Have you ever felt your intuition trying to tell you something? Did you listen or ignore it? What was the outcome?

“Let’s go and check on the vegie patch” I said to my daughter. She was just two but she was already beginning to appreciate where our food came from. We stepped outside and made our way over to the vegie patch. It had just finished raining and today we could hear the sound of frogs creaking nearby. An intuitive thought suddenly came into my mind, “pick your daughter up and carry her.” She would normally run around the patch and help to pick the vegies, but without thinking too much I picked her up and we walked over to a small bushy capsicum tree. “Look Muma” she said, pointing to the big capsicums in the tree. “Wow, look how big they have grown” I responded. Still carrying her on my hip I bent down to pull a capsicum from the tree. As I did this I felt the whole bush move. As I looked up I noticed a poisonous snake moving just centimeters away from my hand. I was quick to move away and out of danger.

Though we were not harmed in anyway, this incident made me wonder… what if my daughter had been running around the garden today? What if she had tried to pull that capsicum from that little tree? What if I hadn’t listened to that instinctive thought?

What is intuition?

Intuition is described in the oxford dictionary as “The ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.” Merriam Webster describes it as “a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence : a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why.” My personal experience with intuition is that it is not a vocal voice, but it is a feeling or a thought. Perhaps an odd feeling that you get about a person you just met, you just can’t put your finger on it but something feels off. Maybe it’s a feeling or a thought about an opportunity or a decision you’re about to make.

The rational mind vs the subconscious

Rationally, I can understand why often many of us dismiss these intuitive thoughts or feelings, especially when in the physical we can’t see in any real rational reason to support them. Listening can often be a step of faith or requiring a sense of belief that this “intuitive” part of you can be relied upon. If we see intuition as being linked to our subconscious, which science tells us has greater capacity than our rational mind, perhaps it wouldn’t seem so illogical to listen a little closer to our intuitive voice.

I am a believer in balance and so as we listen to our rationale and logical voice, I believe we should also pay attention to the voice of intuition. “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rationale mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant but has forgotten the gift”- Albert Einstein