According to science humans have only five basic senses, but human experience suggests that we are working with many more senses and sensibilities.
Our awareness of the world today is greater than ever before in human history. Yet personal awareness of our presence and potential within that world can still feel like a black hole of consciousness.
What is intuition?
The scope of scientific exploration today isn’t just global, it’s universal. Our understanding of humanity has always danced in the spaces between the physical, emotional, and spiritual. The concept of a sixth sense — used to describe perception that is “extrasensory” — is all too often dismissed without question.
But what if you actually have many more senses available to you? These extra senses can simply be described as “intuition,” the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
The energy in the field around us, and how we can be impacted and informed by that energy, is a sense that often goes unacknowledged in both science and leadership training.
The sensory information coming in doesn’t always have language to it, which leads to an internal process of translation. When individual perception comes from information that isn’t through one of the five recognized senses, we convince ourselves that this information must be edited.
Translation traps sensory awareness in the part of the brain that processes information. When we decide to edit out information that doesn’t seem relevant, it affects our energetic flow and our capacity for being authentic as a leader.
Our tendency to put energetic information into a form that can be communicated to others is merely a reaction. The choice to respond differently is yours.
Why is intuition important?
If we can play with the idea that our imagination is a sense — an actual sense rather than something the brain is making up — it can become a powerful channel, a doorway beyond the rational box that our creativity and innovation may be locked in.
So many different things can enhance our senses – our sensibility about and our sensitivity toward receiving energetic information. Intuition is a way of accessing this energetic information coming in from the field. If we choose to believe in it and stand strong in it, our intuition is an amazing guide.
Intuitive decision making
When we give ourselves permission to access information that’s there in the field, rather than only the information that’s in our brains, we go from being reactive to being receptive, which is essential for taking on leadership responsibility.
Einstein, for example, accessed gravitational and electromagnetic fields, and then wrote equations for what he sensed in those fields. Steve Jobs accessed the field by traveling in search of enlightenment, crediting his study of Zen Buddhism his ability to see beyond what people want, for a deeper understanding of what people actually need. He then dedicated his life to creating innovation that delivered on that need.
Our extra-sensory field awareness is always working. How much are you consciously utilizing your intuition to develop your leadership?