The dictionary defines intuition as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning;• a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.
In our culture cognitive reasoning is [mostly] held as the highest achievement. We are praised in our ability to reason and find logic through mental cognition. Knowing, sensing, or using intuition is often frowned upon and treated as skeptical.
We FEEL the limitations of this. We live the frustrations of trying to reason and conclude the unreasonable, mysterious, universal aspects of existence. To live in this esteemed logic we must shut out awe and wonder. We must close down the deeper and luminous aspects of our Self.
Most of us have also had the experience that our most heartfelt and passionate decisions, the ones that we deem as really counting, did not come about through cognitive reasoning. The decisions that have truly defined our path and led us deeper into purpose were made through trusting or accepting our inner knowing. They came from allowing that deeper and luminous Self a platform to speak and guide our path.
When I took my job at Penn State, made that 2nd date with my now husband, picked the music for my signature dance- all these choices were made through intuition. Even more interestingly is how our language is littered with statements about the existence of this internal GPS system even while culturally we negate this as valid.
Have you ever heard yourself say:
“I just have a feeling about this”
“Something inside told me it wasn’t going to work out, I had THAT feeling, you know?”
“We just knew this was the house for us when we saw it. It just felt like home.”
Very often we know instantly or almost instantly the answer to our inquiry/question/dilemma. We get that hit from our internal system. Sometimes we acknowledge it and then set about trying to prove but mostly disprove it. “If it was really suppose to happen then there wouldn’t be a line.” We move from a place of disbelief, distrust, and lack with just a sliver of hope that in our skepticism, grace will show up and prove the intuitive hit right. If you know anything about mindset and manifestation work, you understand that when we move from that deep place of NO we often cannot allow the good to come in. There isn’t space to receive what we desire or what our intuition is guiding us towards. We then use this as proof that our feelings were wrong, good things can’t happen to us, as the excuse to stay stuck and also to shame and blame ourselves.
If we truly want to become active co-creators of our life, if we truly want to have a life we love that reflects our deepest longings for connection and goodness, then we must learn to move from YES. We must learn to listen to that feeling and follow our internal GPS that navigates to our own personal North Star.
We must start small and build trust.
We must learn the difference between how our ego sounds and how our intuition feels.
We must learn how symbols and signs show up for us as confirmations not to disprove.