“Always trust your first gut instincts. If you genuinely feel in your heart and soul that something is wrong, it usually is.” –Anonymous
The mind is a funny thing. It takes in information whether you are conscious of it or not. In fact, it takes in so much information at once that you would go stark raving mad if you had to pay attention to all of it at once, so you don’t. You store most of it, until it is needed by the conscious mind. But like some files in your office, information does occasionally get put in a place where it cannot easily be accessed. It’s as if the information were put into a file folder without a little tab sticking up, making it nearly impossible to find.
Intuition is making use of this information stored in your subconscious mind. You may not always be aware of where the information came from, but it is there, nevertheless, and it is always the very first thing that comes to mind. The conscious mind is pretty fast, though, and it often offers thoughts at nearly the same speed, so you will get a thought from your subconscious mind and thoughts from your conscious mind, as well. Since the message you get from your subconscious often comes without any “reasons” or logic attached, it’s hard to entertain it as a viable option. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.” It takes a little practice to be able to do this consistently, but then, that’s what learning by experience is all about.
Oprah Winfrey believes, as I do, that our intuition is how God speaks to us. She says, “When you don’t know what to do, do nothing. Get quiet so you can hear the still, small voice—your inner GPS guiding you to true North.” I think the key point in Oprah’s message is to get quiet. When we quiet the mind of all the chatter, then breathe deeply and look within, we have a better chance of picking up on intuitive guidance and weeding out all the other stuff. This is one more great reason to learn the art of meditation, because we can learn to quiet the mind quickly and efficiently, and we get much better at identifying the wisdom of our Higher Selves as opposed to the desires and fears of the ego.
Writing for an online magazine called Experience L!fe, Courtney Helgoe says there are five gut instincts that you should never ignore. They include
1) Something feels wrong in my body. It never hurts to check something out, even if it turns out that nothing is wrong. Sometimes you have to find the doctor who understands what you are saying and who is willing to go the extra mile to find out what’s wrong.
2) I’m in danger. This ancient instinct is as important today as it was when human beings faced physical danger every day of their lives.
3) I want to help. Sometimes our rational minds start to talk us out of this one. What can one person do? What makes you think you can help? Just go with your instinct. You’ll be glad you did.
4) I know how to do this. If you’ve done all the preparation and you just need to get out there and do it, then go for it. Don’t let your mind tell you that you aren’t ready yet.
5) This is it. This is that subtle excitement that you feel when an important opportunity has just presented itself. Don’t let your rational mind talk you out of grabbing it. These things have a way of happening at “the wrong time.” You can’t always wait for the “perfect” time to do certain things. Strike while the iron is hot.
When was the last time you had an instinct about something and followed it? 🙂