You often hear about intuition. It has been call things such as women’s intuition, insight, instinct, precognition, tacit knowledge, unconscious mind, and so on. It all basically means thoughts or ideas that come to mind quickly, without previous thought. You just seem to know it.
I am a big believer in intuition. It has saved countless lives in combat and other situations because the person sensed/knew something was wrong and took the steps to protect themselves. Intuition has helped people in their business to make the right decisions for success. A lot of the scientific discoveries have come from scientists pursuing a line of research due to their intuition.
Intuition comes from a couple things.
First I believe in the idea that we carry genetic memories from eons of development as hunter-gathers. Gavin de Becker talks about this very well in his book “The Gift of Fear.” DeBecker talks about how when someone feels fear there is a reason the person should be afraid e.g. a woman walking in a lonely parking garage at night. This feeling comes from the past where predators might be lurking behind the next rock. DeBecker reminds us that many us of tend to dismiss such feelings in the modern world. He wants us to understand what are causing these feelings of fear and be aware of what circumstances that we are presently experiencing that may cause us harm.
Intuition also comes from the knowledge that we are carrying around in our head, our past experiences, instruction, feelings, basically everything that has every happened to us. The wonderful supercomputer that is our brain is constantly analyzing all this and comparing it to what we are presently experiencing to give us a frame of reference. This is where we can help develop our intuitive ability.
These memories/data points both genetic and historical sometimes combined with spiritual intervention give us what is know as intuition.
There is an old computer programmers saying Garbage In Garbage Out. How can we have on target intuition if we are not developing ourselves and constantly putting good “data” inside. Only by putting in information that has proven successful can we have intuition that will lead us to successful outcomes. Biographies of famous, successful people, ho-to books, positive fiction can all contribute to the growth of our intuition.
All this information is sort of like puzzle pieces that our brain fits together to predict what is going to occur. By recognizing what is going on in our heads and what contributes to our intuition we can start to harness this tremendous resource we have at our disposal.
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