The second an animal senses danger, it will stop in its tracks, sniff the air or the ground, and then it will seek a way of withdrawing – or it prepares to pounce. The same is true for just about every species on the planet, except one… When we humans sense danger, we question our instincts and will often walk right into the very situation we should be avoiding.
Instinct, intuition is a birthright, natural in each of us, connected with our fear mechanisms, designed to help us avoid danger, to keep us safe… but as a species, we have been conditioned to distrust instinct in favour of rational thought. We are supposed to be brave, to face our fears, or at least not admit that we are afraid…
Yet fear is useful and when it comes up seemingly out of nowhere, we should pay attention. These are the times when we need to admit we are afraid, to trust what we feel and thus act on our instincts. We can get the facts later. I am thinking to the many stories I have heard of women who say that they felt something, an inner warning, before they were attacked but instead of getting away, they went walking right into the abuse… the same is true in relationships… people will feel something is “off”, that maybe this isn’t the right partner for them… but they keep going, just in case they might be wrong…
Only humans get caught up in self-doubt.. We ignore our instincts in favor of what we think is rational, logical.
Intuition tells us to Stop, Look, Listen. Intuition is a useful inner signal that warns us when there may be danger lurking nearby. If we will listen, we can avoid an unpleasant surprise, get help or at least be prepared to handle the problem.
When to listen to your intuition, to trust your instincts.:
- When you feel anxious suddenly… when something is different, at a request or behavior is unusual
- When you notice a physical reaction, sweaty palms… heart racing… suddenly feeling nauseous….you’re holding your breath
- When a thought just won’t go away, not as in being obsessed, but a thought or feeling that just keeps coming back when you aren’t thinking about anything related
- When you notice something flashing or sparkling… this especially applies to the moments when you need to make a choice, as at being at a fork in the road… look for the directions that seems to sparkle
- When you sense something is wrong with your child – or right… the same for your pets…
- When you’ve gathered all of the facts, but still can’t decide – trust your gut.
Intuition is not rational or logical, it is a “just knowing” that comes seemingly out of nowhere. It is an instinctive response to our environment, who and what is around us, an inner safety mechanism designed to help us avoid harm, a chance to think twice before proceeding. Our innner selves, our Third Eye, and our subconscious are constantly monitoring the energy flowing around us. These inner mechanisms can pick up subtle clues long before our conscious minds are able to process the information and come to a conclusion. And these inner sources are taking in information from a much larger “library” than our rational minds can access. Intuition and instinct are fired by many subtle signals from the environment, and also from past life memories, forgotten experiences in this life, bits of information that we have registered in our subconscious.
Your intuition and instincts have a great purpose.. Something in your memory, subconscious, or past experience is telling you to be careful. Something about the situation doesn’t quite feel right- you may not be able to understand how or why but listen to yourself. Trust your instincts – they can keep you out of trouble!