In the modern world, we place so much importance on rationality - cognitive is king. There is definitely a positive side to doing so: we have developed new technologies; dispelled myths and false beliefs; and discovered scientific breakthroughs. However, sometimes you can get too much of a good thing.
One of the down sides is we are often cut off from other sources of information, such as our intuitive voice. Now some are more gifted in this area than others. However, everyone has it, but many are not attuned to its messages. The importance of this lies in the fact it is a deeper and more wholistic source of information - it picks up on things in a broader way than your cognitive mind can.
Intuition is the key to effective decisions
Several years ago, I read a study where individuals who had traumatic brain injuries affecting the emotional centers of their brain went through a decision making test. Their cognitive brains were working fine. The outcome of the study showed these people were extremely poor at making effective decisions with only their intellect to draw upon.
In my work with clients, I find many of them initially are fearful of listening to themselves. They will disclose to me numerous poor decisions they have made. In almost every instance, what I learn is the reason they made a bad choice was due to the fact they didn't listen to themselves. Furthermore, the irony is the decision they would have made with their intuition was almost always the most effective one. I am not saying intuition is infallible, but in my experience it is almost always spot on.
Tracking your body and emotions
To begin tuning in to your intuitive voice, pay attention to what you are feeling in your body and what is happening inside of you. Recently, I was in a discussion with someone, and I could feel the tension in my chest and torso increasing with every word they were saying. I initially did not understand why. As I continued to track myself, I informed them I was becoming progressively resistant to what they were saying. We then explored this together and continued to generate ideas and options until I felt more relaxed and excited.
This is one example of how to begin using your intuitive voice. Perhaps, you were never given guidance into how to use your intuition. It is never too late to learn. A great resource is the book, The Science of Intuition, by Nora Truscello. Another one is Malcolm Gladwell's book, Blink.
Take the time today to start listening to yourself. Only you can ultimately know what fits for you or what direction your life should take. Your intuitive voice is uniquely yours. Pay attention to it. Ask yourself how this post feels for you. Does it resonate with me? Does it feel right? Your voice is your guide more than anything else. If you are spiritual or a person of faith, this is where God, the Universe, or you Higher Power will speak and direct you most. Listen!
John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.
John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance.