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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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5:18PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

"Grandpa knows."

1:09PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

I try to listen to my intuition. when i don't i pay for it later.
great article!

11:53AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

My 83 year old mom always said, "A mother always knows..."

3:55AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Magdalen B, once I would have agreed with you, until I had a weird experience where I knew someone (a stranger) was watching me from two rooms away. No sound or other sign anyone was there, just creepy feeling. When I checked, there was a guy looking through the bedroom window. Spooky!

2:17AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

What we call "intuition" might, in some cases, be more to do with picking up signals, noticing little things that people say and do, body language that give us clues as to what's going on.

10:10PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

So many theories..

9:14PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012


1:03PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Yep and there are folks out there who will try to make a quick buck out of it. I won't mention any names. The problem for most people is they believe the people who say it doesn't exist and hence thereby limited themselves by refusing to even consider the possibilities. Then there are the gurus and the myriad of assorted mentors who want your money. The answers are already inside you just waiting for you to access them.
After all the human mind is a micocosm, a mini universe that has more neuron cells than there are stars in the universe which is a macrocosm. The possibility for everyone is limitless.

10:42AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

true, its some in useful many times. need to hone it better.

8:17AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Marvelous article!

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