“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” – Albert Einstein
Often when I discuss about intuition, I see several interpretations of it. To some people, it’s the ‘gut feeling’, to some it’s a ‘divine message’, and to some its an utterly useless thought that may only come true, by a co-incidence.
To me – Intuition is the aptitude to attain information without direct or indirect implication or the use of reasoning ability. Intuition is truly the way to look beyond the obvious.
Intuition is a powerful tool of mind and everyone I have met has it. Its just that how many of us use this talent to see ahead in our lives. Intuition lets us see what reasoning cannot. There are enough examples from our daily life, or from human history, that intuitive powers have given insights that obvious facts and inferences cannot provide. As I read somewhere – Intuition is, knowing something, without knowing how you know it.
Role of intuition in decision-making is method used since ages, and its success proves why some people are more successful than others, even when they took decisions based on intuition rather than presented facts.
Pure rationalists usually undermine the power of intuition. Critics of intuition often refer to it as acquired inference skill, based on some past experience, trend or available knowledge. They either nullify is as an irrational function, or try to pass it as past trend based rational inference. Neither of these concepts fully explains how intuition works in human mind and the inference concept may hold the key to the secret is intuition
Intuition is a skill almost every child is born with. Then, with rules laid out by a rational setup, intuitive skills are neither experimented nor sharpened. Often, when some ‘hunches’ come true, some people realize their intuitive powers. And if they use it from time to time to take decisions which can change their lives.
Going a step further, an intuitive mind can evolve into developing ESP – The extra sensory perception. As per the definition, Extrasensory perception (ESP) involves reception of information not gained through the recognized physical senses but sensed with the mind. Parapsychology recognizes ESP as a valid concept, along with intuition.
Intuitive skills can be cultivated, sharpened and developed, like any other mental ability. Most people can train their minds to improve intuitive skills. Unknown to the science, there are ways out mind gathers information, processes and stores it. These intuitions come from very minute slices of such information. We need to study and follow the process that our mind uses, and gather the right slice of information, no matter how minute, to get an intuition. This is unexplainable with the current knowledge of psychology. Think of it as a information DNA, that holds the key information that sometimes out rational data of huge knowledge banks cannot provide.
Einstein had once mentioned –
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Its time to remember the gift we have, cultivate it.
Lets be a little more intuitive…