My friend, prosperity expert, Randy Gage emailed me to ask if I believed in “Intuition” or did I think that believing in such was irrational? Because intuition is a topic I’ve never actually studied in detail, I hesitated to respond too quickly or reflexively without giving it at least enough thought to respond intelligently (or, at least “thinkingly”). 🙂
And, because the very term itself brings with it different definitions based on an individual’s belief system, I also wanted to make sure “I was answering what he was asking.”
Knowing me well enough by now to know my belief that we must have a correct premise in order to reach a logical conclusion…you may have guessed (without intuition) that I looked the word up. Indeed, I did and found the following definitions:
1: quick and ready insight 2a: immediate apprehension or cognition b: knowledge or conviction gained by intuition c: the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference
It seems as though – as the term, “intuition” is used today, and in the context of his question, that definition 2c is what was being asked.
So, with that in mind – and again, the fact that I have never given this topic serious enough study to come from a position of authority – I would say that we’ve been built (in my opinion, by our Creator, but that of course is another topic) and programmed so that our subconscious bases its decisions/warnings/feelings on two things:
#1 The sum total of every experience we as individuals have ever had; thus, given certain signals from present data, it is able to calculate future conclusions on the sum total of all past events in our lives. I feel pretty strongly that is the case.
#2 The sum total of every experience anyone on earth who has ever lived has had, thus the same as above (this one I’m not too sure about but suspect it might be true. I will say that I’ve seen this reference to “Collective Consciousness” (thanks Randy, for identifying the correct word for me!) in many of what are regarded as the top personal development books of all time).
So, with the above two points in mind, I would say that if some people have a stronger “intuition” or intuitive sense of what is going to happen, despite there not being “evident” rational inference, these people have either worked at developing their intuition or they have (dare I say) “intuitively” tapped into it.
You now know my rather undeveloped thoughts on this topic. Here a brief post on one aspect of this by Randy on his blog that I didn’t read until after I wrote this post.
Question: what do you think? Is there such a thing as intuition? Is it logical to believe it exists? Is it logical to believe it doesn’t exist? Does everyone have it or just some people? Can it be developed if one doesn’t have it and/or developed further if one does have it? Let us know your thoughts.
Hmmm, intuition. I think I’ll just “go with my gut.” 🙂