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We all have a sense of intuition on some level. While some people have a more pronounced intuitive side, not everyone can hear their inner voice as clearly as they would like to, right?

Honestly, the fact that we have a sense of intuition in itself is mind-blowing. Being able to ‘know’ or understand things without any sense of conscious reasoning in regards is something that sounds extremely unreal and yet it happens to us on a daily basis. Our intuition is something that develops when we are tiny babies and sticks with us as we move into adulthood. It is a sense of knowing that no one can truly explain completely.

While not everyone thinks of intuition as a form of intelligence, I and many others believe it is exactly that. You can help it become stronger and some people have a very weak intuition to the point where it’s not very active at all. It like other forms of intelligence will progress further if you really work hard at achieving exactly that.

 The other day I came across an article posted on Forbes by Bruce Kasanoff and it really spoke to me. This article was on intuition and referred to it as a form of intelligence. That meaning in this sense he and I think similarily about intuition at least on a core level. Within this article, Kasanoff noted that when asked the question of what he thought about intuition and it being a form of intelligence he responded with something that I believe should be shared with everyone.

Kasanoff wrote as follows as part of his response:

You might say that I’m a believer in the power of disciplined intuition. Do your legwork, use your brain, share logical arguments, and I’ll trust and respect your intuitive powers. But if you merely sit in your hammock and ask me to trust your intuition, I’ll quickly be out the door without saying goodbye.

I say this from personal experience; the more research I do, the better my intuition works.

Although this may be a paraphrase of his thoughts on the subject, Albert Einstein has been widely quoted as saying, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

Sometimes, a corporate mandate or group-think or your desire to produce a certain outcome can cause your rational mind to go in the wrong direction. At times like these, it is intuition that holds the power to save you. That “bad feeling” gnawing away at you is your intuition telling you that no matter how badly you might wish to talk yourself into this direction, it is the wrong way to go.

Smart people listen to those feelings. And the smartest people among us – the ones who make great intellectual leaps forward – cannot do this without harnessing the power of intuition.

I mean, when you really think about it, intuition could very well be the highest form of intelligence we are able to obtain as it helps make some of our most enormous life decisions. Gerd Gigerenzer author of the book ‘Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious’ even says he gets hunches (intuitive thoughts) and that they help lead him down the right paths in his studies. Things like this happen to all of us and when we listen to our intuition, it’s usually right.

I feel like the more we as humans learn the more we feed into our intuitive side as well. It knows everything we know and more so the more we learn the more it will be able to learn as well, right? What do you think about intuition and do you consider it to be the highest form of intelligence?

For more information on the intuition please check out the video below. The more we work to strengthen our intuitive side the better. Don’t doubt yourself, go with your gut.