Enhancing Your Intuition With Bellydance

Intuition is “the direct knowing of something without the conscious use of reasoning” (Webster’s New World Dictionary). Most of us have experienced intuition and many of us value it and rely on it.

In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex and confusing, it’s often hard to know who, or what, to believe in. Using our intuition along with our reasoning mind may be our best way of sorting through the turbulence and deception around us. We know how to use our reasoning mind, but how do we develop and utilize our intuition?

Scientists now know that we have a complex of neurotransmitters in our abdomen, a 2nd brain, that communicate to us through feelings (gut feelings) and intuition. By becoming more aware of this part of our bodies, and paying attention to our ‘gut feelings’ we can enhance our ability to use this ‘2nd brain’.

I believe that bellydancing can strengthen our ability to benefit from our ‘intuitive’ brain. Many bellydance movements are centered in our abdomen, greatly enhancing the flow of energy and our focus of attention there. It may be interesting for bellydancers to note whether their intuition has improved since they’ve taken up the dance. I think it has for me, and given today’s challenging world, I’ll take all the help I can get in knowing what’s true and what’s not.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein

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