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Intuition: What Is It?

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posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 08:21 PM
Intuition is conveyed, or presumed to be a skill, a realm or otherwise an excellence of consciouness more sublime than ordinary consciousness conventional to everyday life for most people among us. Yet, what is intuition? If it is more sublime, then how is it accessed? How is intuition developed? Is intuition inherited? Can intuition be conveyed psychically to others, a skill transfer? What are your thoughts?

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 08:55 PM
reply to post by Mystical Sadhu

Intuition: What Is It?

The conscious product - of subconscious processes .......

According to cognitive neuroscientists, we are conscious of only about 5 percent of our cognitive activity, so most of our decisions, actions, emotions, and behavior depends on the 95 percent of brain activity that goes beyond our conscious awareness.

From the beating of our hearts to pushing the grocery cart and not smashing into the kitty litter, we rely on something that is called the adaptive unconscious, which is all the ways that our brains understand the world that the mind and the body must negotiate.

The adaptive unconscious makes it possible for us to, say, turn a corner in our car without having to go through elaborate calculations to determine the precise angle of the turn, the velocity of the automobile, the steering radius of the car. It is what can make us understand the correct meaning of statements like "prostitutes appeal to pope" or "children make nourishing snacks" without believing that they mean that the pope has an illicit life and cannibals are munching on children.


Is our intuition , an awareness (after the fact) of our adaptive unconscious?

Malcolm Gladwell's book : Blink

The author of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell, believes in the power of “rapid cognitions” to affect our decisions and develop into an adaptive consciousness. Blink explores these fascinating rapid cognitions which allow the brain to process information in the blink of an eye and reach correct conclusions


Fascinating subject.

I must get around to buying it.

[edit on 29-6-2010 by UmbraSumus]

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 09:02 PM

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 09:09 PM

Originally posted by Mystical Sadhu
Yet, what is intuition?

Intuition is God. Intuition is Consciousness prior to separation.

This is the Greatest book ever written on the subject:

[edit on 29-6-2010 by RRokkyy]

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 09:09 PM
Your subconscious desperately trying to get your attention through a tiny bandwidth starved comm channel in your corpus callosum.

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 09:10 PM
Intuition is accessing the holistic part of your brain, the parallel processor that is the right brain.

It determines outcomes based on relationships within a model, not by logical process.

Logical processes need binary values - true and false to operate. Intuitive processes can deal with unknowns, they just need to fit into a holistic model.

Things that are implied, circumstantial evidence and so forth.

In my view, true and false are arbitrary - we assume that something is true or false so we can apply logical processing - where in fact we are so limited in perception and acuity that we have no right to assume any such thing.

Therefore intuitive deduction in my view has far more credibility than exercise of logic.

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 09:21 PM
Take this test, and see what level of intuition/sensing you get.

S is sensing, intuition is N

I am an INTP, scoring high in thinking and intuition, and moderate in introversion and perceiving.



[edit on 29-6-2010 by Phlynx]

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 09:32 PM
reply to post by UmbraSumus

Thanks, couldn't explained it any better. I'll look into more of that because it's interesting. It's almost as if the majority of our life/body/ is being run autonomically and we (as you stated) are only able to control the 5%. Which is funny because don't we use 5 to 7 % of our brains. Our brains and our bodies are very very complicated machines. We don't really know how our brains store information, is it on the quantum level or distributed throughout our bodies via nerves and cells.

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 09:40 PM
Well, intuition is your unconscious mind (instinct) in combination with your subconscious mind, just barely reaching the surface of your conscious mind. It's a combination of all the things which worked best for your ancestors (instinct) and what your subconscious has been churning through over the years, applied to whatever situation you're currently struggling with.

God is basically everything of our mind which we're not aware of. It's basically the same thing as intuition.

posted on Jun, 29 2010 @ 11:50 PM
Hello, all. Once in a while I'll come out from lurking to post on a topic I find interesting and pertinent. So, I figured I'd give my two cents worth on this...

Intuition, to put it a tad simply, is pattern recognition.
It is our unconscious ability to glean as much information as possible from as little information as possible. I'm thinking this stems from a survival mechanism. What I mean is that it keeps us out of trouble...ideally anyway.
Some people seem to have more than others because, I think, they are more aware of themselves. The more aware and connected you are with yourself, the more aware and connected you are with the circumstances around you.

We unconsciously distill things down to their core values, which gives us their inherent pattern. Once we learn a particular pattern, our subconscious can then predict a given outcome with similar circumstances.
We have consciousness, I think, as a that we can override intuition, instinct, whatever you may call it, so that we are free to decide an action.
Sometimes gut feeling are wrong. Mostly they are not. Then again, I figure conditioning works on an intuitive level. Just because we've learned a particular pattern doesn't mean it works across the board for all similar sets of circumstances.

I also agree with previous posters attributing intuition to God. I don't think it's that we don't understand it, I think it's that we falsely give credit out to some other source rather than to ourselves when we have such feelings and thoughts.

