People experience intuition in many ways. Some intuitions come in dreams; others are experienced through body sensations. Some famous people, such as the philosopher Socrates and the musician Mozart, report hearing an inner voice or an inner musical score. This topic will be a 3 part series.

The first part of the series will be defining what intuition is and the different types. The second part will be looking for ways that flaw our intuition and the finale of this series will be ways to become more intuitive.


What is intuition?

Intuition is a process that gives us the ability to know something directly without analytic reasoning, bridging the gap between the conscious and sub-conscious parts of our mind, and also between instinct and reason.

Intuition is a very interesting form of intelligence that goes beyond the rational mind. We are all born with this gift, it keeps us in tune with our higher self/God, it goes beyond the five senses, and it’s what a layman will call the “sixth sense”

Have you been in some moments where you feel something is not right typical example entering a house, meeting a friend, stepping into a parking lot late at night, or a feeling negative around someone without even knowing why? If you have experienced this before have you shrugged it off, dismissing it as illogical nonsense?

As a culture, we have learned to believe that rationality is what should prevail when making decisions about anything from crucial business mergers to what to eat for lunch. But what of that “inner voice”, that gut feeling, that little something instinctual from within that tells us how we feel beneath those layers of logic?

Intuition can be direct like having a clear dream that you are working too hard and you need to slow down or Indirect which is symbolic, here I can have a dream I am running on a treadmill I cannot control the machine because it is going too fast… this dream will need interpretation as the treadmill is a symbol that my life is moving too fast and I need to slow down… We have both instinct and reason at our disposal. So we don’t actually have to reject either rather, we have the capacity to honour and call upon both as when we need them. Before we go further let’s look at the

5 different ways our intuitive mind can speak to us…

(1)Intuitive seeing:  for example you are planning on moving home and before you meet the estate agent someone close to you or you might have a clear image of how your future home is going to look like… you go for  couple of inspections, you eventually see a house that looks like the image you saw … it happened to me in London some years back when I was house hunting in my dream I saw a weird type of bathroom, when I went for a couple of viewing I just recognised the house because it had that weird bathroom  I saw in my dream… I was shocked;   it goes to show I saw my first image with my inner intuitive eyes, rather than my physical eyes… This experience is called “Clairvoyant” which means to see clearly.

(2)Intuitive hearing: A friend of mine some time ago was driving and out of nowhere she heard a voice from within that said “stop!” Startled… My friend immediately put on her brakes. Within seconds a small child ran out in front of her car from between two parked cars. She would have hit her if she did not have this intuitive experience.  This experience is called Clairaudient, it is used to describe an experience where you hear something without the use of you physical ears….

(3)Intuitive feeling: This type of intuition is associated with physical sensations in the body. This often shows up in goose bumps, gut feelings or sensations in the area of the abdomen or heart. When a person hears information that is true or resonant with them, a decision etc.  They will feel a physical sensation somewhere in their body. Without putting too much thought into it. This kind of intuition is called clairsentient (here the body feels the intuitive knowledge)

(4) Intuitive tasting and smelling: Intuitive taste and smell experiences are also reported, but they are described infrequently compared to the other three types.  This type of intuition is called Clairgustance   this is the ability to taste something when there’s nothing physically in your mouth to create that taste.  Sometimes you can experience suddenly tasting salt water and you are nowhere near the ocean, it could be your higher self-telling you to take a vacation or go to the beach or something else.

(5) Intuitive Knowing: This happens when you have the ability to simply know something to be true even without supporting knowledge, logic or reason. . You “just know.”  This type of intuition is called   claircognizance. Most people will identify themselves with one of the other four primary intuitive modalities, however intuitive knowing is a valid and powerful modality because it’s the least likely to be misinterpreted. With clairvoyance, for example, you may receive a metaphorical image or scene and have to interpret what it means; much like you might interpret a dream. A lot can go wrong if you misinterpret that information. With clairaudience you may hear something like “don’t get on the motorway” but not know why, so it’s easy for logic to tell you that you’re imagining things. And with clairsentience, it can be extremely difficult to interpret bodily sensations and translate that into a clear action to take. But with claircognizance, the information comes through so powerfully and with such certainty that logic is kicked to the curb and sent packing.

In essence, we need both instinct and reason to make the best possible decisions for ourselves, our businesses, and our families. Unfortunately, many of us—even when we experience success using this lesser acknowledged part of us-are uncomfortable with the idea of using our instincts as a guidance tool. Look out for part 2 on the intuition series… What flaws our intuition?