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Dear Life Adventure Notes Reader,
I have always been fascinated by the idea of intuition. As a child, “I have a hunch” was the phrase we used when we were accessing our intuition. It seemed almost magical to me when I had a hunch about something and it happened as I expected. My fascination with intuition stemmed from the idea that there could be ways of “knowing” things that just couldn’t be explained. Back then, I gave up on it after seeing too many TV shows where psychics knew everything about everyone in the audience. I knew that couldn’t happen…
Years later, when I trained to become a coach, my interest in intuition was rekindled. Coaches are taught to use their intuition as very important information when they are talking to someone and I wondered about this. How does real intuition differ from the fake psychics that I saw on TV as a kid? My first coach had me practicing my intuition. I would try to guess who was calling when the phone rang and guess which elevator was coming next when I was in big buildings. I also began to do some reading on the topic of intuition to find out what we do know about it. This month’s feature article is a little of what I have discovered from my experiments and research. I have a hunch you’re going to learn something from it!
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You Know It But You Can’t Say How
You have intuitive hits all the time as you go through your daily life. There are little bits of information being processed by your brain all the time that never reach your consciousness. This is the basis of what we call intuition.
I remember meeting my friend Laurie for the first time. We both belonged to the same racquetball club and were put together as practice partners because we had about the same skill level. The first day we were to play, I walked into the club and realized within the first minute of meeting her that Laurie and I would be great friends. On this occasion, my intuition was correct. It would be impossible to say how I knew immediately that we would be friends, but something about her hit me. I believe that my brain saw in her traits that were very much like my own and other friends I have had and responded positively to that.
Science has discovered what we all know intuitively about intuition. There are two ways of knowing things. The first is being conscious of something – this is knowing in a deliberate and controlled way. You can know the color of your shirt or what time it is. The second way of knowing is through your unconscious; this way is automatic and unintentional. You can know what time it is without a clock or you know how that shirt on the rack would look on you without trying it on.
As you go through your days, your brain is collecting millions of pieces of information about everything and everyone you encounter. Only a small portion of this is conscious because each person only thinks about one thing at a time. The rest becomes part of your unconscious and influences your thinking, memory and attitudes without your even noticing the process happening.
Having a hunch, or intuition, is when information from your subconscious influences your consciousness. Intuition plays a large part of all your decision making because there is no way to shut off the brain’s connection to that vast subconscious storage area. It is amazing to think that perhaps 80% or more of your thinking is done without your awareness.
Intuition is often wrong. This is because our brain attempts to make patterns where none may exist – there is really no other way to process the loads of information that the brain receives and so intuition is inherently flawed. Being wrong with your intuition does not mean it is useless. It means that you can best treat your intuitive hits with some healthy skepticism. Exactly what I was doing as a kid when I doubted the psychics.
When you bring intuitive ideas into your conscious awareness, you can start to apply some conscious thinking to them to see if they make sense for you to follow or not. For example, on a recent vacation I ordered a chicken dish that turned out to be bright red. My intuition said don’t eat that funny looking chicken, but I didn’t really pay attention, I ate it and I ended up being very sick. I don’t think the red color was the problem, but I do think that if I had given that intuition more attention, I might have decided I just didn’t want to eat funny looking chicken and spared myself the illness. In this case my intuition was right. Noticing when your intuition calls and using it in a conscious decision making process can give you the power of both kinds of knowing.
QUESTIONS FROM JANET
What ways has your intuition been helpful to you in the past?
How often do you notice what your intuition is saying to you? How accurate do you feel you are intuitively?
When you notice your intuition, how can you use that information better in conscious decision making?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Janet Slack is a professional coach and therapist living in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. From there, she maintains an office in Hendersonville for her local coaching and therapy clients and works by telephone with others from all over the United States and several foreign countries.
Janet’s specialty is to work with people to increase their fulfillment, joy and balance as they proceed through the adventures of life.
Visit her website at www.lifeadventurecoaching.com for further information about her services and background. She can be reached by mail at 714 Oakland Street, Hendersonville, NC 28791 or by phone at 828-691-4655.
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