Instinct Vs. Thought

May 13th, 2011 by Steve

What comes to mine when we hear the word “Instinct?” Is it a gut feeling? Is it biology? An inborn reflex?

The dictionary definition of Instinct is:

1. inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species.
2. a natural or innate impulse, inclination, or tendency.
3. a natural aptitude or gift.
4. natural intuitive power.

Instinct is that quick gut reaction, that feeling, that voice that tells us what to do or that immediate reaction to a situation.

How is Thought different than Instinct. Thought is defined as:

1. the product of mental activity; that which one thinks: a body of thought.
2. a single act or product of thinking; idea or notion: to collect one’s thoughts.
3. the act or process of thinking; mental activity: Thought as well as action wearies us.

The definition goes on but the point is made: Instinct is a gift, natural, innate, impulsive and Thought is activity, a product or a process. I take that to mean Thought takes energy Instinct is just reaction. Much is written about using your thoughts to manifest your reality. People write affirmations, read books and do exersizes causing them to think about a particular outcome and put energy into it. The purpose is that eventually your thoughts change, become more positive and attuned to your life’s goals.

As powerful as Thought is it possible that Instinct can be more useful?

Our Instincts are usually right on. Instinct is the voice in our head that speaks first and foremost. Would listening to your Instinct better serve you than focusing just on Thought?

In my experience Instinct is the voice that tells you the truth and you use thought to talk yourself out of it. Let’s say that you want to start running. Every morning when you wake up your Instinct will tell you ‘Run’ and you’ll look at your clock and think to yourself “I’m tired I’d rather sleep” or “I need rest I’ll run tomorrow.” Thought is betraying you. Instinct pointed you in the direction of the new reality you wanted to follow and Thought talked you out of it.

Think back to the times when you have determined to change your life and manifest a new reality. As you progressed what was your Instinct telling you rather than your Thoughts?

Did Instinct tell you to take a chance at the exciting new job but Thought reminded you that you have a family and it might be too risky?

Maybe Instinct told you to start a business when you had a great idea but Thought jumped in and said “it won’t work” or “it’s too difficult.”

Take an inventory or your thoughts and see how often they counter your instincts. It may surprise you. The purpose of Intention is to believe something outside of the mind. To move past thinking about it and make it part of your faith. Instinct is natural like faith where Thought is practiced.

Move past Thought and listen to your Instinct and success will become second nature.

1 Response to “Instinct Vs. Thought”

  1. What a great overview! I always listen to my “gut” instinct and when I don’t I wish I had! There is something to be said for thinking too much… it can in fact hold you back. Great site!

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