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Intuition 101: Hello… Is Your Intuition Calling?

12/11/2010
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“Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.” Eileen Caddy

Intuition: The Eye of Our Imagination via T. DePietro

Intuition: the power or faculty of gaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference; knowledge or conviction gained by intuition; immediate apprehension or cognition without reasoning or inferring (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Our intuition guides us in many, many ways; sometimes we are even unaware of its seemingly magical manifestations. We often assume that decisions and promptings that occur in our daily activities are just our mind, offering up its ideas and solutions. However, in many instances these promptings are our intuition. As we respond to what many also call our instinct/conviction, we develop a better sense of knowing when situations are less than ideal for us.

Did you ever get a knot in your stomach or a feeling of uneasiness on meeting someone for the first time? Did you feel anxious about an event or trip that turned out with disastrous results? Do you sometimes get urgings/nudges to perform a task or go somewhere? Yes, I do too and when I listen and honor the urgings/promptings, the outcome is infinitely better than when I do not listen. I must admit that even the time out I took from blogging recently was in response to an intuitive, prayerful urge to stop, step back, take stock and re-evaluate…

After an extensive, three week hiatus; being in absentia from blogging, internet access, life as we know it, social media and more, I am grateful to be back home in New York and my connections here. My time away has been a blessing with cherished memories that will stay with me for life. I find that the human spirit is both flexible and resilient; we adapt to new environments and experiences and make necessary adjustments when we must. Taking time out to take care of self is an important way we listen to our intuition. We honor the urgings of our intuition when we take better care of ourselves and avoid confusing situations that could endanger our lives.

From this week’s offering from Kathy of Mamakat’s Writers Workshop, I chose the question: Describe a moment when you ignored your intuition. What happened?

I can recall many instances throughout my life when my intuition served me well; whether with making new friends, relationships, travel decisions, classes to take in school and even buying food items that were good or bad for me.

“I have trusted to my intuition to find the subjects, and I have written intuitively. I have an idea when I start, I have a shape; but I will fully understand what I have written only after some years.” V. S. Naipaul

Intuition: Hidden Face & Eye via D. Leepaisal

When I was in college, we had a meal plan that allowed us to eat in several cafeterias within the campus. I preferred the cafeteria in my dorm because it was both convenient and cozy; plus the salad bar wasn’t as messy as the larger cafeteria in John Jay Hall (JJH). Occasionally, I would eat in the large cafeteria with my friends so we could occupy a large table and speak loudly; a common practice because that cafeteria was always teeming with students rushing in and out, gathering to celebrate some sports win, a birthday or other special events.

One winter day, I met my friends for dinner at the JJH cafeteria. I went to the soup stop to check out the choices and my eyes glanced in the direction of a pot of clam chowder. It looked really delicious and I decided to have some. As I grabbed a bowl and reached for the ladle to serve myself some soup, I suddenly had an odd feeling and then a knot in my stomach.

I paused but then went right back to stir the soup, look at it, sniff it and then ladle some creamy clam chowder into the white porcelain bowl I was holding in my left hand. I sat down at the table my friends had selected and we had a great time eating and catching up on each other’s day at school.

After the meal, we all headed to our dorms to get ready for study time. When I reached my dorm, I felt a bit tired and decided to lie down and take a nap before going to the library to study for an upcoming test. I must have drifted off to sleep because the next thing I remember was suddenly waking up to unbelievable stabbing pains in my stomach, having difficulty breathing and feeling quite nauseous.

I got out of bed, staggered out the room to knock on someone’s door. By the time the dorm mate opened her door, I had started to breakout in huge, angry hives and had to be rushed to the hospital which, thankfully, was nearby.

I was in such incredible pain combined with the fiery itch of the hives that they had to give me an immediate shot of something to sooth the itch and pain. I vomited all over the hospital floor and was kept in the hospital overnight. I barfed most of the time and had to take electrolyte fluids to replace all the nutrients I had lost. I was diagnosed with a severe case of an allergic reaction to clams and a dash of food poisoning to boot.

As I lay there feeling sorry for myself, I remembered the feeling/urging/warning I got and had ignored. My intuition was trying to warn me to stay away from that pot of clam chowder soup but I was hungry and distracted and chose to ignore it. The price I paid was a huge lesson in becoming more attuned to my intuition. I was fortunate…

Has something similar happened to you? What happened when you ignored your intuitive urgings? Do share.

My friend, Lynn Robinson, speaks often about the power of intuition and writes a terrific newsletter on the subject too. You may subscribe to her newsletter via her website; you won’t be disappointed!
My positive motivation tip for this post is: Find the nugget of gold in a bad situation and you will be richer for the lesson learned.

PHOTO CREDITS:
Intuition: Riding the Crest of the Imagination by Terrance DePietro via FineArtAmerica
Intuition: Hidden Face by Drussawin Leepaisal via National Geographic

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

14 Comments leave one →
  1. 12/11/2010 3:30 am

    It’s amazing what our senses and body know about us that we certainly ignore. It appears that human beings are quite the paradox, eh?

    • 15/11/2010 4:57 pm

      Quite the paradox right? Thanks for your visit and here’s to your increased intuitive moments this holiday season. 🙂
      E

  2. 12/11/2010 5:08 am

    I’ve learned long ago to always follow my gut!

    by the way… did you know I have a site with FineArtAmerica?

    Good post!

    • 15/11/2010 4:55 pm

      Barbara, thank you! Wow, you do have a site? Send me the link please 😉
      E

  3. Bree permalink
    14/11/2010 1:22 pm

    Welcome back and what a great way to segue back into blogging after your restful, recuperative timeout. Hope you had a great time in Europe and got all that you needed! Take your time and reflect and blog at your leisure… You know the drill; first things first.
    Intuition is a great connection to our prayer life and staying attuned is important. I agree
    Sending you blessings and bliss,
    B

    • 15/11/2010 4:54 pm

      Thanks for the support and kind words… great to be back and blogging. I love this topic as it’s a great reminder of our need t be attentive to that still small voice. 🙂
      E

  4. 15/11/2010 11:01 am

    Fabulous article! As a mother I follow that intuition diligently! Thank you for your insight!

    • 15/11/2010 4:52 pm

      I agree that a mother’s intuition is not to be taken lightly… Thank you for stopping by. 🙂
      E

  5. 15/11/2010 11:50 pm

    What a great article – I know that my intuition often gets clouded by other factors and I second guess myself. Found you from your SITS day post and glad I did!

    • 16/11/2010 12:45 am

      Thanks for stopping by Heather! Will stop by your blog and say hello… 🙂
      Elizabeth

  6. 17/11/2010 10:42 am

    great post, reminded me that i need to trust my instincts more

    • 18/11/2010 2:58 pm

      I enjoyed this MamaKat prompt; gave a lot to think about…
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment…
      Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂
      Elizabeth

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