In this month’s series, we are exploring five of the most common roadblocks that get in the way of listening to and acting on your intuition in business. Each week will reveal another common obstacle.
Intuition serves us in two different ways: we are able to increase our capacity to read what’s happening in our immediate environment and we can better anticipate the future. Yet, if we are not trained to be more still and present to what’s happening at the moment, we will undoubtedly miss the rich signs and indicators that are waiting for our attention. In today’s fast-paced and increasingly complex world, it is more difficult than ever to slow down and tune into what we are sensing and feeling on the inside.
This week, we are focusing on the rational mind. That’s right, our conscious, rational mind is one of the main culprits that get in the way of our intuitive intelligence. Our rational mind is a necessary and incredible gift that is responsible for critical thinking, logic, reasoning, and learning. It’s what we use to read spreadsheets, foresee trends, and pay our bills on time.
However, the speed and incessant mental chatter of our thoughts often crowd out our inner signals and cues, which makes it difficult to separate intuition from thought. In order to access innovative and creative solutions, we need to disrupt our typical day-to-day thinking.
Intuitional language operates at a different frequency, tone, and texture than thinking. It’s an octave deeper. Intuition is discovered through slowing down, creating space, and listening to that still, quiet voice or sensation. It’s found through paying attention to the space (intuition) between the musical notes (thinking).
But the real problem is that our mind is programmed to focus solely on the notes themselves and not the space in between. In fact, as Bruce Lipton’s research shows, our subconscious mind—which is connected to our intuition, emotions, and a vast storage of experience—takes in 20 million bits of data per second compared to our conscious mind which will max out at 40 bits. That’s like a twenty-lane highway versus a single dirt track of processing speed and ability.
The second roadblock is that the rational mind is a limited tool and cannot grasp the fullness of life experience. The mind lives in the past (analysis and memory) or the future (imagination and projection)—not the present.
Yet, experience happens in the present moment. Your intuitive channel is a human antenna picking up on data all around you right now. It is connected to your nonconscious mind—made up of your subconscious and unconscious—informed by feelings and sensations, and helps give you real-time intel about a person, environment, or situation
In order to develop a relationship with our intuition, we have to learn how to identify and separate from our thoughts. We must listen to the slower, quieter, and deeper voice within and begin to decode what it is saying to us.
In business, reading vibes is critical in adapting to any situation. And In order to develop a relationship with the vibe and our intuition, we have to learn how to identify and separate from our thoughts. We must listen to the slower, quieter, and deeper voice within and begin to decode what it is saying to us.
What type of mindfulness activities, sport, time outdoors, or simply stepping away from the computer and office help you interrupt your daily thinking and get you out of your conscious mindset for more creativity and innovative solutions?
Stay tuned for the rest of our series as we’ll explore all five of the top roadblocks to accessing your intuitive intelligence. For more information on how to access intuitive decision making for you and your team, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.