Intuition Helps You Know What You Already Know
Intuition does not predict the future. Intuition helps you know what you already know, what is worthy and true.
Our lives are changing so fast now that we need a better way of navigating the chaos. Intuitive intelligence is a way of knowing that is more direct and instantaneous than logic.
We know so much more than we realize. In studies done at Princeton and Stanford using random number generators, researchers proved that study participants knew what numbers were going to come up before they showed up on a screen. The researchers tracked this through sensors placed on the participants’ bodies that detected subtle changes in the nervous system. The only problem is that the participants were not able to feel those cues in their nervous system so they didn’t know they could predict the random numbers beforehand. They didn’t know what they already knew!
This gives us a view into how our intuition is expressed. Intuition has been referred to as the “quiet voice within” or “a sixth sense”, but what if we don’t need a “sixth” sense but just need to fine tune our five senses?
Many people feel their intuition as a felt sense, through a sensation in their body. Unexplained experiences that have no obvious source such as chills running through body, a shiver, cold, heat, hair standing on end, an uncomfortable feeling, tension in the gut, nausea, or excitement are expressing what we already know, we just don’t know it yet. By learning to focus on the body with a soft, loving, and curious attention we can become aware of sensations that were previously undetected. This is the beginning of knowing what we already know!
You are probably familiar with other ways your intuition speaks to you. When you see a message on a license plate, sign or just the right book shows up, your intuition is showing you what you already know. When you read the sign on the side of the truck and know it is the answer to your question, you already knew the answer or you would not have recognized it. Your intuition is printing it out in big letters on the side of the truck. How much more obvious can it be?
How about the times you take a different route home and find out there was a big accident on your regular route? Or get sick and can’t go to an event only to discover much later it was a blessing that you missed it?
Dreams are also the bearer of intuitive messages that are part of our physical reality. Dreams break through our defenses and the noise of our busy minds to get messages to us that we are ignoring or avoiding. Messages that come to us in dreams are acceptable. Look at all of the inventions attributed to the dream state. Learning to trust your intuition in your waking state is the next step!
My point is that intuition has been relegated to a mysterious realm that is not that mysterious. Intuitive intelligence is just as important as emotional or rational intelligence. It is part of the spectrum of human ingenuity that expands our capacity to find creative solutions and live a more fulfilled life.
During times of change and chaos, intuition is often the best source of guidance we have. Intuitive solutions appear out of the blue, often as a sudden insight. It may save your life because it is quick and clear and you don’t have time to reason out a solution with logic.
Intuition is not mysterious, it’s just another aspect of your consciousness. It’s not defend-able by logic, but it is provable when you learn to trust it and act upon it.
Our society is undergoing massive change. Changes that defy logic. When the animals run from the shoreline because a tsunami is going to hit, we are in awe of their intuitive instincts. When will be in awe of our own intuitive intelligence? I hope it’s soon because rehashing and recycling old ideas are not the answer to today’s challenging issues. Intuitive intelligence sources a deeper wisdom that opens new and creative solutions. We need to learn to trust this wisdom and its unique ability to guide us safely; to show us what we already know to be true and worthy of our attention.
Thank you for these reminders, Sarah.