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Professional Intuition In Decision-Making

According To The Spirit Of Our Times

Part I., Chapter 3.

The Biology Of Intuition

How does intuition enfold in our biological body? What physiological processes and organs take part in it?

Intuition arrives to our consciousness by involving several organs and group of organs.


The role of our nervous system in recognizing intuitive information

Our nervous system is basically known as the central nervous system, that consists of a “contracting” and “relaxing” sub-system (sympathetic and para-sympathetic). It is regulated by the brain, runs through our spine, peripherals and organs.

Let us call it System 1. It is responsible mainly for moving and the operation of our bodies, and to create the relative and limited experience we call “our world”, presented to us by our five senses.

Still, there exist increasing number of researches that deal with the nervous system that is mainly connected to our heart; a network of nerves throughout the intestines and stomach, and it is connected to other inner organs as well. It is called the gastroenteric nervous system, we may call System 2, for now. While System 1 has about 86 billion nerves/neurons (out of which 12 billion can be found in the brain), System 2 has about 500 million neurons.

We've all heard about 'gut-feeling'- or 'tummy tuck' decisions, sudden stomach cramps when we hear something unpleasant, 'butterflies of creativity flying around in our stomachs' before exams. The neurons of our System 2 are similar to extensive antennas that carry intuitively sensed information to the center of the system, our heart.


When we are excited, our heart "beats like crazy", meaning, it beats unevenly. When we are balanced, it pulsates evenly, coherently. This can be is measured with a heart rate monitor and analyzed using the calculation of Heart Rate Variability (HRV). If we are able to keep our heart rate steady, it will reduce stress, anxiety, strengthen our immune system, stimulate the body to release anti-aging hormone (DHEA), increase digestive efficiency, our sleep efficiency and our energy levels.

The electromagnetic system of our heart recognizes information before our brains

It is not new to us that there are countless micro-currents of energy in our body called bioelectricity. Most of our nerve cells communicate with each other with energy impulses and by transmitting signals. Our body is actually a biological battery. Each neuron in our brain produces nearly 70 millivolts of voltage. Our cells regulate their operation by communicating with about 50 millivolts of electrical voltage pulses, generated from ATP units converted from carbohydrates into sugar alcohol or better, from animal fat. This is why triathletes and ironman athletes who are on ketogenic (pure fat) diet are so energetic.

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These energies generate electromagnetic, morphogenetic fields in our organs. According to the researches performed at The Heartmath Institute, the electromagnetic field of our heart is 5,000 times more powerful than our brain’s. Our heart waves touch the people around us, so they interact with their heart waves according to the principle of interacting electromagnetic fields. This is why we feel that next to certain people - e.g. close family members - we have a warmer, pleasant feeling in our heart. We can concentrate, learn, solve problems better.

It is a far-reaching project to measure and examine this overlapping electric field of humanity by the HeartMath Institute with electrical measuring devices placed around the world.

The heart is connected to the brain, so the coherence of the heart also affects the brain, thus the coherence of the heart-brain, that influences our feelings and our thinking.

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Similarly, the electrical conductivity (SCL) of our skin changes when we are in tension. This also makes our reactions to emotional impulses measurable.

In an experiment, images were shown to the subjects, that creates emotional response, as relaxation or tension. The reactions were measured by a skin conductivity measuring device, a brainwave measuring device placed on the heads of the subjects (electroencephalogram, EEG) and with a heart rate monitor (electrocardiography, ECG). Surprisingly, it has been found that the body is able to respond to the stimuli seconds before the image is displayed.

There was an oscillation in the HRV – corresponding to the positive or negative stimuli - 4.8 seconds before the subject looked at the photo.

Researchers came to the conclusion that, the heart is the first to receive pulses as a central control unit to which the antennas of both System 1 and System 2 connect.

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Our intuition is always working through our heart, but we are not aware of it. That is why the wise people, when making difficult decisions, say "listen to your heart". It's great and useful to have a brain, but now we know the heart is the boss.

The second part of the same experiment concluded that, although the heart is the first to sense intuitive information, later it reaches the brain. In this way, our scientists have stated that both the heart and the brain processes the intuitive information.

It has also been noted that there is a significant difference in intuitive perception between the tensed and relaxed states. Needless to say, when we are at rest we are more aware of intuitive information than when we are at rest.

