Einstein Had It Right: Understanding and Unlocking Your Intuition

You know that feeling, you can sense it right in your gut that something is right or wrong. Maybe you first experienced this feeling as a child when you were getting into something mischievous or again as an adult when you met someone at a party and just knew instantly you two were meant to be friends. This is your intuition speaking to you, helping to guide you and protect you and this intuition of yours is a very powerful sense, one that many people underestimate. 

The entire concept of intuition, derived from the Latin word ‘intuir’ that means the knowledge from within, means that there is a life path each of us is meant to be on. Therefore, a combination of alarms go off in our subconscious when something is meant or not meant to be. I like to think of these alarms as our own natural security guard. They are there as a form of protection to help you stay on your true course in life. The only issue with these alarms is that they are not glaringly obvious to people who are not tuned in with their subconscious. If you have a great disconnect with your subconscious, which most people nowadays do, it will be next to impossible for you to truly recognize these signs.

The main difference between intuition and just thoughts is how you actually feel. If what you are thinking is driven by anxiety, fear or even joy and happiness there will be a great deal of emotion tangled within it. These thoughts are most definitely not your intuition speaking and often times listening solely to this aspect of your mind can get you off course in life. If however, what you are experiencing is truly your intuition speaking to you then chances are it won’t be energy charged at all but instead there will be a feeling of calmness. Remember, this is your destiny following its true course, this is where you are meant to be. When everything is as it should be there is nothing to be stressed about or anything to question.

Intuition doesn’t always have to be rational. Trust me, I understand how difficult that is for our society today to accept. We are all raised to believe that being rational is being correct. However, 9 times out of 10 your intuition tends to not be rational. That does not mean that you should immediately dismiss it. Life has a funny way of taking us through life in ways we never expected for ourselves. Don’t fight something that feels right or comes naturally to you just because it isn’t the most rational decision. Sometimes you have to let your natural instincts or hunches take the lead (and trust me if you do, you’ll almost definitely have a good time).

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
— Albert Einstein

Also, don’t get too hung up on learning to follow your intuition. As long as you are open to the concept and take a few moments before making certain decisions you will begin to recognize it on its own. Personally, I didn’t even realize how often I was actually following my own intuitions until I was re-reading old journal entries. I quickly began to notice a pattern of different entries saying key words of intuition like “it all just felt right” or “it became clear to me I needed to learn more”. All those times I felt those moments of clarity was just me following my trustee intuition.