Intuition was once considered a mysterious gift bestowed on only a few. More recently, scientists are recognizing it as a skill that anyone can develop.
Most of us have had some experience with what we call a hunch, a heart feeling, gut feeling or just a sense of “inner knowing” in making decisions in business, or having a strong sense about something with our children or someone we care about, or even in everyday activities like an inner prompting to drive defensively.
At the center of this intuitive ability is the human heart. Once thought to be no more than a pump, the heart is now being recognized as a sophisticated intelligence whose power is only beginning to be scientifically understood.
Surprising new research is showing that the human heart is involved in accessing what is called non-local intuition. This research reveals that the heart receives intuitive information before the brain by a second or slightly more, according to published research conducted by the HeartMath Institute.
This unconscious perception can be seen in subtle changes in our emotions and body. For example, changes in our heart’s rhythm can occur with an intuitive feeling.
While the degree of access to the heart’s intuition varies from person to person, we all have access to it – and this intelligence can be cultivated.
Practical intuition is something we can use daily for moment-to-moment choices and decisions in life; in helping increase our sensitivity and care towards others – and in deepening our connections with ourselves and those we care about.
Researchers have found a significant relationship between increased heart rhythm coherence and becoming more sensitive to our intuitive signals. As we slow down our minds and attune to our deeper heart feelings, our natural intuitive connection begins to flow.
Listening to our intuitive signals unfolds more understanding of ourselves, others, and issues in life. This practical intuition is something we can access daily for making more effective choices and decisions.
When visiting my 85 year old father last week, I took it upon myself to organize his apartment. The next day everything was back in its original spot. There’s comfort in the familiar and comfort was certainly more important to him than a new, more efficient place for his mail.
We all know other people who are stuck doing the same things the same way. Yet we fail to see our own narrow views or the “I know what I know” attitudes we hang on to, never considering the possibility that we may be wrong and there is be a better way.
The world around us is rapidly changing. Flexibility and adaptability are critical success factors. Although openness to new ideas and a sincere desire for positive change are more important than ever, we often stay with the familiar assuming it will continue to produce the desired results.
Albert Einstein said it best: “The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
We miss opportunities because the discomfort we feel around change–fear, anxiety and worry–can literally limit the brain’s ability to see other options. This means if we want to think differently, we have to first feel differently.
Next time you hear yourself saying, “I know what I know”, make sure you aren’t blind to other options. Start by getting Neutral: focus on the area around your heart; breathe in and out through the heart. Then engage the power of the heart by feeling a positive emotion. The physiological change brought about by this emotional shift will enhance brain function and allow you to view the issue in a whole.
All the latest tools and gadgets won’t help you build a house unless you know when to use the power drill or the screw driver.
The HeartMath® system includes a variety of tools and techniques designed to use any time to create the mental, emotional and physical state we call coherence. We know that coherence is the foundation of good performance, optimal health and a better quality of life. We also know coherence is a great stress buster. However, if we only wait until we’re stressed to reach into the tool box, we can miss an opportunity to improve just about everything we do during the work day.
Troubleshoot throughout your day. Get coherent and reap the benefits of building a solid foundation.
||And you want to…
|Have to make an important decision
||Think more clearly; reduce confusion; take a different approach; see the big picture
|Are in a meeting
||Improve communication; stay on track; be more creative; stop the blame, judgments and contentiousness that can divide teams
|Are faced with change
||Shift your perspective; be more flexible and less resistant; reduce feelings of anxiety
|Are in a challenging situation
||Listen better; stop jumping to conclusions; be less reactive or defensive
||Reduce fatigue; get an energy boost; improve focus and mental clarity
|Have too much to do and not enough time
||Improve your ability to separate the important from the urgent; improve your focus; save time: align your actions with what’s most important
|Are in information overload
||Calm your mind; increase mental clarity and focus; have a clearer view of your priorities; reduce anxiety
||Energize your system; expand your perspective; be more creative