Another exciting observation made by the researchers was that, with regard to intuitive information, women are more attuned to the feelings of their hearts.


In a similar study, the test subjects had to figure out, which of the two curtains the computer will pull away to show them a picture. The subject's body, which is controlled by the brain, sensed the result 2-3 seconds before the computer decided which curtain to be pulled away.

Thus, the intuitive information of the heart is mapped by the brain, and it creates a response in our bodies, whether we are conscious about it or not.

From this, we can recognize, that even though our second system which includes our heart, is designated as second, it is actually the first. Thus, let us turn our view and the names here. From now on, we shall call the system of the heart System 1., and the system that combines the brain and the central nervous system, System 2..

Considering our instinctual-, spontaneous recognitions we can make quicker decisions

Applying Paul D. MacLean's approach, we may talk about three characteristics of the brain. The first is the reptile brain, which includes the brainstem and the cerebellum, which is responsible for the instinctive tendencies and its supporting tendencies, as e.g. chivalrous behavior. On this we can find the mammalian brain, that looks like a large golf club, which makes us able to feel emotions and it is also responsible for initiating bodily reactions (such as enzymes, hormones, movement). Around and above it we may find the human brain, the cerebral cortex, that has the function to evolve our intellect, our logical and artistic thought functions, and to ensure the intelligibility of our reactions. The development of these three brain areas has been following each other’s development since embryonic age.

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System 1 and System 2, our heart and our brain is connected by the planetary nerves (nervous vagus) researched by Dr. Stephen W. Porges. Because the vagus nerves are connected to the reptile brain, the only way we are able to access the information that comes from System 1 if we are receptive to our reptile brain impulses and are able to recognize its instinctive, spontaneous signals, which we then also listen to..
Many times we see very simple people who are particularly intuitive; and for similar reasons, usually it is quite difficult for some head-heavy scientists to embrace the intuitive path as well.


The response time of our reptilian brain is the fastest, ahead of our mammalian brain and well ahead of the analytical velocity of the neocortex. Spontaneity is beneficial in terms of the speed of decision-making.

Decision makers who are willing to listen to their intuitive instincts can make decisions much faster than analytical, logical decision-makers. If an intuitive decision-maker has the conditions and the opportunity to develop his or her intuitive decision-making skills, his or her professional intuition may improve within a reasonable period of time.

The aware recognition and processing of emotional and intuitive impulses depend on our ability to intelligently use our forebrain

The great news is that System 1 does not have a neural mechanism like System 2 has, that would allow the doubt of experiences, so the only question is whether we are aware of intuitive information?

At this point, information competes with another system, that can be found in our brainstem, our Reticular Activation System (RAS) - researched by Dr. Maxwell Maltz -. The purpose of this is to filter out of the nearly two million pulses per second that reach us through our various senses, those, that are worthy of our attention or are important to us.


If we take the impulses transmitted by our senses too seriously, that is to say, the "outside world", then this world of external impulses distracts us from our System 1 intuitive "inner voice".

The best way to handle this continuously rotating 3D film is not to take it too seriously. To consider it a wave-like or relative, though realistic-looking illusion of light and energy, while remembering the qualities of space that we have listed in our previous article. This does not necessarily mean that we are in this state all the time; we all have to live our life and take quite a few things seriously. It just means straightening our spine for a few seconds to make a decision by intuitively "looking into space", feeling which version of the decision tends to be "lighter" and better on the long run, and then again looking at the world in the "traditional" way. In the big cinema we live in, we first look at the pictures projected on the cinema screen, then we enjoy the shiny nature of the screen, and then refocus on the pictures again.


The sensory impulses filtered by the RAS, as well as the intuitive information of System 1, are transmitted to our mammalian brain (limbic system). First, our amygdalas decide if the impulse is dangerous or not. Depending on this, our thalamus orders the hypothalamus to instruct (or not instruct) our pituitary gland to trigger a chemical process, as a stress response of the HPA axis (hypothalamus – pituitary gland – adrenal gland axis). In addition, the information reaches the cerebral cortex of our human brain, and particularily the orbitofrontal cortex behind our foreheads.


Researches say, the decisions about how to react on intuitive information are also made here. It is in this area of ​​our brain that we control our awareness and attention, the control of reacting or not to our emotions. Similarly, the judgment about the behavior of others happens here, and also the conscious control of our own behavior. It depends on our awareness intelligence, what we recognize, what we think is important and how we respond to it. This is also true about recognizing, processing and responding to intuitive information.


