Alan Alda, one of my favorite actors, once said “At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”

One of our readers had an interesting response to our recent blog post, Do You Trust Your Intuition? Here’s his email, which I’ve slightly edited:

Like in your example,a car did go through a red light and I ran into it last December, totaling my car. I am not aware of having gotten any inner guidance warning me. There was one occasion when I got loud, clear, and insistent guidance and that was to press me to help a friend with a less than life-threatening…medical issue.

I was listening hard to inner guidance during the year of preparing for (my trip) to India. From time to time I feel a wish for inner guidance and sometimes I get it and follow it and it usually turns out well. Sometimes I get conflicting streams of inner guidance or no clear guidance and I am forced to wing it.

Although my life might now be easier if I had made a practice of seeking inner guidance before making any significant decision (and I wonder how I would know in advance that I was about to make a significant decision), I can’t see myself leading such a carefully guided life as if I were afraid to get out of bed without checking my inner guidance. (Emphasis added.) In fact, it would be very difficult for an Aries who goes after what he wants like a ram to be checking a lot for inner guidance.

Here’s my response:

In the red light situation I described in the intuition article it all happened spontaneously – I did not have to consciously check with my inner guidance. I did not have to ask for guidance. I did not have to ask “What should I do?” I didn’t have to do anything. It all happened with no conscious effort from me.

To me intuition is like breathing. We don’t need to decide to breathe every morning before we get out of bed. We just do it, without conscious thought. Breathing doesn’t need to go on our daily “to-do” list.

Of course, breathing can be an effort if we believe it can happen only if we consciously decide to do it every day. But it’s easy and effortless if we simply see it for what it is – a natural ability we were born with.

I see intuition in much the same way. My many years of meditating have helped me to realize intuition, like breathing, is simply part of who I am as a spirit in a human body. For me meditation is a powerful tool for tuning in to myself, tuning in to my intuition.

Intuition or inner guidance is not something I turn on and off, not something I have to check before I get out of bed in the morning. It’s simply part of who I am, who I have become. It’s always “turned on.”


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