Intuition is hardwired so that information you need for your safety and survival comes to your attention. Your intuition is the technology through which this vital information is communicated to you.
Your brain is constantly taking in information about your surroundings. The amount of information that continuously streams in from your environment is enormous and you’re consciously unaware of most of it. Think about all that goes on in the brain to enable you to drive a car. Not only are you processing information about you’re own driving but you’re also assessing how other people are driving and anticipating what their next move might be so that you can avoid an accident. And this is just a snippet of what your brain is processing at one time.
If you’re brain didn’t filter out 99.9 percent of what it took in you would not be able to function.The sheer volume of information would overwhelm the conscious mind. A good example of something similar is when your computer has too many programs and windows open and it “freezes” because it simply cannot process all the information streaming in at the same time.
3 Examples of How Your Intuition Communicates Vital Information to Your Attention:
1. Knowing sensation.You’re walking home on a city street after dark and suddenly think there’s someone behind you. You turn and see someone about a half a block back. You never heard any footsteps so how did you “know?” You’re body is a walking talking receiver (and sender) of information. While you don’t have “eyes on the back of your head” you are always picking up signals from your environment. Though you weren’t conscious of this information it was scanned and filtered and this potential threat to your safety was sent to your awareness. This “knowing” came to you so that you could consciously assess the situation and determine what action was necessary to protect yourself.
2. Gut feeling. While you’re driving your brain is busy taking in massive amounts of information from your environment and scanning it to see if any danger exists that you ought to be made aware of. Most of this information is filed beneath the level of your awareness. However if this information sets off alarms about your safety a signal is sent using the technology of your intuition to get your attention.
Say you’re driving in the fast lane and a car speeds up behind you. A surge of fear grips your gut and you pull into the slower lane to let the car pass. Something about this driver alarms you. You let this car pass you and go as far away from your car as it can. Not long afterward you hear a popping sound and see the car veering off to one side. One of it’s tires blew out. Luckily you were no longer near the vicinity of this car or you may have been involved in an accident.
3. Dreams.You’ve been experiencing an annoying post nasal drip and related cough to clear your throat that’s gone on for months. After having used every natural remedy you can think of to clear it up you finally go to the doctor who diagnoses you with a sinus infection. The infection clears up after taking the prescribed round of antibiotics but soon returns. The darn infection is confounding you! You have a “nagging” feeling that something else is going on.
You have a vivid dream about that you’re crying about the loss of someone close to you. In the dream they come to you and say, “Please stop crying. I’m okay.” You reply, “I can’t. I’ve suffered so much loss.”
When you wake up the dream haunts you. You Google the meaning for dreams about loss and somehow your search leads you to Louise Hay’s meaning of illnesses. It hits you as you read that the meaning of post nasal drip is “inner crying” due to loss. You lost someone you loved 9 months ago and that’s when the symptoms began. You break down in tears and the crying goes on and on. You acknowledge that you still feel the pain of this terrible loss. You begin to apply EFT over the course of the next week to the loss of your loved one to clear the grief and finally the annoying post nasal drip clears up.
You’re intuition was communicating to you through your body’s symptoms. You didn’t allow yourself to fully process and grieve for the loss you suffered so your body was crying on the inside. Now that you’ve dealt with ityou’re okay again.
Thank goodness for the filtering system we have and the technology of intuition to bring this vital information forward when we need it.
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Your life is the result of your previous choices and decisions. Poor choices lead to bad decisions, which result in the mistakes we look back on and regret. The way to avoid making mistakes is to become a better decision maker.
But, how do you learn to apply proper decision making using both reason and intuition to your own life, to the little decisions and big decisions that ultimately shape your life? I was never taught this and the first half of my life was fraught with mistakes. Through trial and error and study I have learned how to handle challenging decisions. And, you can too.
The anatomy of a difficult decision
Say, you’re offered a job and it sounds great but, there’s a tiny niggling of doubt that holds you back from saying yes. You’re under pressure to give your decision – what do you do? Or perhaps you’re in a quandary over choosing the right life partner, business partner or whether to sell your home and move across country? How do you make these difficult decisions that affect the rest of your life?
