The magical sense of intuition
Day 119/366 days Towards Self-Mastery. Mood: light and frivolous at dawn
Our 6th sense, that magical, mystical sense we call intuition. Oh my gosh, when I read that the geek in me wants to barf.
Call me a killjoy if you like but I gave up on magical and mystical when it didn't marry up with my experiences. It wasn't long after this time that I came realise that magical and mystical were fanciful ways of describing that which we didn't yet understand.
Yes, I have a great love for scientific enquiry, yet not at all enchanted by it. For me it's a way to understand our world without necessarily being heralded as the final truth. Science for me is a pathway of enquiry to peak the interest and arouse the sense of adventure.
Having worked in a University hospital for some time, I have some knowledge of the failings of the scientific method to find truth, so much so that it bothers me when I hear that tried and true fall back on "statistically significant" heralded as the closing argument.
Equally, I am suspicious of those that fall back on calling anything out of mainstream ordinary as pseudoscience.
Intuition is a gift we all have, and have access to. There's a ton of science that points to explanations for this mystical sense. Once thing that this science has achieved is to convince me of the truth of our gut feelings, and that trusting them is not folly.
There are many senses and their translation to our experiences that we are yet to understand.
Intuition is one of them. Remote sensing could be considered another. Remote healing a third.
Next time you get that feeling in your gut, trust it. Do what it is you have the impulse to do.
The explanations for intuition are in their own way sort of, well, magical. The beauty and simplicity of these explanations make it worth sharing.
Neuroception is the term that Stephen Porges of Polyvagal Theory gives to that feeling you get when you enter a room and feel into the tone of the energy there. We've all had that experience of walking into an atmosphere that you could "cut with a knife", right?
Neuroception is that feeling we get when our skin creeps, goose bumps appear, our system goes on alert. You might say that you're intuiting that things are not as they seem in here. Your nervous system is responding by registering the feeling here with your experiences. There's "something in the air" that tells you things are off. There could also be body language and tones of voice, clusters of suspects and mannerisms that are all part of this alerting you to the tone of impending doom.
It's worth remembering that this is a personal experience. Just because you get goosebumps doesn't mean it has any significance for anyone else. It's your nervous system and your experiences registering your interpretation of the current situation.
Another explanation comes from Field Theory, which together with neuroception, are my current favourite explanations for intuition. Field theory originates from the physics that seeks to describe our lived experiences in mathematical terms. It suggests that the space we live in is filled with energy and information that we all have access to, and that can register as intuition, information coming as if from no where.
Of course we know from practical experiences that space is filled with energy and information. Take radio waves and EMFs for example. There's no denying that these are energy waves on which information is riding. We even have an expression that describes our access to these waves, "surfing the internet" for information!
Field theory goes further and it makes sense with our lived experience. Every thing generates electromagnetic fields, from the earth and it's north and south poles to the tiniest cell in your body. These energy waves are also pregnant with information and constantly communicates through wormholes with and through the Field as spacememory (Haramein, N. 2019).
You could think of this information as your intuition. Nassim Haramein feels we could all become engineers of the Field by directing our attention to the potential that we are seeking, and allow the wormholes of space to deliver it to us via our intuition.
Again it's worth noting that our experiences of the Field are our own and personal. There are no two circumstances, nervous systems, experiences, interpretations that are alike. We cannot interpret for others. What we can do is make suggestions (which are always based on our own personal experience), sense into, try to understand another's experience but that's as far as it goes.
When we look at this from a mystical and magical perspective, we are speaking about the law of attraction, like attracts like, ask and it is given, we attract that which is most aligned with our vibration. There are probably a ton of other ways that this process is described. Pick one if the science doesn't float your boat, and trust it. My geek is satisfied.
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.