I spoke briefly last week about what many deem our “sixth sense”. It is our INTUITION. People call it the “gut sense” – likely because we feel a real visceral response inside our bodies. Our muscles may contract or expand, our stomach may tie itself in knots or release, our hearts may beat faster or slow down. All these responses give us some clue to the answers we may be seeking. Whether it’s picking out what to wear on a given day or deciding whether to buy that home, we do always have some “sense” into what we are feeling in the moment.
Oprah devoted last month’s O Magazine to the topic of intuition. She talked about this innate power that is always available to us if we just listen. It was interesting to read that all animals have an intuitive sense and prepare themselves to act on it, accordingly. Humans are the only creatures that, despite hearing, seeing, and “feeling” the signs, actually choose to deny or ignore them. Why is that? I guess because we are conditioned in such a way since birth. We are told what to do, how to act, who to marry, where to live, when to retire, etc. The voices that usually take precedence exist outside of ourselves. So much of how we live is dictated by our need to seek approval from others. We all want to feel validated and worthy, so much that we may forget what is our own truthful path.
So, what exactly is this intuitive sense? Call it what you will, but I believe it is our spiritual intelligence. It is God, the Universe, the Divine Spirit – whatever that power is for you. And, I do believe that it always exists in us. I have leaned on it and trusted it a lot in my life. It didn’t always make rational sense to those around me, or for that matter, to myself, but somehow I knew it on a visceral level.
There will be those times that you need to tune down the analytical, left side of your brain to give rise to the right, more intuitive side. Believe in your intuitive sense. Believe in your Spirit. Believe that there is something within you that is greater than you can see. Lean on it, trust it and use it to guide you.
Deepali’s Piece of Wellness: When making decisions for yourself this week, no matter how small, take a moment to listen to your gut. Can you learn to trust it?