Television script writers are comfortable making normal characters highly intuitive:
- Radar O’Reilly on MASH used his intuitive skills to pop into a room before being called and to finish his commander’s sentences.
- Lieutenant Colonel Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie on JAG accessed her intuitive nature to find both a girl lost in the woods and, later, her partner in the middle of the Atlantic.
- In Magnum, P.I., Tom Selleck’s character Thomas Magnum calls his intuition “a little voice”:
Magnum: [narrating] “When I write my book on how to be a world class private investigator, I’m going to include a chapter on listening to your little voice. Everybody has one …”
Some may see it as a sixth sense, instinct, a hunch, gut feeling, or tingly spidey senses, but whatever you call it, intuition is used by people every day. Perhaps these examples are more common:
- A sports announcer for a football game says, “That quarterback has eyes in the back of his head” when the player evades a blitz without looking back.
- One of the local bankers has the reputation that “everything he touches turns to gold.”
- A person goes to pick up the phone, certain they know who it is, and it’s that person.
- Someone you know has a knack for finding the perfect fishing spot.
- The tech guy who fixes your computer seems to just look at your system and it works.
I like how these two actresses explain it:
I feel there are two people inside me – me and my intuition. If I go against her, she’ll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely. ~ Kim Basinger
You must train your intuition – you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide. ~ Ingrid Bergman
In self defense, intuition is the early warning radar system that tells your Inner Warrior to wake up and take notice. Intuition is a powerful weapon because it skips past normal logic to pull information from the subconscious mind. However it works, the subconscious mind has the ability to perceive patterns in collected data, compare them to what is happening in our lives at the moment, and then give us an intuitive feel or “sense of knowing” about a situation or a person. Our subconscious mind can connect the dots and arrive at a conclusion long before the conscious mind is even aware. Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink explores this subject in depth.
In this post, I won’t be able to write about everything intuition can do for you, but I can start you on discovering more about intuition for yourself. First of all, don’t let the oddity or newness of accessing your intuition stop you from opening up to it. You really don’t need to go all Johnny Carson and think you have to be Karnac the Magnificent.
- Try to let relax, breathe, and let your mind wrap itself around the concept of intuition.
- Recall a time when you felt very intuitive and try to awaken that state again.
- Learn to listen to what flows into your mind as you open up to receiving an intuitive insight about an object, person, or situation.
Secondly, you must decide to honor your intuition by slowly letting it become a part of your decision-making process, especially when your safety or life is at stake. Sure, we all know that wisdom, reason, and common sense work wonders in decision making, but intuition can hopscotch over those when it reads the scene a little differently.
About 12 years ago, my husband’s intuition made him look twice at a nondescript man standing outside a grocery store. Using wisdom, reason, and common sense, my husband would not have given this man a second thought. But then my husband’s intuition whispered urgently to him, Something is wrong. Pausing to understand the arrival of this thought, my husband noticed a predatory — not lustful — look on the man’s face as he watched two young teenage girls strolling down the street.
The man seemed to be idling, perhaps to follow the girls at a distance. Suddenly the man felt my husband watching him, and turned to see who was there. My husband eyed the man as if to say, “I see who and what you are, and you better get the heck out of here.” No words were exchanged, but the man slunk out of there as if beaten and embarrassed.
If my husband had ignored his inner radar and kept to more “logical thinking,” who knows what might have happened?
- Let your personal space expand outward and extend your sense of awareness to those you are attempting to intuitively read. (Be careful not to get caught in the issues or energies of others.)
- Try to sense the inner states of others. (Be nice, not intrusive). Yes, a painful hangover is easy to spot, but what about deeply masked anger or carefully hidden affection?
- Watch the body language and eye contact of others and notice how it affects you. Do you sense anything beyond their body language? Does your gut give you a different reading than your mind or heart?
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