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Beware the Ides of March!
That was the warning given to Caesar by a soothsayer before his death. The warning was ignored and the rest is history.
However, 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.
How much attention do you pay to your intuition?
When 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?
Working from 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 (unless I'm 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 you.
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.
So, practice 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.
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