Intuition & Gut Instinct: The Mystery Of It All…


Have you ever had that ‘gut feeling’? Intuition that something might be about to happen? Something that just doesn’t add up or is not quite right?

Gut instinct, or intuition, is something that many people unfortunately ignore or are not in tune with.

For some people 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.


What Is Intuition?

-the act or faculty of knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes

-a perceptive insight

-a sense of something not evident or deducible

-an impression

-a direct perception of truth, fact, independent of any reasoning process

-a phenomenon of the mind

-the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason

It is somewhat a mystery how it works, given that we are not consciously seeking or reasoning for a specific signal – it just happens…

Most everyone has experienced it at one time or another. I wonder how many actually listen to it.

One’s intuition may span a wide gamut of situations. It may be a simple signal of questionable integrity. It might even be a perception of ‘knowing’ a probable outcome of a given unfolding situation. It might pertain to something that may be immediately dangerous. The feeling may simply appear out of nowhere…

I have read that your subconscious mind is processing far more than your conscious mind. When you’re sleeping there is an amazing amount of ‘stuff’ going on in the noggin and is a science in itself. Dreams.

Tuning in to your intuition will heighten your overall situational awareness. Not only is it an important aspect to your personal security, but everyday life.

I believe that the more you are exposed to circumstances, experiences and situations, the better your intuition becomes (for those things). That said, there does seem to be some mystery to it for other situations.

For anyone interested, Gavin de Becker has spent a lifetime studying intuition and has written a superb book on the subject. In the book he explains how it works, the psychology of it and how to become more aware of it:

The Gift of Fear

May the force be with you.

Share some of your own experiences of intuition in the comments below:


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