You must train your intuition. You must trust the small voice inside which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide. –Ingrid Bergman

Why must recognizing intuition be so confusing?

Confusion of intuitionExamples of intuition and how to recognize it.

Intuition is a broad term

The term “intuition” is loosely used to describe a variety of brain functions and their corresponding experiences which is why everyone has such difficulty recognizing it.

The main purposes of intuition are:

  • Warns you of danger
  • Takes control of thinking during a crisis
  • Illuminates the mind with insight and inspiration
  • Connects you with others to inform you of their thoughts and feelings.

One of the most common intuitive experiences is intuitive insight or the “aha moment.” A revelation “hits” you illuminating your mind and you “know” that you received the solution to a problem or that you simply “must” do this or that. These impulses will not be ignored.

To help illustrate the different variations of receiving intuitive information I asked a few colleagues to share some of their intuitive moments.
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Can you tell which of the types of intuition all of our examples fall under today?
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My daughter had moved to Israel when she was 18. I was visiting her 2 or 3 times a year for a short period of time. And she would come to the states once a year. It wasn’t ideal but we talked every day on the phone and made it work.
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When my son moved to Israel 5 years ago, I still thought it would be enough to see them 4 times a year. It was tough. I was so busy working that I saw no way of spending more time there.
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I finally made the decision to rent a place and try living in Israel for the winter. By the end of the 2nd month, I knew that I wasn’t ready to go back to Philly. As much as I missed my life there, my instincts said that Israel was where I needed to be.
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My son was getting married and my daughter was starting a business with which she wanted me involved. I realized that nothing was more important than being with them, sharing experiences and sharing love. I would never be able to retrieve these moments once they passed. It was as simple as that.
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I have learned to love Israel. But I would not have chosen to live here if it weren’t for the circumstances. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. There is no doubt in my mind that I am meant to be living my life in Israel…here…now… Fran Sorin www.AwakeCreate.com

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Six months after my husband passed away I had a thought.  I should go to America.  Then another thought…what on earth for?  Then another thought…oh yes to visit my sister.

.My sister lived in Tennessee and was going through her own struggles.  That’s it, I need to go and support and encourage my beautiful sister.  So I went.

.She was in desperate need of a holiday, a break from the ongoing challenges she was facing so I asked her where we should go for her getaway.  She said Florida.  So off we set.  I’d never been to the states before, and certainly never driven that far.  Britain is soooo much smaller.  We had lots of adventures en-route and first time experiences…well for me.  We had a great time and I headed back to my life in England.
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Time passed.  A tiny thought…you should go to America.  What?  I went, don’t you remember.  Been there, seen it, done it.  Time passed.  You should go to America…the thought was a damn nuisance and wouldn’t go away.  Well winter’s on its way, it might be nice to walk on a beach and soak up some rays for a few weeks.
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I bought a travel book on Florida and decided the Gulf of Mexico sounded…well exotic.  I called a Realtor and told her to rent me an apartment, as close to the beach as possible.  She did.  I packed two suitcases…hey it was an extended trip.
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I fell in love.  I fell in love with America, with the American people who are so incredibly hospitable to strangers…and the weather didn’t hurt either.
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A tiny thought.  You should stay longer.  I can’t…I need to get back home.  I left, only to rent my house so I could return to Florida and stay longer.  I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I was having fun.
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One year turned into another.  A persistent tiny thought said, stay, stay, so I did.
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And finally I found out what it was all about.  I met the most wonderful man in the world. The man who is in part responsible for me being the happiest woman on the planet.
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I give thanks each and every day that I listened to that tiny, tiny voice.
                         Elle Sommer www.ReflectingALife.com

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My moment happened in the summer between 4th and 5th grade.  The day is crystal clear.  I was riding my bike down the street and fell off right in front of our house and badly broke my arm.  So much so that there was a space between my hand and my wrist.
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My mom and aunt rushed me to the emergency room.  When I got there, the interns told jokes while they set my arm wrong.  It was the most pain I have ever felt.   The “real” doctor had to reset it.
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While I waited in the x-ray line to see if the second setting of my arm was done right I felt a knowing deep down inside myself.  I knew that I would grow up to be in a job that helped others.
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It was a total gut feeling, a knowing that I would spend my life helping others.  It was definitely intuition and I felt it off and on my whole life after that moment and it has never left me.  I often felt it during my teenage years, too. But it all started in the emergency room. Betsy Henry www.ZenMama.com
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If you thought that today’s examples all depict various forms of intuitive insight – you were right!
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What intuitive experiences have you had? Please share with us. I might include your comment in a upcoming post.
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