Michelangelo – The Dream of Human Life (after 1533)
“Intuition is seeing with the soul.”
– Dean Koontz
A series of fortunate events which shaped my perspective in the past few years have inspired the decision to raise awareness on the Sparkle of Intuition, which is an amazing opportunity we are given in order to tap deep into our spiritual senses and connect to an instinctive knowledge which is extremely important in self development. The last experience on this matter was having a little wrench during a call with a recruiter a couple of days ago for a Marketing Copywriter position for a financial product, which honestly does not reflect my sphere of interests. In spite of the short call being polite and decent, I realized she did not say any word about the company she was recruiting for and I was presented with a test to complete in 48 hours. The test itself was not a big problem, considering Google, my skills and imagination, but the shortage of details, such as company presentation, position on market, job description and other important matters were awfully missing. I don’t know about you, guys, but if I am handed over with a test, I need to know who and why I am investing my time and effort for.
The same rationale applies for the countless time consuming recruitment phases in some companies, which for them might count as a “strict” selection but, for me the process reveals a lack of prepared recruiters able to use their knowledge and intuition to find the most suitable candidate for a position. Let’s just think about the availability of junior, middle and top managers to interview a candidate in advanced phases, which suggests the pace of the company is rather slow. I dare say the professional advancement might as well follow this particular trend. What do you think? I decided to deal with my wrench by being thankful for the opportunity and honest in regards to my lack interest for the field, which she appreciated by sharing my opinion the field and product are very important for the creative.
As most of my successful decisions in life were based on intuition, which was behind finding reasonable and quick responses to every challenge, especially in the professional environment, an ability which was enhanced since I have started walking on the path of self-development, I am pleased to follow my annual tradition to dedicate the first post of the May birthday celebration month to my spiritual duties of spreading knowledge and enlightenment. I choose not to discuss the so-called “magical phenomenon” of intuition from a psychological standpoint as the information might become hard to follow and swallow, but rather encourage everyone to practice an exercise of dimming the outside “noise” or distractions in favor of peace and quietness, by shutting down rumination and clearing inner space for that particular sparkle of higher intelligence, commonly called The Intuition.
“Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.”
– Madeleine L’Engle
Intuition is far from a repeating thought in the back of our mind, but a non-conscious process – it doesn’t nag nor stresses out, it is the “gut feeling” that an idea is “known”, sensed with the heart or, at the very least, a gentle persuasion that something is off, or awesome, or needs our attention, although most people do not disclose the subjective preferences of feelings that arise spontaneously, involved in decision-making process. It’s subtle and doesn’t clamour for attention, which is why it can be easily missed therefore it requires the conscious effort of training.
“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. Not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.”
– C. JoyBell C.
According to Wikipedia, intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning, or without understanding how the knowledge was acquired. Different writers give the word “intuition” a great variety of meanings, ranging from direct access to unconscious knowledge, unconscious cognition, inner sensing, inner insight, to unconscious pattern-recognition and the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.
“Come from the heart, the true heart, not the head. When in doubt, choose the heart. This does not mean to deny your own experiences and that which you have empirically learned through the years. It means to trust your self to integrate intuition and experience. There is a balance, a harmony to be nurtured, between the head and the heart. When the intuition rings clear and true, loving impulses are favored.”
– Brian Weiss
It is wonderful that all this effort invested in self-development spares me the necessity to find a reasonable justification for following “hunches” when it comes to daily activities or even during the elaborate process of decision-making. I consider intuition to be just as divinely timed as premonitions, visions, signs and angel number occurrences, being a complex non-conscious communication method with the Universe.
“Intuition is always right in at least two important ways. It is always in response to something and it always has your best interest at heart.”
– Gavin De Becker
Intuition, as a gut feeling based on experience, a flash of insight generating the “aha” revelation, has been found to be useful for business leaders when making judgement about people, culture and strategy. It is just as important in relationships, as hunches about a partner’s thoughts and feelings are reliable, especially since partners know each other well.
In the recognition primed decision (RPD) model of modern psychology, intuition is the pattern-matching process that quickly suggests feasible courses of action, along analysis.
Intuition is present in all humans but it is developed rather differently in each individual by wiring the instinctual and effortless operating system of the brain, generating a quick decision, based on past experiences and cues from the self and the environment, which does not register on a conscious level.
“Intuition comes in several forms: a sudden flash of insight, visual or auditory; a predictive dream; a spinal shiver of recognition as something is occurring or told to you; a sense of knowing something already; a sense of deja vu; a snapshot image of a future scene or event; knowledge, perspective or understanding divined from tools which respond to the subconscious mind.”
– Sylvia Clare
Intuition is the way the subconscious communicates with the conscious mind but not all people choose to listen to it. It takes confidence and a leap of faith or even courage to follow its lead. I regret numerous occasions before my self-awareness stepped up, when I did not trust it and I had to face unpleasant consequences and I congratulate myself for the times I did, which proved intuition to be extremely beneficial in the decision-making process and spared a lot of vital energy, which could have otherwise fueled relentlessly the rational, analytical processes without a real need.
Following intuition is so important that Intuition Peak was named in Antarctica “in appreciation of the role of scientific intuition for the advancement of human knowledge.” I could go on for hours praising this wonderful ability but I will spare your time and attention by suggesting to have trust in the non-conscious process and head to wherever it takes you because you will definitely be heading to the right direction.
I hope you have enjoyed thus journey and I will see you soon, possibly with my Royal Endeavors adventures in a country I haven’t been to before. By the way, I am so grateful I had the chance to visit cities in over 30 countries in my almost 33 years of earthly existence, I have discovered my passion for storytelling and I now have the chance to share my experiences and discoveries. Stay tuned!
“Success is realising the true joy and wonder of life can only be yours if you follow your own intuition, aiming to achieve your bliss.”
– Steven Redhead