Thursday, January 12, 2017

What is Intuition?

“There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.” - Albert Einstein

Intuition is a process of widening your attention to include the information that comes from your imagination, emotions, and unconscious mind as well as from your intellectual senses/conscious mind.

It is a natural faculty. It is something that is innate in everyone, and this includes YOU!

It is a skill to be developed which is why some people seem to be more intuitive than others.

Intuitive living takes practice. Intuition is like a muscle; it helps to work it out every day.

It’s the difference between thinking about something and knowing something.

“Our ability to think is a wonderful thing. We can imagine, create, even make fun of ourselves. It’s just that thinking and knowing are different, and knowing comes from a more primitive wisdom, a timeless connection to the movement, to the dance of the universe and all its beings.” - Gabrielle Roth 

You may be more familiar with the phrase “gut feeling.” This is exactly how it feels when you are practicing intuition. It feels like you “know” something right smack in the center of your being. 

When you “know” something on an intuitive level, sometimes your heart will race, or just beat differently. Your breath rate might increase or it might slow down considerably. You might feel dizzy or “high” or breathless. You might feel a sinking sensation in your stomach, or your legs, or both.

"When a woman is strong in her instinctual nature, she intuitively recognizes the innate predator by scent, sight, and hearing ... anticipates its presence, hears it approaching, and takes steps to turn it away. In the instinct injured woman, the predator is upon her before she registers its presence, for her listening, her knowing and the apprehensions are impaired -- mainly by introjects which exhort her to be nice, to behave, and especially to be blind to being misused. - Clarissa Pinkola Estes

When a woman learns to listen to her intuitive nature, she is closer to her instinctual nature than ever before.

Intuition, this is the voice that men laugh about, calling it superstition or female overreacting. This is the voice that speaks to us at the back of our minds warning us about things we cannot "prove" in the physical world. It is the voice that caused millions to be burned and slaughtered. It is the hand of our dark sisters/brothers guiding us through the unknown.

It has been predominately granted as women's sight, though many men also have such gifts. They, however, have been more stringently taught to suppress it, to deny its existence.

I have finally learned to listen carefully to that inner voice. I travel with excitement into the dark recesses, searching through the bones, digging in the earth and using the lessons of the past to fertilize the seeds of the future.

For me, reconnecting with my intuitive self entailed striking out on my own.

“Intuition is not a single way of knowing - it’s our ability to hold space for uncertainty and our willingness to trust the many ways we’ve developed knowledge and insight, including instinct, experience, faith
and reason.” - Brene Brown

Intuition and faith are the tools that can help us to cope and navigate our way through uncertain times in our lives. Not every choice or decision we make has an easy formula and will give us concrete direction or answer. Many times we make decisions based on what we feel is right and what we are passionate about. Listening to and making room for this inner voice, and letting go of our need for certainty will help us to navigate uncertain times with less fear and more confidence, trusting in ourselves and our ability.

Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.

Faith is an absolutely essential part of living a wholehearted life.

The need for certainty actually quiets our intuitive voice.  When we start to just be still and talk about our passions and desires, our inner voice and intuition starts to bring about answers and direction.  For some reason along the way, we lose touch with ourselves and take up fear and the need for certainty instead of trusting in our inner voice.

If you challenge yourself and realize that your gut feeling is actually unfounded, then chances are you are operating out of fear rather than intuition. When you challenge your intuition in this way, it can stand up to the test because it is founded in your experience, instinct and reason.

We spend so much time spinning our wheels trying to gain certainty over situations that we cannot control. If we don’t have control, than we need to learn how to let go of it and have faith. “Let go and let God.”

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” 

Sometimes intuition is a feeling, sometimes a pull in a certain direction, sometimes one thing seeming brighter than another.

Sophy Burnham, the bestselling author of The Art of Intuition, describes intuition as “the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it. It’s different from thinking, it’s different from logic or analysis ... It’s a knowing without knowing.”

There has never been a time in my life when I have acted on this deep inner knowing and been sorry for it later. Never.

We need to respect the fact that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that — sometimes — we’re better off that way.

“And that is what the intuition is for; it is the direct messenger of the soul.” -Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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