Did you know that scientific tests have actually proven our ability to sense the future? It’s true! There’s even a word for it: presentiment.
In research trials, scientists showed volunteers a series of images designed to invoke either a positive or a negative feeling. Positive images might be of a baby smiling or of a puppy, for example, and negative images might be the scene of an accident or something similar in intensity. They connected the volunteers to devices which measured how their nervous systems reacted to each image. Positive images created a sense of calm and negative images induced stress, as you would expect. However, in repeated trials, the nervous systems of the volunteers usually reacted before the image was displayed. The key in these experiments is that it was the nervous systems of the volunteers that reacted, not their conscious minds. It seems to be related to what we call a ‘gut feeling’, given that the nervous system innervates the gut.
Like anything, we can train ourselves to get better at it. The key is noticing where in our bodies we feel instincts or intuition. Many people feel it in their gut and the feeling is a little different depending on whether the person is intuiting something positive, negative or neutral. Some people even sense things in their hands, forehead or behind their eyes, for example. To improve our intuitive abilities then, all we need to do is start noticing what we intuited, where we felt it in the body and how it felt, and to keep track of any differences in physical sensations or locations depending on the nature of the experience.
NOW TRY SOMETHING NEW
Strengthen your ‘gut feeling’ muscle
1 When intuition strikes, notice how it feels in your body. Is it a physical sensation, a tingling, something subtle or quite pronounced?
2 Where in the body do you feel it?
3 Is the feeling or the location in your body different if you are sensing something positive, negative or neutral?
4 Keep a diary over the next month of your intuitions, what they were, whether they were positive, negative, or neutral things and note where in your body you could feel each one. At the end of the month you should have a clear idea of how you, personally, ‘feel’ future events.
Dr. David Hamilton is a Scottish author and has a PhD in organic chemistry, spending four years in the pharmaceutical industry. Go to drdavidhamilton.com