Whatever the decision, there is a way to cut the stress, decipher the doubt and unearth the decision that is right for you using both reason and intuition in this intuitive decision making model.
You won’t make a proper decision unless you examine what makes you tick. Each of us is different and has a unique set of values and needs that our decisions must satisfy.
What are your values?
What’s important to you? What do you need to be happy? Is financial security the most important thing to you? Is climbing the corporate ladder and increasing your status an important factor in your overall happiness? Are you motivated by fame and celebrity? Or, is it love and emotional intimacy? Do you need freedom and the call of adventure to be happy? Maybe spiritual growth tops your list?
What vision for your life do you aspire to?
Each of us has a “vision” for our lives. My vision is to write, publish and teach people how to “speak intuition” so that they make the right decisions and live up to their full potential. Anything I do has to work toward upholding this overarching vision for my life.
What’s your vision? Craft one sentence that encompasses your life’s vision.
Understanding your values and vision puts your decisions in context within this framework so, don’t skip this step. Your values and vision drive your decision-making and the trajectory your life takes. They should be the structure on which your life is built – in the same way that the skeleton is the framework to the body.
Follow these steps to come to a proper decision using reason & intuition:
1. Review whether the choice aligns with your values. Does it uphold them? If yes, fine. If not, go over your values. Did you choose the right values to begin with or are you making the wrong choice for the wrong reasons?
2. Ask yourself if this choice advances you in the direction of your vision? Or, does it take you away from it? If yes fine. If not, then why are you do it? Think hard about this.
3. Review the facts.What do you know? What don’t you know? Whom do you know with experience in this area? Can you speak to them about their experience? Would researching this issue reveal useful information that would help you to make a choice? Do your research.
4. Make a Pros and Cons list regarding this choice. Which is most convincing the pros or the cons list?
Decide if these four steps are enough to make the decision. If you feel completely confident and free of doubt go ahead and make your decision If not, go to the next steps where you will tap into your intuition.
5. “Live” both options. Imagine for a moment that you could fast forward to the future and review the outcome of your decision between two choices or, to either follow through with a particular decision or not.
Close your eyes and imagine that you see before you two doors; one has a sign with a large number “one” on it and the other a number “two” on it. Assign a choice to each door. Walk through door number one and imagine that you had taken that road.
Go through the entire sequence of events in your mind from start to finish. You chose this path, and then what? And, what comes after that and after that? And, how does it end up? What does your life look like after you’ve chosen “door number one.”
Do the same with the second door. Step through the door and “live” out that decision in your imagination to it’s conclusion.
Which outcome affects your life most positively? Which outcome stands out most to you and “feels” right?
Still not sure about your decision? Go to Step 5.
5. Detach emotionally from the decision. Look from outside your own perspective. Ask yourself this, “If this weren’t my decision but, a close friend’s what would I tell them to do? How would I advise them? Does it benefit them? How?”
Have a convincing imaginary conversation with your friend and clearly explain why or why they shouldn’t make this decision.
Can you make a decision now? No? Proceed to the next step.
6. Check directly with your gut instinct – emotional intelligence – intuition.
Review the advice you gave your “friend” and all the reasons for making or not making this choice.
Close your eyes and take five deep breaths through the nose and release through the mouth to clear your mind.
Ask yourself how you “feel” about this decision? Do not ask yourself if you are making the right decision.
What is the first thought, feeling, image or emotion that comes to your awareness?
Focus upon it. Ask “it” why it has surfaced at this time? What is the first response that comes to mind after this question? This response is the “truth” of how you feel regardless of all the facts, lists and pros and cons.
Does this process reveal that your feelings about the decision are congruent to the decision you made by using reason and data? If your feelings correspond with the decision you made previously then great – you’ve done it! You’ve made a proper decision using logic and reason followed up by your gut instinct – emotional intelligence – intuition.
