Intuition



in·tui·tion:

1. the direct knowing or learning of something without the conscious use of reasoning; immediate understanding
2. something known or learned in this way
3. the ability to perceive or know things without conscious reasoning.

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I’ve often heard it said that intuition is a female characteristic. What I take that to really mean is not female in the sense of gender, but rather female in the sense of feminine energy. I’ve no doubt that most females are more naturally in touch with their intuition, because they seem to go with their feelings rather than always logic. But, I also believe that many males are the same. I know a lot of guys who are very much in touch with their intuitive feelings. And after all, we each have a bit of feminine and masculine energy within us, regardless of our gender.

I truly believe we are all born with the ability of intuition, it’s just a matter of learning how to recognize it.

And not only us humans, but also animals. In fact, animals are probably the most in tuned with intuition because they don’t analyze like we humans do, they just take it as truth.

It is also my belief that intuition comes from a higher source (call it God, the Universe, or whatever you believe is a greater power), and is fed through our feelings. My intuition has saved me many times from making some not-so-good-choices, yet that doesn’t mean I’ve always followed it 100% of the time. No, I’ve often struggled by going against it; only to discover that it was correct. I’ve sometimes had to learn the hard way.

For me, the guidance I receive from my intuition isn’t always delivered in the same way. Sometimes what I hear will be very subtle and quiet, yet other times it’ll be loud and clear as if something inside is saying, “Warning! Warning!” I’ve had this happen to me several times while walking down a city street at night, and immediately turned around and went down another street.

Not only has my intuition warned me about something negative, but it has also guided me to see something against my own sense of initial judgment. Such as, meeting someone for the first time who may have appeared rather gruff on the surface, however my intuition told me, “This guy/gal is actually a very good person, it’s just that they don’t show it outwardly.”

Sometimes the challenge in following my instinct is in my ability to trust it when something appears to be totally illogical at first. Like, when an opportunity for a job arises which sounds like it would be ideal, while my inner gut is telling me, “NO.”

This happened to me many, many years ago when a job became available that sounded right up alley. The perks were awesome and the salary was much more than I was making. So, I updated my resume and was getting ready to email it to the company, though this nagging feeling in my gut kept making me hesitate. I felt that even though the job was ideal, somehow it would only be temporary.

And do you know what I found out? The person who got that job was laid off in six months for reasons of severe cutbacks within the company.

I believe in intuition, wholeheartedly. Yet, is there any provable scientific logic as to where it comes from or if it can be relied upon as truth?

No.

But, I’ve never needed a logical reason because the proof has always been in the outcome.

Whether I followed it or not.






43 comments

  1. I agree with everything you say about intuition Ron. I always try to follow mine and it hasn't let me down yet. :)

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  2. Good morning, Ron. Interesting post. I'm sure intuition is a kind of second sight. The only logic I can attach to it is the fact that quite often things are not what they seem and the subconscious knows it. My pal and I experienced shared situations - the same dream (honestly), waking up at night knowing either one of us needed the other, etc. She was the one hubs No.1 went to for an excuse when he wanted out of our marriage... and guess what, I KNEW. Definitely a sixth sense. Have a brill week and don't get walking up the wrong street...lol.

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  3. Gut = G-d's Undeniable Truth

    Now, ask me if I always trust His truth?

    *sigh*

    I can be such a dweeb sometimes.....

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  4. I've learned that whenever I don't trust the gut, I regret it. Sometimes, it seems kind of silly, but it still proves to know more than me.

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  5. Morning Akelamalu~

    Being a Scorpio, I know you are very in tuned with 'intuition.'

    Have a wonderful week, m'dear! Thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  6. Gooood Morning Valerie~

    "My pal and I experienced shared situations - the same dream (honestly), waking up at night knowing either one of us needed the other, etc."

    That's freaking AMAZING! I've never had an intuitive experience like that.

    "She was the one hubs No.1 went to for an excuse when he wanted out of our marriage... and guess what, I KNEW."

    OH. MY. GOD.!!!! Yeah, you DEFINITELY have a very keen sixth sense! You GO, girl!

