Intuition can be defined as the process where the brain uses results from previous experiences plus current environmental cues to make quick decisions. The decision is made so quickly it almost seems unconscious, or more accurately, pre-conscious. It’s a decision made before your conscious mind can think through the process.
If you are lucky, the rational conscious decision is the same as the one suggested by your intuition.
The downside of rational thought though is that it sometimes leads us astray because we have acquired bad programs, memories of mistakes, and negative environmental influences along the way.
Gut – Brain axis
What exactly is your gut? Is it that convolution at the end of your esophagus, a stretch of intestines when unrolled, is the equivalent to the perimeter of a bartball field?
Or is it that microbiome of bacteria situated at the lower end of the gut-brain axis?
Both actually. The intestines house the microbiome. There is evidence to suggest that gut bacteria can react to emotional situations. “Butterflies in your tummy” or the “girding of your loins” we do when anticipating tense situations are just quick examples of how “unscientific” popular culture may be onto something.
But that’s only part of it, says, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People.
In her book, “Guide to Intuitive Healing: Five Steps to Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Wellness”, Judith Orloff, MD, states, “Just like the brain, there are neurotransmitters in the gut that can respond to environmental stimuli and emotions in the now – it’s not just about past experiences,” she says.
These neurotransmitters send signals to the receptors in the brain as instantly as the brain’s own neurotransmitters. Your physical body then has a physical experience of these “feelings”.
How we rationalize
Rational thought is undoubtedly the result of neurons firing, neurotransmitters flowing and interacting and thoughts developing. We can structure and order these thoughts, control to some extent, the content and quality of thoughts. The locus of these thoughts is accepted as being physically present in the brain.
Gut instinct, though, is facetiously accepted as being located in the stomach, intestines or somewhere amorphously considered to be I the lower half of the torso.
New scientific discoveries of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine being present in the intestines come as somewhat of a surprise until you realize that your physical gut is where many of our primal feelings like fear, terror, and love are experienced. Your gut has a brain. Or can speak intimately with the brain in your head.
Overthinking, thinking and rethinking
We have developed a world and a way of working and assessing situations that is very rational and divided up neatly into categories. We have become comfortable with any decision that has been carefully thought through, but feel uneasy about making a choice that is so quick, it almost seems flippant.
Trusting your intuition over thought
Intuition over thought and rationality is something you can practice. As you become more in tune with your intuition, you will “trust” it more.
The master of intuition Albert Einstein’s brain had more connections between hemispheres. His denser network of connections possibly accounts for his ability to consider things rational as well as creatively and synchronously. He was a believer in the intuitive answer. He was clever enough to trust this intelligence to supply the answer quickly and correctly.
Greater synchronization between hemispheres can be created in any brain with a functional corpus callosum.
Meditation is a practice that can make synchronous thought and processes more achievable.
Synctuition programs can achieve exactly this. Both by stimulating your brainwaves to place you in the right state of mind, and by helping you achieve deep relaxation through meditation and serotonin, dopamine and endorphin regulation.
Synctuition has several programs that can help train your gut and your openness to trusting and going with your more visceral instincts.
With regular practice and listening to these programs, you will start to enhance your intuition, and be relaxed enough to trust your pre-conscious mind.