Intuition at work. I think. Or maybe it’s just connecting the dots.
Has your intuition ever told you something that you later found to be true?
That’s happening to me often lately….or maybe I pay more attention to it now than I have in the past.
Intuition is knowing something without using conscious reasoning. And you know, figuring out if it’s intuition or just logic is problematic, because I am really good at conscious reasoning. Dots have always connected easily –I see those relationships and make huge leaps to conclusions that are almost always right on the money. That’s done mostly with my conscious mind, although sometimes it happens so quickly that it seems like intuition. I have to really work hard to determine if it’s intuition or my logical mind at work, following clues and cues to a logical end.
Discernment is hard.
Few months ago I drew a conclusion about a change in the life of a public figure I’d seen a few times in person. I knew he’d dumped his wife and I knew he was seeing a woman with whom he’d appeared in person. Months later I found out that I was absolutely right. Was it logic or was it intuition? I say it was a little of both. I noticed things –that was the part that my senses played–and then my intuition kicked in and gave me a concept that felt strong and true. I mentioned it to my husband and then a few months later, that concept was confirmed as fact.
But maybe intuition and reasoning aren’t that far apart.
Another example: I have a friend who has changed drastically over the past 20 years in how they think, feel and act. They deny it, but I know it. The evidence I have wouldn’t convince anyone else, because it’s just a feeling I get from all that they now say and do. I get what’s going on with them–or at least I think I do and I’m pretty sure I’m right.
Intuition is formed by what we see and hear–it’s the vibe we get in response to our senses. Cops will tell you that they develop it on the job–that sense when things just don’t “feel right.” For them, that intuition can be a matter of life or death.
Just the other day I was at dinner with a group of woman. Watching the woman sitting across from me–whom I don’t know very well–I got the distinct feeling something was wrong. It didn’t seem like anyone else noticed. She was conversing normally. But the feeling was so strong I almost asked her what was up. Some 20 minutes later she told us that someone very close to her had just died and this was her first outing since.
Intuition at work.
I’m not always right, though. When a group of bloggers did Five Truths and One Lie posts I had already begun writing this post and decided to use my intuition. But my guess was wrong five out of six times.
Other times, it’s right on the money and I’m not sure why. Although I have a sign hanging above my computer that flat-out says HONOR YOUR INTUITION I’m always surprised when what I feel turns out to be true.
We’re not raised to trust those intuitive feelings. We learn –tacitly, at least–that they are “less-than,” and not as accurate as logic. As “fact.”
Our society doesn’t view “I feel” as a strong statement. If it’s not tangible evidence, it’s not viewed as credible.
The truth is that we can learn a lot from our intuition and it pays to develop it.
To pay attention to what we feel and not automatically assume that we can’t be right.
What about you? Do you think you’re intuitive?
How have you noticed your own intuition in your life?