Tackling the idea of Intuition vs. science.
There’s so many different layers to what this could mean, and how it could be presented..
The Science of the Unknown or, the Science of what we do not yet know.
We’ve discovered a lot over the past hundreds of years. How can we decipher or wade through the science of the unknown? Let’s explore a few examples that we’ve encountered throughout history.
Our First Example: Hysteria
First to note is Hysteria, once believed to be a medical condition, a physical ailment specific to women, that caused anxiety, depression irritability, and insomnia. In the 1800’s it was reclassified as a psychological disorder and it wasn’t until 1980 that it was removed from the medical books and declassified as a psychological disorder or problem.
To reiterate, it began as a physical condition only seen in women for centuries. As science evolved and research was done, it became a psychological disorder. Then, less than 40 years ago, in 1980 hysteria was removed from official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
The Science of the Unknown… We’re always learning and growing.
What’s true today may not be true in a few decades from now.
You can learn more about the History of Hysteria here
Intuition & Science
This is where our discussion begins...
It’s important to run tests, observe, record, and catalog, because that’s how we learn. As children we observe our parents and learn from them, we catalog their behaviour. As a society, using science, data, and observation is extremely useful in gathering insights. This is why I marry the topics of Science and Intuition.
When should you trust your intuition? The wisdom coming from deep within you, your own knowing or understanding. Do you trust this wisdom? What does that even mean?
In today’s society there’s a new age of spiritual movement evolving. More and more people are learning to listen to their bodies, their minds, and their heart’s speaking. Now, this is all well and good, IF we know how to listen to the language and more importantly, if we can understand the language.
Many of us have cluttered heads, our brains are full and buzzing with information. This information comes from truth and science, theories and ideas, a lot of it is conflicting, but we’re listening nonetheless.
When we tune into a deeper part of ourselves once or twice a week in meditation, we can begin listening to what our mind, our heart, and our bodies are saying to us. The problem here is that if we don’t practice often enough, a lot of us find ourselves overwhelmed by all the things our body has been trying to tell us all week. We start to listen and there’s just too much all at once. We’re not practicing the act of tuning in and listening often enough.
It’s healthy to take a pause and explore within your self, does this feel right for my body? Does this feel right for my mind? This is always hard to do if you haven’t been connecting to yourself regularly. Remember to reconnect daily, so that when you ask yourselfhow you feel about a topic, or an idea, or something being told to you, you can connect to deeper wisdoms from your past, what you’ve learned, and deep within to see how true that information rings to you.
Example #2: Discovery
In the 1950’s we discovered and recognized that we could see the DNA double helix in our bodies, it was a very exciting discovery. Until then, we didn’t really know that we had DNA, we didn’t know it was there.
Before the 1950’s if you had felt strongly that DNA existed and knew it was there, and you told a scientist, “I feel that there’s building blocks beyond the cellular level, smaller and tinier than cells, affecting us as a whole” A lot of people in science might have called you crazy. This is the conundrum of science and the unknown.
What will this look like when we look back 30 years from now? Will we be practicing the science that is known or the science that is unknown? There’s so many instances where we can look back and say hindsight is 20/20 and yet we continue to pursue science almost as an absolute.
Example #3: Muons
When we looked at particle physics long ago, we didn’t know there was such a thing as electrons, and then low and behold, we created these devices that could detect electrons, and all of a sudden we could identify them.
Now, in the latest news, we have discovered in physics there is the muon, which is a new particle that scientists aren’t understanding. It is affecting the laws of physics, it is acting and behaving in a way that we have never seen before. It has some kind of magnetic pull, some kind of magnetic mass and existence, yet we don’t understand it.
It’s interesting because all of a sudden we have been shown something, we must recognize that it exists. Until we discovered it, it was unknown and to some, non-existent. This is the science of the unknown.
Learn more about muons here
Combining Intuition and Science
This is why I combine science with intuition. When you study a skill or an art… when you become an expert in something, you’ve studied the ins and outs and you know all the rules… you’ve followed teachings from masters in the field… When you truly master a skill and learn the science, at some point it becomes a part of you. On what level? We don’t really know, it could be at the brain level or at the body level, or at a level we don’t fully understand yet. Do you feel it in the core of your being? Have you absorbed the information so deep within your cells that it has become part of who you are?
Master athletes, master artists, astronauts, surgeons, highly skilled and trained people at some point abandon following the “rules” because the rules have become naturally a part of them.They go beyond the science of the rules, and begin to work from a place of intuition. We must achieve a certain level of mastery by following data and information and then move beyond it.
This is a trained, concentrated, familiar feeling that goes beyond the mindset, beyond our level of thinking. Even though thinking and training of the mind was involved initially, higher level action actually does come from intuition and the gut.
In today’s culture, I see a lot of people jumping on a bandwagon, choosing a topic or a niche of interest, grazing there for a while, but not going deep enough or long enough to truly understand the rules that have come before. Without an in depth look and understanding, we can’t propel into the next level.
The Scientific Truth, Today
What is the scientific truth? The truthof the day? When we look at the timeline of science, the science today is really only accurate today.
Collective wisdom or intuitive wisdom might have a profound cultural benefit in todays society. We connect on a spiritual level that we don’t yet recognize and that we can’t yet prove scientifically, but we know it’s there. Many of us feel that we have a deep connection to plant life, to Earth, to other people, animals, flora & fauna, everything, but this has yet to be tested and scientifically proven.
I want to highlight the importance of cross referencing studies, looking at independent studies and peer reviewed papers, these are required to show science. Absorb the science and information that’s out there. I want you to trust your gut feelings, your intuition, but you need to educate yourself so that you can marry the two and become proficient in spotting the holes in the problem and the solution.
I encourage you to explore a topic that interests you, dive deep into the knowledge and research that’s out there. Dive deeper than the headlines and the news clips, stop scrolling and take a moment, take a deep breath, and explore something deeper. That, is the science and intuition of you.
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