It’s something so powerful and present in our everyday lives, yet something so elusive and commonly underestimated.
Most people think of “intuition” as being some kind of new-agey, hippy, guru, blah blah… And they also believe that it’s so elusive that its validity is immeasurable.
But guess what?
Science is beginning to turn the tables. As they unveil more and more of the true intuitive meaning, its power and presence are becoming nearly impossible to deny.
In this article, we will discuss just a few of science’s latest discoveries in regard to intuition, it’s role in our lives, and it’s true meaning. But first, we will answer some common questions surrounding the concept of intuition.
What Does It Mean When Someone Is Intuitive?
When someone is intuitive, it means that they are able to know or understand something without any reasoning process. Something within them just knows instantly. This feeling of knowing tends to come in the form of intense, unexplained emotion.
Psychics are the most notable intuitive people. However, parents may also be very intuitive when they know their children are lying. Or you can be intuitive, like when that man at the park gives you a weird vibe, or when you unexpectedly say exactly the right thing to someone in need.
Intuitive people will share many of the following life characteristics:
- Synchronicities are always happening to them
- They easily pick up on other people’s emotions
- Vivid dreams are commonplace
- They listen to their inner voice
- Their awareness is generally in the present moment
- They are very observant of their surroundings
What does intuitive empath mean?
An empath is someone who is extremely sensitive to energy around them and can oftentimes unconsciously receive information that others can’t.
So, if you link the concept of an “empath” with “intuition,” you’ll have someone who is very sensitive in their intuitive abilities.
3 Scientific Experiments On The True Intuitive Meaning
1. On sending messages via the mind
The University of Edinburgh, one of the world’s most prestigious universities, has an entire academic division (the Koestler Parapsychology Unit) dedicated to studying intuitive meaning.
In one experiment, they aimed to study whether or not we have the ability to “send” messages with just our minds, alone.
So, they conducted this experiment by dividing their participants into two separate groups. One group was the “senders” and the other group was the “receivers.”
The groups were as separated as could be. They were in two completely different rooms. The receivers listened to white noise, wore eye-shields, and were bathed in red light. This way, zero sensory information could be transmitted to or from the “senders.”
The “senders” were shown a specific video. Then, they were then asked to send the images of the video to the “receivers” using only their minds.
Next, the “receivers” were shown four different videos and were told to choose which of the four videos they believed the senders watched.
Now, generally, we would expect a 25% “hit” rate. However, that’s not what the experiment observed.
Actually, the “receivers” reached a 33% “hit” rate. That’s a 7% increase.
When the founder of Mindvalley, Vishen Lakhiani, shared this information, he explained, “Now, you may be thinking that 7% isn’t like a big deal. But when you put this into a real-world context, 7% can be incredibly significant. It shows that the odds of intuition being real are billions to 1 in favor of intuition.”
And this experiment was with the ‘Average Joe’ of Intuition. You can actually learn to strengthen your intuition and greatly increase that 7%. To learn how, take Vishen’s Mindvalley program, Becoming Limitless, and become an Intuition Superhero.
You can learn more about these telepathic studies via the Ganzfeld Experiments.
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2. On predicting the future
Another study to find intuitive meaning in the world was conducted by having participants attempt to predict whether an image was hiding behind curtain #1 or curtain #2. However, this done in a completely randomized fashion on a computer, so there were no actual curtains involved.
The researchers measured the participants’ (subtle) physiological responses, such as the opening of sweat glands on their palms.
The participants struggled to consciously decide which “curtain” the image was behind. Remarkably, however, their bodies knew the correct answer 2-3 seconds before the randomizing system on the computer decided which curtain to use.
Although the participants weren’t always consciously aware of the intuition and precognition of their physiology, their sweaty palms were correct nearly 100% of the time.
The HeartMath Institute performed a very similar study to this, measuring the heart waves of participants with the same results. It seems that our physiology is able to, in some mysterious way, predict the future.
3. On making the best decision — immediately
In yet another research study, they set out to validate that “gut feeling” you get when making big life decisions.
They studied car buyers.
Some car buyers took plenty of time to analyze and pour over all of the information about numerous car choices. They were satisfied with their purchase decision only 25% of the time.
Other car buyers followed their gut feelings and made quick, intuitive decisions. They were satisfied with their purchase 60% of the time.
What is an intuitive approach?
The above example (#3) is a perfect example of an “intuitive approach.” This type of approach is also referred to as “intuitive decision making.” Simply put, an intuitive approach happens when someone makes a decision based off of a gut feeling rather than mulling over facts and consciously analyzing a situation.
In the book The Power of Intuition, author Gary Klein suggests that, actually, roughly 90% of our critical decisions are made using intuition.
According to Decision Innovation, “When talking about intuition we are describing something that is known, perceived, understood or believed by instinct, feelings or nature without actual evidence, rather than by use of conscious thought, reason, or rational processes. This does not imply that intuitive decision making is irrational.
Instead, we mean that the explanation for a choice is not directly available through conscious or logical thought.
Brain research points to parts of the brain that work simultaneously with our conscious thought processes, acting as parallel intelligent systems. These systems will create responses (usually emotional) that compete with each other in determining a person’s response. When guided by experience with a previous pattern, these responses could be considered the result of intuition.”
It’s quite relieving to know that we have this inner guide, isn’t it? To learn more about how to better listen to this guide, check out our post on all things intuition.
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