The Problem with Intuition

Intuition seems like a great thing to have. It seems like a superpower; a way of accessing knowledge beyond our conscious awareness. Although intuition can be powerful and extremely beneficial, it can also be devastatingly detrimental.

You probably have noticed that some people follow their intuition and experience great success and unusual luck; others don’t follow their intuition, and wish they had. But, it is important to realize that there are also cases of people following their intuition and discovering it was “wrong” – and those who choose to resist following their intuition, and discover that it would have led them into trouble if they had followed it. Intuition is not necessarily beneficial for each person.

Whether or not you can trust your intuition to lead you to the results you desire will depend on the information held in your subconscious – the information that is providing the basis for your intuition.

The Problem with Intuition

What is Intuition?

There are many different explanations for what intuition is and where it comes from. Intuition feels like a knowing without obvious facts or proof. It feels like an unexplained nudge from something or someone beyond conscious comprehension or awareness that knows what’s best for us when we can’t see it.

If this were the case, every person who felt this nudge would, presumably, be able to fully trust and rely on it. However, every person has a different experience with intuition. Intuition is the subtle prompting of the subconscious through the brain, causing sensations in the body – which are interpreted by the conscious mind.

How Does Intuition Work?

If you are considering leaving a social event, and you suddenly feel an unexplained desire to stay a little longer, you may recognize that as intuition, particularly when you later meet someone at that event with whom you discover a powerful connection – someone you wouldn’t have met if you had left earlier.

So, what caused your change of mind? What caused that intuition? Your subconscious, referring to the data it holds and combining that with the results of calculations from information and subtle cues from your surroundings, that your conscious mind was completely unaware of, prompted your brain to produce the chemicals that caused certain sensations. These sensations were then interpreted by your conscious mind as a desire to stay.

The chemicals may have caused the sensations of pleasure when looking around the room; or they may have caused thirst or hunger, creating a desire to have one more drink or something to eat; or they may have prompted a feeling of excitement as you were about to leave. Your subconscious will do what it takes to influence your choices based on the data it holds.

For someone whose subconscious holds data that proves that they are unlovable or unworthy, or that people are dangerous, or that love is dangerous, their subconscious will have prompted their brain to trigger their organs to produce chemicals that cause different sensations.

These sensations will be interpreted by their conscious mind as a need to leave. They may suddenly feel tired, anxious, hurt, left out, angry, lonely, worried – whatever it takes to cause them to want to leave before they meet the person their subconscious has already recognized as a threat based on the data it holds.

The person whose intuition causes them to want to stay – and who then meets someone special – has benefited greatly from that intuition; while the one who follows their intuition to leave has lost out on someone with whom they may have been able to enjoy a wonderful relationship. The difference is not in the intuition itself; it is in the data held in the subconscious.

Here are two examples of how intuition can cause different effects for different people:

Margaret is on her way to work one Wednesday when she realizes she really wants a chocolate bar. She tries to resist, since she’s been trying to be healthier in her eating choices and is working on losing weight, but the desire just gets stronger. She debates with herself, and eventually decides she deserves a treat since she has a difficult day ahead of her at work; and besides, she’ll only eat half of the bar today, and will keep the rest for tomorrow.

She plans to wait until she gets to work before buying a chocolate bar, but she feels an overwhelming desire to stop at a gas station to buy one instead. She pulls over at the next gas station; and decides, while she’s there, to check the tires on her car. She discovers that one of the tires has a nail in it.

She is able to get some help from a mechanic nearby to change the tire. Margaret believes her intuition caused her to pull over at the gas station at that moment, and she’s glad she followed it.

Alison has broken down at the side of the road – a flat tire. Turns out she’d driven over a nail at some point, and the tire had gone flat on the highway. She passed a gas station not long ago – if only she’d known to stop. But something made her want to keep driving. She’s sorry now that she followed what she thought was her intuition guiding her to miss the traffic and get to her destination earlier.

Some may think that Alison simply misinterpreted her intuition, or was not “tuned in” but let’s look a little deeper into the background…

Margaret has always been “lucky” – she’s had a few close calls in her life; but somehow, where others were caught out, Margaret has always avoided any accidents and potential calamities.

