What is intuition? How does it compare to gut feelings or instinct?
I read an article recently (not online) distinguishing different ways we get information. To summarize, with my commentary added:
1) Instinct: an innate inclination to act a certain way. For example, to jump out of danger. This is automatic.
2) Gut feeling: a sense, based on past experiences and rooted in fear or survival. This is more conscious than instinct, but still subtle.
3) Intuition: a feeling or knowing that doesn’t involve past experience or critical thinking. It’s less “solid” than concrete thoughts – more like a feeling. With enough clarity, it comes with information.
Clearly, these are inter-related. For example, a survival signal can be felt in the gut and be instinctive. A gut feeling can also come with intuitive knowing. A friend associates gut feelings with clairsentience, subtle body awareness.
Some associate intuition with the heart and some as an “all-over” sense. I’m in the first camp but see the heart as a field that extends outside the physical body, thus giving the second experience.
We can learn intuition. Mainly, it’s healing enough of the noise to hear the nudges plus learning to pay attention to them. Self-reflection is helpful.
Being able to trust our body helps. If we feel uncertain or betrayed by our body from early experiences, we’ll want to heal that. For example, we may have had awkward growing years that were not understood, had a serious childhood illness, or took other children’s criticism personally.
We can also learn respect and trust.
Healing is very valuable for quality of life, but it also brings gifts online that we may have forgotten we have. Life can grow in ways we may not have considered. Our potential is vast.