Questioning Both Sides of the Brain

Western thinkers are more likely to believe in logic and analytics as more reliable than intuition, so we may under utilize our intuitive intelligence. On the other hand, we are so unconscious of our use of intuition, we may be using it more than we think. For maximum effectiveness, try consciously employing both sides of your brain in making decisions and problem solving. It opens greater possibilities for success.
If you want to start that practice, another art to cultivate is formulating precise questions. Again, given that Americans are more answer-driven rather than question-driven, we have an opportunity to develop "formulating the most accurate questions" as a skill.

Let's say you are in a law firm and you want to know the best strategy obtaining an "innocent" verdict for your client. (For the sake of integrity, let's assume that your client actually is innocent). Use your left brain logic and analysis to gather the facts, information, evidence and arguments that you consider most effective and in response to your best estimate of the prosecution's responses. 

After that exercise is complete, ask your intuition: "What is the best argument that will convince the jury and judge to declare my client innocent?" 
Note that that is a different question than "How can I beat the prosecution?" or "What is the best argument for this case?" These subtle differences are important. You may beat the prosecutions arguments and have the judge set aside a verdict. You may have the best argument for the case and still lose on technical deficiencies in the evidence.
Be careful - that is, full of care - as you pose a question that you want answered. 
You can use the power of your intuition for everyday things as easily as you can for life changing events. And you can do it in reverse of the above example. 
Let's say you have a friend you haven't seen in a while and you want to give her a gift. You could get quiet, breath deeply, imagine that person in your heart and ask: "What gift would be most meaningful for Sue Smith?" Or, you might ask: "What gift would most make Sue Smith laugh?" If you got an image/words about lavender and a flame, you could then research on line or in a store for a lavender scented candle, for example, and handle all the particulars with the logical side of the brain.
Remember, we have both sides of the brain for a reason - in 2011 it's all about the blend, baby!

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