How many times have you said, “I knew I should have done that?” For many people, it’s difficult to trust their gut instincts when making important life decisions.

A video featureing experts in the field of intuition and business management offers techniques and exercises for developing your intuition.  These experts, collectively known as the “Intuition Network,” tell us that “intuition is like a muscle that can be  developed and strengthened.”

The video, “Improving Your Intuition,” gives concrete examples of how intuition has helped people make healthful and profitable life decisions.  Worldwide, intuition is used for things as practical as stock market investing and quitting smoking.  In business, intuitive thinking is known as “creative problem solving,” says author Ann McGee Cooper.

The first step in building intuitiveness is learning to trust your hunches, according to Dr. Bill Taggart, a business professor who also emphasizes the importance of keeping a journal of these nagging thoughts.  “By keeping a journal of your hunches,” Taggart says, ” it can become more of a conscious process rather then something that just happens randomly.”

Journal-writing is just one of the ways that will help you train your mind to use your intuition.  Several other techniques will help:

–get a clear idea of your issue or decision by visualizing it as an object. Nancy Rosanoff author of “Intuition Workout” even suggests that you imagine chewing and swallowing your problem so that your body can sense what your decision will feel like.

— Marcia Emery Ph.D. author of “Intuition Workbook” tells us to play guessing games, trying to predict the outcome of ball games or what is in the mailbox.  Then, use your journal to see how often you are right.

–pay attention to your dreams.  They often hold key advice for your life.  Each person will interpret the symbolism of dreams differently, ask yourself; “what does this symbol mean to me?”

— Relax and try to detach yourself from the issue.  Quiet meditation helps. It also helps to empathize with other people and help them make decisions from an objective but empathetic standpoint.

–Have fun with it, taking things too seriously blocks intuition.

— Be patient.  Learning to use your intuition may take minutes, but learning how to trust it is a more gradual lifelong process.

Intuition will not fade if you don’t act; your  “still small voice” is quietly persistent. Practice is the key, agreed all of the experts featured on the video.

The interviews for this video were done at the  “Intuition at Work: From Insight to Application,”  conference, that was held in Denver,Colorado, in November 1995. Raymond C. Adler Produced, directed and edited Improving Your Intuition.

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Note from the Producer/Back story

In the early 1990’s, my wife displayed an ability to know what I was dreaming. She knew some of my fleeting thoughts that I had never discussed. This started me on a journey. An attempt to discover if things like precognition, intuition or psychic ability were real. I had found most of the people who claimed these abilities were fake, only interested in money. In my many encounters, I only found one “psychic” that intrigued me.  A European lady in town for a short stay, had me pick 6 colored bottles, out of a possible 200 or more. Immediately, she knew  the goals I was aiming toward. I was planning the project and told no one that I was about to work on this “Intuition” video. I was impressed.

I learned about “Intuition at Work” conference in 1995. Many of instructors there were Ph.D. ’s or had other impressive credentials.  I was able to ask them to describe, in concrete terms, how they go about improving their intuition and use it to make decisions. I interviewed them and created the “Intuition” video from those interviews.


The program has received an “Honorable mention” by the Noetic Society / Elda Hartley Film Festival.


Q: What is intuition?

A: Intuition is Knowledge gained without rational thought. As Alan Vaughan Ph.D. told me that “Intuition is knowing something without knowing how you know it.”

Q: What is the difference between impulse and intuition?

A:    Intuition doesn’t carry a sense of desperate urgency like impulses do. If information comes strongly charged with emotion it probably isn’t intuition. Also, when a thought comes to you that you think is intuition, do not act on it. If it comes back again, still do nothing, if the thought comes back a third time it is likely to be your intuition.

Q: What are the steps you need to take to improve your intuition?

A: Marcia Emery Ph.D. author of “Intuition Workbook” tells us to “Play guessing games” and “keep a journal of your hunches so you Have a record of your batting average.” Be intuitive for others because helping others with their problems helps you learn to detach from your problems. Nancy Rosanoff’s advice of “noticing how you feel” during a decision is also important.

Meditation was  mentioned by most the experts I interviewed. You need to detach from your feelings in order to make effective decisions and predictions.

Q: Does intuition come to every person the same way?

A: No, Problem solving specialist and author Ann McGee Cooper says “It is important that you recognize how your intuition comes to you and you will notice a pattern.”   Lots of people get “gut feelings,” while others get “images or relevant dreams.”  If you

do get images you need to interpret them. As Psychiatrist Dr.Edith Jurka told me, “what feelings or associations do you have with the images you have received.”

Q: Are there any exercises I can do to connect with my intuition?

A: There are many on the “Improve your intuition” video. One of the exercises that I found helpfulwas described by author Nancy Rosanoff. With a question in mind, reach into your pocket or purse, any place that you keep a lot of stuff, and pull an object out. Let that object be an answer from your intuition. Alan Vaughan told me to picture the future in five years if you do X,  now, picture the future if you do Y. What did you see, how did you feel about what you saw.

Q: How is intuition used in business?

A: There are so many stories of people using their intuition and finding success, including Ray Kroc of McDonalds.  Wall street veteran Gary Markoff, told me how spotting trends and “noticing cycles by being an observer” has brought him great success in the stock market. Author and problem solving specialist  Ann McGee Coopers suggests “seeing your problem from the perspective of a child,” thus enabling you to look at your problem in a new way.

Q: Can I really be my own psychic?

If you want to learn psychic development or give clairvoyant readings for people this would be a good training tool. But the true goal of this video, is to empower people to make decisions for themselves using both their logic and intuition.