Beware the Ides
was the warning given to Caesar by a soothsayer before his death. The
warning was ignored and the rest is history.
we all carry a bit of the soothsayer around with us and can benefit
from it's wisdom, if we pay heed to it's advice. This internal soothsayer
is what we usually call intuition.
much attention do you pay to your intuition?
it tells you to "go the other way home", do you listen or
does your head over-rule it with logical reasons not to?
What would have
been Caesar's fate had he paid more attention to the soothsayer? Are
there times in your life when you wished that you'd heeded the warning
signs or alarm bells going off in your head? We've all been there, seen
it, done that, but hopefully a bit less sticky than Caesar's!
Logic has told us
- "yep this investment looks good" or "there's no rain
forecast, so I don't need an umbrella". And, while we're busy counting
up all the un-hatched chickens and planning what to do with the nest
egg, we've no listening for the little doubt tugging at our sleeve trying
to be heard above the clunk and whirrs of the brainwork. Of course,
if it all goes pear shaped, you can exercise the foot and give yourself
a good kick or flagellate your self esteem with "if only".
But then, if
it's someone else's intuition you ignored you will probably have to
endure the smug "I told you so".
So, why do we give
more credence to intellect than intuition? Why is logic used more for
decision making than gut feeling or intuitive reasoning?
Perhaps it is because
logic provides us with what we perceive as an unchangeable truth about
a particular situation. The sum 2 + 2 has one answer (ie 4) which is
right and therefore all other answers are wrong. You can convince yourself
or even someone else with that type of reasoning, because the same answer
is always true both for you and for others. However, intuition is a
truth from a broader perspective. There isn't an absolute one right
answer that fits everyone in that situation. What may be "right"
for you might not be "right" for me.
If a situation doesn't
feel right to you or you're not getting "good vibes" about
it, how do you convince someone else (or your intellect) when there
is nothing tangible to see, hear, touch or compute?
intuition isn't always as straight forward and as absolute as logic
and so it takes a measure of trust in order to use it.
An example might
best illustrate how intuition can work. When I go shopping, there are
times I might be drawn to buy something I don't normally purchase (leaving
aside whatever special promotions are on in the store and advertising
lures!). At the time I can think of no particular reason that I want
that item and logically I might dismiss it as an unnecessary purchase.
Then a couple of days later, I find a need for just the thing I picked
up. I didn't know what I needed it for when I bought it, but later on
I was glad I listened to my intuition (or maybe kicking myself for putting
it back on the shelf!)
Our intuition is
that part of us that senses rather than computes. It gives us information
in subtle ways, like a feeling or just being drawn towards something.
Maybe you're ill and stay at home the day something bad happens where
you would normally have been or you had an urge to ring someone and
then discovered they'd been trying to find your phone number to ring
Intuition is a bit
like smelling the pie in the oven rather than seeing it on your plate.
You know it is coming because you can smell the aroma, even though you
can't physically touch (or eat) it yet.
The thing we need
to do is to practice using our intuition and trusting it, listening
to our own inner voice that can put another layer on what we touch and
see. We also need to differentiate it from emotions such as fear, which
can cloud our true intuition.
on the small things where it doesn't matter if you get it "right"
or "wrong", then when you really do need your intuition looking
out for you, you are comfortable about trusting it.
Hargreaves 25th February 2004)
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