How can I cultivate my intuition?

If I could read your mind, love

What a tale your thoughts could tell

Just like a paperback novel

The kind the drugstore sells

When you reach the part where the heartaches come

The hero would be me

But heroes often fail

💿 Gordon Lightfoot / If You Could Read My Mind

Where does the source of intuition come from? Many people call it an inner knowing, a gut feeling, a hunch. Others have exclaimed that they are deep memories which inform our decision making. While some say it is based on patterns and data, various neurochemicals firing within the body.

Albert Einstein famously stated:

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

Case in point, what does your intuition say is the right answer to the following question?

If you thought 10¢, you are incorrect. It’s actually 5¢. Yale University Professor of Psychology, Laurie R. Santos simply states,

"Our minds strongest intuitions are often totally wrong. So many of our intuitions about happiness are just wrong. Most of the goals we think will make us happy don’t.”

So how do we get it right? It's a work in progress, but I have often found I am more right than wrong when I just listen to all “three brains.” A full embodied type of listening - being silent and still within. Breathing into the head, heart, and gut and noticing what comes up - images, words, sounds, textures, memories, feelings, sensations.

Instead of defaulting to the head, I first start with the heart 💓, then move into the head 🧠, then back to the heart 💓, and then over to the gut 🤰, circling back to the heart 💓 one last time, and repeating the same process over if need be. Because no one said following your intuition needs to be fast. It just needs to be right.

I invite you to try this technique for a week and see where your intuition leads.

Every Monday morning at 10 AM EST I will post a powerful prompt which can also be synced to your smartphone calendar here and follow it wherever it leads. The aim is to resource all "three brains" — head 🧠, heart 💓, and gut 🤰 — in hopes of connecting the dots to those sticky parts in our nature that matter.