The Value of Intuition

The Value of Intuition

Intuition often comes to us in a flash

The Value of Intuition

by Dr. Howard A. Jones

Attitudes about spirituality and the existence of intuition are changing

Anyone with any kind of spiritual sensibility cannot fail to be aware that a profound change is underway, very, very slowly, in the attitude [re:spirituality and intuition] that an increasing number of people have to one another and to our earthly environment.

We have to look back to the 1960s and 1970s for the start of the cultural revolution. Before this, the world was recovering from the second of two world wars in half a century; few people expressed any interest in the welfare of the environment or knew anything much about the mystical faiths of the east. This change in attitude has formed part of the general acknowledgement that the spiritual domain is of profound importance in our everyday lives.

Two minds: the conscious mind and the unconscious mind

We’ve all used – and heard others use – the expression of being ‘in two minds’. As with many other long-established sayings, there is much wisdom in this phrase.

For several centuries now, science has held that the mind is simply the name we give to the workings of the brain. However, over the past century, scientists have come to realize that this is only part of the truth. It is true that the brain interprets the input of our five senses – an operation that we can still regard as a function of the rational or conscious mind. But, as Sigmund Freud realized, humankind also possesses an unconscious mind that holds the data we accumulate about the world until we need to use it and also gives expression to our emotions.

Intuitive mind vs. rational mind

There are many philosophers and physiologists who regard this unconscious or spiritual mind as primary, determining what we absorb of the numerous images that impact daily on our senses and shaping our course of action. When we talk about being ‘in two minds’, what we are saying is that we are experiencing an internal conflict between what the reasoning of the rational mind tells us we should do and what the emotional mind – our ‘gut feelings’ – tell us what would be the better option. This crucially important emotional mind is an expression of our intuition.

Intuition often comes to us in a ‘flash’

The intuitive sense also comes into play for scientists or mathematicians struggling with a difficult problem: often the solution comes to us ‘in a flash’, often and perhaps usually when we are not focusing the rational mind on the topic.

How many creative artists have attributed to inspiration for their work arising within them from a spiritual source they believe to be outside the body. When speaking of his Second Symphony, popularly known as The Resurrection, the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler said:

‘Creative activity and the genesis of a work are mystical from start to finish, since one acts unconsciously, as if prompted from outside, and then one can hardly conceive how the result has come into being’   and ‘For me, the conception of the work never involved the laying down of a process, but at the most of a feeling  …The parallelism between life and music may be deeper and wider than we are yet in a position to understand’.

What Mahler said in respect of his musical composition could equally well apply to great creative works of poetry or fiction.

This intuitive sense is often described as the ‘sixth sense’.

The ‘sixth sense’ comes into play also in our experience of psychic phenomena, such as telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition. The rational mind functions through a process called ‘upward causation’ – the senses, stimulated by the material world, provoke neural processes within the brain. But the spiritual mind is believed to work through a process of ‘downward causation’ in which a metaphysical [numinous] cosmic energy interacts with mind to provoke intuition or inspiration.

Collective Unconscious, Cosmic Consciousness & the Morphic Field

Put another way, the behaviour of individual human minds is influenced by a holistic and universal spiritual energy, which C.G. Jung described as the collective unconscious; the English-born Canadian psychotherapist, Richard Bucke, referred to this numinous realm as the cosmic consciousness. In modern scientific terminology, the Cambridge biologist Rupert Sheldrake described it as the morphic field.

For rationalists it is reassuring that science over the past century has developed concepts that accord perfectly with this concept of the importance of recognising our intuitive self. Even at the fundamental level of molecules, atoms and bits of atoms, scientists have found that there is an interactive field of energy that integrates and unifies the whole subatomic material world.

Our consciousness exists within an interactive field of energy

This is not only a useful analogy to the kind of integration we seek within humankind. It provides a theoretical explanation of the processes of intuition within the human brain and explains how we can communicate with other minds through telepathy and through the aesthetics of artistic creativity. Modern science is surely right to suggest the primacy of the intuitive subconscious.

What changes in people’s attitudes regarding spirituality and intuition are you noticing? Have you heard of cosmic consciousness or the “morphic field?” What are your thoughts on this field of energy we interact with? Share with us in the comments.

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Howard Jones, MDAbout: Howard Jones, MD is a researcher, author and lecturer who studied physical and medical sciences at university, which included learning something of the philosophy of science. With the incompatibility that many have long claimed between science and religion, his journey into philosophy took him into a study of comparative religions of the world. As a result, for the past thirty years he has written and lectured on the compatibility of science and spirituality, though dogmatic, scriptural religions are by their very nature not compatible with one another. Howard believes, “If we want to find a unifying thread between the religions of the world we must look to the intuitive spiritual energy that lies within us all.” Contact Howard by visiting his website: The Spirit of Oneness (http://www.spiritofoneness.co.uk/)

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Intuition: Boost Intuition with Mindfulness Meditation

Intuition: Boost Intuition with Mindfulness Meditation

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Practical applications for boosting intuition with mindfulness meditation

by guest author Sara Stringer

What is intuition?

