Intuition is emerging from a cloud of mystery. Once considered a gift bestowed on only a few, intuition is becoming recognized as a natural skill that anyone can develop. Everyone is born with the capacity for intuition—the ability to know something without knowing how you know. Intuitive perception plays an important, yet often unconscious role in everyday decision-making. Many people rely on what they call a hunch, heart feeling, gut feeling or just a sense of “inner knowing” in making decisions in business, medical diagnosis, law enforcement, sports, relationships, driving defensively, parenting, teaching, and more.
Through practicing heart coherence tools, a byproduct has been that my intuition has increased significantly. Now, I count on my intuition to guide me in many different situations every day.
Scientific Research on Intuition
Researchers have conducted numerous controlled studies on intuition for more than half a century and have expanded the definition of intuition to include not only a conscious perception by the mind, but also an unconscious perception by the body’s psycho-physiological system. This unconscious perception often is evidenced by subtle changes in emotions and measurable physiological changes that can be detected throughout the body, according to the study “Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition” (McCraty, Atkinson and Bradley, 2004).
The study found that the center of this intuitive ability is the human heart, which encompasses a degree of intelligence whose sophistication and vastness is only beginning to be scientifically understood. Furthermore, this “heart intelligence” can be systematically cultivated to our advantage.
HeartMath researchers studied intuitive perceptions that could not be attributed to subconsciously stored memories or to experiences or to the conscious brain’s normal sensory or analytic processes. As a result, they theorized that the body is connected by sensory perception to “a field of energy that enfolds the information” we attribute to intuition.
HeartMath’s research findings on intuition are discussed in two parts in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.