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Gut feeling! 7 gut feelings you should never ignore!
How you can distinguish your gut feeling from your mind!
Again and again we hear that ours Gut feeling Is right and that we should listen more to it. Unfortunately, most people aren't sure if it's really their gut feeling or something else.
The problem is that our gut instincts are often polluted by fears, prejudices, and mental confusion.
In this article I want to show you the seven instincts that you should never ignore.
You will also learn to distinguish the voice of fear from the voice of primal wisdom, but let's first look at the answers to the following questions.
What you can learn in my post!
- What is the gut feeling
- How well do your instincts work? (and why you are an animal)
- What is the difference between gut instinct and intuition?
- Examples of gut decisions
- Signs that your gut instinct is active
- 7 gut feelings you should NEVER ignore
1. What is the gut feeling?
Your gut feeling is the physical reaction you have to the world around you and within you.
When you experience an overwhelming “gut feeling”, your body is making an unrealistic response to subconscious information.
The ultimate purpose of your gut feeling is to protect you. Since your gut instinct is the oldest and most original "sixth sense" you have, it is the one you can rely on most.
Scientific studies have shown that 65% of participants in a group made decisions based on their gut feeling, and 65% achieved the objectively better results.
The others in the group who thought about it longer were only able to make 25% correct decisions.
Those who trusted their gut instincts felt more satisfied and also trusted their own decisions more.
An example of your gut instinct is the decision to spontaneously avoid walking on a street at night because something “feels” strange in your stomach.
This feeling is your gut instinct that warns you of impending danger. It could be that your gut feeling has just saved you from being robbed, beaten up, raped or worse. Being afraid doesn't mean your gut instinct is active.
2. How well do your instincts work? (and why you are an animal)
Put simply, your body is like the television screen on which your subconscious (the radio waves) broadcast its information.
If you learn to perceive and read this information, then you can learn to adjust to your gut instinct.
We humans like to believe that we are different from animals. Yes, we could be smarter and smarter. But at our core we are still animals - human animals.
Our primal impulses and evolutionary origins don't just disappear because we read the newspaper every morning or wipe our asses with lavender scented paper.
As noted by anthropologist Clifford Geertz:
... Man is an animal that hangs in nets of importance that he has turned himself.
Instead of getting upset about the fact that we're only advanced animals, why shouldn't we embrace it?
By recognizing the wisdom of the subconscious and its effects on the body as “gut instinct”, we can save ourselves from a lot of suffering. (This has been proven, by the way.)
3. What is the difference between gut instinct and intuition?
Gut instinct and intuition are often used interchangeably. And yes, they are linked. But they are not quite the same.
What is the difference?
Simply put, your instinct is your primordial wisdom. Intuition is your spiritual wisdom. We need both if we want to go on our spiritual path with courage and intelligence.
Intuition is very cerebral - it's a calm and clear sense of "knowing". On the other hand, the gut feeling is very visceral (concerning the bowels) and physical - you can feel it in your body.
Intuition can be expressed through the body and gut instinct can be expressed through intuitive knowledge.
In general, however, both are clearly identifiable and markedly different in experience.
Also, the instinct of the gut is much more emotional and reactive (since it is wired in the primal brain), while the intuition is more neutral and relaxed.
4. Here are a few examples of gut feeling decisions
Some call it "inspiration", others call it a "hunch," but for this post we call it gut instinct.
Here are some examples taken from the animal kingdom and the human (animal) behavior of the intestinal instinct:
A herd of zebras feels danger while grazing. You can't see the lions lurking in the surrounding savannah, but something is clearly "intuitive". A zebra neighs and the herd gallops away.
A herd of elephants meanders through the deserts in search of water. They instinctively know which way to move to find their food.
A cat is sitting on the edge of a three-story house trying to find a way down. She slips over to the edge and stares at the ground, apparently about to jump - but then changes her mind.
She climbs onto the roof in the first row and then makes the jump, obviously instinctively aware that jumping from a distance would injure her.
A person comes to you at a bar and wants to flirt with you. You start to join in, but somehow that feels wrong.
A group of hikers get lost on a trail in the mountains. Without a compass or a way to determine the direction back to camp, they sit still and adjust to the surrounding trees.
Suddenly one of them points to the west: "I have the feeling that this is the way back!" An hour later they made it to their home base.
You drive along the highway at night. Suddenly you get the impulse to change lanes immediately. you obey the impulse, and a few seconds later a wrong-way driver comes towards you on the other lane.
A young woman is sitting in the lecture hall of the university. Out of the blue she feels the strange impulse to return home.
She then leaves the university and drives off. When she gets home, she finds her father on the floor with a heart attack.
If she had ignored her gut instinct, her father would most likely have died alone.
A man has two vacancies. One of them pays less and the other more. Logically, he would choose the job where he gets more salary.
