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Heart vs intuition

I have been thinking quite a bit about this lately,
and I am curious if anyone has thoughts they  might care to share.
What is the difference?
Is there one?
Is 'following your heart' something that is guided by intuition or simply emotion?
What about 'gut'?
Is that something else again?


Furthermore, does intuition have anything to do with the 'third eye' in your opinion?

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The Heart is in you chest, Intuition is in your gut! haha

 

I believe we make decisions based on 3 things, our head, our heart and our gut.

Our head is logic. Our heart is emotion, our gut is instincts.

Very rarely do all 3 align, at least for me anyway. I've been forced to do a lot of reflection recently and looking back I feel that all the choices I made with my head and heart were wrong for me. It's only when I've truly listened to my guts do I stand by that decision.

I feel emotions can cloud your judgement. And your mind is susceptible to external influence.

This is obviously just based on my own experiences.

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16 hours ago, Phagos said:

The Heart is in you chest, Intuition is in your gut! haha

 

I believe we make decisions based on 3 things, our head, our heart and our gut.

Our head is logic. Our heart is emotion, our gut is instincts.

Very rarely do all 3 align, at least for me anyway. I've been forced to do a lot of reflection recently and looking back I feel that all the choices I made with my head and heart were wrong for me. It's only when I've truly listened to my guts do I stand by that decision.

I feel emotions can cloud your judgement. And your mind is susceptible to external influence.

This is obviously just based on my own experiences.

"The Heart is in you chest, Intuition is in your gut!

I believe we make decisions based on 3 things, our head, our heart and our gut.

Our head is logic. Our heart is emotion, our gut is instincts."

 

I've been wondering too, how much these centers connect with the Chakra system, if one believes in such things.

For my part, I do, for my own reasons, and they sure appear to be related concepts to me.

'Gut', being 'solar plexus ', 'heart' being,  well heart of course, and head being 'third eye'. Not to say that the third eye represents decisions made with the mind, but moreso with the frontal lobe and pineal gland specifically,  perhaps. A higher function of decision making,  relying on an intake of information from various factors, some of which we are not even consciously aware of, as opposed to just logically 'thinking' it out.

" I feel emotions can cloud your judgement. And your mind is susceptible to external influence."

Yes indeed, agreed. I do wonder myself however if the 'gut' can be a little over reactive too sometimes. Responding instinctively perhaps, which as modern humans doesn't always serve us particularly well. 

Phagos, may I ask when you make a decisions based on 'gut instincts', what does that entail, or feel like for you? Is it a literal pull or repulsion sensation that you feel in that center, for instance?

 

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7 hours ago, spectropoetics said:

I don't know that these words are pointing to actual things in themselves, or even a single unified thing - the way I see it (and perhaps it's more visible to me as a non native speaker) it seems to be mostly a product of language - connotations. "Follow your heart" presumes that joy is a good emotion saturated with information on how to experience ever more of it, which culturally is seen as a correct trajectory. "Trust your gut", more often than not although not always, is synonymous with being alert and vigilant, identifying potential threats before they're danger. In English it seems the "heart" guides you towards and the "gut" steers you away from, to speak very broadly. Lots of cultures consider that the "essence" of a person (their "soul", in the broad cultural context most here would be familiar with) is made of multiple parts with different functions that the culture locates in different parts of the body sometimes. These models can vary widely culture to culture.
(That's something I like to play with: seating my consciousness in different parts of the body, fracturing it along different patterns, inhabiting these different models for a bit. It's a useful exercise in deconstructing immutability, which is important for me magically.)

Intuition I think is the sum total of irreducible components that describes an actual way of knowing - it includes physiological, psychological, and yes, 'extra'-sensory responses.

Excellent points, as always @spectropoetics. Thank you for sharing your insights.

I like the 'parts of the soul' concept, and this topic seems to illustrate it's potential quite nicely, imo.

I am very much in agreement with your final statement. 

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Heart vs. Intuition: "Following your heart" often refers to making decisions based on emotions, desires, or passion. It's deeply personal and can guide you towards what feels right. On the other hand, intuition is more about an inner knowing, a gut feeling that isn't always tied to emotion. It's like an instinctive understanding without logical explanation.

Gut Feeling: The "gut" feeling is often considered a form of intuition. It's that visceral reaction you get, almost like a tug or pull in a certain direction. Some believe it's linked to the enteric nervous system, often referred to as the "second brain," which could explain the physical sensation.

Third Eye and Intuition: Many spiritual traditions link intuition to the "third eye" or the sixth chakra. This is seen as the center of intuition, insight, and inner wisdom. When people talk about opening their third eye, they often mean tapping into a higher level of understanding and perception beyond the physical senses.

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Perhaps the heart is the essence of our spiritual being. The ancient egyptians saw it as the house of the soul. Being the strongest energy source in our physical bodies, I believe that it can sometimes cloud logical decision making, but it also provides courage to overcome the animal instincts of the gut. Intuition is connected to both. It is the entry point of all information. These 3 qualities should be observed and heeded as a triad of truth, if you will...

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Just a tidbit regarding head vs heart. On my hand the heart line is short and straight as an arrow. It ends after joining the head line. Several times palm readers have said to me 'you need to change the way you think about relationships if you ever want it to change'. Basically meaning I am my own worst enemy. Not wanting to get hurt in a relationship has shaped my life in ways I could have never imagined. It isn't a place I would recommend to anyone. But, here I am. 

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"Perhaps the heart is the essence of our spiritual being.". Yes, I sense/feel all people are literally connected through the heart. I had a major Kundalini experience where the Kundalini shot up my spine and out the top of the head one time, no big deal; but when it coursed out from my heart region I felt connected to all heart(s) in the vicinity. It was definitely love (unity) but on the Soul level it was more like chaos in hell between people at the that level compared to the more superficial level of the mundane world. It was much more peaceful when I first first experienced it 30 years ago. Feeling from the heart can be compared to a hand-shake: the vibrations say so much more than the intellect alone: I find the two go together. I feel this experience of the collective human soul is the source of my intuition. Connecting via the heart is like approaching the other with open  hands: each sees the other.

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