Day 26: Tapping Into Your Intuition [31 Days of Possibility]

by Lani Voivod | @LaniVoivod

 

Intuition is seeing with the soul.” – Dean Koontz

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” – Frank Capra 

“If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking to you.” –Dr. Wayne Dyer

[WARNING: My Intuition told me to write the following blog post in this way. Considering the subject matter, I had no choice but to take its advice and follow it accordingly…]

I’ve been calling them “rabbit holes” lately.

These nudges I’m compelled to follow, these hunches I have to act on RIGHT NOW that look and feel a lot like a bad case of OCD. These meandering zig-zags of ideas, resources, and people…

“Rabbit holes,” you probably already know, is a vague reference to Alice in Wonderland’s compulsion to chase the neurotic white rabbit…

Which makes me think of Keanu Reeves in The Matrix and how he started his tattoo-following adventure…

Which brings me to today’s topic of 31 Days of Possibility: Tapping Into Your Intuition.

“The only real valuable thing is intuition,” said Albert Einstein. He was a huge believer and proponent of our ability to make decisions from a much deeper and logic-rebelling place than the brain…

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein

So many incredible thinkers, innovators, trailblazers, and champions of POSSIBILITY seem to agree with Einstein’s rapturous view of Intuition and its place in our creative process.

But what exactly is this “Intuition” thing, and why should we care?

Well, if you’re Deepak Chopra, you’d explain it this way:

“Synchronicity is choreographed by a great, pervasive intelligence that lies at the heart of nature, and is manifest in each of us through intuitive knowledge.”

Keep in mind Deepak was a mainstream medicine guy before he ever became the New Age guru we know him to be today. He’s written more than 70 books, including 21 New York Times bestsellers – virtually all of them integrating a holistic view of wellness and expansive human potential with a view of soul-tastic evolution steeped in scientific principles. In other words, when he’s the one talking about “a great, pervasive intelligence at the heart of human nature,” he’s not just saying that to be cool. He’s folding in years of experience with and investigation into brain science, philosophy, spirituality, biology, physiology, and breakthroughs in the fields of alternative medicine.

If you’re biased against smarty-pants-doctors and New York Times bestselling authors as some people are, you can always take in what Alan Alda has to say about this mysterious human superpower called Intuition and its role in our creative expansion:

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”

The WILDERNESS of our Intuition…

Yes, that’s a lovely way to put it.

In our culture, we have built cities around our linear and logical selves, and have abandoned the lush resources and beauty of our wildernesses. We simply rely too much on our over-worked brains to lead us through life, and before we know it, the ride is over, and we never did quite get around to what we were put on this Earth to do. (See Day 5: Your Purpose.)

Not to blame our parents, school systems, political leaders, or any other institution that should have been a wee bit more interested in sharing crucial information with us about how best to navigate our lives and make the most of our gifts and potential – but “Tapping Into Your Intuition” isn’t exactly part of the Reading-Writing-Arithmetic curriculum.

The importance of Intuition, the effectiveness of it, isn’t exactly celebrated overtly. Especially in what’s becoming more and more a data-driven, quantification-addicted environment.

“BIG DATA” – collections of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications – is an especially huge threat to Intuition’s rich and bountiful wilderness.

“The information is there to be had,” the data dudes say. “We must get it and analyze it and send it to more analysts for further analysis before we make any sort of decision on anything!”

Alas, more information is not always better.

“Listening to the data is important, they say, but so is experience and intuition. After all, what is intuition at its best but large amounts of data of all kinds filtered through a human brain rather than a math model?” – Steve Lohr, “Sure, Big Data Is Great. But So Is Intuition.” via NYTimes.com

Ahhhh, fascinating. It seems we’ve arrived at the place where the big question lives:

Is the human brain – or rather, the human body, mind, and spirit – more effective at making decisions than logic and data and the scientific method and everything else that dwells most comfortably on the left side of the cranium?

