Is Intuition More Reliable Than Logic?
How many times have you made a decision based on logic instead of listening to your intuition? You may have known almost immediately that you’d made a huge mistake.
Then you made it even worse by beating yourself up because you didn’t listen to the inner voice that urged you to take a different path.
We’ve all been there. We frequently think using logic and “facts” will get us farther down our path, but do they?
The problem with going with logic over intuition is that we’re saying thoughts have more power, or influence, over our well-being than our own survival instincts.
After all, at its most basic level intuition is, in fact, instinctive. Our most primal and fundamental survival skill.
But we don’t always trust it.
Is Intuition too "Wu-Wu"?
Many people hesitate to depend on their intuition because they feel it’s to “wu-wu” or out there to feel comfortable betting all our chips on something we can’t see or touch. We attribute it more to random experience or coincidence.
We can point to experiences where we tested the waters, followed our intuition and it worked out. But, was it just a one-off, or what are the odds that it’ll happen again? Right?
In a world full of high-speed technology and higher education, we get downright itchy about what people think if we put any credence to the concept that intuition can be more powerful than the mind.
After all, it wasn’t that long ago in history that people who chose to embrace their intuitiveness were labeled witches and burned at the stake! Ouch! That’s a pretty good incentive to choose logic. Right?
Science and Intuition
But, I’d like to think we’ve expanded our ability since then to acknowledge that there are certain things we can’t see with the naked eye, but have been proven to exist in reality by science.
Whether we believe in it or not, our intuition is real and it’s within each of us, every moment of every day, doggedly working to protect us.
Finally, science agrees!
Researchers have found the part of the brain where intuition is formulated. They describe it as a “very real psychological process where the brain cues from the self and the environment to make a decision.”
In addition, they recognized that the brain operates from two operating systems that coexist and support each other.
The first, the intuitive system, is “unconscious, quick, automatic and instinctive”. The second is analytical, which is “deliberate, conscious and based on facts”.
The subconscious side is unique, though, in that its communication with the conscious mind is done entirely outside of the normal pathway that the conscious mind normally uses to process information.
A National Library of Medicine research article goes one step further by stating that “the intuitive side knows the answer long before the analytical side does”.
In other words, it flies under the radar, hits the target, and does it better and faster than its analytical contemporary.
Why was it again that we didn’t want to believe in our intuition?
We’ve all felt it. That sense of “knowing” when we’ve followed that intuitive instinct and realized we made the right decision.
We’ve also felt that sinking pit in our stomach when we went against that intuitive advice and made the wrong decision.
But, trusting in our intuition takes faith. It requires that we trust ourselves and the strength of belief we have in who we are and what we value.
How Would Your Life Change?
So, here’s the $50,000 question I know you’ve been waiting for.
How would our lives improve or change if we believed in, and acted upon, our intuition more often?
Would it be less stressful? More enriching? Would we take more risks? Would it open our eyes to new opportunities that, up until now, we haven’t allowed ourselves to believe were even possible?
Let’s look at the alternative side. How well has logic served you in your life?
We tend to feel safer when we weigh the “facts”. That a decision based on facts is somehow a better bet. But, going back to my opening question. How many times have we followed logic only to find ourselves in deeper trouble?
The problem with logic over intuition is that facts are often subjective. You can take any idea or concept and, depending on the outcome you’re hoping for, create “facts” that support that end.
We conveniently ignore certain aspects of a situation by only selectively pushing information that meets our agenda.
Even worse, if we’re people pleasers or need acceptance to feel good about a decision, we allow outside influence from family, partners, friends, or our religious beliefs to sway our decisions and actions.
How to Include More Intuition in Your Life
In order for you to make the most of what intuition can bring to your life, you have to acknowledge your most primitive and essential self.
How do you do that?
Experts suggest the following:
1) Make the time to listen.
There’s too much noise in today’s environment. We’re inundated with it. The only way to listen to your inner voice is to unplug and allow it the space to surface.
2) Pay attention to your body’s signs.
Your body is your energetic and emotional thermometer. If your heart is racing, you’re feeling knots in your stomach, or other changes, odds are it’s your intuition sending you warning bells.
3) Avoid making decisions when you’re feeling negative emotions.
Negative emotions can make it difficult to receive intuitive messaging. It can also sabotage healthy messages and limit creative thought. So, try to make decisions when you’re feeling positive and open.
4) Use intuition when people are communicating with you.
You know when a person doesn’t look you in the eye or you feel something’s off and they can’t be trusted? Picking up on other people’s energy is a form of intuition called “empathic accuracy”. It can save you untold pain if you listen to what it’s telling you and trust that feeling is trying to protect you from harm.
5) Surround yourself with the right people.
Intuition will often try to warn you when you are surrounded by unhealthy people that want to keep you serving their agenda. If there’s an alarm going off about someone in your life, listen to it. Surround yourself with people instead who will support, enrich and empower you.
Intuition isn’t some magical, wu-wu fantasy. It’s a very real and necessary part of who you are. Why not embrace it? You might just save yourself a lot of time, energy, and sanity by trusting that it’s got your back.
So, until next time, my friend, as I always say….stay safe, stay healthy and stay strong!
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