Where does real knowledge come from? A great deal of information and insight comes to us without the use of the rational mind. This information comes to us from a place of awareness not connected to rational thought.
Many of the greatest discoveries – those that have changed history and lives – have come from this place. These discoveries and insights were borne from moments of wisdom or understanding that did not come from the rational mind. Sir Isaac Newton found gravity by being awakened by an apple. In a place between the dream and awakened states he had an epiphany and then used his mind to describe it. Albert Einstein had great visions during his naps. He often stated that one of his biggest challenges was putting into words and formulas that which he knew from a place other than his rational mind.
What insights do you receive? Do you notice information coming from other sources beyond the rational mind? Do you honor this information?
Here are some steps to use to notice and validate this information:
1. Watch your thoughts. Pay attention to these "voices" in your head. Where are they coming from? Not all thoughts come from the same place.
2: Write down your instinctual thoughts and insights – the "gut level" feelings you can't rationally explain it.
3: Watch to see if the information proves to be accurate. How does the situation play out?
4: Write down the outcome.
Next time, add in another step between 2 and 3: Act upon the insight. Do what "your gut" tells you to do and act on it as if it's true information.
Your success will increase dramatically when you honor your non-explainable intuitive insights.