“You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Steve Jobs (1955 – ) Source: Commencement address by Steve Jobs at Stanford: http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html
Everyone has intuitive experiences but few know how to use intuition effectively because we tend to talk about intuition as a single ability where, in fact, there are several levels of intuitive abilities. They are not the same and not useful in the same ways. For example, the most common intuitive experience is the common “gut feeling”. A gut feeling is an intuitive reaction to something either positively or negatively. When we experience a gut feeling it is an indicator that we are on the right track or that something is wrong.
Can You Trust Your Gut?
I suggest that we listen to our gut feeling and use it as an indicator but not a decision maker! So many times I hear from my clients, “It didn’t feel right. I don’t know why I didn’t listen to myself!” When something does not feel right it means it is time to step back and take a look at what we are not aware. What am I not seeing? What piece of information do I need to find?
When I experience a negative gut feeling I don’t decide for or against anything. For me it is a time to find the missing information. First I look at the facts and the results to make sure I am not missing something. Next I meditate. I do this so that I can gain perspective, clear my mind, find neutrality and open my intuition to “see” in my mind’s eye what is really going on.
Levels of Intuition
Intuition occurs on several levels: consciousness, subconscious an unconscious and supra-conscious levels of awareness. Gut Feeling is the most basic level of conscious intuition. Most use this conscious level of intuition. It takes more experience to access the levels that offer more insightful levels of understanding. It is my experience that those who only access the conscious levels can make incorrect decisions by not sorting intuition from logical or emotional reactions.
Intuitive processes happen very quickly and automatically so it is important to be conscious and aware of the level of intuition you are using so that you do not misinterpret your perception.
Making It Work
Effective use of intuition takes development and understanding of this ability so that emotions, logic, fear, desire don’t interfere. Any reaction, i.e. anxiety, anger, love, etc. can interfere with clear access to your intuition. It is interesting to note that these same emotions interfere with rational thought as well.
Meditate for Clear Seeing
For those who want to grow in their understanding of intuition and to use it to grow your success I recommend learning to meditate as a way to quiet the body and clear the mind. In particular I recommend an intuitive meditation designed specifically to open your clear seeing and clear knowing abilities.
Blogs in Intuitive Decision Making
The next three weekly blogs will be on using intuition in decision-making.
Best wishes on your success.
7 thoughts on “Decison Making & Gut Feelings – Right or Wrong?”
Absolutely! When we are conscious and aware of ourselves there are no surprises. We intuitively know.
So many times I have felt things, and years later they have come true. If only I had known and listened to by feelings, life would be different.
I hear that so often. It is my goal for us not to recognize our intuition in hindsight but to use it consciously and deliberately in the moment. Thank you, Ann.
Hi everyone my name is Gilberto I’m 20 years old I live on my own and support myself. The reason I am writing on here is because I have been having this gut feeling, some type of feeling that is pulling me to Massachusettes. I don’t know why but I feel that there is someone or something waiting for me there. My question is: is this classified as a instinct or a calling? I get this weird, almost butterfly like feeling right above my stomach below my sternum whenever I think about MA. This has been a recurring thing since may of thus year. Any thoughts? Also I live in CA.
I don’t suggest that decisions be made from gut feelings. On the other hand I would not ignore a gut feeling. Gut feelings simply mean that something is affecting you.
The best decisions are made when we have a clear vision of what we want to create in our lives. I see that you are looking for direction and perhaps outside yourself. I suggest that you do two things. Take the time to meditate and become clear about what you want to create in your life for the next period of time (1 yr., 5 yr., etc.). Be clear. Know. The next step is to gather information about MA and how it might help you achieve that vision. A gut feeling is a reaction to something and does not mean you have to follow that feeling. It does mean to pay attention. Best wishes, Kay