SOURCE: Author Jason Apollo Voss

Author Jason Apollo Voss

February 28, 2011 00:01 ET

"Intuitive Investor" Author Jason Apollo Voss Offers 5 Tips for Using Intuition to Make Better Decisions

Electric "Aha!" Moments -- How to Get More of Them

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - February 28, 2011) - Intuition is a powerful remedy to our Western culture's emphasis on left-brain, analytical education where answers and outcomes are unrealistically controlled and certain.

Remedy? Why yes, as all of us have had the experience of taking our left-brain knowledge into the world only to encounter tough situations where facts just don't answer the really important questions. 

Questions like: should I change careers; should I keep dating my boy/girlfriend; should I move to another city; or should I be living my life differently?

Our minds are, in fact, well-equipped to handle these kinds of questions. But the answers come from our right brain and its intuitive powers and not from our analytical left-brains. 

"Unfortunately, for most of us the fruits of our intuition are realized only sporadically and are experienced as random serendipity. Primarily this is because there are several important obstacles standing in the way of a fully functioning intuition," says Intuitive Investor author Jason Apollo Voss.

Voss recently authored the book, The Intuitive Investor: A radical guide for manifesting wealth, that challenges many conventional perceptions about investing and financial decisions, and, unlike any previous How-To investment books, offers readers a plan for building the skills necessary to use intuition to make better investments. 

"Intuition provides much of the magic in our lives as it provides us with electric 'Aha!' moments where we experience clarity and direct knowing. To have more of these moments we must remove the obstacles to accessing our intuitive powers," continued Voss.

Here are 5 tips to get started:

1. Understanding there is a method
Most people feel that intuition is either another name for a "lucky guess," or that intuition is solely the result of serendipity. However, there is a method for accessing our intuition. Simply put, to access our intuition we need to be able to enter a meditative state.

Most folks think you need to be a mountain shaman to mediate. Not true. Proof that we all already meditate (but perhaps we just don't know it) is the feeling of rejuvenation we get from things like: practicing yoga; playing sports; gardening and yard work; doing something artistic; cooking; cleaning the house; or bathing for example.

These activities provide enough of a distraction to the left, linear brain that it turns off its active analysis of life. In turn, that leaves each of us in an ego-diminished state where we can easily access our intuitions.

2. Knowing the difference between an emotion and a feeling
Intuition communicates to our minds through feelings. This part of our minds we will call the "feeling self." 

Unfortunately most of us don't know how to tune into these pure intuitive sensations. Instead, we filter our feeling sensations through our preference for how things ought to be and turn our intuitive senses into the distortion of emotions.

For example, what happens if we have a thought about the day's weather and think or say, "I hate hiking on dreary days?" We end up turning the feeling-sensations that were simple, clear, pure information into emotional responses by adding preference for warmer days into the mix.

Isn't it also possible that another person having the identical feeling-sensations actually likes, and is excited by lower temperature and cloudy days? In this example, both folks have introduced prejudice to the pure feelings experienced by our senses and intuition.

Once the prejudice is introduced, we are no longer experiencing our intuition, but our emotions -- so the power of the intuitive sense is muddied or lost entirely.

To rectify this problem requires consciousness. We have to be able to experience things for what they are, not for what we would like for them to be.

3. Knowing the egoic mind/separate mind/unconscious mind
Have you ever been walking down the street and encountered someone with an intense expression on their face and just for a moment your face reflexively contorts into the same expression and you experience the same feelings that they are? This is the connected, empathetic, feeling, intuitive mind.

To protect ourselves we have egoic mind, or the ego. The ego allows us to separate ourselves from the world around us, thus protecting our sensitive feeling selves. Unfortunately, most people do not operate their egos with consciousness so they live partially disconnected from their worlds and the intuitive sensations it provides.

It is these same emotions that are the primary contributor to ego and a sensation of separateness from others.

To better access our intuition we need to be able to track the course of our emotional responses to things, people and situations. Consciousness of this process allows us to separate out signal from noise, emotion from intuition.

4. Setting proper expectations
One gigantic obstacle to accessing the intuition at will is having too much expectation about the outcome of the intuitive process.

To be clear, it is okay to have a goal for our intuitive process, such as trying to answer the question: should I accept this job offer? What is not okay is expecting a particular outcome. 

After all, our intuition frequently provides us with absolute clarity in the form of "Aha!" or "Eureka!" moments. Having an expected outcome creates a barrier to having unexpected, intuitive flashes.

Thus, as we engage in an intuitive process we make sure that we are approaching it without expectation. Be open to any possibility and see if you can't make magic happen.

5. Translating insights into words
Intuition flashes happen when our left, linear, analytical brain is either occupied or turned off entirely. The freedom this state provides allows for pure feeling sensations to enter our minds. 

Unfortunately, feelings exist independent of our ability to describe them with our typical descriptors of the world: numbers and words. So how can we make use of intuitive insights unless we know how to translate our feeling sensations into something we can think about, like a number or words?

This is why poets and mathematicians are so brilliant, they accurately translate intuitive sensations about the state of the world into something linear (words or numbers) that we all can think about and potentially understand.

For our intuition to be more potent we need to be able to translate our intuitive flashes into something we can think about -- to start, set aside time each day to really focus on how you describe things, people and sensations.

The more practice you have at translating feelings into words (or much more rarely, numbers), the more effective your intuitive insights will be.

About The Intuitive Investor: A radical guide for manifesting wealth
For more information about Jason Apollo Voss please visit his website and "What My Intuition Tells Me Now" blog, or Facebook fan page. The Intuitive Investor: A radical guide for manifesting wealth is distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, published by SelectBooks, and available wherever books are sold including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and the Jason Apollo Voss blog.