“Intuitive Intelligence” By Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler
know more than you think you do."
- Dr. Benjamin Spock
We come into
life equipped with five basic senses - touch, hearing, taste, sight and
smell. But we also possess some more mysterious senses. One such little-understood
sense - intuition - governs our ability to arrive at
spontaneous "non-logical" decisions.
word intuition comes from the Latin word intueri, meaning "look
within." Webster defines it as "the power or facility of attaining
direct knowledge …without evident rational thought."
Japan, intuition is known as "stomach art" - an interesting
turn on the Western "gut-level feeling."
feel intuition is a remnant of an ancient survival mechanism,
as it allows us to sense danger without taking the time to analyze a situation.
intuition can also be extraordinarily profound.
is a unique "whole brain" function. It draws upon both
our higher mind, and our entire lifetime of experience stored in the subconscious
mind. It's probably our most powerful method of integrating our conscious
and subconscious thought processes.
Intuition Works in the Brain
The two halves of your "grey matter" (your cerebral cortex)
and the thick network of nerves connecting them (the corpus collusum)
are your "thinking cap" - the "higher thinking" portion
of your brain.
portion of your brain accounts for: (1) mental skills such
as logic and analysis, and (2) interpreting input from your five physical
senses (vision, smell, hearing, touch and taste.)
an example of how intuition works: In the millisecond you enter
a strange room or situation your brain integrates: (1) the input from
all your higher thinking, (2) the input from all five senses, and (3)
your entire lifetime of experience.
whole brain immediately analyzes the situation, compares it
to your lifetime of experience, and gives you a spontaneous "gut
level" feeling about that environment. Either its safe and you
feel relaxed and comfortable, or its somehow threatening, and you feel
nervous or "on edge."
this occurs on a non-rational level as an instant "ah ha"
and Business Success In the latter half of the last century business decisions and
results were defended using such rational, linear measures as rate of
return, cost of capital, net income, etc.
all the while the most successful leaders were using an additional tool
- intuition. And today intuition is being touted by management
consultants as "essential."
a study of 13,000 business executives by Harvard researcher
Jagdish Parikh, the executives credited 80 percent of their business
success to relying on their intuition.
research conducted by Ashley Fields, a senior advisor to Shell
Oil, concluded that among Fortune 500 companies, "intuitive information
processing strategies are most often found at the highest levels of
Your Intuitive Intelligence Intuition is not just valuable in the business world. It can
often lead to powerful creative, personal and relationship insights and
most of us, intuition is most active just before sleep, upon
awakening from a nap, during a dream, while meditating or contemplating,
or while doing something we find very relaxing. All of these have something
in common - the alpha-state brainwaves often associated with meditation
and creative contemplation.
are some methods of "powering-up" your intuitive intelligence:
Kung Fu Exercise: Shut your eyes and ask someone to approach
you as quietly as possible. Say "stop" when you think they
are within an arm's length. You'll be surprised how rapidly you'll increase
your skill and accuracy.
Sensory Intuition Exercise: Intuition draws heavily on our
sensory intelligence. Strengthen your senses-brain connection, and you'll
strengthen your intuition. Place several aromatic items on your desk.
Look at and smell each one. Now close your eyes and by smelling each
item, try to get a clear mental vision of what it looks like. Open your
eyes to see how detailed your "mental vision" was. Continue
this process until you can clearly "see" what the object looks
like just from its scent.
"Now" Exercise: Here's an exercise management consultants
are teaching top business executives:
Remove from any past or future concerns for a few minutes, and let yourself
simply experience what is directly in front of, and around, you. Don't
judge or comment, just notice.
Intuition to Work
The most powerful way to build your intuitive intelligence is to begin
to act on your intuition.
Simply allowing yourself to act on your intuition will gradually build
your "intuitive intelligence."
that study of 16,000 business executives who credited 80 percent
of their business success to relying on their intuition.
your self awareness will not only increase your intuitive intelligence.
It will increase your probability of success and achievement in your
personal, business or professional life.
Jill's neuro-science based training has enabled countless business
and professional people to become exceptionally creative, extraordinary
achievers and leaders. The better you know yourself - the more powerful
you become. Period! Put her insights to work in your life.
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