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What Is Intuition?
You already know what intuition is. If you have ever had a gut feeling, a hunch, a feeling in your bones, an instinct, a premonition, or a "don't know but just knew it" moment, then you have experienced intuition. But you may wonder what intuition has to do with expanded awareness or an inspired life. Like most people, you may believe that intuition is something that only psychics or people with special gifts have access to.
In fact, intuition is something we all possess. Through intuition we hear, understand, and use information that comes to us from our deepest selves. It is the subtle language we use to understand the information in the bioenergy field and the mind. Intuitive information is invaluable and accurate, and it is important to learn to discern it from all the other bits of information constantly entering our awareness through our senses.
I will ask you what I ask my students at the beginning of my classes: Are you intuitive? Do you pay attention to your intuition? Do you trust your intuition? Do you act on your intuitive information? Some answer yes, and some answer no to the question of being intuitive, but when asked if they trust their intuition or if they act on it, almost all of my students answer that they don't. Ignoring intuitive input is like ignoring any other sensory input. If you heard a fire alarm, smelled smoke, or saw flames, would you tell yourself it isn't real? Ignoring intuition is no different than ignoring any information from your other senses.
We all are intuitive. We're born with intuition. Whether or not it's developed, it is there to guide and direct us in our lives. It is a natural and valuable ability. But as I said, most of us don't trust our intuition. There is usually a tug-of-war between the rational self and the intuitive self.
Let's say you're driving on the highway and you have an impulse to take the next exit even though there is no rational reason to do so. Are you more likely to talk yourself out of it or to go with it? Most often we talk ourselves out of it. We let our rational self take over only to find ourselves stuck in traffic because something is blocking the road ahead. The feeling to take an earlier exit was based on something we could not see and had no physical evidence for, yet somehow we had information from somewhere about the block ahead. Taking the next exit was a gut feeling, and nothing about it made sense — until a few minutes later when you were stuck in traffic. Taking a different exit may not be significant, but the signals we get, also known as intuitive information, can be for a wide range of experiences. Many of such signals may prove to be significant or beneficial.
My maternal grandfather and grandmother, who were intellectuals and professionals, lived comfortably in Poland prior to World War II and were both highly intuitive. My grandfather demonstrated this by knowing when he and my uncle needed to leave Poland as the Germans began to take over. He arrived home one day and announced it was time to leave. Since the Germans were beginning to arrest the Jewish men, he and my uncle left first. Arrangements were made for my grandmother and mother to obtain false identities in order to escape and join them later.
My grandmother's intuition guided her when, after several failed attempts to leave, she knew that the next time they had to succeed. On the next attempt, she and my mother were able to flee Poland. Later they found out that thirty minutes after escaping their home under their assumed identities, the Gestapo came to arrest my grandmother. She and my mother reunited with my grandfather and uncle in Russia. They were able to avoid the war in Poland by living in a rural camp in Russia. In this way, my family survived the Holocaust.
After the war, they became refugees. Intuition, I imagine, contributed to my grandfather's finding a place where they could settle. Traveling through Europe and then South America, they arrived in Mexico with nothing. My grandfather entered a phone booth and called Jewish sounding names picked from a phonebook. Speaking Yiddish, he called until someone understood him. This is how they settled in Mexico. There, and later in San Antonio, my grandmother, who was an artist and also remarkably intuitive, spent the rest of her life creating magnificent, soulful paintings.
With the powerful tool of intuition available to all, what makes some people trust the information and others ignore it, especially when we are all born with the same ability? The answer will come as we explore what intuition is, how to pay attention to it, and how to trust it.
Intuition is the language of our deepest selves and springs from mind-field information. The mind-field holds all the information about who you are. This information is the repository of the sum of all your experiences, emotions, and belief systems. Having access to this information is the most valuable path to self-awareness. Intuition is the means by which you gain access to the mind-field. Intuition guides you to hear and understand the information contained there. Intuition has a quiet and subtle voice appreciated by those who know and trust it.
I love etymology because the origin of words gives insight into not only the meaning of words, but their contexts. According to the New Oxford English Dictionary, the word "intuition" comes from the Latin intueri: to look at or to look in/within; the Late Latin intuitio: the art of contemplating; and late Middle English denoting spiritual insight or immediate spiritual communication. The origin of the word is meaningful in that it allows us to understand that intuition is a highly personal and internal process strongly related to a spiritual, or higher, function.
A useful working definition of intuition is the process of using ambiguous information for reaching an accurate conclusion — in other words, being able to know or sense information without the use of rational input. Intuition is a natural product of our minds and bodies, a sensory modality for gaining information, and a means for navigating through life with more consciousness. Intuition is not something "new agey" (a term remnant from the 70s), esoteric, dependent on external devices, magic, or witchcraft; it is not an answer or solution to all problems. Intuition is indispensable in receiving information internally and externally from the bioenergy field/mind-field. It serves us in giving us direction as we aim for expanded self-awareness.