Intuition is our personal inner GPS (global positioning system).  When we listen to this internal voice or feel its “nudge” we are guided to the solutions to life’s problems. Our intuition is the technology with which we receive guidance from an all pervading intelligent universe.

What is mindfulness meditation?

Practicing mindfulness meditation is the experience of staying fully in the present moment. When you practice mindfulness you focus completely on the task at hand. You are aware of your thoughts and watch over them much like a shepherd, continuously bringing the stray ones back to a single focus on the present moment and whatever it is you are doing.

Developing a practice of mindfulness allows your intuition to blossom simply because you have removed all the “clutter” from your mind that distracts you from hearing your inner voice.

When we listen to our intuition we are guided to the solutions we need to solve life’s many dilemmas. We are all connected to the source of all intelligence in the Universe. All answers are available to us if we will only listen. The technology for conveying this information to us is our intuition. Let your intuition shine a light on your problems. – See more at: http://www.poweredbyintuition.com/2013/07/27/intuition-stories-of-intuition-solving-a-problem/#sthash.hkgxWKSj.dpuf
When we listen to our intuition we are guided to the solutions we need to solve life’s many dilemmas. We are all connected to the source of all intelligence in the Universe. All answers are available to us if we will only listen. The technology for conveying this information to us is our intuition. Let your intuition shine a light on your problems. – See more at: http://www.poweredbyintuition.com/2013/07/27/intuition-stories-of-intuition-solving-a-problem/#sthash.hkgxWKSj.dpuf
When we listen to our intuition we are guided to the solutions we need to solve life’s many dilemmas. We are all connected to the source of all intelligence in the Universe. All answers are available to us if we will only listen. The technology for conveying this information to us is our intuition. Let your intuition shine a light on your problems. – See more at: http://www.poweredbyintuition.com/2013/07/27/intuition-stories-of-intuition-solving-a-problem/#sthash.hkgxWKSj.dpuf
When we listen to our intuition we are guided to the solutions we need to solve life’s many dilemmas. We are all connected to the source of all intelligence in the Universe. All answers are available to us if we will only listen. The technology for conveying this information to us is our intuition. Let your intuition shine a light on your problems. – See more at: http://www.poweredbyintuition.com/2013/07/27/intuition-stories-of-intuition-solving-a-problem/#sthash.hkgxWKSj.dpuf

The right time to apply intuition and practice mindfulness

One of the first things that you will want to know when you become a student of developing intuition and mindfulness is whether or not there is a “right” time to practice your new craft. This is a complicated question and there is no one correct answer. However, there are some instances in which being experienced in developing intuition and mindfulness can be helpful.

Dealing with Your Finances

When you apply for a loan or are trying to find the best credit card balance transfer offers it is easy to get distracted. Your own nervousness can play a large role in this and that is why it is so important to be able to stay calm and keep a good state of mind when dealing with important issues like your finances.

Being able to practice breathing and mindfulness can help you clear your head and really focus on what you are trying to do. This is especially helpful when talking to a representative of a bank or loan company.

Before your meeting, do a few deep breathing exercises and focus on the task at hand and what you want to get from it. This helps to slow your heart rate and increase oxygen flow to your brain. The extra oxygen fuels your brain and helps it to calm your nerves. You’ll be able to block out the bustle, your nerves, and everything else and use your intuition to figure out whether or not what your rep is saying is in your best interests or not.

Applying to College

Getting an undergraduate is no longer the ultimate option. We see Bachelor degrees the same way we once saw the high school diploma. This means that there are more students than ever competing for the same number of spots and that kind of competition is intimidating. It gets worse when you have to find, apply and interview for scholarships in order to be able to afford that degree.

Use your intuition to pick up on intuitive insights and cues your interviewer (or interviewers) are giving you so that you can respond appropriately. The unspoken cues are hard to read when you’re nervous.

Getting to your interview early to practice your breathing and spend a few minutes being mindful helps you focus to make this easier as well as to be present in your interview so that you can showcase your best characteristics.

Meeting New People

Some of us are blessed with an inner confidence. For others, social situations are—on a good day—a total nightmare. Being able to practice your breathing so that you don’t find yourself inwardly trying to beat back a panic attack at the next dinner party is good for everyone.

Some people have found that by following their intuition, they are able to open up more in social situations. Because they are focused, they are better able to intuitively pick up on body language cues and other subtle hints as to whom to approach and befriend at the party.

Knowing that you’re not the only one there who is nervous and freaking out has an intense calming effect that can be beneficial (and makes you more approachable).

Dealing With Major Life Changes

For some of us, major career changes and lifestyle changes send us into spirals of despair and anxiety. A daily mindfulness practice, when paired with your intuition can help you work through the changes and do the things you need to do in order to build structure around your new situation.

Mindfulness can help you focus on a job search or rebuilding after a move or relationship change; it can help you get through stressful nights after having a baby. Mindfulness helps you stay present in the moment. It keeps you grounded and controls your brain (allowing it to wander into all of the stressful unknowns is dangerous for your mental health during times of change). This helps you focus on exactly what you need to do to get through that moment before you focus on the next one. It’s kind of like “baby steps” but with better breathing.

