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.

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.”

Women PonderingPractical Intuition

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:

  • To gain better understanding of another’s perspectives, attitudes, and  feelings and improve communication.
  • To make decision-making easier when choosing among several viable  solutions.
  • To spawn insight and inspiration for your creative spark and expression.
  • To create coherence within yourself and to gain clarity on your life mission, ways to give back and to help humanity.

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.




Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago

"Grandpa knows."

Rosa mc
Lydia Mcintyre5 years ago

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

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

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

Julie W.
Julie W5 years ago

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!

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B5 years ago

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.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

So many theories..

Kathy K.
Kathy K5 years ago


Michael Kirkby
.5 years ago

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.

natalie n.
natalie n5 years ago

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

Atocha B.
Mary F5 years ago

Marvelous article!