Friday, April 5, 2013

Intuition and the Child's Brain

Someone asked the other day if it was possible to hone one's sense of intuition and if this could be taught to children? My brain's opinon is "yes," at least to some degree in both instances. As you pay attention to a "sense of something" (rather than ignoring it, trying to explain it away, or misidentifying the message), you can become more adept at picking up the information your brain and body is trying to convey through intuition. Intuitive flashes are always in response to something your brain or body has become aware of and it always has your best interest at heart. You can tell children: if you sense something is wrong, pay attention, try to identify the danger, and take action to protect yourself and to get away from whatever you sense is wrong. In The Gift of Fear, author de Becker wrote that everything intuition communicates to you is meaningful. It is all about learning. Fear is the intuitive signal of greatest urgency and de  Becker says you should always pay attention. Other levels of intuition in descending order include apprehension, suspicion, hesitation, gut feelings, hunches, curiosity, nagging feelings, persistent thoughts, physical sensations, wonder, anxiety, and yes, even humor. "By thinking about these signals with an open mind when they occur, you will learn how you communicate with yourself." If it turns out there is no real danger, you haven't lost anything and if there is, paying attention to your intuition and taking appropriate action might save your life.

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