Gut and Intuition are Different

What if that go-to phrase “I listened to my gut,” inferring “I listened to my intuition,” brings the opposite of what we want? What if it brings more of what we already have?

There is a distinction between Intuition and our Gut. One is conscious; the other is subconscious.

Our gut yields an ‘emotional’ response. It felt good or it felt bad when we thought of doing that ‘thing.’ Emotional responses are not conscious; they are reactive and subconscious. In an instant, we ‘know’ what to do!

But wait, it works the same with well-developed intuition. Intuition is a conscious process and takes practice over time to develop it like a fine muscle. It yields a ‘feeling.’

Feeling, or a ‘sense of,’ is different than emotion. One is conscious and our connection as spiritual beings, with the universe, with whom we co-create our lives and everything we manifest (from thought energy into physical form).

Emotion and its sister dialogue are both attached ‘at the hip’ to our beliefs. Most of our beliefs about our ability and deserve-ability are negative, emanating from years of repetitive negative talk within earshot, including our own thoughts, and live ‘like the truth’ in the subconscious.

Positive beliefs also have an associated emotion and its automatic dialogue as well. The idea is to create new beliefs that overwrite or outweigh the existing belief … about our ability and deserve-ability or worthiness.

Here is an easy one as an example. I have heard that public speaking is a bigger fear than death for people.

Why? Well, you can trace it back to repetitive negative things we heard when we spoke up in front of people. It does not have to be a large group; it can be our family. From my generation (old) “children should be seen and not heard.”

Without realizing those we love gift us with these unsolicited gifts via repetition. Hearing “we can’t afford it,” hundreds of times over the years, yields a real belief of poverty (one of the six basic fears which we have all, to one degree or another). Now you are blessed with a poverty mindset.

They did the best they could with what they knew; no need to place blame here, but rather, create a new belief! One with a brand spanking new dialogue and a feel-good, giddy, loving emotion to go with it.

That is my work. In ninety days over thirty-six consecutive business quarters, my clients create one new belief that outweighs the old, tired, yet well-practiced and expressed enemy. The process is sound, measurable, and works every time. I have distinguished universal law into simple steps that repeat in spaced intervals over time … precisely How we got our beliefs to begin with.

I had a chocolate company in the mountains of North Carolina and an experienced chocolatier. She taught me the ‘steps’ to always have the chocolate temper and set well. She was an expert. The chocolates were extraordinary. I am that chocolatier when it comes to the steps to mimic what we have been doing since childhood and use it to influence our results in our favor.

Back to the gut.

When we react emotionally, it is an expression of what we believe to be true. It has nothing to do with our intuition at all. And gut can be positive or taking an action, depending on the associated dialogue and emotion attached to that belief.

The universe, spirit, energy, God …. however you see this one omnipresence with whom we co-create, guides us ‘consciously.’ That is a ‘knowing,’ a ‘feeling,’ or a ‘sensing’ of what is right.

If we follow our ‘gut’ while seeing the difference in gut and intuition, we are less likely to attract into our lives precisely what we already have and no longer want, over and over again.


Leslie Flowers
Leslie Flowers
Leslie Flowers, a trailblazer for women in business and emerging enterprises, is an industry-recognized authority on results and achievement and teaching business principles, universal law, and mindset over 17,000 hours over fifteen years. Leslie developed her Flagship Leadership Mastermind in 2013, the 8 Essentials of Performance and Achievement, for which she developed an agile framework to aid her clients in being in full control of their lives and have influence over conditions and circumstances. Certified coach and consultant (LSC), speaker (CS), and author of seven books, Leslie’s greatest joys in business include mentoring women to “ask for what they deserve … and be paid,” and creating leadership development mastermind training and teams to emerging enterprises.

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