The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that has honoured the servant and has forgotten the gift. Albert Einstein.
In Atlanta in early 2000 I attended a conference session about intuition and during that 90 minute session I became convinced that intuition was a powerful tool. When the session was over, I approached the woman who had run it and asked what evidence there was to back up what she had been telling us, and she said the following to me, that "There is none, you just have to believe". I am as much an imaginative guy as I am the sort of guy who wants to know what the details are. But I had to walk away knowing in the back of my mind there was no actual research or evidence, it was just an intuitive thought that knows that this is worth trying. Since that time I have been a big believer of trusting my intuition. Intuition is the part of your brain that works while you sleep, talks to you when you should move or do something and alerts your mind to things that are happening that
your conscious mind should be paying attention to. Intuition is a powerful tool and it will do a lot for you. Now this may sound strange, but the lady that I spoke about in Atlanta said you must almost catch yourself with this intuitive thought in the back of your mind telling you that you should check the car because the meter is running out. She says you should thank your intuitive mind and then make a decision on whether to act upon it or not. Quite often when I am speaking, there are moments when I am not sure what piece of material I'm going to go into next, but I trust my intuition that by the time I move from one side of the room to the other, the thought will come...and it does.
Some years ago I was chatting to a friend who runs my PR and we were discussing different angles on creativity or innovation that may warrant a story. When we finished our discussion I asked, "What do you think?" to which she replied, "I don't know but by tomorrow afternoon something will have come to me". That's trusting your intuition. Elton John calls it 'walking away'. If the song doesn't come to him within 30 minutes he closes the piano, pushes aside a piece of paper and walks away. He trusts that in the time between walking away from and back to the piano his intuitive mind will have found an angle or lyric for him. That's trusting your intuition. Trust it because it works. What's the evidence? Don't know, but it works for me.
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next. Jonas Salk