Many of us suffer from the possibility of making a wrong decision. We find advantages and disadvantages in several options which leaves us confused and indecisive. And we feel motivated to take incompatible actions – I want to go to the right and I also want to go to the left. Sometimes, we deal with these conflicts in an entirely logical and rational way, weighing the pros and cons of a given situation, analyzing and realizing, in a distant way, which is the best choice to make.
However, dealing with a conflict may require a deeper level of awareness – intuition. Intuition is generally described as a way of knowing that is spontaneous and does not resort to logic or analytical or linguistic reasoning. Thus, intuition is meant as a return to the body, analysing a certain conflict or situation through our body's reactions to it.
It is an emotive wisdom (non-verbal or linguistic), which distinguishes itself from intense desires originated by frantic and superficial emotions (such as the sudden desire to eat something), by involving deeper emotions, often related to our life values (that which we want for our life – love, peace, tranquility, etc.). These emotions give us a sense of stability and direction. They give us the feeling of rootedness, as if roots come out from our feet and unite us to the earth and keep us firm and solid, like a tree that calmly shakes with the force of the wind, keeping itself safe and stable in its center.
It is a bodily wisdom that comes not only from our values in life, but also from an ancient and ancestral knowledge that is housed in us. This knowledge involves the learning of those who existed before us and from whom we descended. We are the fruit of our ancestors, we are their living continuation. And, in a way, their learning manifests itself in our body. If we let it, the body knows what it has to do.
And this wisdom, which results from our values of life and an ancestral knowledge, we can call intuition. Thus, intuition involves the space where I am with everything that is present, all the emotions, desires and motivations that arise, watching this entire stage of the mind's performance from a certain distance, keeping me in the audience instead of going up to the stage and wear the skin of a character, embodying their story. And, in this space, little by little, we are able to perceive a certain emotional tone or color, which does not involve a verbal and logical speech, but which tends to be a simple like/dislike and a desire to approach/remove. A calm, easy mind can distinguish intuition from background noise.
Following our intuition is a reminder that we already know what we want, what we value. We already know the person we want to be. Within us, in addition to insecurity and doubt, there is also wisdom.
“There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen to her." – Rumi