When I came across David Armano's post on BSP, I had a feeling of "deja vu".
Well, of course not because his text was a copy of any type (I do have a great respect for David's stimulating posts - Thank you once again, David!). In fact, I was struck by the phenomenon he describes because it appears to be an experience I go through quite regularly. Like something you've been thinking about for years without actually really sharing it.
David is developing "Blogger Sensory Perception" and checks with his readers if they ever had "intuitions" while blogging. According to the comments he received, it seems to be shared by many of us. So it is worth digging further. Now, as I commented on his post, I think these "intuitions" can be extended outside the bloggosphere into real life situations.
Let's say I have a scientific mind, I like things to be explained and don't satisfy if a solution isn't documented, tested and proven. On the other hand I like to push things further and don't accept pre-established ideas to be untouched. Shake things around reevaluate ideas and processes (according to Roger von Oech's post "Escape from obsolete ideas" - Thanks Roger!). Then I might not accept "coincidence" for an answer and go into thinking there are links between all our so-called intuitions. Ok, so let's give it a try.
Getting the consciousness... you just had an intuition something usually becomes real, at the very moment you verify the anticipation you made on what was going to happen. At that moment, you understand your anticipation became a reality, so was indeed an intuition. But there was inevitably a timelaps between the actual intuition and the moment you verify it. This leads me to this question : Are we only receiving intuition waves or are we also sending them? How can do we usually make our observations?
Logically we would say that we think someone produced an act that we could "sense" before it actually happened and without any contact with that person. But it could as well be the other way around... nothing proves we are not sending our anticipation ahead (unconsciously) to whoever grabs them (unconsciously as well) and produces the forecasted act (still unconsciously). Like a strong signal sent and received... or not, depending on circumstances. This could maybe explain that if you ever want to actually "have an intuition"... it simply doesn't work. Relatively though, mediums do exist don't they? Maybe they have a key to control this process.
According to my personal experience (please tell me if you ever noticed it as well), there are "moments" when we are more "sensitive" to intuitions. Like the opposite of crossing a tunnel where you loose mobile phone network and are out of range. It would be like a tunnel of extra-perception (or emission... as pointed before). Also there was always a "human" link to the anticipated events. I mean people involved in the action. I never sensed something like a natural event or accident or anything unexpected and only linked to objects.
Now for the anecdotic (yet funny, but please don't laugh!) part of the story, here is the exception to my last observation. I remember when I was student in College I discovered I could guess many track numbers of my CD player in shuffle mode. So freaking that I called my room mate to witness. He called another friend who was studying accounting (he was a statistics specialist) and they calculated that the ratio was 7 out of 10. We played with numbers and calculators for a few hours with same kind of results. As stupid as it may seem, they wanted to take me to a Casino (now... when I think back, I should have accepted!). I'm no medium, because I know I didn't really control anything. It just happened and was amazing. At the time, experiencing it myself, I couldn't see it as a coincidence.
Now, since then, intuitions still strike every once in a while. My observation is that they are quite often regrouped within a specific period of time. Is it the Moon phase, electromagnetic fields, air pressure, mood we're in? I like that last one!
So when I first read that people were just having them right now, at the same time (D avid, Ann, Gavin, etc. - Read comments on Gavin Heaton's post "CK does a Darmano" on his blog "Servants of Chaos"), I thought maybe people who have intuitions are having them under the same period of time or circumstances. Is blogging one of these circumstances? This brought the image of a "Tornado of intuition" as a metaphor. What I like about the tornado image is that it grows on a specific spot and timing, bursts and fades away, because of very special climatic conditions (cold mass vs hot mass, humidity, wind, bam!). It is strong and is impossible to ignore. There is a cause - which is encouraging looking forward to analyzing intuitions - but almost no way to control it (yet), once it is in action.
Now, after second thought, remember that tornadoes are not separable from their destructive effect. Mmmm... not so good then, is it? So, I don't think tornado of intuitions is the best paraphrase. We'd like to see these sensory perceptions as a positive effect, right! At least it's a start to describe it and maybe identify the common points of our perceptions. Unless... of course, like the image of the tunnel I described above, a tornado could be inverted and become something constructive (low probability, right).
I'm more into thinking it could be something like electromagnetic waves (see visual). The earth is surrounded by a magnetic field. Radio is a wave, light is one, we are surrounded by electromagnetic waves (read descrition down this page). Can some of these waves carry our thoughts? Is blogging a "frequency" or a "tuner"? Woops... I sense I'm loosing you dear readers... ; ) and realize I'm going into wild guessing or interpretation and definitely sliding away from the original stimulator : Blogger Sensory Perception. But hey... that's also what blogging is about, right! ; )
Any other idea for the visualization? Do you have hints about "when/how your intuitions usually happen"?