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4 Reasons to Develop Practical Intuition

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4 Reasons to Develop Practical Intuition

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.

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Sara, from the HeartMath Institute

Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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9:08PM PDT on Sep 20, 2015

Thank you!

6:52AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013


11:48AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Every time I haven't listened to what my intuition was telling me, I've regretted it. And yet, so many times I'm rushing through the day without stopping to see if there's other information I need to know. Then I feel frustrated when I find out I "oopsed" again. I wonder what it would feel like to be constantly in communication with the great all knowing-ness, and stop making mistakes, whether big or little? Just imagine how imagine a person, and how much of a difference we could make!

6:45AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

a good read

11:44AM PST on Nov 14, 2011

don't believe so

9:56AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

My intuition tells me that somewhere down the line someone is trying to sell me something because this article reads like an advertisement.

10:33PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

Kate M. :

Why talk about men that way when that's exactly what we're trying to keep men from thinking about us. We think differently so we shouldn't be able to do certain things. Everything depends on the person. Just because you've met some men with "compartmentalized stunted" brains does NOT mean they are all like that. I'm sure there are women, and different people from every race, who are like that.

Watch these movies and tell me what you think of those men who followed or are following their intuition to do what's right for the world.

You should never generalize something based on someone's gender, race, or sexual orientation. It's just wrong.

2:36PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

Cheeez! only the compartmentalized stunted male brain needs scientific "proof" of intuition. Women's wisdom based on intuition is a fact without their damm proof.

I am so tired of these "scientific studies" which are insulting to the integrated processes which women have easy access to and have been using skillfully for eons.
Proof! bah! on proof.

Don't teach them how to do it now that they are curious. Don't teach them. They will corrupt it ... you can bet on that.

12:21PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

I am never sure if that little inner voice that tells me something isn't right here is intuition or a form of discernment.

6:42AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

The web of life is no joke. 2012 shaping up? Intuition teaches a great many things.
The heart is the learning center, the mind analyzes the info.
Deity is found in the heart because it is the universal connection.
The skin is a big part of the hearts connection with the outer physical world. This interplay would make a good study. It could reveal the dynamic vortices between lust and love. This has broad implications on a universal scale.
1960: Science vigorously denies old wives tales.
2012: Science intersects with old wives tales, finally.
Dynamics of the vortex. The acceleration of events is noted in many scientific disciplines. Culminating on winter solstice 2012.
May we not be found sleeping through the great awakening.

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