i sometimes hear people talk about intuition and there is always some discussion of how intuitive the participants are. it fascinates me, this assertion that somebody is or is not intuitive. i wonder how we decide. if i have some very strong and accurate intuitive moments does that qualify me to be called intuitive? or do i need lots of them? does my insight need to be accurate or do we judge intuition just by it's existence?
i have never been confident about saying i am intuitive but i know that i can gather small bits of information and assemble them into a useful whole. and i know that i can do that with some accuracy.
the people i was talking with today told me they can get a sense of a person they have just met in a matter of minutes, whereas i try to reserve judgement. i suppose i like to see my intuitive judgements confirmed by fact before i rely on them.
as the conversation carried on these people described their intuitive powers as being related to pre-empting and to questioning motivations or events. this was a bit of an "a ha" moment for me. i take most things at face value. i don't question things that happen around me unless i have information which leads me to question. time after time i trust. i trust people, i trust the universe. i know that bad things happen but i tend not to anticipate them. i'm built that way and i couldn't change it but i don't think i would want to. i don't have the energy for imagining bad scenarios, i don't have the energy to put plans in place for those bad scenarios, i don't want to be robbed of life while i worry.
i mused over all of this and i wondered whether intuition is just a highly evolved fear so i was interested to find this definition in wiki:
A form of psychic radar employed in an attempt to ‘feel’ out the other situation or person. It usually involves relying on one’s own fear-based interpretations based on past emotional pains or assumed future pains. It is held in higher esteem than an accurate common-sensical appraisal of the facts as perceived by the physical senses.~ Actualism
my friends told me that they don't see me as intuitive and maybe they are right. i don't usually see things through a prism of fear and i usually know what information i have used and what logical processes i have gone through to reach my conclusions.
i expect that i will muse on the phenomenon of intuiton for most of my days, it's an interesting subject. i will also always have a little ironic grin when i think about the day when "intuition" told me that maybe it's less magical than we think.