Whenever I consciously made a choice without listening to my hunches the results have proven to be painful.
A few days ago, I asked a child what he wanted to be when he grew up and he responded with such an assertiveness that it struck me. I asked, “How do you know that the right thing for you is being a geologist?” The power of his answer blew me away, he said, “I just KNOW it!” This is an example which highlights that everyone is born with a certain proximity to their intuition but as each person grows they begin to distance themselves from it thinking that it is no longer a rational form of thought.
Intuition is a form of inner intelligence beyond the rational mind. It happens when you perceive something not knowing how you know it. It is knowing without understanding how you got there. Deepak Chopra teaches that intuition is an intelligence that moves beyond the rational mind and taps into cosmic intelligence. Gary Zukav, in his book The Seat of the Soul, where he talks about the development from five sensory humans to multisensory humans, “the five-sensory human learns through experience and accepts every impulse and insight as his or her own, as originating within his or her psyche…[The multisensory human knows that insights, hunches, are from the soul] or from advanced intelligences that assist the soul on its evolutionary journey“
Although Carl Jung believed that there are intuitive and non-intuitive beings, more recent researchers believe that everybody has intuition as a skill that can be developed. Joel Kurtzman, former editor of The New York Times business section and The Harvard Business Review, (Ray and Myers, 1986) suggests: “The rational process is linear. It’s when you are putting your facts in order and looking at them, weighing them, and making a decision based on the importance you assign each fact. Intuition is looking at the same facts and trying to see a pattern. The patterns aren’t always evident because they are not linear. That’s where intuition is very valuable. You look at a set of variables, and suddenly it snaps into your mind that there’s a pattern. The ability to recognize patterns is intuitive. Rational and intuitive thinking is not mutually exclusive. (p. 177)”
In this rationality driven world, where linear thinking is “the way”, we have lost touch with intuition. Intuition is not considered to be knowledge so it is not fully processed in our minds and instead, often discarded.
Ultimately, intuition is the best tool to use in the process of making any type of decision. Being a tool for self-awareness, intuition is often blocked by the fear of knowing ourselves. We humans have the tendency of being scared of knowing too much about ourselves.
I am often asked how you recognize this inner voice. I respond saying that more than a voice often it’s a feeling. Intuition is my compass. It is a tool beyond the physical reality that assists me and can assist anyone for many purposes: creativity, inspiration, survival, decision making, problem solving, and more.
To begin, just affirm the following: “Today I am open and willing to listening to those nudges and hunches that will appear to me.”
What I have learned about intuition is that it is a very valuable tool to navigate life. I’d dare to say inescapable tool to surf into this ocean of experiences.
Let’s turn on the compass and become the explorers of our own existence!
-Antonella Lo Re