Instinct v Intuition
One of the questions that I get asked a lot is what is the difference between intuition and instinct? For me there are some very subtle differences, which I will take you through in this article.
Most dictionary definitions of Instinct will describe it as the ability to comprehend something instinctively, so they group the two things together. In my experience, they do feel different in our body.
Here are two ways that I distinguish between instinct v intuition:
Where You Feel It
For me, instinct is a very basal reaction and is felt in the body. We sense a tingle on the back of our neck, or a tightening of our shoulders when we feel uneasy. It comes from the animal part of our nature and is fuelled by our innate desire to survive.
Intuition almost feels like it sits just outside of the body for me, like the Jiminy Cricket sitting on my shoulder, or a cloak of knowing. It lives in the open space around us, the magic in our fingertips, and our connection to source and the universe.
How You Feel It
Instinct will quite often come along with a sense of fear of anxiety. It is likely to be heightened when walking in the dark, or in an unsafe environment. There is a sense that there is something to be fixed. For me, sometimes I wake in the night when one of my kids is ill, before they even call out. That is my animal instinct.
Intuition cannot come from a place of fear. We simply can’t intuit when we’re afraid. Instead, it comes with a feeling of fulfillment or purpose. That something is just right or wrong. It is very calm and usually feels like a deep, soothing voice inside.
If the voice is too excited or scared, it is not likely to be our intuition. Excitement might be a sign that there is either something instinctual, or there is something deeper, like wishful thinking or projection at play. I will cover those in a later article.
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