As an example, I am really good at reading people. I'm not perfect - I'm still learning (and hope to always be). But I've gotten to where I can look at a photo of someone and tell you the gist of their personality and some details of their upbringing. I'm not psychic or anything like that. I just know a lot of the patterns that affect people and have spent decades learning about people. So keep in mind that there is a cultural component to intuition (and such faculties) as well.

Everyone is different, so don't think that ones intuition is any better than another's. We are all products of our culture.
Yet, in a lot of ways, I think intuition allows us to go beyond what we've been taught, to unlearn what we have learned, if you will.
But that's a whole other can of worms.

Hope this helps!

Take care!

posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 01:18 AM
Intuition is the "Real" you, knowing.
Not a "knowing" that we generally think of..
but something much deeper..
Some call it the "Soul"
or the heart, or whatever they want to call it..
But it is You, Your higher consciousness,
receiving information from a 'higher' place.

There have been studies done,
that show that the body reacts to things before they actually happen..

One experiment was to put people [individually]
hooked to a monitor
in front of a screen, that showed images of all kinds,
nice things, bad things, terrible things, pretty things,
flowers, children playing, A bombs going off, dead people in war,
landscapes, etc...

And the body would react to each image before it was shown.
Im sorry I cant really describe it better, but it's really amazing stuff.
It shows that our consciousness [ Us ] is always looking "into the future"
for events that are about to happen, and we can react to them properly.
I feel that is basically what Intuition is.

Actually, Since I cant get the section of the video to show it,
( The movie is Titled " Quantum Communication") Do check it out.
Part1 here, if you
and here is the site of the folks who are doing that particular research. Their Organization is called "HeartMath"

and they are very professional.

and a quote~

Intuition Research:
There is evidence that people around the world have believed in the existence and power of intuition dating back through antiquity and one can imagine that the earliest humans depended on it greatly for survival. Intuition has been pondered by great thinkers, scientists and philosophers – Aristotle, Kant, Einstein among them – relied upon by leaders of nations and, as a great number of the world’s people today will attest, is applied daily in a multitude of life’s decisions.

The Institute of HeartMath’s expanding interest in intuition has evolved naturally because of what is now believed to be an intimate relationship between the heart and the intuitive process – the perception or knowing things without conscious reasoning such as an event or act of nature that has yet to happen. As IHM researchers have conducted investigations over the years into stress and emotional management, heart intelligence, the heart-brain connection, heart-rhythm patterns and other areas, they have learned much about this process.

IHM researchers and others who explored intuition for more than a half century have expanded its definition to include not only conscious perception by the mind alone, but also by the body’s entire psychophysiological system. This perception often is evidenced by a range of emotions and measurable physiological changes exhibited or detected in the heart and throughout the body, according to the two-part HeartMath study on the Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition listed below. The conclusions drawn from this study include the following: "Overall, our data suggest that the heart and brain, together, are involved in receiving, processing, and decoding intuitive information. … (and) there is compelling evidence that the heart appears to receive intuitive information before the brain."

"The only real valuable thing is intuition."
—Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

Though modern scientific investigation of intuition dates back to the early part of the 20th century, research has steadily increased in recent decades. HeartMath, already internationally recognized for groundbreaking research related to stress, emotions and the heart, is committed to furthering scientific knowledge and understanding about the intuitive process. HeartMath tools, techniques and technology have been developed to enhance intuitive ability by helping you achieve heart coherence, a state in which the heart and brain and other bodily systems are in sync. In addition to the study mentioned above, HeartMath has been involved in a number of other intuition-related studies and papers, including the following:

Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition: Part 1.
The Surprising Role of the Heart

Lots more
Scroll about half way down to get to the intuition section.

That Vid. Quantum Communication,
(if your anything like me) will amaze you!
But not surprise you. lol

Hope someone gets something positive from my ramblings. lol

posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 08:35 AM
reply to post by Mystical Sadhu

These are my thoughts on intuition:

I think you may find them insightful.
edit on 23/7/2012 by Kluute because: (no reason given)

posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 10:18 AM
reply to post by Phlynx

That was fun. Mine says INFJ

Introvert(89%) iNtuitive(25%) iNtuitive Feeling(12%) Judging(1%)

You have strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (89%)
You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (25%)
You have slight preference of Feeling over Thinking (12%)
You have marginal or no preference of Judging over Perceiving (1%)

At least I am very open minded. More perceiving than judging. I guess that is good when it comes to intuition.

posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 03:46 PM
Just to comment on one of your points: can intuition be conveyed to others through "psychic transfer"??? Can better eyesight be conveyed via psychic transfer?? Of course not, and likewise, intuition is something which requires SPIRITUAL SENSITIVITY, which is to say, a priori, knowledge of oneself in relation to some cosmic ontological center.

Intuition is information from the beyond - beyond nature, time, beyond all catergories of existence. Intuition, by its very nature, is beyond investigation; all we can know of it is how it enters consciousness, but not where it originates. It's origin is an eternal mystery forever bitch slapping human conceit in thinking it can uncover all of natures mysteries.

What's before us is natures fruits, but we can never know her roots.

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