Updated: May 25
If you are anything like me, you rely on your intuition pretty heavily. When you meet a person for the first time, it is often this impression that sets the tone for your relationship (or lack thereof) moving forward. And if I'm being honest, I don't think I get it wrong very often.
But how exactly would I know? If I am creating roadblocks in the beginning of a relationship because someone has set my spider senses tingling, isn't that just the very definition of a self fulfilling prophesy in action? Aren't I the roadblock?
Well... this is a concept that I would like to explore further.
Intuition, as a word, has lost some of its power in recent times because of its overuse in modern conversation. Phrases like 'Trust your intuition' or 'Allow the universe to guide you' have become so commonplace that it has me wondering if the world has forgotten why we as humans developed this 'skill' in the first place. And here's a tip. It wasn't so that we could decide what to watch on Netflix tonight!
Intuition is not a new-age concept designed to free us from the burdens of the logical process. Intuition is the very powerful remnant from a time when we had to move fast and react even faster. We have not always been at the top of the food chain and our 'limbic' or 'reptilian' mind is not likely to forget this in a hurry. The right half of our brain responds more quickly to stimuli and provides us with our first impressions pretty damn fast. It accesses the information available to us and merges the data with our past experiences, providing us with a quick cheat-sheet for the situation in front of us.
It may not be the dodgy leftovers that you found at the back of the fridge that are causing your stomach to twist and turn.
Our intestines are full of neurotransmitters that work in a bidirectional way with the limbic system. Between 200 to 600 million neuron, are part of the enteric system which has been referred to as our second brain. It provides us with the gut instinct that we all know so well. And considering this system has more neurons firing that our brain, it would be more than prudent to pay attention to what your intuition is telling you.
This is the reason that the characters in my urban fantasy series trust in their instincts and rely so heavily on their intuition. It is an important tool that may not be as critical to our 'survival' as it was in our past, but used correctly, it will certainly be beneficial for your ongoing wellbeing in your future.
So the next time you get that weird sensation and you ask yourself if you should trust your instincts? My advice. Yes! You most definitely should.
And if you get it wrong blame it on the leftovers.😂
Petra M Costa
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