The Science of Intuition: How to Train Your Brain (and Body) to Make Better Decisions blog post

The Science of Intuition: How to Train Your Brain (and Body) to Make Better Decisions

When it comes to making smarter decisions and confidently navigating complex situations, developing intuition is a superpower.

Intuition is the ability to understand or know something without the need for conscious reasoning.

It's one of the key things that Practical Magic coaches learn on the Practical Magic Coach & Facilitation Training to help clients and coaches activate deeper beyond the surface level to get to deeper inner wisdom that guides towards more empowered changes.

It's not a miraculous ability that only woo people have and others don't (although it creates a magical ability to get to a deeper knowledge more quickly). Instead, intuition is a skill that can be learned and developed over time.

The Practical Magic approach brings intuition and logic together to blend soul and science, so let's explore the science behind intuition, and tips on how to train your brain (and body) to make better decisions that are intuitively guided.


The Science of Intuition

Intuition is the result of unconscious processing in the brain and body. When you are faced with a decision, your brain will process a combination of logic and emotional cues to weigh the pros and cons of each option. This means that you are processing information 30 times faster than the blink of an eye without even realising it!

Recent research has discovered that the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is in charge of decision-making, is also heavily influenced by the body's physiological responses.

When you are nervous or anxious, your body produces stress hormones such as cortisol, which can interfere with your decision-making abilities. Positive emotions, on the other hand, such as happiness or excitement can help you make better decisions.

This mind-body connection is super-important if you want to power up your decision-making abilities and activate your intuition, so here are five simple and effective ways to develop your intuition for decision making the Practical Magic way!


  1. Pay Attention to Your Emotions

Learning to recognise and understand your emotions and physiological responses is an important part of developing intuition. When making a choice, consider how you feel about each option in front of you. Are you nervous, excited, or calm? Do you have a sinking feeling or do you feel energised? Your emotional and physiological states can provide useful information about which option is the best choice.


  1. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation can help you become more self-aware and improve your ability to focus. When you are more mindful, you can recognise your emotional state and how it affects your decision-making abilities. And it doesn't have to be complicated; it can be as simple as slowing your breath and tuning into what you're seeing, hearing, and feeling about a situation, and paying attention from a place of curiosity.


  1. Seek Out New Experiences

Exploring new experiences and learning new things are excellent great ways to improve your intuition. When you encounter new situations or learn new information, your brain is forced to adapt and make quick decisions, as well as create new neural pathways. This can help you become more adaptable and make quick, accurate decisions in a variety of situations over time.


  1. Practice Active Listening

The ability to hear your inner voice is essential for developing intuition. It will always have your back and guide you to make the best decisions for you. Active listening is one of the most important skills to develop in the Practical Magic coach and facilitation training.

You can practise active listening to your intuition and inner wisdom by paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and reactions to various situations from a place of compassion and kindness to yourself.


  1. Experiment with Intuition Tools

Tarot cards, pendulums, and other divination tools can help you tap into your intuition and gain insights into your subconscious mind. With each of the cards and activation exercises, the Practical Magic Activation Deck was created to help you explore your inner wisdom and arrive at practical, intuitively-guided answers. They are excellent for personal reflection and guidance, and when used in a coaching context, they help clients to go deeper than they would by simply talking alone.


Finally, it's important to learn to trust your intuition, and practice working with it.

Even if your gut feeling goes against what seems rational or logical, it's the truest next step for you, and over time you will learn to recognise when your intuition more quickly, so you don't waste time and energy second-guessing yourself.

Intuition is a powerful tool for making quick and accurate decisions. While intuition may appear to be a mysterious ability, it is the result of unconscious processing in the brain, emotions in the body, and acting as an energy detective to the world around you.


By paying attention to your emotions, practicing mindfulness, seeking out new experiences, practicing active listening and experimenting with intuition tools, such as the Practical Magic Activation Deck, you can work with your brain and body to make better decisions and improve your intuition over time.


If you are curious to find out how you can bring intuition and working with intuition into how you work to empower people to create BIG, BOLD, BEAUTIFUL change, make sure you join me for a FREE upskilling live training, Power Up Your People Magic on Wednesday 15 March 2023 at either 1pm or 8pm UK time.


Grow your skills & empower your unique talents working with people in a heart-centred way with intuition as a super-power at the heart of what you do



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