What’s the Difference Between Intuition and Gut Feelings?

“Listen to your intuition. It will tell you everything you need to know”  – Anthony J. D’Angelo


I know there are a lot of people that would argue they are one and the same. Men especially use the phrase “I had a gut feeling” or a “gut reaction” and probably use those phrases from a combination of how they were raised (what their parents, and particularly their fathers, said) and feeling like the word ‘intuition’ is too feminine.

Gut feelings are instantaneous insights that accurately reflect disharmony. However, they can be unconsciously distorted by past experiences with unresolved emotions related to one’s own life. It is therefore important to temper such input with compassion and higher wisdom and be willing to go deep within one’s self so as to clear old prejudices and stories collected from the past.

As an example, you are introduced to someone who has the same first name as a previous boyfriend or girlfriend. On hearing their name, your gut feelings say, “Ugh. I don’t want anything to do with this person.” However, if you stopped and listened to your intuition, it says, “Isn’t it time you moved beyond this issue?”

Intuition is a sensory experience and therefore described as “gut feelings, a hunch, instinct” or felt “in the bones or the waters” while some people have “a nose for it” or “follow their nose.” It is a state of inner knowing which often emerges out of the blue. It is an immediate appreciation by the mind without reasoning. Men and women are equally intuitive; however, men are more apt to act on their intuition more than women by seeing it as ‘instinctual’ and therefore obvious. Women tend to second-guess themselves.

The purpose of intuition is to connect to expanding facets of ourselves, other people, and the world in which we live. When psychic abilities are used purely for material or ego gain, intuition is not evoked, for this inner knowing always leads to:
• Increased soul growth and development
• Increased self-consciousness and awareness
• Increased benefit to all concerned starting with those close and extending to the universe.

Our intuition will never let us down. It is we who let it down by:
• Hearing only what we want to hear
• Failing to trust it fully
• Applying limiting logic
• Not following through on the advice

I’ll have more information on intuition in the days to come, including how to recognize the flow of our intuition and the sources of our intuition.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melissa Leath
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 23:48:52

    Reblogged this on The Go Between: Psychics, Mediums and Integrity by Melissa Leath and commented:
    Whenever I can read someone else’s information about the field I work in, I always pay attention. Take the time to read this blog, you will be glad you did…


  2. Psychic Elektra
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 15:00:03

    You did a great job explaining the difference! I often use these words interchangeably when dealing with clients because I feel that it conveys the same message. But it is an important distinction. I also like the fact that you included the genderized associates of word. I’m very much into how language shapes our perceptions of the world. I look forward to reading future posts from you!


    • spiritwings1
      Feb 08, 2013 @ 22:32:29

      Thank you so much, Elektra! I’ve been very interested in intuition for many years, and upon learning more, found it very fascinating how men and women treat it (and name it) differently. I hope you’ll return to my blog to read my future posts about intuition.


  3. doriantgray
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 22:24:03

    I too used these words interchangeably. It’s good to know the difference.


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