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Intuition - Your Gut Feeling

Updated on May 31, 2015

"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

We know more than we know we know. Scientifically, this is known as dual processing.

Intuition is our inner voice that life experience makes stronger and more powerful. Do you find yourself sizing up someone in an instant? The little bits of someone's behaviour such as gestures and manner of speaking can reveal much and form lasting impressions.

A study at carried out on New York University students, revealed that we're finding that everything is evaluated as good or bad within a quarter of a second, before rational thought is engaged, and proving that conscious thought overrates its own control of our actions.

Experts describe it as a form of unconscious reasoning coming from the way our brains collect and store information. As you gather knowledge your brain begins to recognise patterns and unconsciously organises them into blocks of information.

So when you see a tiny detail of a familiar pattern, you instantly recognise the larger pattern. This makes intuition a learnt expertise, disguised as a gut feeling.

Learning to use that inner voice is therefore easy as your life experience means you already have everything you need to use your intuition.

Think You Know the Answer?

Yes, you probably do!

We all know that nagging feeling of making a decision although something was telling us that it wasn't quite right.

Hindsight, being 20:20 vision, tells us we were daft to ignore that inner voice, and we need to tune into our internal Sat Nav system and trust our intuitive powers.

Intuition feeds our expertise, creativity, love and spirituality. Although it is a wonder it can also be perilous. Our intuition needs to be fortified, sharpened and deepened. We need to think smarter while listening to the creative whispers of our unseen mind.

Define Intuition:

Your inner voice feels positive and on your side, giving you the information neutrally and unemotionally.

It's different from the knee-jerk reactions we feel from irrational fear or anger and we need to be able to tell the difference.


This emotion is charged and adrenalin fueled, feels physical and can bring up old psychological hurts. Irrational fear is based on past insecurities, not learnt experiences and acquired wisdom.

Listen carefully, is your intuition talking about a new opportunity.

Develop Intuition

Try these:
To shake you out of a routine, for one day, try doing the opposite of what your normally do. It will help you tune in to your feelings and wake up your sixth sense.

Make a list of the last three decisions you made that were right and wrong. Did intuition pay a part in the wrong decisions, or were they all made on facts or other people's advice?

How did you feel when you made the decisions that were right? This exercise should help you separate influences your need to bring to the fore.

Turn the volume up on the Sat Nav

If there are too many voices in our head saying 'should' or 'have to', to get in touch with our intuition, go for a quiet walk or shut the door.

Your body is also talking to you, become aware of your breathing and the tension you feel about certain situations. Are you physically comfortable about he decision or churned up inside?

Ask yourself questions and then give your subconscious time to do the work. Sleep on it and quite often we wake with the answer in our heads. Be specific with your questions, and your answers will be better.

Your unconscious will sift through all the paraphernalia and come up with the best solution - often far better than the cognitive part of the brain we always use.

Keep a Balance between Intuition and Rationale

Tuning into your intuition doesn't mean throwing facts and rational assessment out the window. For example, is someone telling the truth? Perception is valuable, but assess all the evidence before making a decision.

Small factors can trigger feelings, for example someone's great for the job on paper, but their perfume or mannerism reminds you of someone you dislike. Watch for emotional triggers as it helps to differentiate them from intuitive feelings.

In other areas all the facts won't be at your disposal. For example if you've a nagging feeling about a medical problem, pursue it until your're happy. Your body often knows what is going on before you do.

Science believes that your intuition may be better if you practice meditation. The greater the meditation experience, the more developed were the brain regions associated with sensitivity to the body's signals and sensory processing.

Your intuition connects you with your own inner knowledge, that part of you that has an overview of your life that has your best interest at heart. It can also be a valuable guide on the road to creating your dreams.

Silva Method of increasing Intuition

Intuition Quotes

"The only real valuable thing is intuition." - Albert Einstein

"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." - Benjamin Spock

"Systems die; instincts remain." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover." - Henri Poincare

"Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer." - Robert Graves

© 2012 Shelley Watson


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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      DDE, Thanks for stopping by, appreciate it.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome work and well put together, listen to your feelings

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for the excellent input!