We usually encounter complex tasks where both creativity and logic play a role, However, myth or not, the theory works well, according to which our two hemispheres in a large percentage typically deal with different tasks. According to this, our right hemisphere coordinates the left side of our body and is mainly responsible for our creativity, artistic expression, usually our sense of space we got from our mother. while left hemisphere coordinates the right side of our body, it is more analytical, logical, number oriented and factual; it presents skills which we usually inherit from our father. From this we would think that our right brain is responsible for intuition. Interestingly, this is not the case. Rational brain function is required to recognize intuition.

According to a study performed with the application of MRI imaging, in case of intuitive decision-making activity was observable in the left inferior and middle frontal gyrus, which has expanded to both hemispheres of the orbitofrontal cortex behind our forehead. We may as well say that intuitive perception is recognized by the left hemisphere and then involves the orbifrontal cortex to determine the response.

Intuition is not a creative imagination, but an ability to recognize, rationalize and accept reality.

It is first recognized the heart, then transmitted to the human brain for recognition and rationalization. Here, we recognize it or not, depending on our awareness. When we recognize it, the brain has to process it with the body by first forming it into thoughts, then words and actions. The ability of recognizing and processing intuitive information shows our ability to use our human brain.

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Harmonizing our cerebral hemispheres can open up an unknown world to us

We know that the two hemispheres of our brains are connected by the corpus callosum, which through its nerve cells communicates- and shares tasks between the two hemispheres. That is why we are able to harmonize, balance our creative thinking with logic and thus create a healthy balance between the two.

If we live our world in our habitual patterns, as we do in 95% of our time, we use the neurons of our brain. Developmental biologist Bruce Lipton Phd explains that our brains are capable of doing much more than engaging with their embedded patterns. Because we have many kinds of glial cells in our brain that not only simply participate in neural processes, but they also influence, modify, control, connect or divide, overwrite the patterns of neurons; thus, they actually have a much more important role in our brain. 90% of our brain consists of these glial cells – that give us intuitive-, aware freedom -, and only 10% is made out of neurons – that store our habits and patterns -.

Our concept-free awareness that we develop by cultivating the garden of our intuition allows us to activate our glial cells. This happens not ony on one side of our brain, but in both hemispheres, simultaneously. This way, we can use not only 5% but also 100% of our brains. We can develop a whole-brain activity. This is fresh, creative and also logical at the same time. Following these articles one by one, we can learn that, very well.

However, there is an “older” part of our brain that was able to maintain harmony in our world-experiences throughout the times of evolutionary development even before the appearance of our human brains.

When viewed from the front, at the level of the middle of our eyebrows, deep inside in the center of our brain, and on top of the brainstem, behind the thalamus, is our "ancient brain": the pineal gland. We call it “pineal” because, although it is a peas size, it looks like a pine cone.


It is the only part of our brain that is not dual, not separated. In Mesopotamia, the Babylonian, Egyptian religions, and - as being from the same root - in the Vatican, there are several symbols that resemble a pine cone associated with the pineal gland. Different societies that are considered secret also use this "third eye / all-seeing eye / all-seeing eye" symbol to express their ability to do everything, to know everything, to possess all information.


Why does tradition associate these abilities with the pineal gland?

On the one hand, because it has a lot of functions in the body. Besides the kidneys, more blood flows through this gland than anywhere else in our body. It regulates our inner clock (the circadian clock), our biological rhythm, produces melatonine the hormone responsible for our deep sleep, affects our biological resilience, produces serotonin - the happiness hormone -, determines the function of the pituitary gland, which is responsible for our hormonal system (eg. sexual maturation, sexual hormones, female periods, immunic system, etc.).

On the other hand, because, so to speak, the third eye is "not looking outwards but looking inwards". Hindus see it as the gateway to intuition, but more to "clairvoyance", psychic energy and abilities, and the gate to inner wisdom. It is believed that in its unfolded-, fully functioning state, it can create complete brain coherence - similar to the medical effect of LSD - which enables the person to sense frequencies and experience energy and light forms that are not perceivable in the everyday life. This is possible because the pineal gland contains crystals with tiny piezo-electric properties that emit photons, light and colors. In addition, the pineal gland has a "nerve wiring" similar to the eye, which is connected to the visual center of our brain. It's really like a third eye.

