Picture this, as I’m sure you’ve been there before: you’re sitting around the house, perhaps watching television or reading a book. Suddenly, a thought pops into your head.
“Hey, I ought to call my mom, I haven’t talked to her in a little while.” So you set down your book or turn off the television and walk across the room to get your cell phone. And, wouldn’t you know it, right when your hand contacts the phone, the screen illuminates with an indication of an incoming call.
It is, of course, your mother. The very same mother, in fact, that you had gotten the instinct–the urge even–to call just seconds ago.
This is intuition.
What is Intuition?
The dictionary defines intuition as “direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process.” The seeming perception that you and your mom should get on the phone was somehow shared between the both of you in that instant. It’s often called a “gut instinct,” and is regarded by some as little more than coincidence or another artificial phenomenon to ignore lumped in with psychics and alien abductees. But scientists, psychologists and others who have studied the connection between our minds and bodies have concluded that instances of intuition are very real and, in some cases, very reliable.
Albert Einstein, the single most famous scientist once remarked that “the only real valuable thing is intuition.” So if a scientific mind like Einstein could get behind the idea of intuition, why do some people struggle so mightily to accept the validity of the naturally occurring phenomenon?
Fear tends to be our biggest obstacle to trusting our intuitive indicators. This prevents us from developing our intuitive gift and fall hostage to limited reasoning. Reasoning should not be discarded when dealing with intuition. Rather it must be used to help validate and explain why we receive intuitive indicators but it should never trump our intuitive sense.
Using Intuition Effectively
Intuition is regularly used in your everyday life even when you’re not fully aware of it. A large part of learning, both inside and outside of the stereotypical “learning environments” like a classroom, are due in part to intuition. Once you’ve encountered a problem, it’s important to approach it with a sense of right and wrong, a sense of what can be done in the situation, even if you have not experienced this problem directly before. Making necessary shifts in your believe system, essentially “feeling it out” is using your everyday tuition in a problem solving setting.
Often, somewhere deep within you, your and spirituality can work together, intertwined in a way which can feed your intuition without you realizing it, spurring on these “gut feelings” in situations when you need them the most.
The benefits and instances of intuition do not stop at problem-solving and learning. Intuition, faith and spirituality can be used to help form and strengthen relationships both with people and God, used in psychological and psychiatric healing, and guide your actions. In future posts I will delve further into the idea of fully utilizing your intuition, tapping further into it, letting your spirituality guide you, and recognizing its significance.
I challenge you to respond to your next intuitive sense and then write down why you receive it after you took the leap of faith to trust it. You may be tapping into something that can change the direction of your entire life.