Intuition 101: What It Is and How to Develop Your Inner Knowing

Intuition is such a fascinating subject! And when we look around us, our world that is ruled by information, suggestion and pure logic- intuition almost seems like magic. And yet, many people talk about it and swear by it. In fact, many people address their success and well being to the following their instinct. So let’s talk about it, let’s talk about what is intuition and how to cultivate one.

But instinct is something which transcends knowledge. We have, undoubtedly, certain finer fibers that enable us to perceive truths when logical deduction, or any other willful effort of the brain, is futile.

-Nikola Tesla

What Is Intuition?

What we perceive and are aware of through our five senses (hear, see, smell, touch and taste), is a very narrow percentage than is actually out there and that affect us. Wi-Fi or cellular network, for example. We know it’s there but we can’t perceive it. Or the visible light spectrum, we can only see a small portion of this radiation—the portion we call visible light. So we can agree on the fact that we don’t see much, right? What we call intuition, or the sixth sense, is simply more enhanced sensory perception (or information) received with the mind but NOT through our five senses.

I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.

-Albert Einstein

What Stands In A Way?

Shortly, social programming. In today’s modern age, we’ve been programmed to dismiss anything that doesn’t have sense to our logical brain. I remember many times when I had an opportunity to see my intuition in action. I also saw what happened after me not listening to it. You know that feeling when you are doing something, and in your gut it feels wrong. But no, you keep doing it because it’s logical move, right? Than you start having these weird thoughts that tell you something just not right. But still, you don’t give up… What was the expression? Mamma didn’t raise no quitter. Than all your stomach starts screaming at you. And if you keep going like that- at some point you will finally get used to it and except it as an anxiety disorder, burnout or possibly even a disease. That is what NOT following your intuition feels like.

Where following the intuition would feel like: being in a flow, or solution before the problem, piece, the inner knowing that you are doing the right thing. That kind of stuff…

You will never follow your own inner voice until you clear up the doubts in your mind.

― Roy T. Bennett

How Do We Cultivate Intuition?

The great news is that we can train our senses to tune in to a broader range of frequencies. And it starts with complete self-awareness. I swear to God if I hear self-awareness one more time… I know, we hear that word a lot lately. But by paying attention to those little thoughts that flashes our mind- we can catch ourselves dismissing them. Than question ourselves why are we dismissing them? Would it do any harm in following it? If not, why not trying and seeing where it takes us? And just like everything else in this world, the more it gets validated the more we learn how to trust it.

Dull minds are never either intuitive or mathematical.

― Blaise PascalPensées

So How Do We Cultivate Self-Awareness Than?

  • Mindfulness- being in the present moment. Not allowing memories of the past or worries of the future to enslave us
  • Meditation– quieting our inner chatter
  • Self-reflection- observing and evaluating our own thoughts, opinions, judgments and beliefs
  • Letting go- abandoning everything that doesn’t serve us: judgments, anxiety, repetitive thoughts, resentment etc.

Piece of cake.

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what is intuition and how to cultivate one