When we become aware of the difference from what we see and perceive we are better able to make decisions about our environment for our safety as well as making our best choice. What this amounts to is trusting the innate part of ourselves that relays information to us through our body/sensory awareness. This awareness is also known as our intuitive awareness.
This awareness is not to be confused with anxiety about situations or life that is constant or nagging. The following example is about that kind of sensory awareness.
Often, when we are walking alone at night we may feel the hair on the back of our head go up. This response is physiological, and is not the result of a large scary face, a specific person, or loud noise. Some people also experience what is called ‘goose bumps’ which is also a physiological response. This is caused as a reaction to our environment. This out-of -conscious-control-reaction stimulates a response in our neurological system, which has an emotional component that we understand. While the hair standing up on the back of our neck is an indication of fear or caution, goose bumps can mean something else. I have met several people who say when they have goose bumps this is a confirmation of something that is the truth. We cannot make ourselves have goose bumps or make the hair stand up on the back of our neck.
Another time when our we have a physiological response to something we cannot see or hear is when we are in a line waiting. When someone behind your back moves close or gets too close, you will shift your body in response to their proximity without ever hearing or seeing them. We will physically shift our body without even recognizing what is happening.
This is our intuitive senses operating and responding. Learning to trust this response is part of our evolutionary development. We have always had this response, but have missed discussing its usefulness and how to cultivate it.
Some people use this same feeling awareness or even gut knowing to make decisions. You might have heard someone say “I had a gut feeling” or “I just knew it was right” about the real estate deal, an investment ,or even about meeting a person. Other people miss cues that tell them something is off when they sense it because it is not confirmed visually. Often people feel they should not behave out of the ordinary because of cultural programming expectations. Paying attention to these intuitive cues can contribute to people’s success in business, as well as their safety. Read the book The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker for practical ways your intuition can be honored for your safety. Listen to people discuss how they make decisions. Venture capitalists even use their intuition to decide who to invest in, which of course is also tempered by their knowledge and experience of good investments. Listen closely to what the Sharks say on the ABC television program, The Shark Tank.