We hear this mantra all of the time – trust your intuition! But it’s just so darn hard! At the advent of each decision we get that gut feeling concerning what we should or should not do. Our bodies literally tell us in what direction we should move. However, that gut reaction is quickly buried underneath an onslaught of fears, social pressures, the ”high” opinions of others, and our own false perceptions of what we think we “should” do or what we perceive is the “right” thing to do.
Now, if we spent more time recognizing that first gut reaction, and giving it the due respect that it deserves, then we’d save ourselves a lot of time, experience less aggravation and anxiety, and look much younger! We humans are not merely a physical presence, but a magical manifestation of spirit, soul, mind, and lastly (and maybe least importantly) body. When we ignore intuition, we tell the spirit and soul parts of ourselves that we are untrustworthy.
Intuition means going inward to find the answers that we seek. Unfortunately, we have been taught to look outside of ourselves for guidance on important issues. We start off life trusting our parents for all of our survival needs. Teachers instruct us to find answers in encyclopedias, text books, and online. Professors of higher education implore us to diligently research and cite our resources. At work, co-workers, supervisors, and bosses demand that we back-up our conclusions with infographics and statistics. The emphasis is relentlessly focused on what someone else thinks or has concluded.
Now of course there is a time and place for this type of thing. However, when are we given the space to hone our own inner wisdom, which is worth much more than quoted experts and pie charts, we begin to see that our God-given innate instincts work pretty well. After testing out the reliability of these instincts, we may soon wonder why we didn’t rely on them earlier in life! Have you ever felt annoyed because you ignored your intuition and went along with the group’s opinion because you felt too intimidated or fearful to follow your heart’s wisdom?
Recently while conducting a real estate transaction, I started to feel very uncomfortable with the broker. My instincts told me that he could not be trusted. With eyes wide open, I made the decision to continue with the transaction as I weighed the pros and cons. I was aware that the broker was being a bit shady, but thought I could handle any blows coming my way.
Many weeks after the transaction was completed, I was still finding inaccuracies and information hidden by the broker in his attempt at securing more money for himself. My instincts had been spot on even though I had no way of knowing exactly what was being concealed. I don’t regret going through with the purchase because I learned so much about what to be aware of when conducting this particular type of transaction. More importantly, I further affirmed that yes, I can rely on my intuition when transacting business, even when I am not particularly knowledgeable about the industry being discussed.
It is important to make a mental note of these instances so that we can build self-esteem and trust in our instincts. The first reaction to a tricky situation is usually a good indicator of what direction we should begin to gravitate. Business can be brutal and there are many out there looking to manipulate novices. These people often have the gift of the gab and are constantly reassuring you. But words are nothing compared to action and results. Your body has the amazing ability to recognize energies and detect lies – use it! Trust your intuition.
Eye-and-eye mantra: Be the woman you want to be at all times!
Copyright 2014 Ajua Hawkins