February 28, 2024

KNOWING BEYOND KNOWING

NAVIGATING LIFE WITH LOGIC & INTUITION

By Carmen Greger

Our Sixth Sense, the Dance of Decision-Making, & Our Place in the Cosmos

Sometimes there’s a knowing beyond knowing. Perhaps something looks great on paper, but our gut just doesn’t buy it. Other times things don’t make sense logically and our instincts just know it’s the right move.

We often find ourselves standing at the crossroads of decisions, oscillating between our heart’s whispers and the logic our brain dutifully shouts. Should we trust that gut feeling or analyze the situation rationally? This intricate dance between intuition and logic, though age-old, remains a rich topic for reflection and understanding.

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” – Rumi.

Logic Defined: Logic is a systematic way of thinking that allows us to deduce and infer based on rules and facts. It’s our brain’s way of calculating outcomes, considering pros and cons, and making decisions that are grounded in reason.

Intuition Defined: Intuition, on the other hand, is the ability to understand or know something without conscious reasoning. It’s that immediate and unanalyzed feeling we get, a knowing beyond knowing.

How many times have you felt an inexplicable hunch? Or been drawn to or repelled by someone without a clear reason?

The Sixth Sense – Tapping into the Unknown

Scientifically, we use a mere fraction, often said to be about 10%, of our brain’s potential. If this is true, imagine what remains untouched, uncharted. Our intuition might very well be an echo from these deep, silent chambers of our mind, and our mind may be much more vast, interconnected with infinite, energy unseen to the naked eye, and way more capable than we can currently possibly imagine.

“Every cell in your body has its own memory and intelligence.” – Deepak Chopra

Research has consistently shown our body’s incredible interconnectedness, be it the profound connection between our gut biome and brain or how emotional wounds manifest physically. At our core, we’re a vibrant dance of energy, constantly resonating and responding to the world around us.

EXPLORING THE MATRIX OF, AND SPACE BETWEEN, INSTINCT & INTELLECT

A Meeting of Two Minds More often than not, the ideal solution stems from a harmony of both logic and intuition. Like two sides of a coin, they offer a more holistic view when allowed to coexist.

But how does one discern whether to lean on logic or trust intuition?

Reflect: Next time you’re in a quandary, ask yourself – Is my reaction based on past experiences or fear? Or is it a genuine intuition?

Analyze: What are the logical outcomes of the situation? What are the pros and cons?

Feel: Close your eyes. Take deep breaths. How does each decision make you feel at your core?

Remember, it’s not about choosing one over the other, but allowing them to coexist and guide you harmoniously.

A Cosmic Dance

Just as we are interconnected internally, we are entwined with the universe. Quantum physics has unveiled the mesmerizing web of energy and matter, suggesting that at the most fundamental level, everything and everyone is interconnected. This hints at the possibility that our intuition could be a reverberation of this cosmic dance.

Albert Einstein, a paragon of logic, said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”

Think about it: Have you ever sensed the mood of a room as soon as you walked in? Ever noticed how animals, like dogs, have an uncanny sense of their owners’ return? These might not be mere coincidences but a testament to our deeper connection with the world.

In Awe of the Unknown

It’s essential, as we journey through life, to maintain a sense of wonder. We’re at the brink of a deeper understanding – of ourselves, our sixth sense, our environment, and the vast cosmos. We might be small, but within us resides the universe.

The dance between logic and intuition is a journey of self-discovery. Both are vital, both have their place. As you navigate life, remember: You know more than you think you do. Trust yourself, trust the universe, and trust the dance.

The Subtle Nuances of Intuition

While logic is more straightforward and follows a set of rules, intuition can be elusive. It’s a subtle nudge, a whisper amidst a cacophony of thoughts. But the more we recognize and listen to it, the more apparent it becomes. The challenge lies not in its presence but in our ability to differentiate it from our ego or insecurities.

Trust Your Vibes: A Deep Dive

Sonia Choquette’s “Trust Your Vibes (Revised Edition)” delves deep into this realm of intuitive power. Choquette, a celebrated spiritual teacher, believes that everyone can tap into their intuitive abilities. In her book, she deciphers the language of intuition.

