Imagine you are traveling on a path in the woods. You see a deer in the distance grazing in a small field up ahead. You stop and study the deer for a few seconds but it is not long before it stops eating. The ears are perched up high listening for sounds. The nose begins to twitch trying to catch a scent. The deer has not spotted you but there is something different in the air. The deer moves suddenly and takes off running deeper in the woods.
What made the deer run was instinct. It used its senses to dictate what action it took. No hesitation because it trusted what they told him.
Instinct is what animals use to survive in the wild. It is a gift that serves them well and is not something they take for granted.
We were also born with a survival instinct; we call it intuition.
in-tu-i-tion – n. The act of knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes; immediate cognition.
It is that flutter of a thought that comes quickly into the mind before we do something. I should double check my spelling one last time before I turn in my paper.
It is that feeling that rushes through us that tells us something doesn’t feel right. I shouldn’t walk home alone tonight.
We sense the energy coming from those around us. My boyfriend is acting weird.
It can be a pit that lodges in our belly that is trying to give us a message.
Here’s where we go wrong. We ignore whatever it is our own self is trying to tell us. Instead of trusting the thought or feeling we doubt it. We take it for granted.
We decide the paper is fine and turn it in anyway. We ignore the feeling and walk home alone. We decide that we have misread the signs our boyfriend was giving us and pretend all is good.
Instinct to animals is survival just like intuition is survival to human beings. We were meant to have it and use it.
And why do you think we resist it most of the time? Why do you think we do not always trust what we hear inside us?
For me personally it can be laziness or I’m simply in a hurry. I don’t have time to listen. Or the biggest one of all is about fear. I become afraid of what I might find if I follow where my senses are leading me.
Fear is the craziest one of all because my rational mind understands that if I follow my intuition it will always lead me to a better place; the right place to be.
When we’re in alignment with our own intuition we’re in alignment with our own self. We are connected to the deepest part of who we are. This is when we are at our strongest.
Imagine if the deer ignored its instincts? How many of them would actually survive in the wild? Their instincts also help to protect those around them including their young.
It is with this thought in mind that I think of the tragedy at Penn State. It’s not only those that knew of what Sandusky was doing but what about all of those who sensed something was off? Something just wasn’t quite right yet they chose instead to ignore their intuition. I have no doubts in my mind that someone in all the years felt something and chose to ignore it. No doubts at all. How many kids would have been saved if the adults around them had chosen to listen no matter the consequences?
It is not with judgment in mind that I write this nor is it about giving a lecture. It is a wake-up call for me. Perhaps it can be a wake-up call for you.
Hear it. Trust it. Let your intuition dictate what action you take. It is a gift we were born with. Use it.
Until next time…
Devoted to Me begins with me and continues to you. Accept it. Pass it on.