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.
Research Publications on Intuition
The first part Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition: Part 1. The Surprising Role of the Heart focuses on the role of the heart in intuitive information processing.
The second part Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition: Part 2. A System-Wide Process? focuses on where and when in the brain intuitive information is processed, and on how the heart and brain appear to interact in intuitive perception.
The heart has been regarded as a conduit of intuitive information and wisdom beyond normal cognitive awareness by virtually all ancient human cultures. Now modern science has confirmed what our ancestors knew, and that the management of one’s emotional nature—along with the ability to consciously generate positive emotion and heart coherence —provides the doorway for unleashing intuition. Often, in moments of peace, stillness, or appreciation, intuitional insights start to “flow.”
Intuitive insight is not necessarily an ingenious breakthrough or something grandiose or psychic. Intuitive thoughts, feelings, and solutions often manifest themselves as practical intuition or good old common sense, which as we all know is not that common. As I used the HeartMath tools to manage my emotions and develop my heart coherence, it was my practical intuition that significantly increased.
How many situations do you face right now that you wish could be made simpler and dealt with through practical intuition?
4 Reasons to Develop Practical Intuition:
1- To gain better understanding of another’s perspectives, attitudes, and feelings and improve communication.
2- To make decision-making easier when choosing among several viable solutions.
3- To spawn insight and inspiration for your creative spark and expression.
4-To create coherence within yourself and to gain clarity on your life mission, ways to give back and to help humanity.
Innovative men and women of our time talk about intuition.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs
“It’s always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely upon it. It’s my partner.” —Jonas Salk, M.D., developer of the polio vaccine
“Often you have to rely on intuition.” —Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect for Microsoft
“We spent (almost none) of our time studying plans for the mission and (almost all of our time) learning how to react intuitively to all the ‘what ifs.’ Reliance on the intuitive response was the most important part of an astronaut’s training.” —Edgar Mitchell, former NASA Astronaut and sixth man to walk on the moon
“Knowledge of what you love somehow comes to you; you don’t have to read nor analyze nor study. If you love a thing enough, knowledge of it seeps into you with particulars more real than any chart can furnish.” —Jessamyn West, Quaker author of short stories
“To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling. Logic can tell you superficially where a path might lead to, but it cannot judge whether your heart will be in it.”—Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, Jungian analyst and clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco
Next week Nourishing the Heart Columnist Deborah Rozman will go in-depth about how to develop your intuition and about a new research study. In the meantime, check out Developing Your Intuition in the Solutions for Stress section on the Institute of HeartMath’s web site.