Have you ever had a limited amount of time to make a very important decision? It might have been a job offer, a marriage proposal, an opportunity to move to a different city or even to vote for the right Presidential candidate.
You probably gathered as much information from as many different sources as you could, only to find out that it wasn’t enough. Not even Google could come up with the answer. At that moment, you closed your eyes and did your best to tune in.
You may have drawn from the same powers as great psychics who predict sudden fluctuations in the stock market or who solve murder mysteries. These powers are called intuition.
Intuition is an inner vision or voice that provides us with answers without our knowing how or why. It is related more to our heart and our gut than to our head.
When there is a total conflict between heart and head, successful people often go with their heart, as they feel its insight is more reliable than what they can see with their eyes or hear with their ears.
They know life is not totally rational, no matter how much we would like it to be.
The complexities of our global society defy comprehension. Post-Modern life seems to move faster and faster. We learn more in 10 years than most generations before us learned in a century.
If you don’t keep up with the frenetic pace, you can easily find yourself hopelessly behind. When the factors necessary to make an important decision are in the hundreds of thousands or even millions, there is no way you can figure it all out.
We, as humans, have always relied highly upon our intuition, often called instinct. It is only with the industrial revolution, publishing and widespread literacy that we had the opportunity to depend so highly on our reason.
Life in the West has taken a scientific approach to most issues, assuming that there would be an answer if only we could win more research grants.
Since the 1960’s and 1970’s, a critical mass of people, called “cultural creatives,” have discovered that some of our more basic faculties may actually be smarter than critical reason.
Your brain actually has two halves, much like a walnut, connected by the corpus callosum, which is a thin bridge that lets them talk to each other. While there is considerable duplication in both halves, it seems like the left brain and the right brain favor different modes of gaining insight.
To put it simplistically, your left brain corresponds with the right side of your body, which is typically the dominant side. It favors words, numbers, facts and logical processes. It treats information piece by piece, much as you would while watching a railroad train go by car by car.
Your right brain, by contrast, corresponds with the left side of your body, which is usually the recessive side. It favors pictures, images and sensations. It likes to look at information in large chunks, taking an aerial view of the railroad train.
The strength of your right brain is that you can get information instantaneously and use it to come to rapid decisions. Your left brain, which is highly granular, can give you crisp, detailed information, but much more slowly.
To come to a full perspective on a situation, you must put both sides of the brain together. However, if you have run out of time, you will do much better to go with the right brain.
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The great analytical psychologist, Carl Jung, identified four distinct modes of experience with your psyche: Thinking, Sensing, Feeling and Intuition.
Thinking is at the top of the circle, timeless in its orientation. Sensing is on the right side of the circle, associated with the present. Feeling is at the bottom of the circle, associated with the past. Intuiting is on the left side of the circle, associated with the future.
Dr. Jung realized that our Western culture favors thinking and sensing over feeling and intuiting.
He associated our under-developed sides with the Shadow. It is noteworthy that a lady had a lobotomy of the right side of her brain, and yet she was able to graduate from college. The downside was that she had a hard time expressing any emotion or feeling.
When you realize that your culture has biased you against more effect modes of dealing with life issues, you can start giving them priority.
Psychics often say that the primary difference between them and most people is that they take their intuitive impressions far more seriously. They take the time and effort necessary to really develop them.
Some of them have done amazing things. For example, on November 22, 1963, the day that President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, a psychic called the White House and implored the President not to fly down there.
You, too, can draw on extraordinary powers that can make a huge difference in critical moments in life. When you come to a decision to let your intuition guide you, you can take the following simple steps:
I have had moments of surprising clarity throughout my life, much like peak experiences, that I couldn’t really explain.
This often happened in conjunction with being out in the forest or by the sea, going to a transformational seminar, or being around an enlightened being. Things in my life would just flow, much like surfing the crest of a wave.
Later in life, this clarity became associated with an inner voice that I regard as sacred. You will know when you experience it yourself. It is always right when I ask questions, except when I misinterpret it.
I don’t usually ask it trivial questions, but occasionally I get deep impressions, such as a certain movie, The Theory of Everything, winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. In that case, the principal actor, Eddie Redmayne, actually did win Best Actor, but the movie, itself, didn’t win Best Picture.
In issues that matter, that voice has yet to let me down, and the answers are given immediately. For example, I had heart palpitations where I was worried about having a stroke or heart attack. The voice told me I would be OK, and sure enough, I was.
While you may not enjoy an inspired inner voice right off the bat, I feel that this will eventually happen for you. You just need to open up. Keep at it. Give it time. You will then be deeply grateful that you did.
When was the last time you let your intuition guide YOU?