On almost a daily basis my clients come to me with questions. They want to know what to do about a certain situation, or they want to know how to achieve the best outcome.
It is my job to tune in and find those answers for them, but the truth is although my antennae are especially honed, everyone is equipped to get those answers.
We are all outfitted with a special tool to help us thrive. Every single one of us is born with it. It is that sense that tells you that someone is looking at you even though they are behind you. It’s that sense that tells you instantly whether you like someone or not. It’s that little voice in your mind that tells you instinctively to buy extra, only to find out later you have a surprise visitor. That instinct has a name. It’s called intuition.
Some people call it your sixth sense. I think of it more like a “thrive meter.” While the first five senses are used primarily to keep you out of danger, or to keep you aware of and alert to your surroundings, so that you can avoid hazard, the job of your sixth sense is to lead you to experiences that help you prosper.
It’s true it can sometimes take you to some unusual places. My intuition once led me to a bar. I was investigating a new place to live and didn’t know anyone in the town. But my instinct told me to go to the bar that evening where there was a band playing. Truth be told, I felt pretty awkward going there on my own. It wasn’t really my scene, but my gut had led me there. Shortly after arriving I met two women. I chatted with them all evening. By the end of the night one of them asked me if I could housesit for her at the exact time that my lease was up the following month. Because I followed my instinct and went to that bar, I met these women. I was given a place to stay when I got to town—one that enabled me to land gracefully and have a beautiful roof over my head while I found a place of my own. She even let me store my belongings in her garage in the mean time.
Time and time again that has been my experience when I follow my intuition. It leads me into situations that are much better than I would have even imagined. At that time I was prepared to camp in my tent and pay to store my belongings. I ended up having a beautiful place to live with free storage while I found a place of my own. The woman got what she needed: someone to take care of her 5 horses, 2 ducks, and 1 cat. And I got what I needed: a beautiful and dry place to land.
The job of your intuition is to lead you to those kind of experiences. When you disregard its messages, you cut yourself off from these experiences of grace and ease. Conversely, the more you pay attention to your intuition the more it provides answers. Like any of your other senses, the more attention you give it, the keener it gets. By paying attention to your intuition and responding to its clues, you can train yourself to invite and accept experiences that help you flourish.
But be aware, your intuition doesn’t always speak in loud tones, especially if you’re used to ignoring it. It’s the quiet voice in your mind or body that says “eat less sugar,” or “start diner early tonight, or “go talk to that person.”
If you train yourself to listen to it, and more importantly to start acting on its advice, it gets stronger, and gives you more information on how to go from survive to thrive.
Your intuition is always talking to you. The question is are you listening?