Oprah describes it as your inner GPS, others call it a gut feeling. Whatever its name, Jessica Martin discovers your intuition is here to help. Trust your intuition.
Some years ago, I was dating a professional athlete who travelled the world every few months for his competitions. After one such trip to Europe, I found a note, signed off with hugs and kisses, in his bedroom. The message wasn’t from me. When I asked him about it, he insisted that the girl who wrote it was just a new friend, someone he’d met and got along with. Fair enough, thought, he’s allowed to make friends.
But as the weeks passed, I had an unshakable feeling that something more was going on. I couldn’t verbalize this feeling; it was just something in the pit of my stomach, whispering unease. It was this doubt that drove me to log on to his email account two months later, where I found dozens of messages to the girl – his “friend” – who he’d been having an emotional affair with. Obviously, I was feeling devastated, but the experience taught me a very valuable lesson: always trust your intuition.
It’s knowing without knowing – trust your intuition
So what is this feeling … this sixth sense that silently tells you to keep going or turn back, to hold on or let go? That thing that warns of danger, or signals a right decision or true love? “Intuition is inner knowing. It’s the ability to recognise when a message is tapping you on the shoulder, gnawing away at your heart or stomach, or whispering like a little voice in your head trying to get your attention,” says professional intuitive Rebecca Dettman. “Everyone on earth has the capacity for intuition. It’s a primal instinct that helped cavewomen avoid sabre-toothed tigers, and which animals use every day. Intuition is important because it helps us stay in alignment with our true selves and can warn us of danger or a wrong move.” Always trust your intuition.
Rachael*, 28, learnt this the hard way when, aged 15, she was attacked while walking home from school. “I saw this man standing near the front yard of a house. I just assumed he lived there. As I got closer, I got this terrible feeling in my stomach. A voice in my head said, ‘Cross the road’. But then I thought, ‘No, you’re being paranoid – keep walking’. A few seconds after I’d walked past him, I was grabbed, dragged 20 metres up a driveway, shoved to the ground and raped. To this day, I believe if I’d listened to my intuition and gone to the other side of the road, I wouldn’t have gone through what I did.”
All signs point to yes
While our intuition can be used to save us from horrific experiences, such as Rachael’s, it can also be a signpost letting us know that we’re heading in the right direction. Spiritual teacher and healer Todd Savvas believes intuition is the ability to sense things as though they’re happening to you, and says you’ll feel joyful and excited when you’re on the right track. Trust your intuition.
Read Part 2 here.