Unlock Your Intuition For Breakthrough Results

At the “7 Pearl Living” retreat, which we did with my business partners in the Austrian Alps in September 2015, one of our clients asked us:

What is the difference between mindfulness and intuition?

This is a wonderful question to address, because there is so much excitement around mindfulness in the business world. Something amazing is happening! The business world is waking up. Innovative companies like Google, Apple, Unilever, eBay, HB School, World Economics Forum, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Nike, adapt mindful leadership.

My answer to our client was: “Mindfulness is all about experiencing life in the present moment. Mindfulness is all about paying attention with openness, curiosity, flexibility and accepting what is. And intuition works moment by moment. You can access it only when you are completely present in the moment, calm and open to what is. So without being mindful, you can’t access your intuition.”

I was delaying to write this article for quite a long time. Why? Because I wanted to feel the moment is right. While being at home, recovering after an operation I had a few days ago, I had an impulse to try to establish the link between mindfulness and intuition, intuition and logic and why we should care about intuition at all (once we were educated to be rational and follow our logic). I grabbed my computer and started writing down my thoughts on this topic, exciting for me.

I have to admit that it’s still quite a challenge for me to write about it. I will make an attempt to put everything I have learned so far in a meaningful sequence.

  • What is intuition? Intuition is our inner knowing about something, without having a proof. It’s a feeling. We call it a “gut” feeling, or the sixth sense. I love to call it inner wisdom. We were born with it and it’s a matter of strong desire to re-train ourselves to access our intuition with ease. Intuition is energy, a very subtle impulse we catch through our five senses. Very often we hear ourselves say “it feels right” or “it feels wrong”.
  • Why intuition? Because by accessing intuition we can live an authentic life in an alignment with our truth and core values. We live a life of joy and freedom without fears, we achieve effortlessly, we find balance, we are more creative, we tap into the state of flow.

Intuition helps business leaders to make important decisions and experience the state of effortless high performance. As Bill Gates once said “Often you have to rely on your intuition.”

  • Head vs Heart. When we make important decisions in our lives we can learn to access our inner knowing (intuition/intuitive mind) and at the same time use our logical (rational mind). Learning from my own quite challenging and fascinating life journey, I can share that a rational mind should assume a supportive role and not the leading role in this process. It’s all about building a wonderful relationship between head and heart. As Albert Einstein says: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

In his outstanding book “Breaking the Rules” Kurt Wright makes a wonderful comparison between the analytical and the intuitive mind and I am pleased to share a part of it:

 Analytical Mind                                                       Intuitive Mind

Thinks and decides logically                                    Feels and chooses intuitively

Dismantles wholes into parts                                    Integrates parts into wholes

Rationalizes and judges                                             Assimilates and differentiates

Focuses creative energy                                           Generates creative energy

Accumulates knowledge                                          Utilizes wisdom

The good news is that the intuitive mind can be trained. It is worth using it as a sacred gift in a time when we are loaded with information, distractions and fears. May I call them disturbances coming from “outside” and “inside,” and causing as a huge mental chatter? When we train our minds to access our inner wisdom, we can start intuitively making smart decisions. And believe me, this is a process which requires motivation and discipline.

  •  What is mindfulness?

Dr Michael Chaskalson gives a wonderful definition of mindfulness: “…the awareness that arises from paying attention on purpose in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”

The essence for me is in two key words: awareness and unconditional acceptance (accepting what is without judgment).

Kurt Wright also said, “gaining full and complete access to our intuitive power is paradoxical. It is entirely dependent on our ability to discipline our rational mindcorrectly. Only in this way we can become free of stress and enter the state of effortless high performance.”

I do believe I could make the link between intuition and mindfulness. Through living a mindful life, we can access our intuition to guide us through our exciting life journeys.