Why intuition happens? What is intuition, and how to connect to intuition?

What is intuition? Why intuition happens?

We live in a society where we are constantly told to lean more on our rational and logical mind, and we are taught to ignore our intuitions.
Intuition is often considered as something that's unreliable, something that can't be trusted. People worry about having snap reactions or making snap decisions based on intuition, and their solution is to rather ignore the intuition, and write it off completely.
But when you have a strong intuition about something, and experience strong emotions that comes with... how can all that be completely wrong? And how can you just ignore it?
And the answer to that is - that you are not wrong. In fact, the messages we are told and taught about intuition in our schools and society are indeed very misguided.
Intuition essentially is a form of emotional processing of your brain. Emotions are processed through limbic system, which is a more important, and more primitive part of the brain - we share it with most animals. It has a much faster processing rate than the thinking parts of your brain, which are newer parts of the brain, and are more unique to humans. It is this part of the brain that we use to for higher level thinking and decision making.
So when you experience intuition - it's really just your brain trying to process a lot of emotions at a really fast pace - the thinking part of your brain isn't able to process the information as fast. It can't interpret why you are feeling the way you are, but the emotional part of your brain is still doing its work to communicate whether you feel good about something or have a bad feeling about something or someone.
You also have to remember that your brain processes about 20 million observations EVERY - SINGLE - DAY. Compound that day-after-day for weeks and months.... and you'll get an idea of just how much information our brain processes to make important decisions in life and business, every single day.
And this is where the gift of intuition comes in. Your conscious mind can't process even a fraction of these observations - most of them are processed and stored unconsciously. So when you brain has to retrieve them, it does so unconsciously as well.
Most of these observations and experiences in life never even come to our conscious awareness - from when they happen, to when they create memories, and even when we remember and draw upon these memories.
It's an incredible power that draws upon this abundance of information within our brain in the matter of mere seconds. But, also a power that not many of us are using in a conscious manner in our lives.

Intuition is the whisper of the soul.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Why not to ignore intuition?

What does it mean for you? Should you listen to your intuition, or should you ignore it? Does it mean that your intuition will always be objectively right - No. But does that mean that you should ignore your intuition? - Absolutely not!!
The best way to listen to your intuition, without making snap decisions that you don't the is to acknowledge your intuition - that you're having this feeling and this experience, even if you can't really put your finger on it - just yet. It should be a factor to consider in how you deal with a situation... even if it's not the only factor upon which you base your decision. The fact is that the feeling you are experiencing in that moment is important to you, and the emotional responses themselves are drawn upon your past experiences.
In addition to fast processing, sometimes the emotional response you experience an intuition could also be: of a memory that your brain no longer wants to remember (we call it repression),  or it could be because of a situation similar to the one you are in now, but not so much that you logical brain would connect the two the same way as your emotional brain does.
The person might remind you of someone else from your past.... you may or may not remember, and what this means is that your intuition is based on your life experiences, and what the automatic part of your brain - the emotional part of your brain - thinks would be best for you. Others may or may not agree with it.
But if you're to pay attention to your intuition, and trust it, then it only makes sense to learn how to connect with your intuition better. So keep watching this video until the end, as I'm going to share three best ways in which you can start connecting with your intuition today
Now you might be wondering if there are any concrete examples where trusting intuition has been shown to be actually helpful, and the answer is a BIG, DEFINITE YES.
This power of intuition is strong that even the US army has studied it and found that the soldiers can very accurately predict when a situation is likely dangerous or when they are in threat vs. not, even if they can't tell why or how they know it. In businesses, executive lean-in on their intuitions for decisions such as hiring people, or business partnerships - do you feel like you can related with this person, do you feel like you can trust them?
The same goes for your personal life, like when a parent looks at their child, and knows exactly what their child is thinking without even talking about it. Or, when you're not sense that your partner is a bit upset, but they say "they're fine," but your mind is your brain processing all the events of the day and the non-verbal data, to draw an inference based on your past experiences that makes you think that something might be bugging your partner.
What are some of the things that you feel most intuitive about? Where you feel that your intuitions are the strongest? Share with me in the comments down below.

How to connect to intuition

Alright, so let's talk about how actually connect and get in better touch with your inituiton. Here are the three best ways to do so:
  1. Immersion - Exposure
    The more you're exposed to something, more experience your subconscious brain will have stronger and more accurate your intuition will be.
  2. Develop and deepen self awareness
    The more you know about yourself, and how your life experiences have shaped you.... more you will understand... why you feel a certain way in certain situations, or when someone or something reminds you of another person or experience from your past.
  3. Trust and belief yourself
    At the end of the day, by the very virtue of how intuition works, and the fact these are super fast brain processes beyond the capabilities of your conscious mind. That fact alone means that at the end of the day, we need to learn to pay attention to, and trust our intuition. 

It doesn't mean that you have to make decisions based solely on your intuition But it does mean that you shouldn't ignore it either. At the very least, your own intuition deserves a little attention when you're evaluating a situation, or when you are making important decisions.

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