Research Paper By Michele Spencer
(Life Coach, CANADA)
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. — Albert Einstein
Dictionary.com defines intuition as a direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
Merriam-Webster dictionary has a slightly different definition which is that intuition is a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence : a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why.
In psychological research into intuition, it has been defined as a process in which information that is usually beyond regular cognitive processes is immediately sensed and perceived in both the body and mind as a certainty of knowledge or feeling about the entirety of a thing that is either distant or yet to happen. The “thing” that is referred to can be an object, entity, event or even a thought or idea.
It is generally thought that these intuitive perceptions are really just the brains wondrous ability to instantaneously paste together prior experiences, forgotten memories, and various knowledge that has accumulated over the lifespan of the individual. If this was the case then there would be no research into this subject as it would just be chalked up to a person’s ability to have higher cognitive processing. One reason there has been triggered research into this area is the fact that there are times when individuals “gut feelings” have been correct about things that are so outside of the realm of that individuals knowing, that it cannot be simply chalked up to prior experience. In these circumstances then, this intuitive perception is considered to be information that is outside of the individuals conscious and unconscious awareness.
The idea that an individual may be able to connect with information that is outside of their location or time may seem like a “magical” idea but a look at some of the data that has been gathered in the field of quantum physics shows that, although this is a little understood area, it nevertheless exists. As early as 1989 there have been scientific papers written describing a kind of “communication” between various particles that are far apart from one another. In other instances it has been recorded that particles “act as if they have knowledge of events before the events actually happen” (McCraty, Atkinson, and Bradley, 2004) which has led to speculation that on a quantum level particles are interconnected in a way that we do not understand.
In the aforementioned paper one of the findings from their experiment was that when they were investigating they discovered that the heart reacted intuitively before the brain did. Although it was only a span of seven seconds this was incredibly significant in that it is always been assumed that, based on the idea that intuition comes from either our consciousness or unconsciousness, there should be no reason for the heart to react first. In this research it was found that the process of decoding intuitive information involved the heart. Although this may be surprising to some individuals a look back on almost all of the different cultures of humanity shows that the heart his always been seen as something more than a simple biological pump.