(ORDO NEWS) — We often talk about intuition. Unlike logic, which draws conclusions from known facts, intuition is the ability to receive information at the level of sensations, without the use of any analytical data.
Recently, scientists have become seriously interested in the phenomenon of the so-called “sixth sense”. In particular, the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) took up the study of this phenomenon. Back in 2017, Time magazine published an article titled “The US military believes people have a sixth sense.”
“We need to understand what gives rise to this so-called ‘sixth sense,'” says Peter Squire, program manager for the ONR Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Counterterrorism Division.
According to Squire, people often refer to the realm of intuition as irrational. But it is possible that this is still a psychological process, which is somehow explainable from a scientific point of view.
If these mechanisms can be understood, then perhaps there will be ways to develop the intensity of this process and apply it for practical purposes. Judith Orloff, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, says:
“In my private practice, I work with female executives who come to me to develop their intuition. They see it as a ‘superpower’ to use when making any decision at work, as well as a guide to action to be good leaders and organizers.”
Dr. Orloff claims that the mechanism of the “sixth sense” involves the entire right hemisphere of our brain, the hippocampus and the digestive system, which also has neurons.
It is thanks to the work of the so-called neurotransmitters in our intestines that “butterflies in the stomach” or a feeling of nausea occur,
In turn, the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience published an analysis of a series of experiments to study the phenomenon of foresight.
They showed that our brain and body can respond to random stimuli that occur 1-10 seconds before an event that hasn’t happened yet. We respond to this with physiological changes in the cardiopulmonary, skin and nervous systems.
And the director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Gerd Gigerenzer, believes that the decisions we make with the help of intuition are associated with an instinctive understanding of what information is superfluous.
A few years ago, a group of scientists led by Dean Radin, principal investigator at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), conducted a series of intuition tests on 26 people who knew certain techniques to maintain a state of mental harmony.
Volunteers completed two cycles of studies with an interval of two weeks. They were not told the true purpose of the study, they were told that they would study the response to stress.
At the same time, one half of the participants followed the protocols after deliberately achieving a state of spiritual harmony for 10 minutes, while the other half did not perform this procedure beforehand.
At the second stage, the first group, on the contrary, did not go through the heart harmonization procedure until the completion of the protocols, while the second one did.
The essence of the experiments was that each subject was seated at a computer and asked to press the mouse button as soon as it was ready. For six seconds after that, the screen remained blank. At this time, a special program recorded the physiological parameters of the volunteer.
Finally, 45 different images appeared in random order on the monitor. Each picture hung on the screen for 3 seconds, and the program recorded the reaction to it. The next picture appeared only 10 seconds after the removal of the previous one.
It turned out that 30 images, depending on the plot, caused a neutral reaction in the subjects, and 15 – a strong emotional one.
But this is not as surprising as the fact that the corresponding reaction occurred even before the pictures appeared on the screen – on average 4.8 seconds before they appeared. And the most intense was the “spiritual” reaction.
“Information is first registered in the heart,” says Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., “then to the brain (emotional and prefrontal cortex), where we can logically correlate what we intuitively feel and what gets upset).”
According to the authors of the experiment, in addition to the traditional “brain” intelligence, we also have intuitive or “heart” intelligence. No wonder we say, “I feel it in my heart.”
Experts believe that the only way to use the power of our intuition is to develop it by experimenting with different situations. And sooner or later it will start helping you in life.
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