Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Intuition

I want to say something about intuition, but I don't know what to say. I don't really believe in it. I believe that intuition is just the right brain doing its thing really well. Intuition is picking up cues and putting things together so well that we don't even understand what we're doing.

But I can't deny that I have experienced intuition that goes way beyond that. When I was a child and teenager, I could tell what people were like inside. I could tell when people were being fake and when they were honest. Friends would gush over a movie star and I wouldn't understand what the fuss was about. I could see what he was really like, and he was not handsome at all. It's possible that I just had a teenager's black-and-white world view, but I usually think it was more than that.

More seriously and more recently, there is Ellie. When I was pregnant I had those middle-of-the-night panic attacks where my body was trying to tell me that something was wrong. There was no reason to assume that Ellie wouldn't be healthy. It was a perfect, relatively easy pregnancy. The ultrasound had been fine. How did I know that all was not as it seemed?

And how did I know that the surgery would go well? I don't know. I can't analyze this. But I believe it and am grateful for it, nonetheless. I don't like surprises. I like to be prepared.

8 comments:

trisha said...

Hey, I knew that if Robbie didn't get the hell out of my womb, he would be in serious trouble. I knew it, I felt it, it scared the beejeesus out of me. And I also know when not to worry.

I agree with your assessment of intuition. It really is just listening and paying attention to the small details, and filtering out that loud voice inside you that is just always wrong.

Psycho Kitty said...

Oh ladies, the intuition. How I could go on about it. Let's just say I spent many years ignoring it, but I learned my lesson. Oh yeees, that lesson has been learned. Of course, there's intuition, and there's me being a neurotic freako. *That's* the tricky part--deciding which it is for any given situation!

But what I'm trying to say is that it doesn't surprise me at all, the things you describe. After all, animals have instincts, why do we find it difficult to believe that people do, too?

Doc said...

You have a great blog, I have enjoyed reading through some of your old posts.

Sarahlynn said...

Thank you!

Psycho Kitty said...

Hey Sarahlynn, did you see that Profgrrrrl's reading a book called "Blink"--it looks as though it kind of describes what you're talking about--knowing something because you're picking up cues without realizing it.

FractalGirl said...
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FractalGirl said...

Sorry, double comment.

I definitely believe in intuition and think we all have the power to 'know things.'

You may or may not find something of worth here, but you might find it interesting. Or not. Found your link at Frog's, BTW. :)

http://www.livejournal.com/users/fractalgrrl/2005/01/12/

BTW, hi Sarahlynn! (it's Tina)

Doc said...

You're welcome.