4 ways know when its your intuition, and not your brain

“Intuition is seeing with the soul.” – Dean Koontz

You feel it.  It tells you to move, or to get up and do something.  That its time to go, that you need to change jobs, that your on the wrong path, or that its love.  We are all intuitives, meaning our intuition speaks to us on a minute to minute basis.  Only some of us ignore the messages, and rather think from our brain, with our logic.  And with good reason!  We were taught that this is the way to be successful!

Thinking with our brain is a very valuable skill for being a human.  It helps us navigate the physical word. Like not touching a hot stove, not walking into the street without looking both ways, paying attention to the pattern sin your investment portfolios, ect.  But as science has exposed in recent years, we have a brain in our gut, and its said to be smarter than the brain in our head.  Why?

Science has discovered our second brain, the gut brain, strongly influences our moods.   There is a study that shows that our gut brain, and the overall health of our gut microbes relate to the our experience of anxiety and depression.  Individuals who clean, and healthy guts have few incidences of anxiety and depression.

This ecosystem is our second brain, and comprises some 100 million neurons, which is more than the spinal cord! The gut has millions of nerve cells that comprise “mind of its own,” says Michael Gershon, author of The Second Brain and a professor at Columbia University.

Intuition is a unconscious or subliminal sense of our perception.  A spark of knowing comes into our mind, and our body begins to speak a language that captures our attention, that many social scientists believe stems from our gut.

How can you know its your intuition rather than your logical mind?

  1. Thought come to you fast, without provoking the thought to appear.
  2. Your decision is more rooted in your feelings, usually identified as a ‘gut feeling’.
  3. There is a knowing. Without words you know you have to go left rather than right, or you know you should do something, go somewhere, ect.
  4. The idea continues to visit you, over and over like a frequent friend coming by to check on you.

The more you pay attention to the outcome of trusting your intuition in combination with facts, the better your future decision-making can become.

I share personal stories from time to time because I think its a great way to learn from one another.

In my former life, I was climbing the ladder in the corporate world. I found 1 particular question visiting my inner mind over and over thoughout the years, ” How are you helping humanity.”  I was able to answer the question the first couple of years I heard it, and then it became harder for me because, like others I was following the money, and those jobs did not have a high degree of humanitarian aid attached to them.

When I finally listened to my intuition, I found out I was on the wrong path in life.  I quite my job, went back to school and am now finishing up a Ph.D in psychology, where I am helping humanity, everyday!

The story of my life shift can be found at www.livesoulcentric.com if you are curious.  It was a brave step, but one that my initiative self was not going to let me hid from.  I can say now with pure honesty that my intuition lead me to the life I always wanted!

This is my experience with intuition, feel free to share yours with me if you too have one!  I would love to hear from you.

-Nomi Shmerling, Ph.D (c)

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