    "The only logic I can attach to it is the fact that quite often things are not what they seem and the subconscious knows it."

    Good point! And perhaps intuition is channeled through our subconscious.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing on this post, dear lady. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Have a flawless week!

    X

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  7. I 100% believe in intuition. My boss has always told me that you should always go with your first feeling, because that is your intuition speaking. If you wait, then your mind comes pollutes that idea with all these other doubts and thoughts and you completely deviate from that original intuition.

    she's really right. I can't tell you how many times i wish i'd of gone with my first thought.

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  8. Good Morning Mel~

    "Now, ask me if I always trust His truth?

    *sigh*

    I can be such a dweeb sometimes....."

    HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA! Yeah, meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee tooooooooooo! And I could kick myself sometimes.

    Oh well, live and learn. Right, Mel? Thank heavens G-d has a good sense of humor!

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady! Hope you're feeling better!

    ((( Mel ))))

    X

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  9. Hey SuziCate~

    "Sometimes, it seems kind of silly, but it still proves to know more than me."

    Not silly at all, because I feel the same way. The proof has always been in outcome.

    Always so great seeing ya, Suzi! Thanks for stopping by.

    Have a FABU week......X

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  10. Morning Blunt~

    "My boss has always told me that you should always go with your first feeling, because that is your intuition speaking. If you wait, then your mind comes pollutes that idea with all these other doubts and thoughts and you completely deviate from that original intuition."

    BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVA to your boss, because she is soooooooooooooo right!

    The minute my mind starts to get involved with my intuition, it totally screws it up!!!

    Me too, girl....I can't tell you how many times I wish I'd gone with my first thought.

    Thanks for stopping by, bestie. Wishing you a brilliant week!

    X

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  11. Amen Ron, Going with your gut feeling always seems to work out for the best, isn't it funny that we sometimes feel the right decision but yet reason ourselves into the complete opposite, and in the end say "I wish I had gone with my gut"

    Excellent Post Buddy!!

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  12. Howdy Jimmy~

    ".. isn't it funny that we sometimes feel the right decision but yet reason ourselves into the complete opposite, and in the end say "I wish I had gone with my gut".

    Yup! I can't tell you HOW many times I've done that myself. As Blunt shared, our first intuitive feeling is usually right on.

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy! Hope you're having a super Monday!

    X to you and Cindy!

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  13. Good Monday morning my intuitive friend! Yes, yes, yes... I agree 100%! With you and SC. I find if I don't go with my gut instinct I usually regret it! Intuition works but you have to be willing to listen!

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  14. "I believe in intuition, wholeheartedly"

    Me too, Ron. I usually get a "gut feeling" about things. I can't possibly explain it any better than you already did in this post!

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  15. Hey Peg~

    "Intuition works but you have to be willing to listen!"

    You said it, dear friend! It took me years to first learn how to 'hear' it, and then more years to learn how to 'trust' it. Yet, ain't it funny how I will STILL sometimes not go with it?

    Grrrrrrrrrrrr!

    Hope you're having a faaaaaaaaabulous day, Peg!

    Mucho grassy for stopping by!

    X

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  16. Hey Meleah~

    Isn't it funny how we Libras are naturally very in touch with intuition, yet we sometimes allow our brains/thoughts cloud it?

    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Happy Monday to ya!

    X

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  17. good morning ron, happy monday morning to you! ;)

    great post today and yes, i agree, i have known too many women who did not honor their intuitive gifts and plenty of men who did. it is a universal capacity we all have been endowed with. unfortunately today it is not honored like it once was ... people think you're crazy to use your intuition to guide you so most just keep it to themselves. bravo to you for coming out and stating the facts about it....wonderful posts, i love these posts where you talk about your more serious or contemplative side. xoxoxox

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  18. Hello Linda~

    Glad you enjoyed. I felt more reflective today, especially after being COUPED UP IN THIS DAMN APARTMENT ALL WEEK! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    "it is a universal capacity we all have been endowed with."

    I know that YOU are very much in tuned to your intuition and are also very sensitive to energy, therefore I know you understand what I'm talking about here. I think most artist and creative-type people naturally are, because we're open to the Source.