Key Takeaways from “Trust Your Vibes”:

  • Embrace Your Authentic Self: Choquette emphasizes the importance of being genuine. Authenticity strengthens our intuitive muscle. It’s when we are true to ourselves that we can better align with our inner wisdom.
  • Stay Grounded: It’s crucial to ground oneself to receive clear intuitive signals. This can be achieved through meditation, nature walks, or even simple breathing exercises. The idea is to create a strong connection between oneself and the universe.
  • Practice: Like any other skill, intuition can be honed. Choquette offers various exercises and practices that can help in recognizing and trusting our vibes.
  • Create Sacred Space: Our surroundings play a pivotal role in shaping our energies. By creating a sacred space, one that resonates with positive vibes, we can better attune to our intuitive self.
  • Ask and Let Go: Instead of obsessing over answers, Choquette advises to pose questions to the universe and then let go. This act of surrender paves the way for intuitive insights to flow in.

Her book, in essence, is an empowering guide that encourages readers to believe in their intuitive prowess and offers tools to navigate life with greater ease and clarity.

Harnessing the Symbiotic Power of Intuition & Logic

So, if intuition is this guiding force, why do we need logic? The answer lies in their symbiotic relationship. Intuition can point you in a direction, but logic helps in understanding the terrain. Together, they ensure not just that you’re on the right path but also that you’re equipped to handle the journey.

For instance, an entrepreneur might have an intuitive hunch about a market trend. But it’s through logical analysis, research, and planning that this hunch can be translated into a successful venture.

In Nature’s Lap: The Animal Instinct

We’ve all marveled at the impeccable sense of direction some birds have or the extraordinary ability of dogs to sense impending disasters. Animals don’t reason out or analyze situations; they inherently trust their instincts.

As humans, we’re part of the same natural world, and we share these instincts. Over time, however, our growing reliance on logic has overshadowed our intuitive side. But that doesn’t mean it’s lost. It merely requires awakening.

Suggestions for the Curious Mind:

If you’re intrigued and wish to delve deeper, check out these books & podcasts for further insights:

  • “The Gift of Fear” written by Gavin de Becker: This compelling read delves into how our intuition can act as a potent tool in sensing danger and why it’s imperative to trust these gut feelings.
  • “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” written by Malcolm Gladwell: Gladwell explores the subconscious processes that drive our decisions and highlights how sometimes, our first instincts can be astonishingly accurate.
  • “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • “The Intuitive Hour: Awaken Your Inner Voice” Podcast with Michelle Beltran: A powerful podcast that offers techniques and insights to awaken and harness your intuitive abilities.
  • “The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe” written by Lynne McTaggart: An exploration of the interconnectedness of everything, based on scientific research and studies on consciousness and quantum physics.
  • “Intuitive Being” by Jill Willard
  • “Quantum Body” by Deepak Chopra, MD, Jack Tuszynksi, PhD & Brian Fertig, MD
  • “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations”: While not solely about intuition, many episodes of this outstanding podcast delve into spirituality, consciousness, and the deeper sense of self, often touching upon the intuitive sense and its role in our lives.

Embrace the Dance

Life isn’t black and white, and neither is the decision-making process. Both intuition and logic have their moments in the spotlight. While the logical mind structures our thoughts, intuition colors them with calling, painting broad strokes of deep meaning and purpose, offering a richer, more vibrant canvas.

By understanding the nuances of both, recognizing their strengths, and allowing them to harmoniously coexist, we can navigate life’s challenges with greater clarity, conviction, and joy. Embrace the dance, and let both these guides lead you towards a more enlightened, fulfilling journey.

Cultivating Your Intuition: 10 Daily Practices for Inner Clarity

Developing intuition isn’t just about tapping into ethereal wisdom; it’s about cultivating a deeper relationship with yourself. A fine-tuned intuition can serve as a guiding compass, helping navigate life’s intricacies with enhanced clarity. Here’s a list of daily practices, grounded in both spiritual understanding and scientific basis, to help amplify your intuitive powers:

