Did I just cross over into a rocky terrain? I feel like intuition is the kind of topic where you’re all like “Hm, you know what? That’s kinda too deep for me. Yeah, let’s not go there.” And I may just be reading into it, but it’s almost like … what do they say? You don’t talk about religion and politics at work or at a social function? Somehow I feel like intuition is part of that group.
Google defines intuition as the ability to understand something immediately without the need for conscious reasoning. I never considered the proper definition before and you know what? I find the definition interesting (and I know the word ‘interesting’ is the most boring word to use to describe something interesting, but … you know what? It is what it is). The ability to understand something immediately. How often does that happen to you? Your senses pick up something and your mind has a hard time catching up to it.
I find listening to intuition more beneficial than ignoring it. And I know it’s lame, but I can’t explain why I trust intuition more than distrust it. I just know that I’ve suffered consequences of decisions where I didn’t follow my gut instincts. I can’t recall any specifics, but I do know I’ve said to myself “Wow, that was close” or “Wow, I’m so glad I decided not to.” Or even, “Why didn’t I trust my instincts?” or “I knew that couldn’t be right.” Now, that’s not to say that I solely rely on it because, first, you have to decide whether it truly is intuition and not just emotion. To me, that’s two different things. If you’re reacting to something based on emotion, well, that’s not always a good thing. But to rely solely on logic and reasoning isn’t a good thing either. There’s a balance to it and it differs for everyone. It differs for everyone based on their values and their beliefs.
Anyway. I tend to agree with that quote that’s attributed to Einstein:
I do think that the intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is more of the servant. No where in there does it say they work against each other. And I do think, in some ways, we tend to flip them. We tend to rationalize things instead of trying to understand what our intuition is trying to tell us.
What’s your take on it? Good? Bad? Or forget about it?
(Photo credits: http://lynnbarrette.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/how-to-use-your-intuition-to-support-your-soul-evolution/ for the Einstein image and http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/health/wellness/connect-with-your-intuition for the “Follow Your Instincts” image)