Have you ever known who was calling before you picked up the phone, or known what you needed to do even though it defied logical explanation? Have you ever had a dream about an event before it occurred? Or dreamt the answer to a problem you could not solve while awake? What is intuition? Why is it important to us? Intuition is simply knowing something instinctively, without thinking about it. Other names people have for intuition is "gut instinct”, "hunch” or "guardian angel”. Unlike cognitive reasoning, where logical thinking is used to find results and process thoughts, intuition is "knowing” that you seem to possess innately.

There are many recorded instances where intuition prevented catastrophes. For example, on September 11, after the first plane hit the Twin Towers, people were told to go to the second tower where they would be safe. Many people reported listening to their intuition and instead left the area completely. Forty minutes later, a second plane hit the second tower and many perished. It is also reported that the second plane that hit the Twin Towers was nearly empty because most of the people on the plane changed their plans at the last minute. Why? Did their intuition warn them? Well, their intuition probably did, but many people don’t know how to interpret the language that intuition uses. What makes intuition mysterious is that you seem to get information and you don’t know how you get it.

There are several favourite ways that our intuition warns us. The first is by obstacles. Perhaps you oversleep your alarm on the morning of the flight or lose your email ticket. Maybe the cab doesn’t show up on time at the hotel or you get food poisoning the night before. The second is by feelings. Maybe you have a funny feeling when you look at the other passengers and something doesn’t feel right. These are all ways that intuition uses to warn you but you must listen. Regardless of exactly how it plays out, intuition is an ability we all possess. It is one of our greatest gifts – even when we neglect to use it. How many times have we said to ourselves, usually after something has gone wrong, "I should have followed my instincts. I knew something didn’t feel right…?” so, why don’t we listen to and follow our intuition on a more regular basis? Why do so many of us stay in dead-end relationships – with other people or in our careers? Desire. We want so badly for things to work out that we either misinterpret or ignore the signals we are receiving about the situation. Therefore, the biggest obstacle to developing intuition is self-deception.

How can you improve your intuition? Remember your inner voice is the most important voice to hear when making a decision. The rule of thumb is: Don’t ever force an event, big or small. Stay tuned to the subtle energies of a situation and believe that you are being guided because you are. You have to be willing to act on your intuition, to trust the feelings that you have because intuition means trusting your own integrity—trusting your gut, trusting your heart – if you are wrong, learn from it. The more you listen, trust and follow your intuition, the stronger it becomes. Only then can you begin to distinguish between your intuition and all the other voices that are going on inside you.