If you there is discord between the two then, you need to investigate the feeling that is at odds with your logical decision further. Go to the next step.
7. Delve deeper within.
Place your palms on your abdomen in the area of your solar plexus. The reason for placing your hands on your solar plexus is to remind you to connect with the intelligence of your body. Your body gives signals via feelings that communicate vital information to you. Most of you are too busy to notice them. This is why you need to slow down and go within in order to decode this important information.
Close your eyes and relax by taking five more deep breaths in through the nose and releasing them through the mouth.
Now visualize the outcome of the first decision and then the second just as you did when you stepped through each door. This time you are going to focus on what physical sensations, feelings or emotions come up regarding each of the outcomes.
Pay attention to your breathing, is it constricted with either choice? Does your chest feel tight when you go to take a breath? Become aware of your neck and shoulders, do either of the decisions make you tense up in those areas of your body? Notice your abdomen and the area around your solar plexus, is there a “knot” in your stomach or butterflies? Do you feel nervous, anxious, are your palms sweating, does your heart speed up or is there a lump in your throat?
If you notice any discomfort regarding one choice over the other, your body is telling you that this is not the right choice.
Do you have your answer now? Not yet? Go to step eight.
8. Make sure you thoroughly understand your motivation and what you’re getting into.
If you’ve come through the process this far without an answer it’s time to step away and put it on a shelf for a while. Don’t rush and never allow pressure from outside sources to influence you into making a decision before you are ready. Tell yourself that you want more clarity on this issue and that you expect to get it in X number of days (give yourself a time period).
Don’t make a decision and don’t think about it after that, live your life and focus on other things. Just because you’re not consciously thinking about this decision doesn’t mean it isn’t “percolating” in your subconscious. You may have a dream during this period or an insight will surface that clarifies the issue. You may come to the conclusion that this decision is unnecessary and drop the whole thing.
Have you ever found yourself struggling to make an important decision? What was the situation you were grappling with? What techniques did you use to help you make the decision?
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Intuition is information that spontaneously appears in our awareness without any conscious effort on our part.
Intuition is our own inner wisdom and guidance. It is a small voice we hear often like a whisper, that gently nudges us to make the right choices and decisions in our lives.
It can tell us when we should be wary of a person or warn us against doing something and when we should act on an opportunity. It comes to us spontaneously and many times feels like an “aha” moment.
Intuition can also be the sense you have that someone is staring at you or walking behind you, before you even turn around and meet their gaze. In this application intuition is a sensory experience about the environment around you. It’s no different than the other five senses we rely upon – it’s just more subtle which is why some people are not aware of it.
Where does intuition come from?
Your mind searches for the answers hidden in long forgotten memory banks. When it locates the answer it deposits the solution in its entirety into your awareness, which is why often when the answer comes to us we experience intuition as a “light bulb moment.”
How to tell the difference between the voice of intuition and other thoughts
Intuition makes you “feel good” about doing something. You will experience a sense of “certainty” about it. The matter will feel “settled.” It will feel right and give you sense of connecting all the dots. Always go back to how this “voice” makes you feel.
Once the answer comes to you, if it came from your intuitive mind you won’t have any lingering doubts. You’ll trust it and feel sure and, you’ll feel it directly in your gut.
Deep down inside we always know
It’s only after we screw up by ignoring our intuition that we admit that we did in fact, “know.” Before we are forced to admit it, we’ve usually been in denial with our heads in the sand pretending everything was going okay. Does this sound familiar?
A sure sign you’re in denial is if you keep asking yourself the same question over and over and get the same answer but, respond with a lot of “yeah, buts.”
What you need to do is get radically honest with yourself. Put aside all your rationalizations and excuses and ask to connect to the “truth” of the matter. You’ll recognize when you’ve connected to the “truth” because your gut will feel as if its been “stabilized.”
Rationalizations are akin to lies we tell ourselves to make things “okay.” Rationalizing is not “real” therefor it has no weight, no real substance and cannot make your gut feel as if you are standing on stable ground.
