The dictionary definition of the word intuition is semantically loaded with words that have the potential to add a negative connotation. For example, one dictionary says it is a natural ability to know something “without any proof or evidence,” or “without evident rational thought.” Does the lack of objective “proof” make the information you gain from intuition worthless? If intuition works without “rational” thought, does that mean it is “irrational”? My answers are no, and no.
Intuition is simply the process of getting information from a source that is not manifested physically to the point where we can detect it by means of one of our physical senses. Intuition was never meant to completely replace or supplant the information of our five senses or the so-called “rational” thought process. Rather, it is meant to expand and augment our sources of information, so that they are not limited to the physical world. Why? Because we are not completely physical beings. We are Soul, non-physical energy beings who happen to be interfacing with a physical environment right now. Because we are currently physical/non-physical hybrid entities, it stands to reason that we should be able to get information from both physical and non-physical sources.
Intuition is a natural ability, but it must be honed. Use it or lose it. In order to use it successfully, you have to learn to tone down the ego a bit, and to relax your need to “prove” everything right away. (If you really need proof, it will be in the pudding, but probably won’t be available to you until later.)
The information we get from our intuition is always correct. The problem is that we don’t always interpret the information clearly. That’s often because the information we get goes against what our rational mind thinks we “know.” Sometimes it is hard for the ego to accept the information. We talk ourselves out of it, or second-guess ourselves. “Oh, wait, that can’t be right! That would be impossible!”
The only way to avoid this is to consciously decide to hone your skill at interpreting your intuitive messages. Start small. Start by noticing your feelings about what’s going on around you.
Let’s say you’re driving on a road with two lanes of traffic going each way, and you’re driving on the inner lane. Someone turns onto your street just ahead of you. They are not making any signal for a lane change, but you get this feeling that they want to move into your lane, so you watch carefully. Maybe you decide to speed up so that, if they change lanes, it will be behind you. Or maybe you slow down so that they can change lanes in front of you. Do whatever you think is safe. But watch – did the person change lanes? If so, your feeling was correct. (This has saved me many times while on the road, because not everyone makes a lane-change signal. I’m getting pretty good at knowing when someone wants to change lanes.)
Maybe you sense that someone at work is angry, worried, or sad, so you just watch carefully. If they are angry, then you won’t be quite so surprised when they express their anger. If they seem worried or sad, do you get the feeling they’d like some company or that they’d like to be left in peace? (Try not to impose your own wishes, or what you would want in the same situation.) Then choose a course of action. Were you right? You may not find out until later. (I’m getting a bit better at this, too, although it still needs some work. When I talk to people, I try to phrase what I think they are feeling and ask them if I’m close. At least, when I’m not close, they have a chance to correct me.)
The point is to recognize the information when it comes and learn to act on the feeling. What if you make a mistake? You’ll definitely learn something, and with practice, you won’t make the same mistake again. Or, you won’t make it as often, anyway.
The key is to make a conscious decision to welcome intuitive information, then set an intention to interpret it as clearly as you can and to act on the information whenever possible. Don’t forget to go back and analyze a bit. Did you interpret the information clearly? Did you act on it? Did you try to talk yourself out of it? Was your response to the situation appropriate? If not, how could you do better next time? 🙂