    Like I shared, I don't ALWAYS follow my intuition 100% of the time, because my mind will sometimes get in the way. However, I do believe in it wholeheartedly.

    Much thanks for stopping by, my dear friend! Hope you and hubby had a beautiful time celebrating your anniversary!

    {{{{{ Linda }}}}}}}

    xoxoxoxox

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  19. You are so right! I did go against my intuition once. When it was screaming out at me "DON'T DO THIS" I went ahead and did it, and the results were bad. I carried that scar for a long time. Not of what happened so much as the fact that I ignored my intuition and went ahead anyway.

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  20. Hey Babs~

    "I carried that scar for a long time. Not of what happened so much as the fact that I ignored my intuition and went ahead anyway."

    I know EXACTLY what you mean, because I too felt the same way about something I did against my intuition. Not necessarily what happened because of it, but because I was angry at myself for not listening. I think that was harder to get over than the 'happening.'

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing on thi post, Babs! Always enjoyed and appreciated!

    X

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  21. Hey Ron
    Wise post today my friend. Intuition is very real, but as many have noted, for whatever reason we often don't listen to it. Shortly after getting home from Africa, I was offered a job teaching English in Japan. It was a dream job, as I had wanted to continue travelling & this would take me to a new land & an opportunity to get immersed in a new and foreign culture. Something in my gut kept telling me no though. It just didn't feel right, but I kept fighting it thinking it was what I had wanted to do. Ultimately, I dragged my feet, got a job at a lodge to raise funds for Japan & met my future husband. Gut won and Japan faded from my radar with no regrets from me AT ALL.

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  22. Helloooooooo Katherine~

    "Gut won and Japan faded from my radar with no regrets from me AT ALL.

    See! Isn't it amazing how GUT knows? There was a good reason why you dragged your feet, good for you!!!

    And you also shared somthing very wise in your story. I have found that often what I 'think' I want, is not always what is needed - what is best for me. However, intuition always knows.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing this wonderful story, Katherine. You've added much to this post!

    Hope you had a super Monday!

    X

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  23. Well said! I tend to equate intuition with common sense. But there are those times when your gut tells you one thing and your brain tells you another. It's during those times that I tend to take heed to my gut and re-examine the situation before moving forward.

    It's those that charge head first without paying attention to the innate intuition that I believe we all have that tend to get into the most trouble. Coming to trust that intuition and learning from it is the first step to a better world.

    Right now my intuition is telling me to open the refrigerator and grab that new carton of ice cream. If you'll excuse me...

    Oh, hey...did you update the logo at the top of your page? Sorry if I'm late to the party on this one, but lookin' sharp!

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  24. Howdy Herman~

    "I tend to equate intuition with common sense."

    You know something? That's an excellent way of putting it because in a way intuition IS common sense, really.

    "It's those that charge head first without paying attention to the innate intuition that I believe we all have that tend to get into the most trouble."

    You said it, buddy! And coming to trust that intuition and learning from it is the first step to a better world.

    "Right now my intuition is telling me to open the refrigerator and grab that new carton of ice cream. If you'll excuse me..."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha! OMG, that totally caught me off-guard and made me HOWL!

    HILARIOUS, man!

    Yes, I updated my header last week - I think it was Monday. Anyway, glad you like it. I had so much fun putting it together.

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Always enjoy and appreciate your comments.

    X to you and the family!

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  25. well written and i couldn't agree more. intuition, doubts, warnings are there for a reason. if i get a nagging feeling about something, i'm usually right. some times i will even have a dream about something that clarifies a matter - our mind and body knows when something doesn't feel right or when it does even if sometimes we're too stupid to listen to them.

