What is intuition?
I’ve always believed in intuition. The most common mention of using this word is “Mothers intuition”, when it comes to their children. Some say that it’s because of the connection that a mother builds with their child during the pregnancy period. It also happens with fathers, but, less heard of.
My first experience with my intuition was when my grandmother died. I had just come out of the underground, passing the pay phones outside the tube station, when I got a feeling to call my mum. Anyone that knows me will know that I’m not a “keep in touch” person. But this feeling was so intense that it was a loud voice in my mind, that I couldn’t ignore. So I made the phonecall and my mum told me that my grandmother had passed away that morning.
Was this my intuition? The mothers intuition in reverse mode? My grandmothers spirit visiting?
I believe any of those are possible, but, the fact that the voice was in my own mind, that the feeling I felt at that moment in time was so intense, this was my intuition. It was not the last time I felt that feeling of intuition.
It’s the feeling we get when something is wrong or right, when we should go right instead of left (how many of you just read that from left to right automatically – remember this), to make that phonecall when there are no signs or reasons to do so.
The greatest examples of intuition that I have encountered are during my military service. The military intuition that saves lives.
It’s the stories you hear of a patrol deciding to take a different route because something didn’t “feel right”. A follow-up, when possible, proved that the decision was right; the patrol avoided an ambush or an improvised explosive device (IED), a roadside bomb.
These decisions are not taken all the time, due to someones else’s ego or fears, but intuition is most apparent at times of danger and crisis, and at those times they are taken more seriously.
During my research on intuition, I found a lot of material on the internet related to the military intuition (just type “military intuition” in the browser search bar).
On a “normal” daily life, we rely on intuition for different outcomes, for different reasons. Still, it’s not something that we all use or listen to, mostly because we don’t know how to.
A word of warning – your intuition can be biased.
There is one key element in understanding our intuition and that is knowing ourselves and knowing what we are feeling. We have to be careful not to confuse other emotions with the feeling of intuition. Fear, prejudices, ego and biases will cloud the voice of intuition, giving a false answer, a false feeling, a false flag.
It’s been described as that feeling at the pit of your stomach, when you feel that something isn’t right, that you shouldn’t follow that course of action. Thing is, extreme pain, sorrow, sadness, fear sometimes have that similar effect. And so, you have to know yourself, your actions and behaviours, you need to have a baseline of your emotions, to be able to recognise intuition when it calls as a feeling.
Is that feeling a fear of change? The fear of taking a risk that could potentially change your life for the better if you took it?
Our biases, others opinions and what we take on and accept as truths and beliefs, cause us to forget what intuition really feels like.
Understanding if that feeling is your intuition or not, is a feeling I am familiar with, because I had to learn to distinguish between what is intuition and what is not. The difference between the fear of taking a risk and the feeling of intuition.
Remember the left and right comment above? That automatic response is a bias. If you didn’t react that way then you don’t have that bias. What about the reverse? These biases lead to false flags.
We need to understand ourselves to be able to recognise our intuitive feeling. We need that baseline.
Trying to figure out what intuition is, has been a series of personal experiences and listening to others experiences.
From my perspective, intuition comes in two forms: our senses giving us information we have taken in but not consciously registered and the universe giving us messages.
Most people will be able to relate to the first concept, because it is grounded in everyday ideas. The second concept seems, at first, based on some fantasy or far-fetched and metaphysical idea; it’s not.
For the first concept I’ll go back to my time in the military and give you a hypothetical example:
The patrol is in a hostile area. They have an area check to carry out, so they plan the path they will take, based on previous patrols, the latest information they have and what they want to cover. They will also give themselves alternative routes, just in case.
During their patrol, one of the soldiers feels that something isn’t right. The soldier has an intense feeling that something is wrong, something is out of place. The soldier can’t “put their finger on it”. Something is wrong, but they can’t say what it is. The feeling was immediate, intense and like a red neon warning sign in their mind and body.
The patrol redirects and a later search of the area provides that a bomb, an IED, had been planted in the path they were going to take.
Our mind processes more information than we can consciously process.
It has been estimated that our brain can process about 11 million bits of information per second, but our conscious processes about 40 bits of that information per second. That’s only about 0.000004% of all the information our brain takes in.
For example, look around the room you are sitting in now and your mind will take in all that information. Now try to recall all the information you just saw, including all the book titles, news headlines, people, what was said around you, the noises you heard and you will find that it’s consciously not possible. You will recall only what you choose to remember. That’s your biases. And your conscious limits.
All the information is nevertheless stored in your memory and when that information is important to your survival it will take precedence over other details.
