“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
– Albert Einstein
What is intuition? Carl Jung, a psychiatrist best known for his theories of the Collective Unconsciousness, defined intuition as ‘perception via the unconscious’. He says ‘[in] intuition a content presents itself whole and complete, without our being able to explain or discover how this content came into existence. Intuition is a kind of instinctive apprehension, no matter of what contents… Intuitive knowledge possesses an intrinsic certainty and conviction.’
Everyone has intuitive abilities, but often times, intuition has been dismissed as flimsy and unsubstantiated. Is there any truth or proof that our inner voice could be accurate? As we grow older, we learn to shut out our intuition and lean in favour of what the eye sees and what the mind can logically explain.
One of the biggest drawbacks of shutting out our natural intuitive abilities is that we end up giving our power away. We might trust too much in the judgement of ‘more knowledgeable experts’, especially in the personal issues we hold dearly. It might come up in the form of relying wholly on a doctor’s advice on stronger medication even when we feel its adverse effects on our bodies – perhaps because we lack the courage to tune into what our intuition is really saying.
When you know how to quiet your mind, your soul speaks and your heart settles. You’re more grounded in the decisions you make when you let your instincts lead you. There is likely to be two groups of people – one group believes in concrete evidence and past experiences, while the other trusts in their gut and leans towards the almost-mystical qualities of intuition. You’d be hard-pressed to find people who are comfortable making decisions with just the right amount of both.
Listening to our instincts takes time and practice. Without honing our emotional and mental clarity, our inner voice may still be swayed by our fears and personal limitations. This is a true test of listening to our heart's pure intent. As you are on the journey of honing your intuitive abilities, the best approach would be to find a middle ground between your logical and intuitive decisions. Do your due diligence when making important decisions, but don't forget to hear your heart out – logic and intuition don't have to be mutually exclusive.
It takes courage to follow your instincts, especially when the decisions seem absurd, and go against society's standards. We urge you to let your inner voice and strength shine, and make life decisions powerfully!