Originally appeared in Planet Jackson Hole

Tap into your intuition to glean inspiration and solve pressing issues.

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is its faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."

-Albert Einstein

Our human awareness is so remarkable. We are wired to focus on the world in which we live, and at the same time we are also connected to the higher intelligence of the greater cosmos. The linkup to the "cosmic connection" is our soul (spirit/higher consciousness). When we receive information -out of the blue- from the universe, we refer to it as intuition. This invaluable guidance system bypasses the thinking mind and the ego to reveal a path for living up to our highest potential. The best news is that access to intuition is built into each one of us.

Ancient wisdom meets modern science

Wisdom teachers throughout history have always taught that the link to our soul and to the higher intelligence of the universe is the human heart. Now we also have some confirming evidence of this from science.

For close to 20 years, researchers at HeartMath Institute in California have conducted rigorous studies proving that the heart is its own super-powerful intelligence center that informs and entrains the brain. One series of studies focused on how we access signals related to premonition and intuition. What they discovered is that the heart is the first to pick up intuitive information, even before the brain. The heart appears to be our most important center of perception with access to the highest level of intelligence.

How intuition speaks to us

When the heart receives information from higher intelligence/soul/spirit it bypasses the rational mind and presents itself in many forms including: "that little voice inside," a gut sense, a feeling that comes over you, shivers, a message in a dream, a hunch, tears, or direct knowing (the experience of just knowing something). Being aware of intuitive signals is a failsafe way of knowing courses of action for our greater good, receiving flashes of insight and inspiration, avoiding danger, and solving challenging problems. Intuitive information streams in and travels directly from a problem to an elegant solution.

Fully benefiting from the guidance received by the soul/spirit/cosmos via our heart has three key components.

First, is being mindful of the signals trying to get our attention. This requires a quiet mind, an open heart, and being self-aware.

Second, is developing the confidence to value intuitive information. The more you value your link to higher intelligence, the more valuable your intuition will become.

Third, is the courage to act on what you know is true. It's no accident that our word "courage" comes from the French word "coeur," which means heart.

Famous scientists on intuition

Many acclaimed scientists (and artists) credit their intuition for giving them their biggest discoveries. They inevitably come upon spiritual truths as they probe the secrets of the universe.

In closing, here are three more quotes about intuition from scientific luminaries. From Dr. Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine: "Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next."

French mathematician and theoretical physicist Henri Poincare once said, "It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover."

And as I began this article with a quote from Albert Einstein, I invite you to reflect on these words from him, too: "The only real thing is intuition." PJH