It's kind of funny how "themes" pop up in our lives. Maybe we look for patterns. Or rather, we recognize the patterns. One that I've noticed, lately, is how the concept of “intuition” keeps showing up.
I had come across a quote that I tweeted by best-selling author, Shakti Gawain: “We need to let our intuition guide us and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly.” Then, I read an article about meditation that included this: "The really valuable thing is the intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery." And it was Steve Jobs who said intuition, “is more powerful than intellect.” Even my wife got involved using the term “mother's intuition.”
Is the universe trying to tell me something?
Intuition is not easy to quantify.
Sure, there is the dictionary interpretation: “a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence; a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why.” But, is there a science to it? Can it be measured? Replicated? Controlled? Not really. We've all had those moments where we felt something in our gut or acted on a hunch.
I do know that I feel most intuitive when I'm listening.
Not necessarily to what others are saying or to what my inner monologue is, but to what "feels right." I'm not talking about ignoring facts or acting rashly. It's more of a mix of science and art. We live in a world that not only provides only partial information, but one that often provides conflicting information. How do we make heads or tails out of it when the “facts” are incomplete or seemingly contradictory? How do we reduce risk...when taking risks?
There are very few absolutes in the world.
If we waited until every possible variable was determined, every morsel of data digested, we'd never make any decisions or progress. Well, that's when intuition comes into play. We need to listen to our bodies as they work in unison with our minds. We have to recognize what energy our body is emitting – both positive and negative. If something feels right, if it passes the “sniff test,” it probably has a good chance of being right.
As I said, intuition is a mix of science and art. I don't think it can be perfected and it certainly isn't some psychic parlor trick; but by being conscious of it, intuition can be heightened and therefore, advantageous as we navigate the challenges of life.
You can become more intuitive by:
- Paying attention to what your body tells you
- Being still and in the moment
- Thinking creatively
- Listening to others and yourself
- Letting go of negativity
When has your intuition served you well? Comment below!
Live on Fire!
Luke Iorio, CPC, PCC, ELI-MP
President & CEO
Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)