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Have you ever had that flash of insight? That “Oh my Gosh, of course” moment?
In the book Flight Plan: The Real Secret of Success, Brain Tracy refers to such moments as the Super-conscious, which is the intuition that resides in all of us. As silly as this might sound, neuropsychology is beginning to back up that intuition is real and using techniques to activate the Super-conscious is effective.
Our brains are constantly working to make sense of our world, even when we are not consciously aware that it is doing so. The brain uses patterns to inform our decision making process. Consequently, our brain will notice and assimilate patterns around us, without our conscious knowledge. All that information is in there, we just need to find ways to unlock the information.
If you want to put this idea to the test, pick a TV show that you enjoy and watch regularly. After watching the show, write down (you have to write it down) the following questions and your answers.
- How does what I’ve learned relate to what I already know?
- How might I use this new information in the future? (If you’re doing the experiment, the answer to this one is always “To predict what will happen in the next show.”
I haven’t actually done this experiment because I don’t watch much TV, but the presenter of the workshop I attended on brain function and executive skills swears that by the third or fourth show you will be able to accurately predict the storyline. (Things like which character going to be the focus of the next show, what their conflict might be.) Once I have some time, I plan to use the two questions to study scenes of a book.
Let's get back to Mr. Tracy. In order to activate the Super-conscious, he recommends writing down, in detail, the problem you are trying to solve. This can be a situation with another person, a problem at your job, even a plot issue. Then, when the time is right, your Super-conscious will give you the answer. If you want to try engaging your Super-conscious further, he suggests calming your brain through relaxation techniques, meditation, etc…, which may lead to an answer quicker.
There are three ways we can know that an answer comes from our Super-conscious.
- The answer will be complete. All details of the problem will have a solution.
- The answer will be simple, clear and within in your abilities to complete.
- The answer will "feel" right. Since the Super-conscious comes directly from your intuition, the answer will create a happy and relaxed feeling, and you will be eager to implement the solution.
Mr. Tracy cautions that you have to be ready to react in a timely fashion to the intuition. If you get the urge to call someone, call them. Don’t wait a week. You have to have faith in your brain and its ability to see patterns even when we aren’t aware of it.
Do you think you might try out any of these techniques? Do you believe in intution?
I'd like to say "Welcome" to Ty Roper, who has decided to join us! I'd also like to mention that Chapter One of Finding Meara is up on Wattpad, if you'd like to take a look. I'll be uploading Chapter Two on Wednesday.