We’ve all experienced it at some point or another—that soft-spoken inner voice that quietly sneaks into our consciousness and whispers something in our inner ear. Sometimes these messages take the form of a single word or phrase, while in other cases they might be complete sentences or more. At times the messages can be relentlessly persistent, too, like a buzzing fly that won’t go away. But one quality that they all have in common is that they seemingly defy logic, imparting information that’s uncharacteristic of our experience, if not outright irrational. And, when this happens, many of us typically dismiss such internal communiqués without a second thought.
What a tragedy.
In nearly all cases, that inner voice is our intuition speaking to us, and it’s attempting to deliver helpful information—sometimes of a highly significant nature—that can’t find its way into our consciousness through more conventional channels, such as our intellect or the five senses, which generally convey their messages in a very rational, logical manner. The seemingly “illogical” information supplied by our intuition is just as valid and viable as that provided by the intellect, yet we frequently reject it out of hand, because it doesn’t come to us in a manner, or through the channels of cognition, with which we’re most accustomed.
Again, what a pity.
Our tendency to ignore our intuition carries potentially huge consequences. It creates an internal imbalance whereby intellectual energy is allowed to dominate at the expense of intuitional energy. And that’s unfortunate, since both are vital to striking a proper balance, especially when it comes to creating the harmony necessary to put the reality-generating principles of conscious creation (also known as the law of attraction) to work.
So how do we rectify this? One easy way we can help foster a proper balance is to simply pay closer attention to that inner voice. Doing so represents an official acknowledgment of the intuition, honoring its validity and bestowing it with a degree of legitimacy that it seldom receives. That’s crucial, because the more we do so, the more seriously we’re likely to take it and, consequently, to heed the advice it’s seeking to impart. It also effectively complements the contributions made by our intellect, helping to attain a degree of harmony that would likely be unobtainable otherwise.
And how does one unfamiliar with the intuition and that inner voice come to recognize it? Author and life coach Sharon Franquemont offers a concise explanation in her book You Already Know What to Do (Tarcher/Putnam, 1999): “Intuition is . . . a perception that brings you information. It comes as a still small voice, an instinctive action, a flash of creativity, or a moment when you are one with the world. You suddenly know something without the use of analytical processes; the knowledge is just there. You know it.”
You probably already knew that, too, but, realistically, how often have you paid attention to it? Maybe now is the time to start, especially since the information supplied by the intuition can be employed in many practical ways. Listening to it often pays off handsomely, helping us to avoid harm and/or alerting us to beneficial opportunities that might otherwise go unrecognized.
For example, Susan M. Watkins, author of What a Coincidence! The Wow Factor in Synchronicity (Moment Point Press, 2005), relates a story in her book in which she followed an inexplicable impulse to pick up french fries from the drive-through window at a nearby Burger King, something she said she hadn’t done in years. And, once in the drive-through line, she found herself stuck there for 45 minutes, frustrating her to no end, all because of some seemingly silly food craving. But, after receiving her order and starting her drive home, Watkins came upon the scene of a horrific traffic accident that, according to emergency responders, had occurred about 45 minutes earlier—just about the time she would have been driving through the area if she hadn’t stopped for food.
I guess french fries aren’t always bad for us, especially when they’re suggested at the behest of our intuition.
I experienced something similar once while running late to catch a flight. While driving to the airport, a small voice popped into my head that told me to follow a different route than I usually do, but I dismissed that notion, opting not to be bothered with the unfamiliar and choosing to stick to the tried and true. I felt perfectly comfortable with my decision, too—that is, until I ran into a massive traffic jam. That little incident taught me a valuable lesson, especially when my intuition gave me a chance to redeem myself by sending me a second message telling me how I could make up for lost time once I cleared the traffic. I listened to that second message—and I made my flight.
Needless to say, I pay attention to my intuition now.
But listening to our inner voice can do more than just help us avoid adversity; it can aid us in spotting valuable new opportunities, too. For instance, author and vocational coach Rick Jarow cites a number of examples of this in his excellent audio course, Your Life’s Work—The Ultimate Anti-Career Guide (Sounds True, 1998). One particularly intriguing case that Jarow details is that of a colleague who kept receiving intuitional messages related to lasers, a technology with which he had no prior knowledge, experience or interest. He ignored the messages initially, but, when they kept coming at him relentlessly, not unlike that aforementioned fly, he ultimately gave in, acting upon the information and investigating matters further. He subsequently went on to become an expert in the field.
Thank heavens for such impulsive persistence.
Honoring our inner voice can be one of the easiest but most significant ways of empowering our intuition—and ourselves. It assists us in myriad ways, enabling us to build up that instinctive muscle of ours and to balance its power with that of its intellectual counterpart, the twin forces we use in materializing the reality we experience through the conscious creation/law of attraction process.
And, to think, all it takes is listening.
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