The Scientific Explanation Of A Gut Feeling + Why You Need To Go With It
This past week I won the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) Day In The Life video contest. I can’t stop thinking about how I was so close to not entering the contest but had a strong gut feeling that I should do it.
Every time I get one of these strong gut feelings I think of the capstone course in the IIN curriculum where Dr. Deepak Chopra explains – in a very scientific way – that a gut feeling is actually every cell in your body making a decision.
That sounded like a little too much fairy dust to me until I listened to the rest of the lecture.
Since then I’ve listened to the class at least 10 times to really dive into and understand this concept and, I have to tell you, it’s pretty spectacular.
Dr. Chopra is a neuroendocrinologist (i.e. MD specializing in the study of brain chemistry) and for years he has studied the connection between our consciousness and physical body. What he and his colleagues have found is that our gut is actually it’s own nervous system, and potentially more powerful that our central nervous system. Whoa! Not only can every cell in our bodies think, they also have a strong memory to tap into to help you make decisions. Double whoa!
He even states: “If you say ‘I have a gut feeling about such and such’ you’re not speaking metaphorically, you’re speaking literally. Your gut makes the same chemicals that your brain makes when it thinks.”
So, when we get a strong “gut feeling” it’s actually every cell in our body remembering, thinking and deciding on the matter at hand.
Here’s the kicker: the nervous system in your gut doesn’t have the ability to doubt itself like your central nervous system does. ***Epiphany!***
That strong gut feeling you get is every cell in your body making a decision that is without-a-doubt right for you.
When I heard about this contest, I immediately felt like I should enter it. The concept, look & feel of the video I would produce went through me like a lightening bolt.
Then the doubt crept in. I don’t have enough time. I might look silly in front of a lot of people. I might spend a bunch of money on a flop.
But I trusted my gut. I heard about the contest on a Thursday afternoon, contacted the videographers that night then met with them Friday morning. I wrote the concept over the weekend and we shot it Monday, they edited it Tuesday and I submitted it Wednesday.
I trusted my gut and left my doubt at the door – and it payed off big time.
Your brain will always create doubt and question your judgements – as it probably should to keep up safe and allow us to rationalize. But your gut just knows when something is RIGHT for you.
So save your brain for the analytical stuff and trust your gut. It’s science.
More food for thought…
This concept goes far beyond what I’ve touched on here; Dr. Chopra helps us understand that our consciousness does not exist within our physical body – it’s the exact opposite. Our physical body exists within our consciousness. It’s a super deep, super scientific concept that will blow your mind. You can read more about it in his book Quantum Healing, or learn the concept in depth by enrolling in the Institute For Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Training Program.
Cheers to your gut feelings!
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