Self Improvement Non-Fiction posted April 18, 2019


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Trust Your Intuition!

by HealingMuse


Have you ever had a “gut” feeling, perhaps warning you about a person, event, or circumstances, only to have your natural intuition later proven to be on target?  If so, you can thank your Enteric Nervous System, in your gut.  It is part of your autonomic, or automatic nervous system.  (Think involuntary functions such as breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, etc.)   Scientists refer to this system as our “Second Brain,” because it can function independently of our central nervous system, but also feeds much information to our brains.

Let’s sit together and watch a little movie scene which clearly will show why you should trust your “gut” feelings:

Tonya has a great day at the beach.  She is feeling refreshed, but tired and hungry as she approaches her car.  Tonya is startled when a strikingly good-looking man approaches her, his arm in a sling, smiling kindly, with a look of concern on his face.   The man tells Tonya that his new puppy has gotten away from him and asks for her help in capturing it so that it doesn’t get injured in traffic.

Tonya agrees to help, and the man asks her to ride with him around the corner where the puppy had gotten away.  Tonya, being a kind person, is more than willing to help protect a puppy.  She walks to his car, but when she reaches for the handle and opens the passenger door, she is overwhelmed with dread, the hair on the back of her neck is standing up, and she is instantly terrified.

Listening to her “gut” instinct, she runs to her own car, locks the doors and drives home, ensuring the attractive stranger is not following her.  She later reports the incident to the police.  This is exactly how Ted Bundy, infamous serial murderer of more than 30 women, was finally caught, arrested, convicted, and executed for his heinous crimes.

Had Tonya not listened to her intuition, it is likely she would have been another of Bundy’s murder victims!

Hopefully, none of us will encounter a serial murderer in our daily lives, but your “gut” instincts can go a long way in helping you to avoid the “wrong” job change, a “bad” choice of where you wish to live, or what might turn out to be a very unpleasant relationship or business investment.

Learning to trust your own intuition, as a God-given gift, is very important and it will serve you well, if you will honor yourself and heed its messages!

 


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Hi All, Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this release. Jan :-)

For anyone interested in this topic, I have included the following:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-feelings-the-second-brain-in-our-gastrointestinal-systems-excerpt/

A primal connection exists between our brain and our gut. We often talk about a "gut feeling" when we meet someone for the first time. We're told to trust our gut instinct when making a difficult decision or that it "gut check time" when faced with a situation that tests our nerve and determination.

This mind-gut connection is not just metaphorical. Our brain and gut are connected by an extensive network of neurons and a highway of chemicals and hormones that constantly provide feedback about how hungry we are, whether or not we're experiencing stress, or if we've ingested a disease-causing microbe. This information superhighway is called the brain-gut axis and it provides constant updates on the state of affairs at your two ends. That sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach after looking at your post-holiday credit card bill is a vivid example of the brain-gut connection at work. You're stressed and your gut knows it immediately.

The enteric nervous system is often referred to as our body's second brain. There are hundreds of million of neurons connecting the brain to the enteric nervous system, the part of the nervous system that is tasked with controlling the gastrointestinal system. This vast web of connections monitors the entire digestive tract from the esophagus to the anus. The enteric nervous system is so extensive that it can operate as an independent entity without input from our central nervous system, although they are in regular communication. 

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21628951-900-gut-instincts-the-secrets-of-your-second-brain/

Embedded in the wall of the gut, the enteric nervous system (ENS) has long been known to control digestion. Now it seems it also plays an important role in our physical and mental well-being. It can work both independently of and in conjunction with the brain in your head and, although you are not conscious of your gut "thinking," the ENS helps you sense environmental threats, and then influences your response. A lot of the information that the gut sends to the brain affects well-being, and doesn't even come to consciousness, says Michael Gershon at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York.

https://bigthink.com/philip-perry/do-you-follow-your-gut-scientists-are-zeroing-in-on-where-intuition-comes-from-biologically
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