I enjoy the fine humor of Albert Einstein, so let’s start the topic with one of his quotes, shall we?
“I believe in intuitions and inspirations. …I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.” Albert Einstein
Isn’t that how intuition often works? You feel it, but you don’t know that it’s true. That’s because intuition runs mostly in your heart and in your gut, not in your thinking mind. Yesterday, for example, I had planned to go shopping in the morning since that was the only time in the day it didn’t show rain on the weather forecast. Checking in with my intuition though, the answer was “No.” So I went in the afternoon instead and came home with dry feet! I still don’t see the reason for why it was not “right” to go in the morning. Sometimes you might find out later why your intuition told you so, though sometimes you don’t. It doesn’t matter in the end, as intuition doesn’t claim to make sense — at least not to the thinking mind.
I remember a few years back I turned my walks into an intuition game. I would leave the house and right from the get-go let my intuition choose whether to turn right or left or go straight ahead. I did so in order to train my ability to hear or feel my intuitive hits. Let me tell you I ended up in places I had never seen before despite living in the same area for years on end, like the one time I ended up in a tiny café I had never been to that had the best croissants I had ever had outside of Paris!
To play this game made intuition fun and light and that was crucial. It meant making the wrong choice didn’t have too heavy of a consequence, which opened me up to follow it without the expectation of always getting it right let alone always knowing the “Why”.
I have learned that trusting my intuition is key. The more I trust it the more it is present in my life. So when I get a hit it’s better for me to follow it then to wonder whether it was truly inspired or just my brain popping out a random thought. Trusting my intuition created a space in which a hit comes with what I can only call an “extra charge”. It is this “charge” that marks it as not stemming from my own logical thinking. That’s the way it happens to me, not all the time, but often enough for me to start looking for it. It’s like I learned what kind of a language intuition is speaking with me, which makes it that much easier to read it correctly. To know how intuition hits you is very important, especially in these days. So let me end with another quote that perfectly illustrates this point:
“Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.” John Naisbitt