Where most of us get tripped up
When our intuition gives us an answer we don’t like our ego tries to confuse us by making us doubt our intuition.
When you don’t like the answer you got usually it’s because you haven’t yet assimilated the lesson you need to learn from the situation that you’re looking for answers about. Intuition is often a “shortcut” to answers you need so, if you ask for intuitive guidance you’ll get the answer whether you’re ready to act upon it or not.
When a thought comes from the ego, often you’ll feel as if you “should do” it. You’ll be aware of your rational mind recounting the reasons why you ought to do it – why it “makes sense.” Keep track of the “yeah buts” that’s a big clue that you are rationalizing.
If you feel the voice is advising you to do something out of fear, or lack or that you should do this over that – it is NOT your intuition. This is the clearest way to know the difference.
It is never our intuition that is wrong but, what we mistake for our intuition.
The key is this…
They key is your gut. You’ve got to feel it in your gut. If you don’t feel it in your gut it’s not your intuition – it’s your mind rationalizing. Keep this in mind and you’ll distinguish between your thoughts and your intuition.
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Today I’m answering more questions from the Powered by Intuition mailbox on how to tell the difference between your intuition, a superstition and a suspicion.
This is an answer to several questions I received recently all rolled into one since they were very similar.
Several readers have written asking how to know the difference between their Intuition and their suspicions.
This is an excellent question. First off, let me say that many times there is no difference. Your suspicions may originate with an intuitive hunch about something. If you read my book,The Intuition Primer, you will recall I wrote about a suspicious incident that led me to call the police (I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t read it yet and tell you what the incident was). When the criminals were apprehended my suspicions were confirmed. In this case – my suspicion and my intuition were one and the same.
There are a lot of times however, that your mind works overtime. When you are worried or fearful you may also become suspicious. The way to tell the difference is to ask yourself am I a suspicious person? Do I worry incessantly? (Be honest!)
If so, you may be the type of person that worries all the time and creates suspicions out of your own fears and imagination.
Jealousy and the cheating spouse
One of the questions I got pertained to a cheating spouse. The writer wanted to know if she was just creating these suspicions by being jealous or were they real.
If you are jealous by nature then, yes, you may always feel suspicious. There’s also the point of view that if you are jealous you will attract a person into your life that gives you something to be suspicious about. Think on that for a while.
But, if you aren’t a wildly jealous person to know the difference between your suspicions and intuition think back to when you first became suspicious. If things were good and it was a particular incident that raised your “antennae” which caused you to start feeling suspicious you should take it seriously. I wrote an entire article on intuition and cheating significant others that you can read for more detail.
Again, you have to be honest with yourself. We always “know” when we “know” something. We hear the whispers and just know in our gut that it is the truth. Ask yourself if you have this “knowing?”
If you know yourself to be the jealous type you will probably find that the “FEAR” of his/her cheating on you was in your consciousness to begin with. Fear is always to blame when we get confused about “was it intuition or just a suspicion?”
Superstition and spirit activity
Another reader asks if there is anything to superstitions such as those about haunted houses? He asked this question because his sister and her husband bought an old house that people in town refer to as “haunted.” His sister’s family has felt nothing but he is a “sensitive” and feels the presence of “something” when he visits. He wanted to know if he was just reacting to the “superstition” or was his intuition really picking up on spirit activity?
In this case, I would say that it could go either way. Have you felt the presence of spirit energy elsewhere before? Does this feel similar? You have to go back and compare and contrast what you are feeling now with what you felt in the past.
Also, the less you know about who the superstition says is “haunting” the place the better. What you can do is relax and go into a state of meditation and ask, “Who is there?” See what comes to mind. Keep asking questions until you feel you have a description of whose energy you may be picking up on then do some research into the history of the home.
If you come up with the same energy/deceased people that legend says is in the house (without previously having this information) I would say you are picking up on something real.
If you are the fearful type (there’s that FEAR word again) then your mind may be playing tricks on you. Go back and review when you sensed the presence. Was there a specific moment? What happened? How did you feel?
