Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference and/or the use of reason. “The word ‘intuition’ comes from the Latin word ‘intueri’ which is usually translated as ‘to look inside’ or ‘to contemplate’.”Intuition provides us with beliefs that we cannot justify in every case. For this reason, it has been the subject of study in psychology, as well as a topic of interest in the supernatural. The “right brain” is popularly associated with intuitive processes such as aesthetic abilities. Some scientists have contended that intuition is associated with innovation in scientific discovery. According to the renowned neuropsychologist and neurobiologist Roger Wolcott Sperry though, intuition is a right-brain activity while factual and mathematical analysis is a left-brain activity.
Intuition is commonly discussed in writings of spiritual thought. Contextually, there is often an idea of a transcendent and more qualitative mind of one’s spirit towards which a person strives, or towards which consciousness evolves. Typically, intuition is regarded as a conscious commonality between earthly knowledge and the higher spiritual knowledge and appears as flashes of illumination. It is asserted that by definition intuition cannot be judged by logical reasoning.
People think you have to sit on the top of a mountain for long periods of time in silence to obtain it. “Not True”, says the wise woman. Although getting centered and spending some time in meditation will help tremendously, intuition usually comes AFTER (and not during), those silent moments. You have to be still to “get connected” and “be downloaded” with information.
Where does the information come from you might ask? Your “higher self”, of course. No one knows you better or knows what is more perfect for you than the higher, grander aspect of you. The “future you”, you might say.
When does the information show up, you may ask? When you least expect it, when you are doing a mindless task. Like vacuuming or sitting at a stop light (those are some of my best times). When you turn off the “monkey mind”, then the true, core thoughts come flooding in. PING! Kind of like that.
How do I start to meditate, you may be wondering? Well, there are a few things to know. Brain waves work as follows, and the goal is Alpha and Theta.
Associated Mental State
||27 Hz and up
||Gamma is associated with the formation of ideas, language and memory processing, and various types of learning. Gamma waves have been shown to disappear during deep sleep induced by anesthesia, but return with the transition back to a wakeful state.
||12hz – 38hz
||Wide awake. This is generally the mental state most people are in during the day and most of their waking lives. Usually, this state in itself is uneventful, but don’t underestimate its importance. Many people lack sufficient beta activity, which can cause mental or emotional disorders such as depression, ADD and insomnia. Stimulating beta activity can improve emotional stability, energy levels, attentiveness and concentration.
||8hz – 12hz
||Awake but relaxed and not processing much information. When you get up in the morning and just before sleep, you are naturally in this state. When you close your eyes your brain automatically starts producing more alpha waves.Alpha is usually the goal of experienced meditators. Since alpha is a very receptive, absorbent mental state, you can also use it for effective self-hypnosis, mental re-programming and more.
||3hz – 8hz
||Light sleep or extreme relaxation. Theta can also be used for hypnosis and self-programming using pre-recorded suggestions.
||0.2hz – 3hz
||Deep, dreamless sleep. Delta is the slowest band of brainwaves. When your dominant brainwave is delta, your body is healing itself and “resetting” its internal clocks. You do not dream in this state and are completely unconscious.
In this video, Katherine shares some meditation techniques to help you quiet the ‘monkey mind’ and tune in more to your intuitive side.