Is This My Imagination Or My Intuition?

This romance story begins as these opposites learn to work together. I am talking about the left-brain and the right-brain. The left-brain enjoys logic, rationale, sensible decisions and numbers. Basically, this is the side of the relationship that seeks proof.

Yet our entire existence cannot be measured by proof so thankfully we also have the right side of the brain. The inner voice, intuition, imagination and all things created by dreaming are located in the right-brain.


To get to our intuition, one must let go of the left brain and allow the right brain to speak up loudly. This will require a subtle training of our left-brain as it is used to dealing with the day-to-day decisions and keeping us on our track.

You could use mindfulness, meditation or mono-tasking to help with the left-brain. Meanwhile, the right brain gets very little attention. When right brain speaks up it is common to have doubt and even ask, “Are you real?” or “Are you my imagination?” So how can we separate imagination from intuition if they’re created in the same side of the brain?

Easy. Ask yourself this:

  • Did this thought suddenly pop into my head?
  • Am I reacting or managing this thought?
  • Am I listening for more thoughts to follow?

If you answered yes to any of these, you are dealing with intuition. You might also be asking

Why am I thinking of this? Why is this happening? And what does it mean?

It is time to train the left-brain to recognize it and stop labeling these thoughts with logistical terms like “bright idea,” “coincidence” or “luck”. Let’s call it what it is: Intuition!


Intuition and Imagination are like bunk mates. They sleep in the same room and in the spot in your head. To prove it to yourself, take a moment to identify a red rocking chair in your head.

Because you have created it you will know if the rocking chair is large or small, glossy or matte, wooden or plastic. You will recognize the details of this red rocking chair because it is designed by you. Reach your hand out and point to the red rocking chair.

This is where your imagination and intuition room is located. It is a different location for everybody. Now you know where your room is and can rely on your intuition showing up in this place. But where is this information coming from.

Our brain is an antenna transmitting and receiving messages all the time. EEG test without touching the head show brain activity, proving we transmit our thoughts.

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When we begin to understand that the brain is a transmitter and receiver we can comprehend the concept of intuition. Intuition arrives to the brain much like radio waves arrive to an antenna. The intuition is received by the brain and then translated into images (clairvoyant), words (clairaudient), sensations (empathic) and more.

There are several ways to get your left-brain to acknowledge your intuitive abilities, thus helping you to distinguish them from your own thoughts and imagination.

Thought is much like the imagination. Generating a thought expends energy yet receiving intuition does not. Though thoughts and memories can be triggered by your environment through your five senses, intuition does not use your five senses in the traditional way.


Intuition raises vibrations to where you feel you are in a moment of suspended time, suspend belief system and even out of body.

If you still need a little more, here are 5 homework steps for the average adult.

  1. The Real Yes and No: Take the time to acknowledge how your five senses react to the word yes and react the word no.  What color, feeling, location, sensation, taste, sound and more do each of these words give it to you? You can use simple yes or no questions to engage your intuition on the myriad of decisions you make on a daily basis.
  2. Documentations Please: Write down in a very short bullet point list all the intuitive experiences you have throughout the day, even if they are very small and do not seem to be worth much. At the end of the day go back and put a checkmark next to the ones which had played out to be accurate or good insight. You might find it is a full day or week later before you get your validation. Having this on paper allows your brain to see it a documented fashion. You will be able to see how good you really are.
  3. Word Association:  Pay attention to your words. Most the time you’re trying to express your intuition yet our language does not provide accurate words to convey our intuition.  Words like “lucky,” “coincidence,” “bright idea,” and “ah- ha moments” are all supportive of intuition. Be bold in sharing that you might have information but do not know the source of it’s origin, for that is a very intuitive thing!
  4. Trust Fall:  Building trust with your intuition allows it to be stronger. When you find yourself creating doubt step back. Claim your intuitive place to be a no doubt zone!  When you are doubting, you are not connecting and you are not trusting in what you’re experiencing. Step back, take a breath and begin to ask very simple yes and no questions about what you are experiencing.
  5. Care Less: Intuition does not need you. As soon as you insert your voice, you could be requesting to control, compare, contrast and measure your intuition as if it were a logical experience (Hello left-brain). When you begin to care less about answers or intuition that you are asking for, your accuracy level increase.
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Foot note and best part: You are not crazy…now go engage your intuition.


Jamie Butler is a natural born Medium, Wholeness Expert, and media personality who has been working internationally for the past 25 years. She is the author of With Love and Light: A True Story About an Uncommon Gift. Jamie is the founder of The Center for Love and Light in Atlanta, GA and co-founder of a nonprofit learning environment: The Love & Light Institute, connecting the mind, body, emotion and soul to cultivate the potential from within. Jamie hosts The Lighter Side Show on The Lighter Side Network, encouraging learning truths through humor while letting go of learned behavior. Her life goal is to teach people of all ages about the infinite possibilities for healing, joy and success available to us when wholeness living is incorporated into our daily lives. For more information, visit

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