I’m delighted to have Angela Artemis, freelance journalist, blogger, clairvoyant medium and intuitive consultant back as my guest today. She’s also a financial salesperson experienced in financial planning, private banking and real estate finance. Her ability to navigate a demanding finance career while developing spiritually and psychically have given her a reputation as a very grounded and practical metaphysician.
Angela writes Powered by Intuition with suggestions for developing intuition in order to solve problems, find solutions, and receive guidance for your life. She’s also author of the e-book, Navigating by Intuition: How to Follow The Signs. Here’s what Angela has to say:
How Intuition Improves with Age
By Angela Artemis
Most people only look at the downside of aging; wrinkles, lower sex drive and slowing down for example. But did you know that getting older is actually a good thing when it comes to your intuition? In his 2008 book, “The Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell wrote that to become an expert takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice. Ten thousand hours is the equivalent of five years of working full time if you use the standard forty hour week. Becoming an expert is one of the pillars of success in any field.
Once you are an “expert” with all this experience under your belt, something incredible begins to happen. All the information and experience that you have stored in your brain creates a vast encyclopedia of knowledge that is readily available to you in a split second. The information surfaces before you are even consciously aware of thinking that you need to retrieve it. This kind of lightning fast thinking which occurs beneath the level of your awareness, known as “expert intuition,” was topic of Malcolm Gladwell’s 2005 book, Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.
Think back to your first job and how nervous you were at knowing nothing about it. Weren’t you envious of those people who had been there longer and knew the job backwards and forwards? Weren’t those people the exact same ones you went to when a problem arose and you needed help? Do you remember how easily they solved your problem and showed you what to do? These seasoned employees were using “expert intuition.”
It takes time to amass the amount of information and experience needed to become an expert. But those years of learning and doing are well worth the time and effort. And, they are the exact reason an expert will resolve problems and handle a crisis much more quickly than the novice. Think about how many times you’ve said, “If only I knew then what I know now,” in your life. The truth is only through the life experience of growing older do we accumulate wisdom to call upon when it is needed. This is something that we just cannot do in our youth simply because we haven’t yet amassed the experience.
A parent knows much more about child-rearing after they’ve done it for several years. By the time they have their second child they will know more than they did with their first. All of the experiences of raising a child become lessons stored in their memory banks. Drawing on all this experience, the experienced parent will know what to do in an emergency situation, whereas they would not have known what to do when they first became a parent.
A seasoned baseball player will know how to react out on the field just by watching how the batter has swung the bat. The player will intuitively know what direction to run in the moment the batter hits the ball. This kind of instinctive reaction is dependent upon the expertise gleaned through years of practice.
An emergency responder to a roadside accident will assess the situation in split second to know what course of life-saving action to take. The decision on how to handle the emergency takes place so quickly that the responder is not consciously aware of the complex thinking process that just occurred. This intuitive response is utterly dependent on practice and experience. The long time salesperson will “know” from the moment they meet a perspective customer if he or she is a “real” buyer or is just shopping them. The new salesperson in the same situation will have no idea.
These instantaneous reactions of “expert intuition” occur more often the older we get due to our stored knowledge and life experience. In earlier cultures the elders were revered for their wisdom. People may not have understood what was happening neurologically in the brain, nor called it “expert intuition” but, they knew enough to realize the elders had more life experience and therefore more wisdom to share.
Perhaps our culture we will someday stop glorifying youth and return to the practice of honoring their older citizens for their wisdom. Until that day, we can “wink,” call it “expert’s intuition” and attribute it to those “over 40” in our society.
Check out Angela’s e-book, Navigating by Intuition: How to Follow The Signs. It’s gotten great reviews and is just a few dollars.
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