Consequently, the next time you go back into that environment, your mind will again register the information form the previous time and compare the two versions. You may not consciously notice a minor change, but your memory will, and because of a heightened mode of survival this minor change will trigger a warning – your intuition kicks in.
It is the gathering of information from your five senses that you have stored-up, that compares it to the new experience and lets you know that there’s a difference.
Not dissimilar to the “spot the difference” puzzles that you find in magazines and newspapers. You compare the two images and circle the differences. Your brain does this automatically.
The difference doesn’t have to be visual, however. It could be sounds or smells, or a lack of them, a change in the environment, the way that people behave, a lack of movement. Some of these things you may not have noticed consciously, but your mind will notice them and let you know.
This is not limited to the military. Everyone has this ability. It just shows up differently, depending on your needs and environments.
Like that feeling you get not to go down that road or alleyway. To make that right turn instead of the left. To go down this road instead of that one, to get to a place you can’t recall, but you know you have driven past at some point. It’s the feeling to go into that shop, even though you have no reason to.
The last bit also falls into the second concept – the universal messenger.
We now know that everything is energy. Nothing is created or destroyed, it just changes form – transforms from one type of energy to another.
Electricity, heat, movement, sound – all different forms of energy. Everything in the universe is energy.
It’s not such a jump to state, then, that every emotion and feeling we have is a form of energy, with each emotion and feeling having its own distinct type of energy, a different frequency, vibration and strength.
Nicola Tesla described it well when he said, “If you want to understand the universe think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
There are times when our intuition tells us to go somewhere that makes no sense whatsoever or to talk to a complete stranger or to do something that is not our usual way of doing things.
When you have put an intention into motion, when you have decided on a goal or what you want in your life and for your life, the universe will begin to set things into motion that will draw towards you the people, opportunities and resources you will need to make that happen. It begins with a decision.
I see this happening in my and my wife’s life. Whether we act on those opportunities or not, is our own choice and decision.
That decision for a goal, for the life we want, the intention, it’s the energy that we are putting out into the universe. And we are all connected to the same flow of universal energy. This means that that if I put out an intention then someone somewhere will respond, consciously or not, and put things into motion to make things happen that will eventually help me realise my wishes.
So the intuition you get to go into that shop, have another coffee or tea, may not necessarily be to help you along. It could be that it’s to help someone else.
It’s like a radio station transmitting and receiving information. That energy goes out sending a message. Intuition is like the receiving station in you, through your subconscious, where you get a message telling you to go left, to stay, to turn round or that there is danger ahead.
Can we build our intuition?
I don’t believe we need to “build it” so much as to become aware of it, recognise it and learn to listen to it.
We need to have a good grounding in the first place. To know right from wrong. To come from a place of service, rather than prejudices and ego, to want to make our and others’ lives better.
At the same time we need to know what we want from our lives and have a clear picture of what that is and what it looks like. In other words, we must have a clear goal, a visible target to aim for – written down, visualised and felt.
For the military, this becomes the need for survival – to keep yourself and your mates safe and get back to base alive.
The rest of us, whether ex-military or never military, it is the purpose of building a better life for ourselves, our family and consequently our society.
Not every intuitive action will be for your dreamlife to come true. There will be those actions to help others on their dreams and in someway it’s also something for us – the satisfaction of helping another human being, an answer to a question or a lesson we needed to learn. There’s always something to learn.
Learn to listen to your intuition. It really is that little voice that whispers in the quiet that tells you what you need to know.
Learn to differentiate between the feelings of fear and prejudice, and your intuition. Intuition tends to be a knowing.
Find a quiet place, either outside or inside your mind. Go into the quietest place you can find, where you cannot be disturbed, be quiet and listen. this could be in the shower, your office or the toilet. The more you do it, the better you’ll get at keeping quiet and listening to the whisper, the voice of your intuition.
Act on the feelings you get and through experience you’ll be able to differentiate between your intuition and other feelings.
Be patient. It is a quiet voice and you have to learn to listen to it again. You used to listen to it as a child, but life has a habit of covering this voice with opinions, fears and beliefs.
You have to go through those layers, including your ego, to listen to that delicate voice.
My intuition still shouts at times. But, mostly, it’s the silent voice that we only hear when we stop to listen.
Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion.
…in spite of all appearances pointing in the direction of a certain line of conduct, there is still a persistent feeling that it should not be followed; in the majority of instances it will be found that the argument of the objective mind, however correct on the facts objectively known, was deficient from ignorance of facts which could not be objectively known at the time, but which were known to the intuitive faculty.