Intuition is a powerful tool of the Inner Warrior because it skips past normal logic as the subconscious mind connects the dots and arrives at a conclusion long before the conscious mind is even aware. The problem with intuition is it rarely warns us in clear-cut language. It has a lingo of its own.
(NOTE: This is a follow-up post to last week’s “Intuition — First Self Defense Weapon of Choice“)
Although it would be truly handy and a lot less guess work, the subconscious mind doesn’t normally speak to us in words. According to Gavin De Becker, author of The Gift of Fear, it sends “Messengers of Intuition:”
- Hairs rising on the back of your neck
- Chills sliding down your spine
- Spiders of anxiety crawling across your skin
- Concern, wonder or doubt itching at the back of your mind
- Lack of comfort and ease around a certain person
Many people experience intuition in their gut, as in:
- “I felt in my gut that I should not get on the plane.”
- “My gut instinct tells me to avoid this business deal.”
- “My gut reaction is not go out with this guy, but he seems so nice!”
Our gut and intuition seem so well linked that sometimes a stomachache may be an indicator of more than bad food or the flu. Intuition can get our attention as an impression or doubt, but it often comes as a feeling somewhere in our bodies.
For me, there is often a sinking feeling in my gut when I try to go against my intuition in relationships, but I’ve also felt intuition warning me of danger with a feeling or inner wave that says without words, “Something’s wrong” or “Danger — somewhere behind you.”
Our intuition radar system sends danger warnings to make us question why we feel the way we do. The warnings can also be a spark to ignite an intense awareness in our environment or about the people around us:
- If the parking area where you always leave your car suddenly and inexplicably makes you apprehensive, don’t brush off the feeling. Instead, look around and ask “Why?” Go back and ask security or an employee to accompany you. No one around? Call a friend to swing by for a moment and help you to your car.
- If you have nagging doubts about your date, even though the person seems charming and polite, give yourself permission to explore the feeling further. Have a friend call you at a certain time with an “out” just in case. Have a list of polite excuses ready so you don’t agree to further dates, or even an extended date, simply because you don’t know how to say no. Realize that many people have said afterwards about the most vicious predators, “He was such a nice guy that I thought my feelings of discomfort were wrong.”
- If your son’s high school teacher waves red flags in your mind, investigate the person quietly while honoring your intuition. You don’t have the right to ruin a person’s reputation, but you do have the right (and responsibility) to keep your children safe. Speak to the school’s principal about your concern or feeling.
As I wrote in the comments in the last post, my husband’s intuition helped us avoid a tornado. Truth be known, at the time I argued against his decision to take another road because we’d just started on a long road trip and going the other route would put us an hour behind schedule. If he’d listened to me and my wealth of experience with tornadoes — in other words, to a logical, educated opinion about the storm cell — we’d have been tornadic toast.
How about you? Have you successfully listened to your gut instinct, felt the Messengers of Intuition, or heard stories about them?
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