Developing Your Intuition
Developing your intuition – one of the big steps forward on the spiritual journey
On my Facebook page I originally listed this famous quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson about developing your intuition
“Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.”
How does this relate to developing our intuition?
How to validate our developing intuition
I love this quote particularly because I believe it truly honors our human condition as well as our human potential.
I believe that we all have our own natural intuition, divined by our presentiment (the Free Online Dictionary defines presentiment as “a sense that something is about to occur – a premonition”).
The human condition comes about when we receive these “presentiments” – how do we then go on and honor them in some way – if it’s an ‘inner knowing’ – how can we share this with others, find the language…validate or verify what we ‘know’ to be true for us?
Intuition – some definitions and some thoughts about developing intuition as a process of growth and self-awareness
The Free Online Dictionary goes on to define intuition as “The act or faculty of knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes“.
Now the more I’m learning on my spiritual journey about the human body-mind and energy systems, the less I agree with this definition.
Brain research now proves that ‘rational’, ‘logical’ or left-brain processes cannot be activated without the emotional centers of the brain/body/mind being activated FIRST.
So in order to be rational, physically we must be emotional also. Puts a whole different spin on the phrase “Let’s just be logical, shall we?”
And could it be proven that ultimately that developing your intuition is a logical process as well as an emotional one?
Developing your intuition as a personal growth and personal development tool
I’ve had the good fortune to work with some world-class personal development coaches learning tools that have helped me to develop my own inner guidance, or intuition.
I believe that acknowledging that this process of developing your intuition even exists…
- sensing the unseen
- hearing sounds in the silence
- feeling the space around us and ‘knowing’ something inside ourselves before it becomes a mental or cognitive process
… is one of the first of many steps on the spiritual journey.
Developing your intuition is a huge step on the spiritual journey!
So developing your intuition is a big building block on the spiritual journey and a huge step on the path of personal development!
I’ll be posting more about this over time and offering techniques that I have learned which may enable you to develop your intuition further.
In the mean time, here’s a selection of books that may boost the process of developing your intuition.
And as Ralph Waldo Emerson says – learn to ‘divine presentiments’…perhaps they are divine…either way we are honoring both sides of our brains and our body-minds in the process by developing our intuition.
Sarah Lawrence Hinson email@example.com