Along with Einstein, these two gentlemen seem to have their opinions on the subject fairly worked out:

“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” – Jonas Salk

“There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.” – Malcolm Gladwell

And then there’s the way our Intuition actually cooperates with our brain:

“‘Just like the brain, there are neurotransmitters in the gut that can respond to environmental stimuli and emotions in the now — it’s not just about past experiences,’ [says Judith Orloff, MD, author of Guide to Intuitive Healing: Five Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness]. When those neurotransmitters fire, you may feel the sensation of ‘butterflies’ or uneasiness in your stomach. Researchers theorize that ‘gut instinct,’ which sends signals to your brain, plays a large role in intuition.” – Colleen Oakley, The Power of Female Intuition, via WebMD.com

Go with your gut. Got it.

So, what’s the problem? Why are so many people scared of even the idea of “Intuition,” often casting it off into the dismissed heaps of soft skills that are cute and campy but not really useful in our results-driven world?

“We see that the intellect, so skillful in dealing with the inert, is awkward the moment it touches the living. Whether it wants to treat the life of the body or the life of the mind, it proceeds with the rigor, the stiffness and the brutality of an instrument not designed for such use.

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The intellect is characterized by a natural inability to comprehend life. 

Instinct, on the contrary, is molded on the very form of life. While intelligence treats everything mechanically, instinct proceeds, so to speak, organically.” – Henri Bergson, French philosopher and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, via Maria Popova on BrainPickings.org

Wow, those Nobel Prize-winning French philosophers sure sound smart.

Even when our logic-based society isn’t dissing Intuition’s practical magic, our own inner saboteurs are hard at work, blocking our natural impulses and abilities to grow and evolve…

“Fear, desire, and panic can all get in the way of intuition. It’s important to really focus on that inner voice.” – Judith Orloff

Enough of that! We’ve learned too much together over these past weeks to give Fear and all its bully friends any more power over our lives.

Tapping into our Intuition is about seeing, feeling, sensing, and processing patterns, both in the vast world around us and in the cosmic soup of our rich inner universes.

Our linear minds tell us a fraction of our “realities.” Intuition is an enlightened intelligence that flows far beyond and through our allegedly rational minds. Ideas collide. Experiences mesh. Patterns emerge. We see them, feel them, and KNOW THEM. We’ve pressed the override button long enough. We must re-learn how to honor our intuitive gifts – our intuitive ways of being – and let them guide us to and through the lives we were born to live.

“Close both eyes to see with the other eye.” –Rumi

Do you feel like you’ve lost touch with this uber-powerful internal guidance system? Here are seven easy ways to tap into your Intuition, so you can explore and amplify your awesome and radiant POSSIBILITIES:

1)   Meditate

2)   Go into nature

3)   Journal

4)   Close your eyes and LISTEN – to your inner voice, as well as to the cues and clues around you

5)   Open yourself up – whether physically with yoga, or by seeking and joining new communities of people who elevate your ideas and spice up your views of the world

6) Follow Your Enthusiasm

“’When you’re trying to make a new decision, pay attention to what feels exciting and energizing and what you’re curious about,’ [said Lynn A. Robinson, M.Ed., … author of … Divine Intuition: Your Inner Guide to Purpose, Peace and Prosperity]. Enthusiasm is one way intuition guides us toward our personal path to success. If something is boring or draining, try to move away from it, she said.” – Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., “Connecting to Your Intuition to Enhance Your Life,” via PsychCentral.com.

7) Make Space for Your Intuition!

“You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind. The rational mind doesn’t nourish you. You assume that it gives you the truth, because the rational mind is the golden calf that this culture worships, but this is not true. Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating.” – Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Choose rich and juicy and fascinating. Play on the side of your Infinite Possibilities!

Be your Possibility’s greatest advocate. Lean on and into your Intuition. It’s there to serve you, with customized knowledge and insight into who you are and who you’re meant to be.

See the rabbit holes, go with your gut, and dive on in.

(C’mon, you know you want to.)

Your Intuition will guide you to the next phase of the adventure with inimitable grace, confidence, and panache.

 

Watch the video for Tapping Into Your Intuition (recorded at 4am) here!

 

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