A flash of intuition can trigger action. It comes from deep within the mind to point the way to a solution or a new way of perception. An intuitive moment does not explain via logic, it’s more or less emotion based.
I like to believe that I’m a rational, logical man. However, when push comes to shove, my intuition barges in to halt my dithering. I might spend several days investigating one point of view versus another point of view. When it’s time to decide, generally speaking, a small voice in the head advises me to go with one of the options. At other times, another solution appears out of the blue. When that happens, I usually go with my gut instinct.
There are limits to intuitive decision-making. Intuition can easily become a crutch. There is the danger that life can become a series of impulsive actions. There is a place for logic and reason, especially when making crucial decisions. It’s good to remember that sometimes, going on gut instincts is misleading. What looks good in the mind’s eye doesn’t always work in the real world of nuts and bolts. Ironically, there are times when my intuition tells me to bring out the paper and pencil to determine if the intuitive idea is practical. In those cases, my intuition tells me not to trust my intuition.
Humans can be illogical creatures. Too often, some of us make snap decisions that counter logic. Thankfully, intuition generally points me in the correct direction. This comes through in creative endeavors. I have a general, logical plan for a project like a flower arrangement. As I assemble the project, I merge into a Zen-like mindset that automatically engages. There is a balance between conscious control and instinct. This doesn’t happen at will. The creative state usually happens when I let go of the desire for it.
The point about using intuition is to not over-think. It’s more of a process of exploration of emotions and feelings. Paying attention to that inner voice and balancing it with logical thinking seems to work best. There are no set-in-stone techniques that help achieve such a state of mind. The most reliable method is practicing the art of paying attention.
The Blue Jay of Happiness ponders a thought from futurist and inventor, Ray Kurzweil. “Our intuition about the future is linear. But the reality of information technology is exponential, and that makes a profound difference. If I take 30 steps linearly, I get to 30. If I take 30 steps exponentially, I get to a billion.”