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  26. We are so on the same wavelength. God, I wish we could get together for a glass of wine and just hang out this week. I was just thinking about this very thing on Sunday as I was leaving the barn where my young horse lives. I had a good friend on my case for several months trying to get me to sell the horse. I kept going back and forth because I'd been having so many problems with her. She was dangerous for a while and just having her was causing a lot of distress. But, something inside of me said no just when I was ready to really do something about it. I started crying one day watching my trainer ride her. The other trainer said, she's a good horse, you don't have to sell her, just give it more time if you want. There's no hurry.
    As soon as I stopped fretting, allowed these new trainers to let her relax and help me with her without having anyone else's agenda get in the way, both the horse and I found our way. Gem is amazing now and so happy and sweet. I'm so glad I listened to my heart and just slowed myself down.
    It's so easy to keep the old tapes running in our heads or listen to others who may not always have our best interests at heart even if they think they do.
    When something inside of you is screaming or even whimpering, you've got to listen to it.

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  27. Hi Ronnie,

    How are you doing, pal? Better, I am hoping.

    I have to agree with you 100% with going with your gut feeling.I believe that there are amny things in the universe that can't be explained by logic alone.

    It is my experience that sometimes we have to take the time to listen. We can be too busy or too determined to achieve something to listen.

    I think that you are very much in touch with your intuition. And that's good; it can be a life saver.

    Big hugs to ya
    xox

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  28. Hey V~

    "our mind and body knows when something doesn't feel right or when it does even if sometimes we're too stupid to listen to them."

    You're right about the mind and body, because quite often I will FEEL the 'something doesn't feel right' in my body first. It's like a sign.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing on this post, girl! You rock!

    Have an awesome Tuesday!

    X

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  29. Bonjour Barbara~

    Yes, thank you for asking, I'm feeling much better. Still coughing a bit, but that's diminishing slowly.

    "It is my experience that sometimes we have to take the time to listen. We can be too busy or too determined to achieve something to listen."

    THANK YOU....good point! Often, we ARE too busy or determined to achieve something to listen. Quieting my mind is often a challenge for me, however when I take the time to do it, I can HEAR better.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing, my friend! You've added much to this post!

    Have TERRRRIFIC Tuesday!!!

    (((( Barb ))))

    xox

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  30. Hey Jen~

    OMG...what a freakin' amazing story you shared!!!!

    I actually got teary-eyed reading this, Jen!

    I am sooooooooo glad you listened to your heart - yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

    "Gem is amazing now and so happy and sweet."

    You're right, it's so easy to keep the old tapes running in our heads or listen to others. But our HEART always knows, doesn't it?

    "When something inside of you is screaming or even whimpering, you've got to listen to it."

    Amen!

    Much thanks for stopping by and sharing, my friend! It's a perfect example of learning to listen, hear, and trusting that feeling.

    And yes, one of these days when you come to Philly, hanging out with some wine and conversation would be a delight!

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

    X

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  31. Yep, I'm with you all the way on this one. I often come unstuck if I don't listen to that inner voice, and often benefit when I do. So, tell me, why don't we listen more often? Is it because we're so often required to justify our actions, or is the world just too 'loud'?

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  32. a kid who used to work for me call it his "spider senses"

    I get that feeling often and I always regret when I don't listen to it

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  33. Hey Jay~

    Nice to see you again!

    "I often come unstuck if I don't listen to that inner voice, and often benefit when I do."

    Meeeeeee too!

    You brought up an excellent question.....

    "why don't we listen more often? Is it because we're so often required to justify our actions, or is the world just too 'loud'?"

    For me I think it may be a bit of both, plus THINKING too much rather than trusting it immediately. And what's strange is that sometimes I can go with my gut very easily, without a second of hesitation.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and adding your thoughts to this post, Jay, much appreciated!

    Hope your 2011 has been awesome so far!

    Cheers!

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  34. Hello Lady Dianne~

    "a kid who used to work for me call it his "spider senses""

    Oooooo.....I LOVE THAT, "spider senses!"

    What a great way of putting it! I bet you have an AWESOME sense of intuition!

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady!

    Hope all went well with Isadora's surgery!

    Give her a hug for me, okay!

    X ya's!

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  35. i'm finally back from my chinese new year break! i agree with the intuition thingy. guys who followed (or even partially followed) their intuition seemed to be able to understand female a little more. while girls who followed (or at least tried to understand) the masculine part in them, are able to lead just as well as guys, n also understand the reason guys do what they do. or maybe that's how i understand the whole theory (n guys). hehe. i guess some called it "following your heart"? but i'll admit sometimes its not easy. with love, it was easy. but during fights, it also make it super difficult to hold back that "instinctive" reaction. you know, just to not make things worst, since it is so much easier to just throw all harmful words in that direction n win.

