Understanding Intuition

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A sober take on Inner Guidance.

Intuition, inner guidance, inner knowing — how do we understand, develop and use this ability? 

How do you experience intuition?

Some experience it as an inner voice, visions or a sense of knowing. Everyone experiences it differently, so take a minute to really consider the ways your brain is wired to receive and process intuition.

There’s the raw information, and then there’s the way your brain will process and deliver it to you. And it may do so differently, depending on the situation. For instance, I tend to experience visions and knowing. But if there is a time sensitive situation, some kind of immediate danger, I might hear a voice that says “change lanes now!” — accompanied by a burst of chemicals that move me into immediate action.

Being intuitive is not the same as being empathic.

An empath perceives the thoughts and emotions of other people. This is not intuition.

Another kind of empath perceives thoughts/feelings/information from beings outside the usual range. For instance: animals, plants, stones, dead people, discarnate non humans, etc. This is not intuition.

Other sensitives will be able to walk into a room and know what has transpired there, or touch someone or something and know something about them. This is not intuition.

These are all examples of Ultra Sensory perception. It’s no different than being able to see or hear in the ordinary sense…only it’s outside the normal range and so it’s put into a special category, which only confuses things. It’s considered paranormal or magical or spiritual — but I assure you, it’s just sensory perception, only extended beyond the range experienced by most people.

But mere perception isn’t intuition. As I type this, there is a glass of ice water on my desk, just to my left. My intuition doesn’t tell me this, I see it. I perceive it with my eyes. It’s the same with Ultra Sensory perceptions.

Learn to separate out your Ultra Sensory perceptions from your intuition. They are not the same. That should be obvious, but so many people regard all their “psychic” experiences as one thing, so they conflate empathic and other Ultra Sensory perception with intuition.

Ultra Sensory perceptions are no more reliable than mundane ones.

When you see or hear or know something through your extended senses, these perceptions are not necessarily accurate. Accuracy will depend on a lot of things, just like with regular perception.

Ten people who “see” the same event will not experience or describe it exactly the same. Ten people who see a robber commit a crime will describe the person, who may have just been ten feet away, in contradicting ways.

It doesn’t mean we discount what we see, of course not. But a wise person knows that what they think they see may sometimes be a bit (or very) different from what is actually there. It’s no different with things you perceive through extended senses.

What is intuition?

We’ve separated perception from intuition. Ok. So what, then, is intuition? It’s what’s delivered to you after the perceptions have been interpreted. In other words, it’s the same thing your brain does with sensory-typical perceptions: it processes them and delivers usable information to you based on priority.

As I sit here typing, there are lots of sensory data being delivered to my brain — even though I’m alone and nothing much is going on around me. My body is feeding a constant stream of information to my brain — information about my body, about my environment. I’m focused on writing, so I’m not really aware of all this, but it’s happening. I’m perceiving information and sending this intel to my brain.

My brain will process this information based on priority. It will tell me things, if they are important. It might communicate in a little nudge: your neck is stiff, shift your position.

This is normal priority, so I get a nudge. If I hear an unexpected noise, perhaps the sound of water overflowing in the kitchen, my brain will urgently direct me to check it out, and it will release chemicals in my body to energize and motivate me to take action.

It’s the same with intuition. Only your perceptions are coming from your extended senses. Essentially, we just came up with a special word, intuition, to describe what happens all the time, every day — and we set it apart as something really different, when it’s not.

At least, the process isn’t different, but the outcome can be very wonky when we don’t work intentionally with it, refining it, giving it feedback. We just throw up our hands and call it intuition, as though it’s something that just descends on us and we have no part in it.

How do I know if my intuition is reliable?

The brain interprets sensory perception, decides what’s important and gets you to focus on it. Even in the mundane sense, we all know brains aren’t perfect and things can go wrong. For instance, some people can’t focus well, they get distracted easily and it’s a problem. Some people hyper focus on stuff that doesn’t matter, like hyper focusing on germs.  There are plenty of ways our brains go a little off, or sometimes totally sideways — like when people suffer from panic attacks.

But it can be worse with your intuition. Mainly because most of us don’t engage with it actively, intentionally, intelligently. Most of us make no effort to debug our intuition.

Brains are notoriously buggy! They have all kinds of biases and blind spots. We know this. And those of us who firmly commit to getting good at using our Human Apparatus work diligently, all our lives, to learn about the system, remove or update useless or harmful programs, refine it. We work consciously and intentionally with our human vehicle. We take responsibility for it.

