Intuition or Observation and Analysis?

This morning at my weekly breakfast meeting, I noticed Tim, the handyman, sitting across from me, looking for something on the table. In a flash, I knew that he was searching for the little basket of jam so I picked it up and handed it to him. The personal chef sitting next to him watched this and, with a tone of wonder, asked Tim the somewhat rhetorical question, “how did he do that?” In other words, how did I know that Tim wanted the jam? They seemed to feel that this knowledge was somehow magical or intuitive.

Their amazement at what, to me, was an “of course” experience, gave me the opportunity to stop and examine the process that led me to that knowledge. By breaking it down into its individual steps, I discovered a very clear, logical process of observation and analysis.

When I noticed Tim looking around my natural curiosity was aroused. First I determined that he was not looking for a referral slip or closed business slip since they were clearly visible to him. Because he was searching in the area of the condiments and seasonings I knew he was looking for something related to his food. A quick look at his plate revealed that the only thing left was his toast. Since the toast arrives pre-buttered, that meant the only thing he could be looking for was the jam. And as it turned out, the basket of jam was obscured from his site by a table tent.

Now keep in mind that this step-by-step breakdown makes the process seem very linear and logical. And while there was certainly logic operating here, the entire process from the time I observed Tim looking until the time I handed him the jam took less than two seconds.

So was this a case of intuition or a case of careful observation and logical reasoning? I believe it was both. The process itself was purely logical, but there was an intuitive component in my ability to quickly draw accurate conclusions from the observations.

Where intuitive really came into the process was just before I picked up the basket of jam. In that split second, there was a sense of crystal clarity that my reasoning was correct. In that moment of intuitive, connected knowing, there was no room for doubt. And because I acted from that knowing place, my action appeared, to those watching, to be magical.

That’s what Law of Attraction practitioners mean when they say things like, “People will watch in awe as your life unfolds effortlessly and magically.”

When we listen to an immediately act on our guidance our lives do unfold in ways that will appear magical even to us. But too often, our mind steps into the process and, at best, delays the process, at worst, completely screws it up. If I had allowed my mind to jump in I might have questioned my conclusion and asked, “What are you looking for Tim?” Not a big deal in this case. Tim would have gotten his jam about 15-seconds later.

In other cases, this doubt-induced delay can be quite frustrating. Stay tuned for a true story about how, by not following my guidance, I ended up with a ticket for an expired registration.

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      2 Responses to “Intuition or Observation and Analysis?”

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      2. Mark Nolan on June 14th, 2009 11:01 am

        It is so true what you wrote about “doubt-induced delay.” One of the great lessons in life is to learn to trust your gut instinct, intuition and guidance. Too often our inner critic jumps in with doubt and analysis, and we miss what might have been. One thing I do when doubts creep in is to say aloud, “Doubt get out.” It may seem amusing at first but it can really help if you give it a try. 🙂

        Mark Nolan

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