Margaret’s subconscious contains data (created from her life experiences) that provides evidence that she is lucky. For more detailed information on how this data is created and how it affects daily life, read: The REAL Cause of All Your Problems.

Alison seems to attract problems. There seems to be a theme in her life of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She’s tried to use her intuition, since her friend, Margaret has had such luck with it, but each time she’s felt an instinct to buy a lottery ticket, or followed a hunch to invest in something, or gone with the impulse to speak to a guy, she has failed.

Alison is fed up – she assumes she’s just not able to recognize her intuition. In fact, she’s been told that what she’s following is not intuition, and she needs to work on getting better at recognizing it. Alison’s frustration is set to continue since the truth is: she is following her intuition – perfectly effectively and successfully. It’s just that her intuition is based on data that contradicts what she consciously wants.

While Margaret’s subconscious contains evidence that she is worthy and loved, Alison’s subconscious contains proof that she is unworthy and unlovable. And each individual’s subconscious is producing intuitive prompts based on the evidence it holds. It is all working perfectly according to the original records and that person’s unique reality.

How it is Possible?

While there may be other ways in which the subconscious is able to access information, the perfectly down-to-earth, logical explanation for these two incidents of intuition is:

The retina of the human eye takes in an average of 10 million bits per second while we consciously only process around 40 bits per second. The subconscious processes the rest, interprets it, calculates it (based on the existing records it holds) and then files the data for future reference.


Margaret’s subconscious registered either the sight of the nail in the tire before she got into her car to start her journey, or the subtle difference in sound or feel of the car as she drove. Since her conscious mind was focused on the difficult day she had ahead of her, this information was filtered from her cognitive thinking in the moment.

Her subconscious calculated the risk to things running smoothly, based on the information it held – that things run smoothly for her – and the new information on the nail in the tire. It then prompted her brain to trigger her digestive system to produce the craving for sugar.

When she saw the gas station, the craving became stronger, causing her conscious mind to make the decision that she couldn’t wait until she got to work before eating a chocolate bar.


Alison’s subconscious also registered the nail in her tire – either by visual information or through the subtle difference in sound or feel of the car as she drove. However, since her subconscious contained evidence that life is difficult and she always encounters problems and delays, in order to keep her aligned with that reality, her subconscious distracted her from the impending puncture. It prompted her brain to trigger her organs to produce chemicals that caused a feeling of anxiousness and urgency.

Her conscious mind translated this feeling as a sign she needed to get to work as soon as possible without stopping, in order to miss the traffic and arrive on time.

How to Improve Your Intuition

Improving intuition is not about being able to recognize and follow intuitive prompts; it’s about changing the data held in the subconscious so that those intuitive prompts will align with what you really want rather than your default settings. As you change those records, you will be able to increase your trust in your intuition since it will be based on data that supports your conscious desires.

Start by noticing what your biggest problem is right now. What is the thing you’d like to change most? Then, use the FasterEFT Technique to address every memory you have that supports that problem. In other words: If your problem is a lack of money, notice how you know you have a lack of money and notice how you know that’s a problem.

You may realize that you know because you are unable to pay your bills. If so, how do you feel about not being able to pay your bills? When have you felt that same feeling in the past (it may have had nothing to do with money) – go back as early as you can.

Now, use FasterEFT to work through those memories and flip each one. Do this with every problem you have. You may find that some of your problems and memories change automatically as you work on others, but make sure you check that each one has in fact changed.

As you flip your memories (the evidence your subconscious is referring to in order to determine your choices, decisions and actions) you will start to notice that your intuition not only starts to become clearer as you clean up the bad experiences in your past, but it also becomes increasingly more reliable.

Remember, your intuition is based on what your subconscious holds. Change that data, and your intuition automatically changes.

For more information on how and why FasterEFT works, read: How to Change Your Reality and visit: The FasterEFT System.

For step-by-step guidance on using the technique, read: The FasterEFT Technique – Step-by-Step.

To listen to Robert G. Smith (founder of FasterEFT) explain how the mind works, and to watch him demonstrate the process on others, visit the FasterEFT YouTube Channel.

Article by: Robert G. Smith

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