Medical Intuitive, Dr. Mona
Mona Lisa Schulz,
M.D. knows all about brains. She has a Ph.D. in neuroanatomy. And when
she's not attending to her practice as a physician in Yarmouth, Maine,
she is working as a medical intuitive, doing telephone consultations
for clients she has not met and knows nothing of, save for their names
and age. She has been doing such consultations for the past 10 years.
says she discovered, and then developed, her own intuitive powers as
a student at Brown University as she struggled to cope with a sleeping
disorder whose severity tended to closely track the ups and downs of
her emotional life. She talked with Body &
Soul's Gail Harris about intuition.
is a sense all of us have. It's a capacity to make a correct decision
with insufficient rational information.
"A study at
the University of Iowa showed that a certain area in the brain, in the
limbic system, is exquisitely important for intuition, and that intuition
is an important sense to make reasonable, balanced decisions. When most
people approach the word intuition, they think of some unusual, peculiar
power. It really isn't. Intuition is something normal. It's a normal
physiological process that's not just in our brain but in our body and
in our sleep at night.
"If you don't
use your intuition, you're actually at a disadvantage from people who
do. You're disadvantaged to make correct decisions, and you're actually
disadvantaged to see potential opportunities in your life.
"When we develop
as children, the area [in the brain] for intuition is very well developed.
It's the temporal lobe and a small area above it. However, there's an
area in the frontal lobe that doesn't come on board until later on in
life, after puberty. So as children, we have more access to our intuition,
because the area in our frontal lobe that doubts our intuition, the
area that tells us you can't possibly know this--the rule area in our
brain--isn't on board yet. So as children we have unbridled intuition.
the problem is that sometimes we fall in line, we want to be socially
appropriate, so we do what we think we ought to do, rather than what
our body senses. As a result, as we get older, sometimes intuition is
harder to access.
"Men and women
process intuition differently; one is not more intuitive than the other.
It's true that women are wired for cyclical intuition. Think of the
right brain as the more intuitive part and the left brain as the more
intellectual, rational part. Women in the first part of their cycle
are mostly in their left brain, in the intellectual, rational world.
Once you hit ovulation, you go more into your right brain, so women
are more intuitive in their premenstrual world.
"For most traditional
men, their brains are compartmentalized. When they're in their left
brains, they're in their left brains. When they're in their right brain,
they're in their right brain. The departments in their brain are more
segregated. And women go all over the brain to do tasks.
"When I work
as an intuitive now, I try to immediately teach people how to listen
to their intuition and their own body. That is, I'm teaching them to
wake up to the signals in their body that are telling them through illness
that something in their life needs to change."
Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz
Body & Soul is currently airing Monday-Friday at 7:00pm and 8:30pm on PBS YOU.
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