is always available to you, but it could be taking a nap to cope with the cacophony and frenzy of your everyday mind.

The quiet truth of our lives is always waiting and it often communicates itself in subtle messages. It’s up to each of us to prepare ourselves to hear it. You can do this by:

· Slowing down;

· Stilling your mind;

· Learning to be comfortable with silence;

· Focusing on the first whispers of intuition.

As you move into slowness and silence, you’ll feel softer and more receptive – this is the place that intuition loves best.

To relax your ever-active mind:

Sit comfortably and close your eyes, notice your mind darting here and there – from issue to issue, analysing, judging, when commenting its unable to stop – its always on the go. Rather than resisting it try to focus on its busy-ness. Go right in there feeling its tension, it’s need to get things right and its need to comment on everything. Be inside that every chattering, ever moving mind. Feel it’s frenzy. Sink into that mind.

Allow yourself to be there for a while and then imagine the chaos and noise subsiding. Be there with your softening mind.

Feel it let go and feel it let the tension ooze away. Feel your mind slowing down in its tracks. You might find slowing down your mind difficult at first, but repeat the actions listed here to help it to shut up so you can stop stressing you out. Practice makes perfect (as they like to say). Open your eyes and sit quietly – let the quietened mind sit still with you. Keep breathing, your mind might start chattering away again to you, firmly tell it shut up and to be still.

The sudden flashes of intuition:

Joan Borysenko, psychoneuroimmunologist said:

“When things are coasting along smoothly, we don’t need guidance. The sudden flashes of intuition and dreams we have in our darkest hours, are capable of renewing our lives, changing our course and mending a broken spirit”.

Your inner wisdom is the real voyage of discovery that consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

If you let yourself go with your intuition, your gut feelings and your instinct about when you know you’ve got something right or wrong, or you’re getting positive or negative vibes about something or someone, listen to and trust your inner wisdom. When you do this, you’ll feel content and you’ll receive happy vibes from those around you and from circumstances you find yourself in. If you think and feel positive vibes – good things will come out of your inner wisdom and make you’re life be just as you need and want it to be.

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