Intuition or Indigestion?
The gut handles a lot of traffic.
Our stomach and intestinal area process all the food we eat. It’s where we feel emotion — from fear to excitement. Sensual desire can take over this area, and, when clear, it hosts the evanescent intuition — sometimes called “gut instinct.”
Often people have trouble telling the difference between emotion, lust and intuition. And why not? After indigestion, lust and desire are the most intense sensations. Less consuming than those two: emotion. Trailing a distant fourth is the breeze-like whisper of intuition. In and gone in a sweet puff or gentle flash.
If a person’s stomach is saturated with food, desire or emotion they will miss or discount their intuition. You see this when indulgent or overly emotional people make dubious decisions. Acting on desire and emotion without a clear mind can spiral to disaster. On the contrary acting on true intuition can and usually does work out even better than expected.
A confused person might say: “My intuition gets me into a mess,” because they are muddling intuition with desire and emotion. A little discernment and practice clears this right up.
What is Intuition?
The human mind works at low efficiency. Twenty percent is the figure usually given.
When, momentarily, there is a flash of greater power, it is termed a hunch, or insight, or intuition.
~ Isaac Asimov
Intuition is like gravity. It operates even though we don’t understand it, yet.
Some people portray intuition as feedback from your more powerful supercomputer like processor the subconscious mind. Some say it’s when your mind and emotions work together harmoniously. Other’s describe a higher mind with a broader point of view as the source of insight with access to a collective unconscious that stores all human knowledge. Still others cite beings of Light such as Guides and Angels. For all these people intuition functions the same way.
Intuition, Desire or Emotion?
There is no magic wand to bestow perfect clarity in flash. Ignored and suppressed emotions pile up and desire gets out of control. Your discernment will improve slowly with consistent practice.
Everyone has intuition. Culturally women express their emotional side more freely than men. Anyone with fewer suppressed and denied emotions more easily gains access to intuition. However intuition has nothing to do with gender and is equally available to all. It is a natural part of how we all work, male or female.
When leading a new group my favorite exercise is for each person to describe what they see, feel and/or hear internally when they receive an intuition. To start I describe how intuition comes in like a waft or a flash. Sometimes it comes with a feeling or sound. For some people their inner space brightens as if the information is coming in on a flash of light. Worry cannot be intuition. The same intuition may come more than once in distinct and separtae moments, but anything that repeats, nags or cycles is mental or emotional and NOT intuition. While your inner knowing may guide you towards something different or challenging for you, as it ‘comes in’ intuition feels light, fresh and free. Therefore fear, doubt, worry and anger do not make the cut. Those are emotions NOT intuition.
The first time I explored this exercise I was cautious, expecting difficulty. To my utter rapture every person in the circle could describe at least one time when they knew they were receiving intuition. In fact, it was easy! Each person’s experience was both similar and unique. Time and time again I’ve seen once you focus on the question of how you experience intuition, the answer is there.
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Remember time you received an intuition. Write down or share with an intuitive friend exactly what you heard, felt and saw internally.
Calibrate your intuition. The fastest route to trusting your intuition is to track your results. This is a daily practice that will delight and astound you over time.
Now that you’ve made conscious how you receive intuition, you will begin to notice them more often. At first they might not be strong enough for you to act on, but you may realize sometime later… oh wait, that was an intuition. Each time you notice this in real time or on reflection your connection strengthens. When you catch an intuition, whether you followed it or not, track your results. Over time your trust will grow.
Your intuition is a natural part of you. It is here to support you. Somehow, it has a broader view than you do. Many great and famous people are quoted for trusting their intuition, from Ingrid Bergman to Einstein to Steve Jobs. It is a resource designed to support us becoming our happiest and most fulfilled selves. May you use yours to it’s fullest!