Is Intuition Reliable?
By Marion Brownlie ©
The answer to this question is yes and no. Your purest intuitions are always right but those tinged by your own thoughts and emotions may only be partially correct or even completely wrong. Our culture expects more from intuition than from logic. If you ask yourself “has my logic ever been wrong?” You would have to say yes, so why do we expect intuition to be perfect, even though most are not skilled in its use.
With practice, you can learn to assess your intuitive experiences and identify when they are more likely to be right. Intuition takes many forms and can include visual imagery, as well as any intuitive sensing in your body–with your ear, or nose, gut, heart or any other way that information arises without the use of logical processes. Most of us have little training in identifying any of these as western society and education focus primarily on left brain skills such as reading and writing.
We have been encouraged to think that the most important part of a person is the Brain. In actual fact the brain is no more than a computer that helps the body to keep running and process information it receives. It is now thought that the heart is behind our intuition, thoughts and feelings. In the light of this the old saying of ‘For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” is now seen to hold weight.
Our planet, and our species are currently existing in a superficial mind first existence which is what causes most of the chaos, corruption and chronic anxiety in the world. One of the most challenging things for us to do is to separate true intuition from wishful thinking (what we hope will happen) or projections (interpreting images through the lens of our own history or ideas.)
Most of us believe that the heart is nothing more than an organ that pumps blood around our bodies and when it stops we die. In an unborn infant the heart is beating before the brain is formed. Consequently it makes one wonder how we even think the brain rules the heart.
The heart communicates with the rest of the body via nerve impulses, hormones and neurotransmitters, via pressure waves and through electromagnet field interactions. The heart is in constant communication with the brain via these methods and is responsible for many of the intuitive thoughts and feelings we receive. The more in tune we can become with our heart intelligence the better balance we become and thus allow for a natural flow of energy that helps to keep all facets of our being in balance and prevents emotional unrest, sickness and dis-ease.
We can all do to live our lives in a heartfelt way supported by positive thought patterns and feelings. We choose how we think and feel and this directly correlates to our ‘heart’ health. Listen to your heart in all things and learn to be guide by it. Your heart intelligence provides you with intuitive awareness that expands beyond our limited linear, logical brain thinking. Listening to your heart allows you to become flexible and expand your creativity, comprehension and intuition.
It has lately been found that the heart actually governs many of the processes that happen in the brain as it has an electromagnetic field that is sixty times greater than the brain. Research show the heart as the most powerful electrical and magnetic field generator in the human body; despite that the brain continues to be held as our primary power potential. Although the brain does indeed hold its own electromagnetic field, it pales in comparison to the field strength of the heart. Facts: the heart is 100,000 times electrically stronger and 5,000 times magnetically stronger than the brain.
Our heart energy expands way beyond our physical bodies. When we come in contact with another person it is the heart energy that they radiate that we first pick up – on the intuitive (heart) level. If you are in tune with your heart energy then your instinctive reactions and feeling will be spot on. The greater degree you listen to your heart intelligence the more ease you will find in the flow of life. You will decrease disharmony and conflict in your body and thus your mind.
Quite time, prayer or meditation are some of the most direct ways of becoming tuning into your heart intelligence. This can be as simple as doing controlled breathing to help to quieten the brain and calm the mind. When in a peaceful space focus Source as in pure love and light or divine energy in your heart and gently pay attention. If you have a question, place it in your heart and feel how it sits. Listen to your intuitive feeling on this. Does it sit heavily or softly? Is the there any agitation or does it feel peaceful? Practice makes it much easier to be discerning. Listen and feel without judging. Avoid getting caught up in the head stuff of judging the answers. Learn to feel and see things as they ‘are’ with no judgment of right or wrong. That is all head stuff and will take you out of your heart space when seeking intuitive answers.
Researchers have discovered chemical reactions that occur in your body during commonly-reported intuitive experiences. With our inner knowing or intuition everything is evaluated as good or bad within a quarter of a second, So before engaging in rational thought, we may find ourselves either liking or disliking someone we have just met.
Barnaby D. Dunn, of the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, U.K. and his co-authors found the link between gut feelings and intuitive decision making to be stronger in people who were more aware of their own heartbeat and concluded that “What happens in our bodies really does appear to influence what goes in our minds.”