We can learn to trust intuition by knowing what conditions enhance it, how intuitive information comes in, what it feels like, what it sounds like, how to know the truth of it, and how to follow its guidance. In the next chapters, we will learn more about the science of intuition, what happens in our body when we are getting intuitive information, and how the brain is involved. Intuition is there as a foundation for us to enhance our lives, to make our lives more exciting, creative, robust, and meaningful.CHAPTER 2
THE BASIC SCIENCE OF INTUITION
Neurology of Intuition
To bring intuition out of the realm of the fuzzy and into a more scientific perspective, we need to understand how biological and physiological processes correlate to intuition. As methods become more sophisticated, there is increasing research being done (and published in reputable scientific journals) to determine these correlates. Intuition is moving from a strictly paranormal, unexplainable phenomenon belonging to the realm of psychics, hippies, and charlatans to a credible, understandable sensory perception belonging to all. As we learn more about quantum physics, waves, and particles, we are learning there is information in the quantum energy field that, when accessed, is what we call intuition. In this chapter, I will cover rudimentary ideas about the neurology of intuition in order to help you develop a foundation for knowing what intuition is and how to use it.
Knowing a little bit about the neuroanatomy and physiology involved in intuition helps us to better understand the process of receiving and acting on intuitive input. In other words, the hardware is as important as the software. We know that certain parts of the brain are good at accomplishing specific tasks. When it comes to intuition, which is a higher function, we need the brain to work in partnership with the subtler psyche and mind. That partnership is how we begin the process of strengthening our intuition. That cooperation is how we gain access to the information that will lead to our evolution and growth.
Let's begin by looking at how the brain is structured. The brain is divided into two parts called hemispheres. One is on the right, the other on the left. They are connected through a fibrous network called the corpus callosum. These two hemispheres are themselves divided into four subsections both on the left and right, called lobes. Each lobe has a different function having to do with thinking processes and behavior.
In brief, the occipital lobe controls visual processing and recognition of shapes and colors. It tells us how to interpret what we see. The parietal lobe is involved in the integration of sensory information that allows for understanding of concepts, as well as goal-directed movement, touch, perception, and recognition of stimuli. It is also involved in sensation, calculation, orientation, language, reading, memory, hearing, smell, speech, behavior, emotions, long-term memory, and intellect; it mediates visual and verbal memory and is involved in reflections upon self and aspects of consciousness. This is where intuitive information may be registered.
The frontal lobe is where executive function occurs. It rules, regulates, and inhibits, and is involved in tracking, judgment, movement, personality, reasoning, arousal, and awareness of the environment, our sense of self, and our moral and ethical standards. The temporal lobe is important for interpreting what we see and hear, creating memories, and in experiencing, processing, and expressing emotions. It is vital to intuition. Here we interpret what is emotionally important to us. Within the temporal lobe, the hippocampus and amygdala are two structures important to emotions. Since intuition is a way of accessing how we feel, why we feel that way, and what actions we should take, the temporal lobe is significant in the process of intuition. All the lobes may play a part in intuition, but at this time, we have no anatomical location that we can pin down as to where intuition occurs.
For years there have been arguments about the difference between the mind and the brain. Some say the anatomical location of the mind is the brain. But if we see the mind as an aspect of the bioenergy field, and therefore as an information-carrying energy system, then the most interesting aspect of the mind and its functions is that it may not have an anatomical location at all; it is only through the brain that we can make interpretations of that information.
The brain is in constant activity as reflected by electrical charges that we can see as brain wave patterns. The level of activity in these patterns is an indicator of brain behavior. Although there are at least six brain wave frequency patterns that have been identified, not all levels of brain activity are conducive to receiving the subtler information we are exploring. Each wave frequency is differentiated by how frequently they recur in a measurement of time. In the graphs that follow, you will see a range of numbers followed by "Hz." The abbreviation "Hz" refers to a hertz, which is defined as a cycle per second. The lower the number of Hz, the lower the frequency (the waves occur less times per second) of the brain waves, and the higher the number of Hz, the higher the frequency (the waves occur more times per second). The brain wave patterns and the behaviors that correlate with them are as follows:
Beta waves occur during normal waking consciousness, heightened states of alertness, logical processes, times of focused concentration, and while engaging in critical reasoning.
Alpha waves occur during visualization and light meditation, during deep relaxation when eyes are closed, and while daydreaming.
