Welcome to Intuition Land!
This introductory post is basically two things, other than the first of many on this topic: 1) a summary of the lecture I used in my classes for YEARS on the topic of intuition (which saved more than one life, because of the book upon which it is based); and 2) a love letter to Gavin deBecker’s the Gift of Fear, which is where most of this information comes from (and when I mention chapters, that book is what I am referring to). This essay is also a great explanation on how to listen to your instincts. And while you’re at it, read this, listen to this, become a Murderino, & stop. being. polite.
First, let’s start with a definition. Intuition is, among other things, knowing something without knowing either how you know or why you know (or even that you know). It is a system in which our brains reach conclusions without immediately telling us that it’s reaching conclusions. And when the stakes are high, intuition becomes:
A brilliant internal guardian standing ready to warn you of hazards and guide you through risky situations. It also is neither logical nor emotional. It is a cognitive process, wherein your brain jumps from A to Z without stopping at any other letter along the way.
Let your intuition do the work, & listen when it speaks to you, in one of these many ways:
Nagging feelings, Persistent thoughts, Humor, Wonder, *True* Anxiety (a post on false anxiety is coming soon.), Curiosity, Hunches, Gut feelings, Doubt, Hesitation, Suspicion, Apprehension, & True Fear (– From Chapter 4). There are several appearances by Mr. de Becker on TV shows, in which he explains in more detail why these things above are true.
What else do you need to know? The basics:
Your intuition always reacts in response to something.
It always has your best interest at heart.
When someone tries to talk you out of your intuition, get away from them now.