Atlanta, Georgia -- Everyday we are
bombarded by inner promptings. Some we
listen to, some we don't. There's
nothing worse than looking back at a
choice or decision and saying in regret
"I knew it!" Or perhaps having your
great idea turned into someone else's successful business simply because yo=
didn't trust your vision enough to act.
Maybe you overwhelm yourself with
information and advice from experts,
friends and family when trying to make
a decision. In each case, distrusting intuition means lost opportunity.
According to intuition expert Marcia
Emery, Ph.D., you can "use your
intuition to improve job performance,
achieve creative breakthroughs,
generate new products and processes
and even forecast coming popular trends
and lucrative markets.
"Intuition is a clear understanding
that comes not from our logical mind
but from a deeper part of our being,"
she says. Intuition gives us an edge
by supporting logic, or by cutting
through the static of information
overload "straight to the bottom line."
But how do you know it is intuition
talking? When the answer comes, it
feels right and signals us to act.
Unlike the emotional charge that fear
or wishful thinking elicits, intuitive
knowing evokes calmness present in the
body. "When the it's smooth, move,"
Emery tells students and clients.
Our language speaks to the inherent
nature of intuition, so much a part of
us that it is taken for granted or overlooked. "A flash, a bolt out of the=
blue, off the top of my head, a gut
feeling, felt it in my bones, a vibe,
the creeps, a chill, a litter voice
inside, I knew in my heart, let me get
a feel for this, this doesn't smell
right to me."
It is language, too, that clues us in
to how we are personally "wired" to
receive intuitive information. How
does our body interact with the
external world to process it? By first
figuring out how we are wired to
receive information, Emery says, and
then using simple steps to access the
source, intuition becomes a powerful
ally. The more you use it, the stronger
Emery, a psychologist, consultant and professor, has spent over 20 years
observing and teaching intuition in
the work place. She pioneered college
course work using intuition as a
management tool. It was then that she explored the various internal sources=
or sensory modes, we all use to tap
into our intuitive self.
What she found is that "vision, voice
and vibration - seeing, hearing and the
kinesthetic - are the major ones
(modes). Smelling and tasting are
In her latest book, PowerHunch - Living
an Intuitive Life, Emery outlines
simple steps to apply intuition in the practical business world. Stories
culled from over 200 interviews support
the power and pervasiveness of
intuitive insights in daily life.
"What I want people to do is to realize
they have that power, it's not just a
gift for a fe," she said.
The PowerHunch tools outline how to
identify the personal source of
intuition, engage it through questions
and elicit clear information to act on issues, even if it's contrary to lo=
and reason. Emery suggests beginning
with a "yes and no" question technique
or a simple eight-step process that
moves you from the issue at hand to implementation of a solution.
In business, the gift of timing is
priceless. Intuition can wrap it up and
hand it to you using simple questions.
Take, for example, the frustration of
trying to make an important connection. Emery says, You can ask your intui=
"when is the right time to reach them?"
By knowing how you are wired and getting
quiet, your intuitive source will
answer your question. Perhaps you will
hear 5:15, or see a clock pointing to
the best time to act.
"Ask yourself, then dare to believe,"
Emery said. We gave to believe that this information is available, and it's=
The only way to do that is to practice."
Furthermore, keeping a journal validates
your ability and make syou aware. By
doing so, people are amazed at insights
that would have passed them by.
Those who do listen seem to live more successful, lucky, even magical lives=
When you start living an intuitive
life, life becomes easy. Decision-making
flows. Risk taking doesn't seem so risky
"People always say to me 'you're so
lucky." Emery said. "I say, am I lucky,
or am I aware?"
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Knowing how you are "wired" to
receiving intuitive information is
the first step toward paying attention.
See if you identify with one or more of these examples.
"A little voice told me to do it." Your
intuition may work best through your auditory sense and extends your heari=
so you can hear what is really being
said, beyond mere words.
"I see what you mean." Your intuition
may work best through your visual
sense. It helps you "read between the
lines" or use "x-ray vision" to see
beyond the apparent into the real.
"I can put my finger on it." Your
intuition may work best through your
sense of touch: your tactile sense. It
helps you get a "feel" for what's really going on.
"It just doesn't smell right." Your
intuition may work best through your olfactory sense, which lets you "sniff=
out" a situation.
"I've got a real taste for it." Your intuition may work best through your
taste buds: your gustatory sense. Your intuition intensifies your ability t=
"get a taste for" any condition.
[Courses with Dr. Marcia Emery]
Adapted from PowerHunch by Marcia Emery, Ph.D. 2001.
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