The Other Path
Written by: Sabine Roggermeier
We call it inspiration, innate knowing, a feeling or prompting. Having a hunch, a gut reaction or a sixth sense are other ways to describe it. Intuition has many names and at least as many ways to show up in our lives.
While rationality is seen by many as the only true means with which to make decisions, intuition should never be underestimated. Rationality has to use our knowledge while intuition is not bound by this limited resource. In fact what intuition tells us often doesn’t seem to make sense at all. Yet whoever followed its path before knows by experience the satisfying feeling of having gotten it right.
Using intuition as your guiding system to find the right way can be tricky at times. To open yourself up to intuition is like learning a whole new language. There is a learning curve to understanding what it means. Here are a few points to give you a hand in case you need one:
- Learn how intuition speaks to you. Often it will come to you in recurring patterns, a thought you didn’t think yourself, a sensation in the heart, a feeling like being punched in the gut. Whatever way intuition comes learn to recognize it.
- Make it light. Make it a game. You can simply take a walk and decide with your intuition whether to turn right or left or when to turn around and go home. Create experiences with your intuition in order to get a hang of it.
- Be brave and trust yourself in the process of receiving inspiration. Remaining open to all possibilities is the best way to make sure that you can get nudges in the right direction.
- Know that the information intuition gives you can change, sometimes even quite quickly. If for example your question is what will support you in the moment the answer might change from one minute to the next. That doesn’t make you or your intuition wrong; it just means that something has changed in the meantime.
- Don’t invite doubt into your space of intuition by sharing it with people who are disbelieving. Intuition can be a shy creature. Be okay with not knowing it all yet.
- Understand that the set ways you receive intuition can at times change. When there is a certain way you used to get your insights and they seem to not come anymore, it doesn’t mean you can’t receive intuition anymore. You just might have to find new ways to do so.
- Make sure to regularly have quiet time to give room for your intuition. That might look like meditation or simply doing the dishes in silence.
- Don’t be afraid to get it wrong by keeping in mind that only a few things in life are absolutely not reversible. Meaning when you decide something you’re rarely completely stuck in case you later realize that your decision wasn’t correct. You can still change your answer.
Intuition can be an incredible force in your life if you give it room and follow it. Or in the words of the poet Rosalia de Castro: “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.“
This week’s homework:
What can you do to encourage your intuition?