Week 10: Intuition or Ego?


Daniel Kahneman, Ph.D, received the Nobel Prize in Economics for his research on the use of intuition versus rational thought and its impact on economic decision-making. He found that unconscious thought processes powerfully determine many aspects of our life, from how we perceive and react to other people to how we make decisions.¹ Your Creative Genius relies on these nudges to help guide you to the best possible outcome for every decision you make.


In my previous book, Drawing Solutions, I walked through my mapping process to help individuals, teams, and businesses make change. Those that found the most success were people who called on their intuition to help them create what I refer to as the ‘3 Bold Steps’ that would help them get off their butts to bridge the gap between where they were and where they wanted to be. They used one of the following signs to determine what the biggest and boldest steps should be.

  • A gut feeling or emotional response

  • An inner voice that made a suggestion

  • A physical sensation (a tug at their heart or tightening in their 3rd eye between the eyebrows)

  • And instant knowing of what to do. “I just knew this was the right step.”


Intuition is your own unique and powerful way to activate your Creative Genius. It’s always available, a sixth sense waiting to guide you. When you call on your intuition to help you make choices, especially when you are contemplating life changes, you’ll have a direct connection to the possibilities with the most potential to generate your passion and drive.


Intuition gives you a sense of what you feel will work, might be fun, things that will expand you or your team, receptive to the nudge that leads you to a new career or new relationship – it serves up the opportunities that align with your authentic self. Become curious enough to simply engage with your intuition to see where it leads and then explore what you find. It might not always be the exact solution, but it can help you find your next step. When you strengthen your intuition, it begins to inform you consciously of the unconscious workings in yourself and your world.


If you have been tuning up your intuition at all, then you recognize the flow of intuition in daily life takes practice. Intuition is like a genie in the bottle. By actively working with this part of the Creative Genius Equation, you can free your genius genie. Most of the time you and I believe that what we think is more important than what our intuition tells us and we try to think our way through life’s decisions. Thought is limited, yet it is compulsive. It will often steer you down a path that reinforces negative bias, giving power to our fears and limiting what we believe is possible. Consider this - every day you have millions of thoughts, most of them subconscious. And most of us never give them the attention they deserve. Or stop them when they take us down the slippery slope to past beliefs.


According to Eckhart Tolle, compulsive thinking might actually be like an addiction, he writes, “This kind of compulsive thinking (unchecked negative bias or thinking) is actually an addiction. What characterizes an addiction? Quite simply this: you no longer feel that you have the choice to stop. It seems stronger than you. It also gives you a false sense of pleasure; pleasure that invariably turns into pain.” He is referring to what happens when we allow our mind to direct our attention throughout the day and drive our focus. In contrast, intuition is rooted in our deepest self, the timeless essence of our being.


So how do you know, when you ask if it is your intuition or your ego? The difference is in how it makes you feel. If the resulting nudge comes from a place of fear, it’s your ego. If it doesn’t scare you, it's coming from a place of love. This is true of your incessant subconscious thoughts running amok, that Tolle refers to. Thoughts run amok are the ones that want you to feel insecure or bad about yourself. Your intuition is a tip giver, not a tip taker. It is there to help enhance your life, guide you, help you.


There are simple ways to turn up the volume, so earlier in the blog, I mentioned that there were different ways to experience it.

  • A gut feeling or emotional response

  • An inner voice that made a suggestion

  • A physical sensation (a tug at their heart or tightening in their 3rd eye between the eyebrows)

  • And instant knowing of what to do. “I just knew this was the right step.”

This week, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to identify all of the ways your intuition is communicating with you. Stop when you get a nudge or say something and see if there are additional senses you have been missing that are also present when you get this nudge. You can also experiment with the timing of your actions. Often we get a nudge, then our brain processes it and decides, “Okay yeah, let’s do this.”


See if you can act on your nudges immediately and circumvent the mind's interpretation.


I can’t wait to see what you discover! DM me or post something in the Creative Genius You FB group.


Have a great week!


Big love,


Patti



¹ (p54) (intuition Powers and Peril – Meyers)


 

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