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      Salini 5 years ago from India

      I liked this hub. I am a firm believer of applying one's intuitive mind in day to day life, no matter how silly the decisions or actions seems.

      Just like anything else, the more we practice to be in tune with our intuitive self more aware we would become in recognizing its face/presence.

      Voted up, interesting.

      Have a warm day ahead.

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      mts1098 5 years ago

      I used to wonder if instinct was a message from a higher authority, if it was something I learned along the way or something else...My instincts told me not to pursue the source ;) cheers...

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      tebo, Thank you visiting, and yes your are right, we must trust our feelings.

      Kerry43, Thank you for comments and for visiting. I really appreciate your input.

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      Kerry43 5 years ago

      Excellent read. I like that you opened with a strong quote. Well done:)


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      tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I have to keep reminding myself to listen to my feelings in an effort to make decisions. This is a great reminder to trust your feelings. Thanks for sharing.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      thelyricwriter, Wow thank you so much for your very generous comments, votes and share. I am so glad you enjoyed the article, and your thoughts add depth to my information. Many thanks again.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Shelley, fantastic and well written article. This was a great read. I have always felt to always follow your instincts. Intuition is special and you have to know when to follow it. You make great points and made this hub fun to read and learn. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Shared as well. Awesome writing Shelley!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Ken R. Abell, Thank you for visiting, I appreciate your time.

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      Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Fascinating. And helpful. Thanks.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Glimmer Twin Fan, Thank you for stopping by. I think many men like to believe that their decisions are based on logic or science and could never attribute it to something as airy fairy as intuition, even though their own intuition probably led them to their 'well thought out' decision in the first place.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Interesting hub. My husband always scoffs at me when I tell him about my gut feelings or intuition, but it almost always tells me the right thing.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Mama Kim 8, Sasha thank you so much for your comment and votes, I really appreciate it.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Intuition has helped me more than once ^_^ fabulous hub! voted a bunch!

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      David Hunt 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Exactimundo. Sometimes I wonder if that would work!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      UnnamedHarald, so glad you stopped by. Is this the quote?

      "Every decision I have ever made in my entire life, has been wrong. My life is the complete opposite of everything I wanted to be. Every instinct I have, in every aspect of life, is it something to wear, something to eat, it’s all been wrong" - George Costanza

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      David Hunt 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      I'm glad you showed the difference between intuition and knee-jerk reactions. Now, as far as doing everything the opposite, there was a Seinfeld episode where George Costanza did everything the opposite and everything was golden. I'm kind of leery about finding out that my whole life has been done wrong :)

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      novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      CyberShelley. Another great article! I totally believe in intuition and always try to listen to my inner voice. So far it has let me down very rarely.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      sandrabusby, Thank you so much for the comments, and the share. High praise indeed coming from you!

      g-girl11, Glad to have met you, thank you for stopping by!

      rajanjolly, You are so good to me, thank you for your votes, share and input especially "honouring the creation and forgetting the Creator" which encapsulates it perfectly.

      Natashalh, you obviously have a firm grip on your intuition, and know how to use to your advantage. Thank you for visiting.

      BlissfulWriter, Thank you for visiting and adding the useful information about the neurons in the gut! So appreciate your comments.

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      The gut and the brain are intimately linked. There are neurons in the gut that are just like the neurons in the brain. That is why the gut is known as the second brain. So we should not under-estimate our gut feelings.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      So often I will stop and have a totally random thought about needing to move something or bring an item with me to work. If I ignore this feeling, later in the day I alsmost always regret ignoring myself! I've gotten in the habit of listening, no matter how random it seems.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Superb hub! All of us are endowed with intuition though some have fine tuned it so well that it almost compares with rational reasoning. You have included some excellent quotes her, Shelley. How true Albert Einstein's quote at the beginning is! We need to realise and trust our intuition.

      On a broader perspective, it could be said that we have forgotten the Creator and started honouring the creation.

      Voted up and interesting. Sharing this.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      I am very interested in the subject of intuition and especially enjoyed all the quotes you included. Really reminds you how important it is to tune into it!

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      A truly wonderful hub on intuition, something we all have and could make more use of. Thank you, CyberShelley. Voted up, across, and shared.