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  36. Greetings Levian~

    Welcome back!!!! Hope you had a faaaaaabulous New Year break and celebration!

    "guys who followed (or even partially followed) their intuition seemed to be able to understand female a little more. while girls who followed (or at least tried to understand) the masculine part in them, are able to lead just as well as guys."

    Exactly! To me, there's great power in embracing BOTH, because each one has great attributes that compliment and balance both the masculine and feminine energies.

    And you're soooooooo right in saying that it's not always easy to follow your heart because I too find it at times VERY challenging.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing on this post, Levian! Always a delight! Always enjoyed!

    Hope you had a WONDERFUL Tuesday!

    X

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  37. very interesting topic for the day. It's odd though, how we (the larger collective 'we') commend others for paying attention to that little voice inside, but when we hear it ourselves, we so often second guess our intuition instead of giving that voice the credibility it deserves. I've been trying to let my inner voice borrow my real voice lately. Excellent essay! xoxo

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  38. Hi Diane~

    "It's odd though, how we (the larger collective 'we') commend others for paying attention to that little voice inside, but when we hear it ourselves, we so often second guess our intuition instead of giving that voice the credibility it deserves."

    You said it! It's kinda like being able to stand back and look at someone else's life clearly, yet when it comes to our own life we're too close to notice the little subtleties that direct us, and trust them.

    "I've been trying to let my inner voice borrow my real voice lately."

    Yaaaaaaaaay! You GO, girl!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and adding your imput to this post, Diane! Much appreciated!

    Hope you had a grrrrrreat Wednesday!

    X to you and Cristy!

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  39. Gosh, this is spot on, Ron!

    I'm one of those "follow my heart, not my head" people and I think my "heart" is actually my intuition. I've never regretted any of the decisions I've made that way but I have regretted the decisions I've made when I went against my "gut".

    And I find that the more I meditate and practice my Reiki, that the stronger those messages become. SO awesome.

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  40. Hey Chrissy~

    "I'm one of those "follow my heart, not my head" people and I think my "heart" is actually my intuition."

    That's an awesome way of expressing it!

    And I have to agree with you when you said that Reiki allows those messages to become stronger. In fact, whenever I practice Reiki I always start with my hands over my heart because for me, that's where Reiki lies.

    Thanks much for stopping by and sharing on this post, my friend. You've added much!

    Hope you had a FAB Wednesday!

    X to you, Bernie, and Vinny Boy!

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  41. I totally trust my intuition when it comes to relationships with other people. Sometimes you just get a gut feeling about someone and it almost always pans out to be true. I've never thought of it as male or female. I know my husband has been spot on about people after meeting them just briefly.

    I stopped by to tell you how much I enjoy your comments on Jimmy's blog. Your enthusiasm and sincerity always make me smile!

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  42. Greetings Bijoux~

    Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a comment. I've seen you over at Jimmy's blog, so it's great to finally meet you!

    Isn't Jimmy the best? I met him last year and instantly knew he was a great human being!

    I think it's AWESOME you totally trust your intuition. Isn't it something how when you DO trust and follow it, it does pan out to be true?

    "I know my husband has been spot on about people after meeting them just briefly."

    That's kinda how I am too. My mother shared with me that when I was a kid, I use to tell her at parties and social gatherings; meeting new people, who to talk to and not talk to because I did or didn't like the 'vibe' I got from them - HA!

    Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind words. Please stop by anytime, you're always welcome!

    Hope you had a great day!

    X

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  43. I'm not sure if it took my last comment or not. I have tried to leave three different comments. For some reason your blog doesn't like me leaving comments!

    What I had said was.... I always loved Lucky Charms but never got them as a kid because there were six of us and we'd go through an entire box in one sitting so my mom stuck with Corn Flakes or generic cereal. Bleah!!!

    I'm with Suzi though in my opinion nothing beats a good old homemade Rice Krispie Treat!

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