Additionally, Dr. Rick Strassman also points out that in extremely stressful situations like the life threatening of the pineal gland, it produces a neurotransmitter called DMT (Di-MethylTryptamine), also called a "soul molecule". The cat plays with the mouse before eating because it is almost intoxicated with DMT. Next to this, and its not nice even to talk about it, still it belong to the full truth, that some whistleblowers report, that also secret satanist societies draw out this molecule from their victims during their rituals.

DMT is not only produced by living beings, but by plants as well. The South American ayahuasca plant contains oral DMT and therefore gives its users a "visionary" ability as if it were a hallucinogenic mushroom.

(This article in no way encourages the use of DMT, LSD, or any related chemical, but merely draws their attention.)

According to a study performed with the application of MRI imaging, in case of intuitive decision-making activity was observable in the left inferior and middle frontal gyrus, which has expanded to both hemispheres of the orbitofrontal cortex behind our forehead. We may as well say that intuitive perception is recognized by the left hemisphere and then involves the orbifrontal cortex to determine the response.

Intuition is not a creative imagination, but an ability to recognize, rationalize and accept reality.

It is first recognized the heart, then transmitted to the human brain for recognition and rationalization. Here, we recognize it or not, depending on our awareness. When we recognize it, the brain has to process it with the body by first forming it into thoughts, then words and actions. The ability of recognizing and processing intuitive information shows our ability to use our human brain.

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Whether or not the pineal gland is one of the sources of our psychological abilities, it is definitely an important organ that is blocked in most of us by a calcified outer shell caused by fluoride and chlorine consumption. The most effective way to cleanse it with food supplements is by consuming more than two drops of 5% Lugol iodine solution (according to Dr. David Brownstein we shall start with two dropps, and the sky is the limit as the un-processed access amount is excerted in urine) and an equal combination of high dosage K2 + D3 vitamins administered for few months.

Awareness Intelligence is the gateway to our intuition, which affects our entire lives

With this information, it is easy to use the association that while intelligence quoefficient (IQ) describes the ability of our human brain (cerebral cortex) to produce thought chains and abstractions, at the same time the well-known emotional intelligence (measured by emotional quoefficient (EQ)) expresses the ability to control the mammalian brain (limbic system) by our forebrain. How much are we in control of our emotions, with our ability to think. Both measure the indicators of our 2nd System. Behind all is our System 1, which drives our intuitive capabilities, but also weaves through our System 2. To measure, or rather describe its characteristics and to improve it, we shall turn to awareness intelligence quoefficient (AQ).


Why awareness? Because improving awareness levels develops our frontal lobe, our orbitofrontal cortex and other areas of our brains that play a role in recognizing, interpreting, and responding / not responding to intuitive insights.

Our awareness allows us to see what is really happening, but we have to combine it with a happy mindset. According to Bruce Lipton Phd, the way we see the world determines our health almost completely, since genes are not the "brains" of cells, but the reproductive organs that are either "read" or not; cellular activity is stimulated (or not) by neurotransmitters based on the mental "central program". The science that describes how our mental attitude constantly changes our cells is called epigenetics. Our health depends on how we perceive and interpret the world. So let us focus on positivity and be healthy!


Now that we know the biological pathways of the appearance of intuition, it is up to us to recognize and interpret the ancient manifestation of our consciousness. Can this biologically traceable quality manifest in our everyday experience? What do psychologists – the knowers of human psyche - think about this? In our next article, let us turn to psychology that interweaves every segment of our existence and our lives.

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PART I. In what areas does intuition affect us? - or the water lily petals of intuition

I.1. Introduction, Summary

I.2. Intuition from economics point of view

I.3. The physics of intuition

I.4. The biology of intuition

I.5. Intuition in sociology

I.6. Intuition in philosophy

I.7. Intuition in psychology


PART II. Developing intuition - or the water lily garden of intuition

III.1. Developing intuition – Strategy

III.2. Developing intuition – Responsible Happiness

III.3. Developing intuition – Awareness Styles

III.4. Developing intuition – Subconscious mental hygiene

III.5. Developing intuition – Awareness Intelligence methods

III.6. Developing intuition – ESP

III.7. Developing intuition – Leadership practice



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