But he just can't decide because he has a queasy feeling in his stomach when thinking about it.
So he opts for the offer, with a lower salary. Three months later he is relieved that he was promoted because a new division manager was being sought in the company at short notice and he was given this post.
Now he earns even more than in the other company and has a good working atmosphere.
Hope you now have a good idea of how gut feeling works!
Take a look at your own experiences. How often have you made spontaneous decisions and been better off than you thought afterwards?
5. Here are a few signs that your gut instinct is active!
Pay close attention to these signs:
- A sudden feeling of anxiety or fear (unrelated).
- A strong urge to do something (feels like an internal nudge or pull)
- Whole body chills, goose bumps or "tingling" of the spine
- Nausea or physical discomfort
- Sudden hypervigilance (increased vigilance or "alertness")
- A clear and firm voice within you directing you to do / not to do something
You can experience all of these signs at once or just one or two of them.
Is it fear or is it your instinct?
Do not confuse them!
But don't worry if you've already done it. You have probably never been taught the difference between superficial mental fears and true gut instincts.
The mind can easily fool us, especially when it comes to gut instinct. After all, we feel our emotions in our body.
If you're scared, you will most likely get clammy hands and an increase in heart rate, right?
Similarly, when we experience a gut instinct, we also get physical sensations.
How can we distinguish between the two?
My answer is to take care of your mind. What is the quality of your thoughts? Is your mind racing, desperate, or chaotic? If so, you experience fear.
On the other hand, when your mind is relatively neutral, but your body is experiencing strong reactions (such as a sense of impending doom), you experience a gut instinct.
In other words, whenever you need to distinguish between the voice of fear and your gut feeling, always focus your attention on your mind.
Gut instincts are spontaneous - they come out of the blue. You don't have time to build up in the brain, so the brain is relatively calm and neutral.
There is no "hmm", should I? Shouldn't i? There is only an instant "DO THIS" / "DO NOT DO THAT".
Fears, on the other hand, build up. They're usually vague, nagging, unclear, and turbulent.
When your mind spins, when your thoughts are everywhere, you experience fear, not gut instinct.
6. Seven gut feelings that you should NEVER ignore
Of course you have to be the decision maker. There are times, however, when your gut feeling knows better.
Most nagging feelings are easy to dismiss, but please never ignore the following:
1. "I am in danger"
Remember, your gut feeling reflects what your subconscious already knows. While you may not be able to determine exactly what the danger is, please listen to this inner warning.
It could be the difference between life and death.
2. "Someone is in danger"
Yeah, you might sound like crazy. Yes, you may feel unsafe or amazed.
But if you really think someone is in danger, tell him or her. You have nothing to lose.
This could prevent the person from making a big mistake or putting themselves at risk.
3. "This is not the right choice"
When you get a strong and clear feeling that what you are doing is not right, then you should pay attention.
Even if there is no moral or logical reason why you feel this way. Just let it be!
4. "I need help"
Your gut instinct not only warns you of dangers, but also helps you maintain your emotional well-being.
If you have a strong feeling that you need help (physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual) then get the right help or support.
5. "I have to help you"
At some point in our life there will be an overwhelming desire to help someone. It may be that there is no good reason for it.
The other person seems perfectly fine on the surface. But don't be fooled by appearances. Find a conversation with the person.
Ask how she is doing. This can make the person feel vulnerable or uncomfortable, but that will at least make the person feel noticed and perhaps share their concerns, and thus you may have made sure that this person is not distraught or something does.
6. "Something doesn't feel right in my body"
Unless you're a hypochondriac (which is likely), your gut instincts rarely lie about your health.
If you suddenly have a strong and clear desire to see a doctor, do it right away.
The best thing to do is to go to a doctor for a comprehensive health check right away. Even if nothing comes of it, it's all the better.
7. "That's it!"
When the perfect call to life, spiritual path, job, home, decision, option, etc. calls you, your gut feeling will alert you immediately.
If you get a strong and clear feeling that is practically yelling “YES”, don't ignore it!
This is one of the top reasons it's important to listen to your gut instinct.
It could be the difference between a life fulfilling decision and a longing decision.
Another part of you has a very strong influence on your gut feeling. The inner child. If you want to deepen the topic of gut feeling, you can download my free e-book below.
Trust your gut feeling
As long as you can distinguish between the voice of fear and the spontaneous feelings of your gut, it's safer to trust your gut.
Trusting your instincts is an invaluable viability and one that will help you tremendously on your spiritual path.
After all, that instinct is built into our DNA, so why not get the most out of it?
As a final recommendation, if you have trouble trusting your stomach, I advise you to practice mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness meditation helps you become aware of your thoughts and body sensations. The more awareness you can develop, the easier it becomes to make the distinction.
So, and that was it, first of all, from me on this topic.
Thank you for following me this far and I wish you a good gut feeling.
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