“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” ~Albert Einstein~
We could learn a lot about the value of intuition from Albert Einstein. He was a physicist who developed complex theories and made groundbreaking discoveries in science. He created a revolution in physics, and is regarded as the most influential physicist of the 20th century. The difference between Einstein and his scientific peers was Einstein used intuition as his guide. Einstein admitted to colleagues that he thought in images and feelings, not mathematical equations. He used his imagination first, and translated these images and feelings into words second.
What is intuition? By definition, it is “the act or faculty of knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes” (www.thefreedictionary.com). Intuition does not involve our logical mind. It is that little nudge, or feeling we get, that we often can’t explain. Call it a “sixth sense” or “gut feeling”, it is part of our sensing, feeling and imagining system. We sense and feel first, and then our logical mind kicks in to direct us where our intuition feels we ought to, or not, go.
The challenge is do we listen to ourselves? Do we trust our intuition? Many people discard their intuitive “hits”, doing what somehow feels wrong. How many times have you gone against that which didn’t feel quite right to you? We often know instinctively what is the best direction for us, but discard our intuition for more “real” or “practical” information. We let our logical mind overrule our gut.
Developing intuition is like strengthening a muscle: if we consciously work it out, it grows stronger. Because intuition is part of our sensory system, there are methods we can practice to increase our sensitivity. These methods will also help us develop trust in our intuitive capabilities, and learn the specific ways we receive intuition.
The practices of meditation and visualization exercise the right side of our brain, the side responsible for our creativity, emotional expression, and ability to visualize and imagine. While the left side of the brain is for logical thinking processes, the right side is the seat of our imagination. This is where intuition resides. Einstein managed to use both sides of his brain in his work, and is an example that this can be achieved with practice and intention.
Meditation involves a quieting of the mind and focus on the present moment. Meditation can help develop attentiveness to our body and mind, connecting us to our self and our surroundings. It is in the quiet spaces of a busy mind that intuition can be accessed. Relaxation is a necessary part of connecting with intuition, as a relaxed mind can receive information. Meditation can assist the relaxation process, allowing the ability to connect with feeling-based information.
Visualization, on the other hand, is a form of active imagination. It is the process of consciously imagining something in your mind’s eye. This process works the right brain directly, and involves creating images, colors, and sensory experiences in the mind’s eye. The more visualization is practiced, the stronger it becomes. Intuitive “hits” or images can then spontaneously arise in the mind, as we tune in to sensory information, via our imagination.
Intuitive information can be received in a variety of forms, and this experience is different for everybody. Intuition is primarily perceived through an expansion of our five senses, known as “The Clairs”. These are extensions of our ability to feel, see, smell, taste, hear and know. The Clairs are abilities often attributed to psychics, mediums, or channelers but everyone can develop and access these sensory faculties. Here are four that are most common:
Clairsentience is a physical sensory experience. We feel in our body the intuitive information being received, or sense through our emotions.
Clairvoyance is information received through our physical sight: we see images in our mind’s eye that create a picture. The images are often symbolic, and create meaning through metaphor.
Clairaudience utilizes our physical hearing. We hear in our mind words or information, like someone is talking directly to us.
Claircognizance is our ability to just know information without a logical explanation.
Intuition is a universal ability, not something reserved for a special select few. We all have intuitive powers. With practice and consistent effort, intuition can become a strong personal guiding system. As Einstein so astutely said, “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.” Intuition is invaluable, and can be our greatest gift to honor in ourselves.
Jodie Cara Lindley
Reiki Master, Astrologer, Intuitive & Shamanic Healer
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