  • Mindful Meditation:
    • Why: Meditation quiets the chatter of the mind, making the subtle nudges of intuition more discernible. It boosts the brain’s alpha and theta wave activities, linked to creativity and intuition.
    • Practice: Dedicate 10-15 minutes daily for a silent, focused meditation. Envision a beam of light grounding you to the earth, clearing your energy pathways.
    • Recommended Book: “The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation” by Thich Nhat Hanh. This renowned Zen master offers simple and practical advice to cultivate mindfulness and presence in everyday life.
  • Journaling:
    • Why: It translates nebulous feelings into concrete words, letting you tap into your subconscious.
    • Practice: Spend a few minutes each day jotting down your feelings, dreams, or hunches without judgment.
    • Recommended Book: “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity” by Julia Cameron. While not solely about journaling, Cameron’s morning pages concept has revolutionized the practice of daily writing for self-reflection and creativity.
  • Chakra Balancing:
    • Why: Chakras are energy centers in our body that can influence our emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. An aligned chakra system can better channel intuitive insights.
    • Practice: Focus on balancing one chakra a day. For instance, cultivate self-expression and clarity by concentrating on the throat chakra.
    • Recommended Book: “Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System” by Anodea Judith. A comprehensive guide to understanding and working with the chakras, this book provides both theoretical knowledge and practical exercises.
  • Nature Immersion:
    • Why: Nature attunes us to organic rhythms and patterns, enhancing intuitive abilities.
    • Practice: Take daily walks without distractions. Feel the earth beneath, listen to the rustling leaves, and immerse in nature’s symphony.
    • Recommended Book: “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative” by Florence Williams. Delving into the science behind nature’s positive effects, Williams showcases how even brief engagements with nature can reduce stress and increase happiness.
  • Intuitive Eating:
    • Why: The gut is often called the “second brain” and is linked with intuition. Feeding it right can amplify gut feelings.
    • Practice: Tune into what your body genuinely craves and needs, choosing nourishing and whole foods.
    • Recommended Book: “Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. This book lays out the philosophy of listening to your body’s cues about hunger and satiety rather than adhering to external diet rules.
  • Body Scan:
    • Why: Intuition often manifests through bodily sensations. Recognizing these signals can be enlightening.
    • Practice: Lay down and mentally scan your body from head to toe. Note any tension, warmth, or tingling – these could be intuitive signals.
    • Recommended Book: “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel van der Kolk. Though it’s focused on trauma, the book provides deep insights into how the body stores emotions and how a keen awareness can lead to healing.
  • Engage in Creative Pursuits:
    • Why: Creative activities, like painting or music, help access the right brain – the hub of intuition.
    • Practice: Dedicate some time to any creative activity you resonate with, even if it’s just doodling.
    • Recommended Book: “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book is a deep dive into the intricacies of creativity, offering inspiration for anyone looking to lead a more creatively fulfilling life.
  • Study Your Aura:
    • Why: Auras, the energy fields surrounding us, often contain information about our emotional and spiritual states.
    • Practice: Sit in front of a white background and soften your gaze. Over time, you might discern colors or light surrounding you, offering insights into your state.
    • Recommended Book: “Auras: How to See, Feel & Know” by Embrosewyn Tazkuvel. This guide offers techniques to see and interpret auras, providing a window into the energy fields that surround us.
  • Dream Analysis:
    • Why: Dreams can be gateways to the subconscious and the intuitive self.
    • Practice: Keep a dream journal. Over time, patterns might emerge, serving as intuitive guides.
    • Recommended Book: “The Dream Interpretation Handbook: A Guide and Dictionary to Unlock the Meanings of Your Dreams” by Karen Frazier. This book provides insights into the symbols and themes of dreams, helping readers to decipher their subconscious messages.
  • Energy Clearing:
    • Why: Just as physical hygiene is essential, clearing our subtle bodies can be crucial for intuitive clarity.
    • Practice: Use smudging (like sage or palo santo) or sound baths (using tuning forks or singing bowls) to cleanse your space and self.

If you are moved to discover even more about your vast and multidimensional energy system and the potential of further understanding and developing your intuitive powers, Consider reading “The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy” by Cyndi Dale. This comprehensive guide covers various aspects of our energy anatomy, from chakras and auras to the finer nuances of our energetic fields, and offers techniques for cleansing and balancing.

Checklist Reminders: Is it Logic or Intuition?

  1. Is my feeling grounded in past experiences?
  2. Am I reacting out of fear?
  3. Have I considered all factual aspects?
  4. What does my gut say without overthinking?

Trust in your innate wisdom. For in the delicate balance between intuition and logic, you’ll find your truest path.

As you delve deeper into these practices, remember that intuition, like any other skill, requires patience, trust, and consistency. It’s a marriage of the ethereal and the empirical, the spiritual, and the scientific. Embrace it wholeheartedly, and you’ll find it becomes a reliable ally, guiding you with wisdom and clarity through life’s multifaceted journey.