Albert Einstein said, “The only real valuable thing is intuition.” Intuition, or sixth sense, is something many of us rely on for quick judgments and often life-altering decisions. A report of a study in Britain’s Journal of Psychology (2008) defined intuition as what happens when the brain draws on past experiences and external cues to make a decision, but it happens so fast that the reaction is at an unconscious level.
A woman knows by intuition or instinct what is best for her” Marilyn Monroe
Woman, How Did You Know?
Research has upheld the view that a woman’s intuition is more fact than foolery. Theories have suggested that women have an enhanced ability to read facial expressions and emotions. We are much more likely to pick up on subtle cues and read the tone of voice and body language much better than men.
Years ago, a few of us girls were engaged in one of our “Help Me Sister Online” discussions. After minutes of worthwhile banter, laughter, food-for-thought pieces of advice and solutions geared at resolving the problems, the Champion Sister then said, “On another note, how are you all doing otherwise? Is everything OK?” I found it strange that she should have asked such a question after we seemingly had already thrashed the problems brought to the discussion.
Taken aback and I waited to see what the responses of the other Sisters would be. Alas, to my surprise, another Sister brought up a problem she was having with her child. We delved into that with our usual vigour. However, I could not get over the experience and later asked the Champion Sister how she knew they were at least one other un-aired problem. She responded that she sensed there was something wrong. I frivolously remarked, “You must be clairvoyant!”
The Power of Intuition
Could this be attributed to the power of a woman’s intuition? We were online, no two of us in the same room, no body language to observe. There was no emotional display outside of the issue we were first discussing. So what would have driven our Champion Sister to ask that “how are things otherwise” question?
I submit – Woman’s Intuition.
Have you ever had the feeling that you should carry out a particular action, one that felt as if your life depended on it? Alan Alda said, “You have to leave the city of comfort and go into the wilderness on intuition. What you will discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”
There are countless stories from persons whose lives have been altered significantly because they followed their gut feeling or intuition. Our intuition offers us a power that is a lot more subtle. Many have downgraded it to a sixth sense, but it is more powerful than that. What else can explain the way we feel and how we interpret things men just cannot seem to understand? What explains the raw gut feeling a woman gets when she knows something is wrong?
I am sure it is that magical force called intuition that tells you something is not right before any signs even appear. It is a powerful force within us, and while many times it is an unwelcome guest, it should always be received and respected as it is a sign that something needs adjustment or just merely to prepare us.
Do you pay attention to your intuition or gut feeling? How much do you rely on it to make those life-altering decisions? Share your experience with us here or on our Facebook page.
Have a great rest of the week!