have that gut feeling about something - but just don't know what
that message is or where it's coming from? Well that gut feeling
is really your intuition. And just what is intuition? Think of intuition
as a partner - someone who only wants to help you and guide you.
The only problem with this partner is that it doesn't speak the
same language as you. That is; it doesn't always spell things out
for you and give you instructions in terms you'll understand. In
order to develop your intuition - you have to first understand it's
language - and this is often the tricky part.
Intuition Works - Understanding it's Language.
sends us messages in different forms all the time, everyday. Sometimes
intuition can be that gut feeling that I just mentioned - when you
know something - but just don't have anything to substantiate what
you know. For example: last week I was driving on the highway -
I had at least another hour to go before I got close to my destination.
A limousine went speeding by me - and for a moment I thought about
tagging along behind him - but something just didn't sit right.
I chose not to speed with him and stayed where I was. About a half-hour
later I saw the same limousine pulled over along the side of the
road getting a speeding ticket and thought - that could have been
me - good thing I stayed where I was. Here's another example; several
years ago I was in Seattle - a city I'm somewhat familiar with but
not completely knowledgeable of all the streets. I recall driving
along near Pike Street Market - trying to figure out how to get
back on to highway 5 and head north. Finally I figured out how to
get back on the highway - and decided to speed up a little - but
the car in front of me was going rather slow so I thought about
passing it - but again something didn't sit right-so I just stayed
behind him. A minute later another car zipped past us both - it
was not more than 20-feet ahead of us going through a green light
when another car smashed into it - the other car was going through
a red light. We had to stay and talk to the police - but again my
instincts saved me - that could have been me in the accident had
I chose to pass the car a minute earlier - but I trusted my gut
and stayed put.
remember when I was in an investigative Reporter and I was interviewing
the Chief of Detectives . It was his last day on the job before
starting a new life as a public citizen now that he was retiring.
He had spent 25 years on the job and let me tell you - he'd seen
just about everything. I asked him: "How can an average citizen,
walking down Broadway just after sunset, protect himself or herself
from a mugger? No everybody carries mace or has self-defense training?
What can Miss. Or Mr. Average do to protect themselves?" I'll
never forget his response. This elderly man, with his receding gray
hair, leaned forward and said: "Karim, at some point, just
before something bad is going to happen to you - those little hairs
on the back of your neck stand up. They're telling you not to cross
the street, not to go further, to stop in your track and turn around
- go in a direction where help can be found. If the average person
paid attention to that - paid attention to those little hairs standing
up on the back of their necks - they'd live a long time." Those
little hairs stand up because your intuition is trying to tell you
not to do something or warn you of imminent danger so - you then
have to take the necessary steps to get out of the situation as
quickly as possible. Quite simply - intuition can save your life
if you just listen to it.
readers - I can't tell you how many times my intuition has saved
me. There are probably numerous other times that my intuition has
saved me and I'm not even aware of those instances. These are situations
when I followed my instincts but don't know what the outcome would
have been had I not followed them. Sometimes we won't know what
would have happened if we didn't follow our instincts.
comes in many forms - like I said at the beginning - think of intuition
as a partner trying to help you and guide you along the way - so
that no harm comes to you. Sometimes this partner will speak with
a feeling, sometimes it will speak with words through another person,
sometimes it will give you signals, sometimes it will simply try
to stop you from doing something that isn't good for you. We have
to understand how it is speaking to us and when it is speaking to
us. Let's go over some of the examples I just mentioned.
gone over how intuition speaks with feeling. Sometimes it's a gut
feeling - an overwhelming feeling that you should do something,
avoid something or follow up on something. Sometimes intuition will
speak with words through someone else. For example: you may be thinking
about buying a new home but you're not sure what area. The first
person you speak to mentions a particular area, the next person
you speak to mentions the same area and then a third person mentions
the same area - then you're looking in the paper and you see an
article praising the area that you're friends were telling you about.
In this case your intuition is likely trying to get you to consider
that certain area - and perhaps it's time to take a look.
intuition will try to give you signals - the article in the newspaper
in the above example is a signal. Seeing things that correspond
with what you are trying to find an answer to is a signal. Sometimes
intuition will try to stop you from taking a certain course of action.
You may want to buy a home in a certain area - but everything you
find is not up to your standard or way out of your price range.
Here you may be getting a signal to look in another area, be patient
until you find the right place, or think about other options. You
may be trying to get a certain job at a certain place - but there
are no openings and nothing is coming up. Intuition may be telling
you to look for other options and not pursue the job you are so
all cases - the message isn't always as clear as we would like it
to be. The way intuition speaks to us isn't always easy to understand.
But if you keep testing it and keep searching the answer will become
clear. The feeling will be overwhelming. The signals will be repeated
and clear. The messages from other people will be repeated over
and over again. Then the message becomes clear. Sometimes you may
not understand the message until years later. But it will all make
sense at some point - and that point is when the time is right.
common element in all of the situations that I just mentions is
that in every case there was a question involved. If you want to
find an answer to something and you will always get a response.
You just have to understand the message. The first time you get
the response - you may not understand it and it may not be clear.
If you're not sure - don't do anything - wait until you get another
message and see if it's along the same lines as the original message.
The key is not to be fooled by your mind. Your mind is not your
intuition - so don't think that when you ask for something you'll
get an immediate answer from your mind - that's not an answer. That's
just your mind playing tricks with you.
how can we get our intuition to help us and how can we better understand
you want to get guidance from your intuition first decide what it
is you want - then ask for an answer. For example: you want to buy
a new home - say I want to buy a new home and I want to know what
area I should buy in. What area should I buy my home in? Where should
I buy my new home? Keep repeating the question. Then tell yourself
that you have the answer - say I know where to buy my new home.
Then let go. Don't expect an answer immediately. If you get one
in your mind - it's not the answer - it's just your mind and ego
playing tricks with you. Let go. Forget about it. The next step
is often the most difficult - trust that the answer will come at
the right time. As human beings we like to take control of things
- we like to know what is going to happen and we want to make things
happen. But sometimes you can't - sometimes you just have to be
patient and wait for the answer - trusting that it will come at
exactly the right time. When it does come - you'll know and you'll
follow through. You can do the above exercise for anything you want
or for any answer you are seeking. In time you will get the answer
- but it will be at the right time - and not on your time.
thing that you can do to develop your intuition is to meditate and
stay positive. By meditating you calm your mind and by staying positive
you become more positive and understand that you will get the answer.
- I said that in some cases we don't know the outcome had we not
followed our intuition. This is very important because once you
learn how to trust your intuition you won't need the reassurance
of know what would have happened had you not followed your intuition.
We can't always know everything and at some point we have to trust
and let go - once you learn to do that everything will flow to you
naturally and easily.