Theta waves occur during deep meditation and dreaming sleep (REM). Many meditators cultivate this type of wave to enhance intuition.
ITLΔITL waves occur during very deep sleep or very deep meditative states. These, too, are involved in enhanced intuitive perceptions.
Gamma waves, which occur during high levels of meditation and transcendental experiences, are associated with optimal brain functioning, peak experience, and feelings of oneness, compassion, and happiness. Gamma brain waves are associated with a conscious awareness of reality and increased mental abilities. A Gamma wave is a pattern of brain waves associated with perception and consciousness.
Lambda waves are sometimes called Hyper Gamma waves because they have very high frequencies, 100 to 200 Hz. They are a relatively recent discovery, so not much is known about their function or effect, but they may be linked to states of very high consciousness and "super normal" phenomenon.
Epsilon waves occur in states of consciousness that are extremely focused and elevated, such as when very experienced meditators like Tibetan monks or yogis achieve a state of "suspended animation." In these states there is often no perceived heartbeat, respiration, or pulse.
Your receptiveness of intuitive information varies depending on your brain wave state. When Beta waves are present and we are in a wakeful state, we are normally the least receptive to intuitive information. In this wakeful state, we are processing information that comes in through our more rational filters — our physical senses. Beta states are energetic, quick thinking, and focused. Since we are more attuned to the external world and the tasks at hand, we may be less open to intuition.
During Alpha states, we are very relaxed. Creative ideas are more accessible and problem-solving may come easier. Intuition may be heard during these times. Theta is that sleepy, dreaming, or daydreaming state. Creativity is enhanced, as is receptiveness to psi phenomenon. This relaxed, meditative state allows us to be much more open to intuitive information coming in. When Delta waves are present, we are usually in deep sleep and unable to have any conscious awareness of intuitive information. That does not mean we are not receiving intuitive information. A few powerful meditators can achieve Delta brain wave states while awake, attaining states of bliss and consciously staying receptive to intuitive information. Gamma brain waves are highly associated with the capacity for self-awareness, laser focus, extremely high levels of cognitive functioning, calmness, a sense of peace, and compassion. Higher levels of insight and intuition occur while in Gamma states. Gamma may be the brain wave state that allows for integration and unifying different types and levels of information.
From this discussion, you can see that receptivity to intuitive information can occur in different states. Knowing what environment is needed to generate the brain wave states needed for intuition facilitates being in these states. These environments will be discussed when we talk more specifically about how intuition comes in.
The Yin-Yang of the Brain
If you look at the brain, you will see a large division between the two sides. This split has led to speculation about the respective functions of the left and right hemispheres. The differences appear to have an evolutionary purpose. The left side takes in detailed information needed for survival, whereas the right side takes in a broader and more gestalt view. This difference has led to describing clear demarcations in function, but in reality, there is a great deal of interchange.
When we consider intuition, the right brain appears stronger. It makes sense evolutionarily. The left side may be interested in finding food, making sure that you have the needed tools to get it, and knowing what path to follow to find it. But the left side will need the right side to glean subtle information about the environment and the safety of the area in order to find the food. It may need the right side to sense the presence of the hidden food. This is what we may call intuitive information or nonrational information. To understand this better, it will be useful to learn the traditionally defined differences between the left and right sides of the brain and how the two hemispheres work together in intuition.
The left brain has been thought of as having logical, analytical, linear, sequential, fact-based, detached, detailed, assertive, and externally focused functions; the right brain has traditionally been thought of as having imaginative, creative, tangential, unordered, intuitive, empathic, holistic, receptive, and internally focused functions.(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
Introduction: How I Got to Where I Am,
PART I INTUITION,
Chapter 1: What Is Intuition?,
Chapter 2: The Basic Science of Intuition,
Chapter 3: Women's Intuition-and Men's Too,
Chapter 4: Children's Intuition,
Chapter 5: How Intuition Comes In,
Chapter 6: What to Do with Intuitive Information,
PART II THE HUMAN BIOENERGY FIELD,
Chapter 7: Introduction to the Human Bioenergy Field,
Chapter 8: A Little Science,
Chapter 9: Sound as Medicine,
Chapter 10: Parameters of the Bioenergy Field,
PART III THE MIND-FIELD, EMOTIONS, BODY, AND SOUL,
Chapter 11: The Bioenergy Field, Mind, and Emotions,
Chapter 12: The Energy of Emotions,
Chapter 13: The Three Strongest Emotions,
Chapter 14: When Emotions Get Blocked,
Chapter 15: Life-Preserving Energy Surge,
Chapter 16: Reincarnation, Past Lives, and Lifehoods,
Chapter 17: Lifehood Memory Recovery,
Chapter 18: Life's Destiny and the Inspired Life,