It’s Real and It’s Wiser Than You Know - Intuition May 09, 2018 17:00

If not coincidence or luck, then what else could account for exceptional cases of intuitive hunches? Studies say we have a “sixth sense.”

trust your intuition

Intuition is defined as knowing something without knowing how you know. There are two ordinary types of intuition; there’s also a third type that is more mysterious. The ordinary types involve forgotten expertise and unconscious perception. The former refers to cases where expertise becomes so automatic that the details are no longer consciously available. 

Examples include nurses who can just glance at a patient and accurately assess their current status or firefighters who can sense that a burning roof is about to collapse. These folks might not be able to explain exactly why they know what they know, but they’re correct nevertheless. The second type of ordinary intuition is due to peripheral or subliminal perception. Much of our perception occurs below the level of conscious awareness, but it can still significantly influence our decisions and behavior.

trust your intuition

Here’s where it gets interesting. The third type of intuition manifests as gut feelings, hunches, and in extreme cases, psychic inclinations. It’s that subtle nudge that makes you slow down your car as you approach an intersection, even though you have a green light. As you continue to decelerate, you may become puzzled because traffic is light and there are no signs of other cars at the intersection. Suddenly, a speeding truck appears from behind a building that was blocking your view of the cross street. The truck runs a red light and blasts through the intersection at 50 miles per hour. If you hadn’t paid attention to your uneasy sense that something wasn’t quite right, you might have been hit broadside and killed.

trust your intuition

Dream studies tell us that our unconscious minds have access to information that reaches beyond the ordinary senses, both through space and through time. This, in turn, means that when a gut feeling seems to arise “out of nowhere,” it might be due to forgotten expertise or unconscious perception, but it might also originate from an intuitive grasp of distant or even future events. As such, it is advisable that whenever you get an intuitive hunch about something, or in any context—it would be wise to pause and listen to that small, still voice inside you. It’s wiser than you know.