Go with Your Gut
Back in my college days I was out one evening with a girlfriend walking to our friend’s house. Although it was dark, we were in a residential part of campus and less than five minutes from my apartment—I did not feel the need to question my safety.
After we began our walk, I noticed that I was feeling especially nervous and uneasy. Out of habit, I did a scan to see if there was anything suspicious going on around me that could justify how I was feeling. There weren’t any red flags, but I did notice two men walking about a block behind us. Again, we were in a residential part of campus, so they were close enough that I saw them but far away enough that it didn’t seem necessary to be on alert.
As much as I tried to ignore my feeling of discomfort, I could not help but keep turning around to check up on the men. After a few glances back, I started to observe that they kept getting a bit closer with each look. My logical mind told me that I was being paranoid and that they were just walking faster than us, but my intuition told me something was not right. When I glanced back the final time, the men were right behind us and immediately took hold of our arms and purses.
I didn’t have time to think or make a plan, so I essentially combined all of the self-defense techniques I’d learned over the years and did everything possible to get away. I happened to have very high stilettos on and, after getting thrown to the ground, I started kicking and screaming as loud as possible and created a scene that ultimately scared them off (to be clear, this is speculation…I like to think that I scared them off so let’s just go with that). Police arrived shortly after the men fled and my friend and I got away with just a few scrapes. The men were never caught.
Whether or not you believe you have an intuition, I’m sure that the vast majority of us have, at one time or another, experienced a moment when we felt a very strong feeling that urged us to do or NOT to do something. Typically, this feeling is difficult to explain and often evades logic, yet it is a tool that often can be incredibly accurate.
What is intuition?
Intuition is not something that only certain people have; we all have an intuition, but it’s just like a muscle—if you don’t use it, it’s not going to work very well.
Many people describe their intuition as a ‘gut feeling’ because generally you will feel a pit or sinking feeling in your stomach area when something isn’t right. Fun fact: In the energy medicine world, the energy center that houses all of your feelings lives in your abdomen. We often don’t have the background information to assess and determine why the feeling is happening (usually because this feeling shows up just before something happens) so we typically will disregard it like I tried to do the night my friend and I were accosted. Most of us heavily rely on logic to inform our decisions while the intuition is able to pass along vital information that the brain picks up on but we might not consciously be aware of.
Intuition can also show up when there is something positive in front of us that would benefit us if we took action. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been around a complete stranger and felt the need to talk about a seemingly random topic, only to find out they had some very strong ties to said topic that ultimately lead to a key connection, introduction, etc. I should also add that every single time I felt the pull to strike up these types of conversations, I also heard logic step in to tell my how ridiculous that idea was or that the person would definitely judge me for bringing up something so random.
How do you use it?
As I mentioned above, the more you use your intuition, the stronger it will get. Start to become aware of how you feel in different situations and if that ‘gut feeling’ appears. Maybe you’ll pick up you phone to call your dad but before you can find his number he’s already calling. Perhaps there’s a guy that is interested in taking you out but you just don’t feel right about him and later find out he’s married. Your intuition probably pops up more than you realize—these are just a few examples of how it comes into play, and the scenarios don’t always have to be super dramatic.
The more you access your intuition and trust what’s coming up, the more often you’ll get these hits. Intuition doesn’t always have to come packaged as a gut feeling; some people receive intuitive information via random thoughts, images, sounds, etc. One woman I know once just heard the word “RUN” in her head and moments later there was someone chasing after her with a knife. Get familiar with how your intuitive information comes through to you.
Tips for using intuition
» Start to engage your intuition—don’t wait for it to come to you. You can use meaningless questions or situations to help grow the muscle and build up your trust. Stuck on where to start? Drop me a line [Sarah@VibeElevated.com] and I can give you some easy suggestions.
» Intuition is not logical. Don’t try to reason your way out of an intuitive feeling—there are so many opportunities in life to make decisions based on logic and this is not a place for it. I can guarantee you that logic will pop up and negate that intuitive voice--just trust it and see where it takes you.
» Don’t try too hard. This shouldn’t be forced or feel overly difficult—the whole point of intuitive information is that it is fairly effortless. If you try to force an answer, chances are it is not intuitive.
Why should you care?
You have at your disposal a tool that can help you be in the right place at the right time, evade danger, meet key connections, etc.—why wouldn’t you want to use it? In the age of electronic calendars, meeting requests, text messages, and the whole gamut of technology, it is so important to stay balanced and not rely on Google for everything. So, I challenge you to start using what you’ve got and get in touch with your intuition. As always, please send me an email [Sarah@VibeElevated.com] or leave me a comment on my Facebook page about your experiences, stories, or progress—I love hearing from you!