During the opening retreat, many groups raised the question of the role of intuition in our thoughtscape. What is intuition? It has been called that gut feeling, ESP, the sixth sense, the inner knowing, instinct… whatever it is, it has a powerful influence over us.
I will openly confess that I am not a believer of the supernatural or magical qualities of intuition. I feel that although there is much we don’t understand about our consciousness, it is possible to explore it, model it, and explain it.
Intuition, to me, provides a feeling of what action I should take. For instance, my intuition enables me to read a person when I’m coaching, or do just the right move playing soccer, or even sense the immediate situation around me. I have found, however, that one’s intuition can be as flawed or as adaptive as one’s thinking. My impression is that intuition, like many skills, can be developed and improved upon with practice and experience.
But then that is just me. Others may experience intuition very differently.
Now it’s your turn. I would like to know your theory of how intuition works. I am also curious, how do you know your intuition is adaptive? When is it maladaptive? And finally, what are the disciplines needed to develop your intuition?
P.S. – Here is a word document explaining my theory of intuition: Street Wise – A Theory of Intuition. Read it at your leisure.