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Unlocking the Power of Intuition: Embracing Our Innate Wisdom

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American philosopher, once said, “The primary wisdom is intuition.” This isn't merely a theory; it’s an intrinsic part of our being. Even without formal training, we occasionally stumble upon our intuition, and when we follow it, we often appreciate the outcomes. But what if we learned to harness our innate intuition daily? Why don’t we? As Carl Jung stated, “Intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside of the province of reason.” Intuition is real, existing beyond our rational minds and beyond our control.

We often sabotage our natural intuition in various ways. Here are nine examples, along with alternatives we can adopt:

1. We rush through life, failing to take the time to listen to our intuition.

- We should slow down or be still to hear our inner voice.

2. We overlook the symbolism in events and don’t develop our symbolic understanding.

- We need to remain open to possibilities.

3. We let our ego dominate, trying to control everything around us.

- The ego feels threatened by intuition, so we need to acknowledge and manage it.

4. We confuse intuition with fear or wishful thinking.

- Staying in our heads and letting emotions take over can cloud our intuitive insights.

5. We surround ourselves with people who dismiss or don't use intuition.

- Intuition is contagious, but so is its absence.

6. We think we can force intuition like pedaling a bike or lifting weights.

- Intuition comes naturally when invited, not on demand.

7. We rely solely on logical, rational, analytical thinking for problem-solving and decision-making.

- When centered and using our emotional intelligence, intuition can provide creative solutions beyond our intellect.

8. We listen to our ego, believing it can handle everything alone.

- This leads us to reject the insights intuition offers.

9. We think we don’t need to learn tools, skills, and habits to master our intuition.

- Without developing our intuition, we miss its full potential.

Albert Einstein, one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century, said, “The real valuable thing is intuition.” If such a rational and analytical mind valued intuition so highly, perhaps we should consider it too. With a bit of practice, some guidance, and a few successes, we might also start to recognize the wisdom of this innate ‘thing’ called intuition.

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