And it’s a lifelong process, not a one and done.

We should approach the whole field of intuition in the same way. But typically we don’t. We don’t demystify the whole concept of Ultra Sensory perception and intuition. We let it hang out there in mystical woo-land. We don’t take responsibility for it.

So let’s recap. Intuition is what the brain produces after receiving and interpreting Ultra Sensory perceptions. Usually it is asking you to take some kind of action: look at this, focus on this, pay attention to this, and do something. Sometimes it will be accompanied by chemicals released into your body to motivate and energize you into action.

The process can be buggy and flawed, just like the ordinary processing of mundane perception — but tends to be even more so because we relegate it to some mystery realm and let it run on default settings our whole lives.

Approach the subject with interest and curiosity, and a penetrating, clear mind — be a scientist.

Measure your intuition over time. Write down every intuition that you get, then evaluate it. Is it accurate? Is it important? Something might be spot on, yet really have no importance. In this case, it’s just intuitive static — nothing better than mental chatter. You can work to get rid of this kind of intuitive rubbish, in ways that are very similar to taming the mind’s incessant talking.

Sometimes an intuition is important, but not entirely accurate, or not delivered in ways that are easy to understand. You can work with this type of intuition to improve future accuracy.

Also, by tracking every intuition and measuring accuracy, you can actually get a clear picture of how reliable your intuition is. One of our brain’s biases is to cherry pick and bestow outsized significance on a few instances while ignoring everything else. For instance, if your intuition saved your life by helping you avoid a terrible car crash, your brain might ignore the other thousand bunk intuitions and proclaim this is proof your intuition is unquestionably accurate and valuable.

By faithfully tracking your intuitions, you’ll be faced with actual data as to whether this is true or not.

Also, it gives you a clear baseline of what percentage of your intuitions are important and useful. If they are not useful, why clutter your mind with them, even if they are accurate? Are your intuitions actually useful?

Intuition can be hacked.

If you don’t practice regular energetic hygiene and you don’t keep a robust energy boundary, your intuition can be hacked by other people or non humans.

One of the things we work on in the Peerless course is becoming familiar with what is you and learning to distinguish internal urges and voices that are foreign. If you haven’t established this level of skill and understanding of your personal space, it’s disturbingly easy to have “intuitions” dropped into your field and you’ll assume they are your own.

Also, if you live with certain mental illnesses, you can mistake the symptoms as intuitive guidance.

Intuition is like a language.

You can know enough of a language to barely get by: how much does this cost? where is the toilet? please and thank you. And there are plenty of funny videos online showing how you can know just enough of a language to get you in trouble! Have you ever confused embarrassed with pregnant (embarazada) in Spanish? That makes for a very weird conversation.

You can learn enough of a language to be considered fluent. Or you can go further and learn a language intimately, enough to write poetry and beautiful novels. There are many ways to learn and embrace a language.

Intuition is very much like a language. It takes time, attention and intention to learn syntax and vocabulary and context. And idioms! English is my second language and I’ll never forget when my father first said to me, you are the apple of my eye. I thought I had become pretty good at speaking English, and then…this fruit in one of his eyes. Good grief.

When you go through significant life changes or upgrades in consciousness, you have to learn the language of intuition again.

I’ve found this to be invariably true. After I gave birth to my daughter, my intuition spoke to me in different ways, about very different things. I had to work to understand this new dialect of my intuition.

After kundalini activation, the same, though more intense. It took a long time to get this new hyper layered intuitive language. It’s now normal to me, but only because I worked really hard to catch up, to level up, so that my understanding could meet the increase in bandwidth, ability and nuance. It’s like my intuition became a much more advanced tool, and I had to relearn how to use it wisely, safely.

Always getting back to the fundamentals: is it accurate, is it useful? When you find it’s not, then work to make it so.

Intuition is like a relationship

I have a relationship with my intuition, and like all relationships, it ebbs and flows, grows and changes. You’ve got to keep up or you’ll grow apart. You have to put in effort, attention. You have to constantly work to refine communication, understanding — and sometimes you’ve just got to give each other space.

Sometimes I take a break from my intuition and focus more on other forms of knowing. It’s a good practice to keep all your skills up to date and honed. You have many tools and ways of making decisions, and you shouldn’t get too dependent on any one of them. They each have their place and purpose.

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