The fact is that while there are many situations in which you can use your intuition pairing it with the practice of mindfulness can make things so much clearer and will make life less overwhelming.

Have you been practicing mindfulness meditation? Did it boost your intuition? Share your experience or ask a question in the comment section.

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Sara Stringer is freelance writer who most often writes about personal finance. In her spare time, she enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle through swimming and practicing yoga.

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Never Miss an Opportunity Again! Learn to Listen To Your Intuition

Never Miss an Opportunity Again! Learn to Listen To Your Intuition

Serendipity

Some years back I read a book about a young woman who let her intuition lead her in every decision she made.

The book had a huge impression on me and changed my life. (Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of it or the author.)

This  young woman followed her inner promptings in every single decision she made. Listening to her intuition resulted in a series of serendipitous events; she went back to school, then moved out of state, met her perfect soul mate, and ended up working for the Edgar Cayce Foundation in Virginia Beach – in her dream job.

I remember thinking as I read, why doesn’t my life flow like that?

After I finished the book, I knew exactly why my life never flowed like hers. This young woman let her gut guide her – I never had. I was always too scared of making a mistake, instead I played it safe and dismissed the promptings of my intuition.

Physician heal thy self

After that I decided that I needed to start practicing what I preached.

Here I was an intuitive easily able to dispense advice for others, but when it came to myself not able to trust my own intuition. When I said enough already, and started basing my decisions on my gut and not my rational mind – my life started to improve immediately.

I was so miserable in my job at that time, and had contemplated quitting and going back to school just to escape, that I figured I might as well follow my gut. What’s the worse that could happen I thought? Soon after a miraculous “coincidence” occurred.

In a serendipitous fluke my father “accidentally” met the president of a huge multi-national bank. They got to chatting and he told him that his daughter was a private banker unhappy with her job – and guess what – his bank just happened to be looking for private bankers.  He sent the head of human resources to meet me – we had lunch and he hired me on the spot!

From then on my life and career just kept getting better as I listened to my intuition. And, all it took was giving that intuitive voice the respect it deserved.

Intuition is easy to overlook

Intuition is very subtle, which is exactly what makes it so easy to miss and overlook.It can come as a feeling in the gut – one that tells you that something is right or wrong, or it can come as a warning and a feeling of dread. Just as frequently, it’s quiet like a whisper, or the flitting of a butterfly that touches down ever so lightly in our consciousness before disappearing.

With intuition, until you start paying attention you may not be aware of these flashes.

Once you begin to notice them though it’s a bit like buying a new car you start seeing that model everywhere. When you put yourself on alert to be aware of these stirrings the same thing happens; the frequency of your intuitive insights increase. After that once you begin using your intuition to make decisions, it takes no time at all to see serendipitous events begin to appear in your life.

Serendipitous events are proof positive that you’re hearing and following your intuition.

When we receive this direct knowledge we’ve tapped into the source that keeps the planets in their orbit, and the earth spinning on its axis. This infinite intelligence doesn’t make mistakes. By plugging into it and using these intuitive insights our lives flow and all the details come together seamlessly.

Most people don’t recognize or trust their intuition

The three biggest hurdles most people face in putting intuition to use are in recognizing the voice of intuition, differentiating it from their own thoughts, and trusting what they get. Intuitive thoughts stream through the mind more rapidly than our own thoughts. Not only that, but when they do appear they’re usually complete ideas. In many case they feel as if they were downloaded whole into the brain. As far as trust goes, only jumping in with both feet and following hunches enough times to know that it’s real will build that trust.

Here are 5 easy tips to help you hone your intuition and put it to work for you:

1. Create the intention to begin noticing your intuition. Tell yourself that you wish to become aware of your intuitive insights and that you will become aware of them.

2. Keep a small notebook with you at all times where you can jot down any thoughts that appear to have been downloaded whole into your mind without you generating them.

3. Give yourself many opportunities to practice. Before answering the phone ask yourself who it might be. When meeting with friends see if you get any impressions about what they will be wearing. Or what they’ll order for dinner, etc. You can come up with dozens of little tests like this.

4. Make it a habit to meditate every day. Meditation is the most powerful way to boost your intuition. If you don’t know how to meditate read my post.

5. When you’re faced with a decision close your eyes and clear your mind. Ask yourself what next step to take – then stop thinking. See what comes to mind no matter how silly it might be. It could be an image, a word, or a thought. Examine this closely. It’s usually your answer.

The point the author illustrated in her book was that letting intuition guide us allows us to go with the flow of our good in our lives. When we struggle to do the things our rational mind/ego tells us we “should” do we are swimming against this current.

Work on incorporating these tips into your life and I guarantee you’ll see a huge rise in your intuitive insights and the number of seemingly miraculous coincidences that occur in you life and soon you’ll be living your dream life too!

Have you ever let intuition guide you? What happened? Did you end up in an even better situation than the one you were striving toward?

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