Practical Intuition

on BLOG, Coaching, development 5 set, 2014

Practical Intuition

In August, I was able to dedicate every day a few hours to reading. In recent months, I had amassed a dozen volumes, that I couldn't read due to the lack of calm, which is necessary to carefully and deeply understand a text. One of such books is "Practical Intuition" by Laura Day, an American textbook that brings the reader into the world of intuition.

In recent years, my former scepticism towards intuition has been widely opposed and defeated by numerous demonstrations of how some feelings (how do you want to call them? Sixth sense, intuition, instinct, gut feeling ...) come to say something and to warn us. It's simply short-sighted and counterproductive to ignore them just because they do not derive from a cold scientific reasoning. I bought this book because many coaching manuals and training courses refer to intuition as a coaching transversal competence, which can be very useful to better understand the coachee and gain his/her trust in a deeper way. Easy to say, but ... What is intuition? How can it be recognized? As can we feed it? How do we listen to it? And most importantly how can we interpret its signals?

Laura Day answers these questions through several exercises and examples, managing to clear the field by an aura of magic, manipulation and bad faith, which is often associated to intuition; what the reader learns is that intuition has nothing to do with witches, circuses and Rasputin, but it is a rather a "survival tool" that we carry from prehistoric times, when the life was characterized by unimaginable uncertainty and risks. A tool that is close to the animal instinct, which allows our non-human-brothers to "predict" events and to trust in a while or never trust someone or something. Moreover, even Carl Jung accepted the existence of intuition and defined it as the process in which an individual, through the unconscious, is capable to perceive the hidden patterns of reality, thanks to the fact that everything is related to everything.

Using three key-questions that the reader is invited to formulate, you can experiment different ways to access intuition and - very interesting for me, that confirms the centrality of this competence in coaching - you learn to interpret it in a "coaching mode". That is wondering what the various symbols mean, how to contextualize them in our world and in the question itself. In practice, it is as if the individual, inspired by the images and sensations proposed by intuition, answers his own questions, of which he already knows the answers; it's coaching, isn't it?

My opinion of "Practical Intuition" is positive: it allowed me to understand some aspects of intuition and instinct, removing guilt and inadequacy related to these experiences. The limit of the book, in my opinion, is in the excessive enthusiastic confidence of the author toward the intuition, which flows almost in the obnubilation when Laura Day states that it can be used anytime to answer any questions, especially if unknown.

What relationship do you have with intuition?

Through which sense does it more frequently manifest in you?

On what occasion did you second it?

And on what occasion you didn't and you still regret that?

PS: Why a picture of Palinuro for this post? Use your intuition ...

You got there? Easy: I read the book during a weekend near Palinuro.






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