-Discovering and Developing your Inner Knowing -
"Intuition is when we know, but we don't know how we know"
⭕ We are living times that demand the development of that sixth sense (intuition) that we all have, that is, the ability to generate solutions through hunches that are in tune with the knowledge we already possess.
⭕Intuition should not be considered a substitute for thought, responsibility or the collection of all relevant information before making decisions. This should be considered a safe way of knowing things, but then we must determine how we know them.
Like an underused muscle, intuition can be trained and strengthened.
Intuition speaks to us through:
1) Images and symbols
2) Feelings and emotions
3) Physical sensations
⭕ Each of us has a primary "style" of intuition: mental, emotional or Kinesthetic.
Mental, where it will seem that you are making it all up.
Emotional, the intuition will feel real.
Kinesthetic, you will physically feel where your intuition is.
Of course there are combinations of these types of intuition.
⭕In these times, the development of intuition is important simply because there are so many things in the world today that cannot be deciphered on a rational basis.
It can be difficult to find time for solitude and to tune into your inner knowing, and that is to be expected. But as with anything else of importance, you must give yourself time for it.
Some time ago, as a recent graduate of Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, a professor from this university and guru of the chemical industry, Athef Chehata, invited me to collaborate on the "Andromeda Project" at Industrias Resistol.
Athef was also a Doctor of Chemical Sciences and Director of Technology at Industrias Resistol, a leading company in its field, and I was a simple chemical engineering intern with no experience and little to contribute.
The project involved a millionaire investment made by Resistol to buy the technology from the US, as well as all the machinery to manufacture a fundamental resin for the Mexican industry linked to the production of tires.
The technology indicated that, following the industrial process, it was possible to obtain 75% resin and 25% impure material (waste). However, what was really being obtained was 58% resin and 42% waste!
Many months had passed without being able to count on an explanation as to why the result was not being achieved, and the environments between Directors and Plant Managers at Resistol were getting "heated".
It was like this, that one night in January several years ago, alone in the engineering offices of the Lerma plant (Toluca), where the cold "pierces the bones", and, after having been held responsible together with my illustrious colleague Alfonso Trujillo to solve the problem, I kept thinking how, surely, this would be my "debut and farewell in Resistol" because in truth, we had no idea how to find a solution.
It seems that all the technical and engineering knowledge was not enough to be able to solve a problem, which actually required "The Three Kinds of Knowledge" mentioned by Baruch Spinoza: Imagination, Reason, and Intuition.
Faced with a particular phenomenon or problem, the imagination creates a mental picture of it, but it does not allow us to know things as they really are; the imagination is not wrong, simply what it does is produce a mental idea that corresponds to the physical trace of a phenomenon.
But with the imagination we must be careful, because for example if we see the sun, we can imagine that it is close and therefore we can reach it and, it is not an error to perceive the sun close, the error is to believe that it is actually there to reach; therefore, the imagination is incomplete and in order to complement the imagination, we need reason.
Reason allows us to know the parts of a phenomenon or problem and, therefore, we can then know the phenomenon or problem in its entirety. This is how reason will allow us to have an adequate idea of a problem, because by studying the knowledge about a phenomenon, we avoid falling into speculation: Law of Cause and Effect.
To complement imagination and reason, intuition is required, which allows us to know the essence of things, for example, intuition allows us to know the essence of the human race, and knowing the essence of humanity, we can intuit (interpolate) the essence of certain people we know: Law from the general to the. This law can also work the other way around, that is, go from the particular to the general (extrapolation).
⚜️ Coming back to my "adventure" at Resistol, I realized how many top executives of that time, as well as seasoned engineers, fell into the trap of rational thinking, that is, trying to obtain data and information and making decisions on "hard data" that prevented them from seeing the obvious : "They focused on the tree instead of seeing the forest in its entirety"
They got lost in numbers, assumptions, ego fights and confrontations without giving themselves the opportunity to reflect.
⚜️ As you may have guessed, dear reader, the solution to the challenge posed in Resistol was through INTUITION, whereby solving an "Industrial Scaling" issue, not a 75% conversion was achieved, but a 95% conversion with a 5% loss.
It was something as simple as the challenge of "beating chocolate and milk with a grinder" and achieving foam; depending on the level at which you put the grinder in a chocolate jar at the time of beating, it is how you will be able to get chocolate foam.
How did my Resistol adventure end?
Well, in the last executive meeting I had with them, in addition to letting them know the solution to the problem of the "Andromeda" project, I announced my resignation from Resistol and my incorporation to the chemical company E.I. Dupont, which I joined thanks to the kind invitation of a very dear friend, professor, and talented Chemical Engineer Efrain Salazar.
My best regards Efrain!
As your Consultant and Friend, I tell you the following: "Don't look for the answers that they can't give you because you couldn't live them, and the point is to live it all. Live the questions now. Perhaps little by little, without realizing it, you will live one day in the response.