Scientific research has defined 3 types of intuitive knowledge all of which have their obvious benefits. The questions that follow from this distinction are:
Which type of intuition is best and in what situations?
How can I develop this intuitive connection?
In what way can this information help me in my day-to-day life?
All great questions. Lets start by defining the 3 types of intuition. They are 1) Implicit knowledge or learning, 2) Energetic sensitivity and 3) Non-local intuition.
1) Implicit knowledge of learning.This is considered to be the type that is most researched and written about in the academic community. This type of intuition refers to information or knowledge that we’ve acquired in the past that we may have forgotten Perhaps we never even knew that we had learnt it in the first place. This is similar to the powerful remembering of information that Bradley Cooper’s character ‘Eddie’ experienced in the 2011 film ‘Limitless’. This type of intuition is very ‘brain-based’ simple because of the way the brain works. Our brain is constantly looking for patterns in the immediate environment, it’s like a code cracking machine looking to solve problems based on information and memories from the past. This type of intuition is often linked to expert knowledge. It helps explain how and why a nurse can walk into the ward of a patient and just ‘know’ that the patient is about to experience a complication and then does. Insights are often also attributed to this kind of intuition.
No doubt this type of intuition is useful, but the problem with this type of intuition is that it’s based on past experiences that have been banked and stored in the brain, mostly unconsciously. Therefore, if our past references were incorrect or incomplete, then these types of ‘brain pattern-matching’ intuitions can often turn out to be wrong. An example of this could be a woman who might have just started dating a man who then unconsciously (or even consciously) begins to notice little things he says and does that reminds her of a nasty ex-partner. This could lead her to have an ‘intuition’ that he ‘just isn’t right for me’, simply because of the pattern matching her brain was doing. This could cause her to feel a little ‘off’ about him, when in fact if she had taken the time to get to know him a little better, he may have turned out to be nothing like the ex-partner and in fact, the perfect match for her. This type of brain-based intuition could explain why some people might say, ‘my intuition always gets me into trouble’. Maybe this is because it is based on brain rather than heart intuition.
2) Energetic Sensitivity. This refers to our ability to sense and respond to very subtle energies, signals and information in the immediate environment such as electromagnetic signals or biofields. Kind of like the way animals and even some people, are able to sense when an earthquake is coming by feeling the changes in the earth’s magnetic field in a particular location, just like John Travolta did in the 1996 movie ‘Phenomenon’. This type of intuition explains those moments when you feel like someone’s staring at you; and sure enough you turn around and see them gazing right at you. This type of intuition has also been used to explain why we are often able to feel ‘a vibe’ when we enter a room. The research is suggesting that this is the ability to detect changes in the magnetic field emanating from the other person’s heart which can be detected up to several feet away from the person. This is explained by the abilities of our nervous system to detect information from our environment.
“There is actual evidence to suggest that your heart (not your brain) is actually able to predict future emotional events!”
3) Non-local Intuition. This refers to knowledge, information or the ability to sense something that cannot be explained by past or forgotten knowledge or energetic signals coming from your immediate environment. Some examples of this include people suddenly feeling that something bad has happened to a loved one that is in a completely different location, kilometers away or even on the other side of the world. Another example might be a sensing of an impending situation that you somehow knew was coming. Like being on a push bike or in your car and slowing down in a place where you usually wouldn’t only to see there was someone walking around the corner, or a dog on the road or a policeman on the other side of a small hill.
Of course all three types of intuition are useful, but the one that is most powerful to understand and develop when it comes to finding, growing and maintaining heart-centered relationships, is the type of intuition that relates to the heart. You might be asking, ‘why is heart-centered intuition so important?’ What if I told you that there is actual evidence to suggest that your heart (not your brain) is actually able to predict future emotional events?
I chose to become a HeartMath® Certified Coach/Mentor because of the amazing heart-based research they are conducting. One such laboratory experiment involved hundreds of test subjects. They put everyone in front of a computer monitor while they were connected to a bunch of electrodes that were collecting bio information from their brains, hearts and skin. The aim was to detect and more fully understand the flow of information through the body in response to a specific stimulus. The study required the subject to look at the screen and then press a button. After seeing a blank screen for 6 seconds, the computer would randomly select and display for 3 seconds, one of two types of images from the International Affective Picture Set, a database of images specifically designed and selected to study emotional responses. One type were emotionally negative images like car crashes, badly hurt bodies, a snake attacking the screen, a person being held at knife point etc. The other images were emotionally positive images like a rabbit, beautiful nature shots, flowers etc. On analyzing the data collected by the heart, it clearly showed that the heart somehow knew what kind of picture was going to be shown next. The data indicated that while the subject was staring at the blank screen for 6 seconds prior to the randomly selected image being shown, the heart rate variability and heart rhythm significantly varied depending on whether the upcoming image was emotionally negative or positive. Another amazing finding was the fact that when tracking the exchange of neural information between the heart and brain, it was observed that the heart was responding to the stimulus BEFORE the brain and then delivering that information to the brain and not the other way around.
There is a growing body of scientific evidence that is revealing to us mysteries about the energetic heart which we are only just starting to understand more fully. If you want to read another one of my blogs entitled ‘8 Facts About The Heart That Will Blow Your Mind’ please CLICK HERE.
This research suggests the amazing ability of the heart to detect and sense future information, specifically emotional information. Maybe the heart (not brain) has the ability to forewarn you about a particular person, situation or event. If so, the million dollar question is: ‘how do I develop this intuitive connection with my heart?’ This is definitely no small order. It often takes a little coaching and always requires some daily practice to deeply connect with the heart and its intuitive intelligence. The first step to get to where you want to be is to know where you’re at, click on the image below for my FREE 4-minute quiz to determine your level of intuitive heart connection.