Handbook of Intuition Research
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Handbook of Intuition Research

Edited by Marta Sinclair

This groundbreaking interdisciplinary Handbook showcases the latest intuition research, providing an integrated framework that reconciles opposing views on what intuition is and how it works. The internationally renowned group of contributors explores different facets of the intuiting process and its outcome, the role of consciousness and affect in intuition, and alternate ways of capturing it. They tackle the function of intuition in expertise, strategy, entrepreneurship, and ethics and outline intuitive decision-making in the legal profession, medicine, film and wine industry, and teaching. The Handbook pushes the boundaries of our current understanding by exploring the possibility of non-local intuition based on the principles of quantum holography and investigating new techniques for developing intuitive skills.
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Chapter 21: The heart in intuition: tools for cultivating intuitive intelligence

Dana Elisa Tomasino


Dana Elisa Tomasino1 Mainstream science has endeavored to account for intuition purely in terms of cognitive processes within the brain (Baron, 2004; Lieberman, 2000; Mitchell et al., 2005; Simon, 1987). Yet there is a long-held notion, shared by many cultures and civilizations throughout human history, that the heart is involved in intuitive experience: this is the view of the heart as a locus of inner wisdom and insight – a conduit to an intuitive intelligence that both transcends and yet also complements the perceptions and understandings of normal awareness (Godwin, 2001; Young, 2003). Ironically, while this ancient understanding of the heart has largely been relegated to metaphor by modern society, new science is now beginning to reaffirm the validity of this age-old concept and to develop an understanding of the heart’s central involvement in the psychophysiological and emotional processes that underlie intuition (Bradley et al., 2011; McCraty et al., 2004a; Tressoldi et al., 2009). Building on this new research, this chapter views intuition as a wholebody process in which the heart plays a key role, both in the processes by which intuitive perception occurs and also in the creation of an optimal bodily state – psychophysiological coherence – that appears to enhance intuitive receptivity. Activated by positive emotions, this state is marked by a systemic shift toward increased synchronization and harmony in an individual’s physiological and psychological processes. Positive emotionbased tools and technologies that activate psychophysiological coherence are discussed as a programmatic means to cultivate intuitive receptivity, and, with sustained practice, to ultimately...

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