For years, people have placed much of their focus on developing and enhancing intelligence through logical cognitive thought. Being rational has become the norm for most if not all societal structures, and it has come to be synonymous with sensible, healthy and acceptable. The problem with relying predominantly on logical thought is that it locks us into a specific line of functionality.  When presented with a situation, the logical thought process suggests that we compare that current situation with a past experience that is as similar as possible to the present and make a choice on how to move forward based on that comparison. For several months now, I’ve been trying to break out of that functionality as often as possible and tap into another form of thought that is known but hardly explored, the intuitive thought or intuition.

So what is intuition really? I define intuition as trusting in the subtle sensation that arises when new situations present themselves. Our environment provides a constant feedback of information that lets us decide whether we’d like to continue more of that experience or choose other options and that subtle yet apparent positive or negative feeling is our intuition speaking to us.

I believe this form of thought brings us in line with who we truly are on the inside, our natural innate selves. As I explore this alternative thought process, I’ve noticed something fascinating. Since I’m now interacting with my environment based on how I feel about it regardless of the general logic, I tend to move into cycles of compounding feel good experiences.

The highest point of these feel-good experiences that I’ve had so far was in Thailand. Every day flowed effortlessly with synchronicity, and I could do nothing wrong. I was on such a natural high that I lost all sense time in that environment.On the contrary, this flow of feel good moments also makes situations that don’t feel right to me stick out like a sore thumb. And the more I dislike them, the worse they feel to the point of physical ailment.

This made my time in Cambodia particularly challenging. Opening up myself to functioning through feeling came with the bonus of becoming more sensitive to the energy in my environment and Cambodia is still recovering from a very recent genocide that still weighs heavily on the country to this day.

When I manage to stay focused only on things that feel good, as I go from moment to moment, I encounter both practical experiences as well as completely random and often illogical situations that are basically magical by normal standards. I love this new process.

It’s as if I’m seeing life from a limitless perspective and the only thing that can shackle me are the limits on my own mental perspective towards a situation. Now that I’ve put this into practice my goal is to develop mastery of this thought process and continuously live in abundance, intuitively seeking out new experiences to help me grow and expand into new ways of being.

Also published on Medium.