Early in writing my book, At Home In the Real World, I had the opportunity to learn Tai Chi Chuan, from a rediscovered friend. In learning to calm my mind, and breathe through my belly (versus the top of my lungs), things began to shift. My intuition strengthened. This incredible tool made itself very apparent. I wasted no time in learning to cultivate it. Intuition is a multi-faceted tool, practical and mystical, that ‘knows’ the right answer if you hear it and respect it. It’s certainly helped me to make spot-on decisions and live well, fully, and safely in an uncertain world.
Excerpt from At Home In the Real World
“Noreen Renier is a successful psychic detective who has helped police solve hundreds of missing person cases and cold case homicides. She writes in her book The Practical Psychic, “your intuitive mind is constantly working for you, although you may not know it”. What she goes on to say speaks to what many diverse cultures have known and many famous people have embraced about this exquisite and stunningly accurate aspect of the non-rational mind: “Your mind is a wonderful tool, a resource you can apply in any way you wish. You can opt to use as much or as little of it as you want. You can limit or expand your consciousness….[and] develop abilities using intuition and logic to use more of your brainpower than most people do”.
The Chinese word for intuition translates to “direct heart” 直觉; in Japanese it’s called “haragei” meaning “belly talk”; in Hebrew the word Da’at, דָּ֫עַת means where inner knowledge / inner teacher resides; in the Lakota language a wise intuitive person is “he or she that goes beyond knowing”. Carl Jung defined intuition as “perception via the unconscious”. The Briggs-Myer personality test, an offshoot of Jungian archetypes, uses intuition as one of the dominant, determining traits in how one perceives information and solves problems.
Logic and rigorous analysis drive the ways in which our brains process data and crunch numbers. When making important decisions, intuition can fill in gaps missing from spreadsheets and charts. When asked how he makes the best decisions possible, Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft said “often you have to rely on intuition”. Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, describes his discovery of intuition as a teenager in India, “The people in the Indian countryside don’t use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world. Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work.” Another remarkable person, Buckminster Fuller, was a prolific inventor and visionary famous for synthesizing ideas across many disciplines of science, math, and engineering. Of his many books, one is titled, Intuition.
Each of us has this gift of intuition. On a daily basis it conveys a ‘sense’ of things that we don’t directly perceive or know firsthand. For instance, you ‘sense’ being stared at from a distance; ‘feel’ someone standing behind you; ‘know’ who’s calling when the phone rings. Some refer to intuition as a gut feeling, a personal radar, or ‘the little voice inside’. Whatever you call it, it’s a finely tuned instrument that instantly detects the presence of others and can alert you to malicious intent and/or impending danger. Equally, it can discern safe environments and positive people. We’re hard wired for intuition, it’s part of how we’re made and the switch is always On. It is the brain’s job (logic) to respond to the blips that show up on this internal radar and make decisions or take action. Intuition can also trigger the body to physically move out of immediate danger”.
As my Tai Chi teacher, Noguru, says, “Sense what’s happening before it happens, and get out of the way”.
Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery: teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my sacred space and love beyond my fear, and thus walk in balance with the passing of each glorious sun.