Recently, a glut of books about using your Intuition appeared on the market. I’ve probably read half of them. Some are better than others. It boils down to our intuition being instinctual part of us. The problem with this type of thinking is normally we have little regard for hunches or gut feelings. About the only time we listen to them is when gambling or trying to avoid a blind date scenario. Logic, social conventions, and physical appearance often are treated as being more important than intuition.
When people were more primitive they used to smell fear, danger, and even the right mate. They probably relied on the Jacobsob’s organ to perform this function. This little known scent receptor was used less and less in the over perfumed modern world. In fact, it serves about as much use as an appendix.
Dogs are more intuitive than people because they don’t overthink information. If something smells or feels wrong, they avoid it. I had a very opinionated dog who would pee on people she didn’t like. Now, she only did this about three times in her eighteen years. Everyone she chose to baptize turned out to be a real stinker. As a human who based my opinion on what I saw, I was deceived much longer than the dog was.
We usually judge if people are going to be a friend or foe in about 10 seconds while our brain sorts through images trying to find a match. There are strange reasons why we might decide not to like or even associate with someone. Could be she reminds us a bully from sixth grade. Sometimes there is no obvious reason.
A sense of dislike or repulsion comes over you. I experienced this when introduced to a new staff member. The handsome charmer won almost the entire staff over, but I actually refused to shake his hand, which was a major social no-no. I couldn’t explain why I didn’t like him. Even a sighting of him in the hallway was enough to send me the other way. The best way I could explain it was he wasn’t how he seemed. Months later, it was discovered that he’d embezzled several thousands of dollars from the company. Was it intuition? Possibly.
Most of us can think of a half dozen incidents where something told us to wait, change our plans, or even made us late saving us from an accident or possible death. Most would consider it chance. Think of the Twin Towers bombing and dozens of people who were late or changed their plans. My own cousin decided to play hooky from work, the only time he did, missing the bombing. Several people chose not to board the Titanic stating a dream or a feeling changed their mind.
Intuition doesn’t occur the same way to everyone. One day I saw a clear image of my husband’s paycheck flying out the car window. As he tucked it into the visor, I warned him what would happen. Needless to say, it flew out the window. On another occasion, when we were bringing our newborn son home I knew we were going to be in a wreck. This was more a hunch than a vision. With just a feeling to go on, we got off the highway to avoid a wreck and ended up having one.
Some people have learned to accept their hunches, dreams, and visions. These people tend to stir up naysayers, especially when the intuitive people are happy and successful. We all have intuition, but most of us don’t use it. The small still voice in our heads will give us useful information as opposed to overthinking everything.
The real issue is determining what is intuition and the tired tracks that our minds always plays telling us we’re not thin enough, athletic enough, smart enough or attractive enough to succeed at some venture. Your intuition will not lead you into harm. Some people consider intuition as tapping into universal knowledge. How else would you know things you had no way of knowing. Want to know more. There are plenty book on the subject. A good one to start with is The Intuition Principle by Angela Artemis.