If you were thinking about a presence before you went there and had fears about running into a spirit you may have “conjured” up the entire incident. When things are “real” they happen spontaneously. We aren’t dwelling upon them and the awareness of a spirit presence comes out of the blue unexpectedly.
I hope this helps. All the best visiting your sister for the holidays.
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Our intuition sends us the feeling that something is about to occur or has happened although we do not know what it is. We become anxious but we don’t know why. We experience a feeling of dread for an inexplicable reason. These are all examples of what presentiment feels like.
Presentiment was prevalent just prior to 911
Many people experienced presentiment just prior to 911 and didn’t board their flights. The planes that were used as weapons by the terrorists were unusually empty. There are also stories of workers who didn’t go to work in the World Trade Center that day based on reasons they just couldn’t explain at the time.
Presentiment usually occurs to warn us that something isn’t right. It’s a feeling that we should pay attention to as the following story from E.C.J. illustrates.
I love cats and used to have one. I would love to have another some day but I haven’t done it ’cause I still need to travel some times. And because my neighbour has 2 dachshunds and I fear that if I get a cat it could be killed by the dogs.
A few days ago I had a thought that went through my mind.….just a thought and I didn’t pay attention to it, I just let it flow. It was something like: maybe some day I will find a stray cat and I might keep it because it’s time to have another.
That thought was last week or so. Then 4 days ago while having breakfast I heard this little kitten crying. I was like “Oh no, I can’t leave him there but I can’t keep it either.” I usually leave them so I don’t get in trouble but I wanted to do the right thing this time. So I went with my impulse of helping the cat.
There were two little kittens outside my house. I tried to catch them to give them shelter and food while finding a home for them but, I was able to catch just one. The other one was too quick. I fed the kitten and left him inside while I went to work….
During the day, I was growing worried and getting a feeling of “this is not right, I cannot keep him, I can’t take proper care of him and it’s a risk with the dogs, I will need to make some changes in my life etc.,.”. The feeling was getting worse by the minute. By the time I got home the kitten was crying and didn’t let me hold him. I felt bad and sorry for taking him away from his sibling. He could not be consoled.
I noticed when I came home from work that night that my back patio garden was destroyed. I presumed it was the neighbour’s dogs that got in ’cause there is a gap in the gate but it looked as if there had been a fight or something. I didn’t pay much attention at the time because the kitten I had in the house was crying so much.
At one point, I managed to grab him and he was quiet and still but in the morning (after a night of the kitten crying and me having bad dreams and the feeling of something just not being right growing stronger each minute)….the cat just seemed like he wanted to leave so I left him outside in my front patio with some food and went to work. At night he was hanging around and crying nearby but was still scared, so I left food outside again. That night I felt so bad for taking him away from his sibling that I couldn’t stop crying myself. I felt very sad for the cat.
The next day when I came home from work I spoke to my neighbour and found out what happened. The other kitten, the sibling I couldn’t grab in the morning, somehow managed to get into that patio and the dogs went crazy and killed him.
So that means that the kitten I had inside heard all the fighting and the attack of his sibling. No wonder he was so scared. Now I feel so guilty for my actions that caused this situation. The kitten killed and the other one alone. I think that what happened was that after I left, the other kitten heard his brother inside the house and somehow tried to get to him and that’s when he fell in my back patio and got killed by the dogs.
Now I understand why I was feeling so bad all day. Like a gut feeling that something was terribly wrong. I haven’t heard the kitten for two days now…I’m hoping somebody took it in ’cause I’m still feeling a very bad about all this. 🙁
It was my intuition and I knew something was wrong but I didn’t know what to do or what exactly was wrong…..
This story is typical of how we experience presentiment.
As for you E.C.J. – please don’t continue to feel bad about what happened. You tried to do a very humane thing by taking in the kitten. It wasn’t your fault that the neighbor’s dogs attacked the sibling. If you could have caught the sibling and he hadn’t run away you would have taken him in too.
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