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Situational Awareness: Intuition

February 3, 2015, by Ken Jorgustin


Have you ever had ‘that feeling’, intuition, that something is about to happen, or that something just doesn’t add up or is not quite right (be it a specific situation or otherwise)?

Also called your gut instinct, intuition is unfortunately something that many people ignore or are not attune with. For others, the signals of intuition can be a rooted, ingrained natural reaction to situations where something ‘is off’ and may even signify some sort of threat, hazard or danger.

Intuition is a direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension (Dictionary).

Intuition is a phenomenon of the mind, describes the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason (Wikipedia).

It is somewhat a mystery how it works, given that we are not consciously seeking for a specific signal – it just ‘happens’.

I will say that everyone has experienced intuition, although I will also say that most probably don’t listen to it (or turn up the volume when they ‘hear it’).

If you pay pay attention to your feelings of intuition – they will alert you. If you listen, those feelings may help to protect you.

One’s intuition may span a wide gamut of situations from simply a signal of questionable integrity, to ‘knowing’ a probable outcome of a given unfolding situation, to something more immediately dangerous such as an immediate physical threat.

Situational awareness is an important aspect to avoiding problems as well as keeping safe. Using your intuition is one of many tools at your disposal while honing those skills.

I am curious to hear any stories from others who have used an experience with intuition to avoid what was later determined to be a probable ‘bad’ situation…