Intuition is a hard to define in words, despite the enormous role it plays in our lives, and whatever words we do use to define it, we intuitively know just what it is. People often describe it as a “hunch” or “gut feeling” – something that you know without having any idea why you know it. There is no proof, evidence, conscious reasoning, or even understanding of why we know something, we just do. And it is with us all the time.
We’ve all had a feeling sometime in our lives that something just isn’t right. Maybe it was walking late at night into a parking lot, or not liking someone without really knowing them. Or what about that feeling that something is right, like going into an interview and knowing that is the right workplace for you. There is no logical reason for these feelings, but they often guide us in the right direction, more than logical reasoning ever could.
As a culture, we have learned to believe that rationality is what should be the ultimate factor when making decisions - about anything from crucial business matters to what to eat for dinner. But what about that "inner voice", that little something instinctual from within that tells us how we feel beneath those layers of logic? Some of the most creative minds in history give relevance to the idea of intuition, including Steve Jobs, who called it “more powerful than intellect.” And institutions, such as the US military and law enforcement, are now investigating the power of intuition.
So now that we know how important intuition is, how do we go about including it in our everyday lives? The answer is quite simple: pay attention to it! We have spent so many years dismissing it as trivial that it requires some work learning how to use it in our favor. The first and most important step is to turn off your inner critic (as well as those pesky outer critics). Listen to yourself without judgement, don’t try and rationalize those voices within, allow those inner dialogues with yourself to happen without feeling ridiculous and don’t ever ignore what you are feeling. When you are feeling lost, those “spidey senses” just may be the ticket to finding your way home.
As human beings, we have the ability to combine logic and instinct and we don’t have to choose one over the other; we can seek balance between both allowing us to make the best decisions possible. In reality, we have the best of both worlds.
1.) Intuition can be described as:
A. Just knowing something, instinctually
B. A gut feeling
C. A hunch
D. Something that is always with us
E. All the above
2.) Intuition has been called?
A. More powerful than intellect
B. The second brain
C. The True Self
D. Our Inner Voice
E. Both A and D
1. How do we learn to include intuition into our lives?
A. Listen to self-help recordings
B. Talk to our inner voice
C. Pay attention to it
D. Criticize it
E. Ignore it
4.) The first step in including intuition into our lives is by turning off our inner critic?
5.) We should never combine logic and instinct.