“You just know what you want when you want it,” she said.
For a ten-year-old picking out an ice cream flavor at Baskin Robbins, I had no idea what she was talking about.
“But there’s 31 flavors AND new ones all the time,” I said with my face pressed against the glass peering into the sugary abyss.
I was having a conversation with the lady in front of me. Well technically she was ahead of me, but I was marching up and down the rows of colorful confections while my parents stood behind her. My parents had now become resigned to the fact that I talked to everyone—especially strangers. Curiosity must have killed the cat but I had nine lives.
The one value they instilled in me was trusting the feeling I get in my tummy if a certain person was talking funny or acting odd. My mom would ask, “Did it feel ok to talk to her?”
“No I didn’t like her choice in ice cream. She wanted mint chip and who wants to eat toothpaste?” I said.
“What I mean sweetie is did you have a bad feeling or a good feeling talking to her?” my mom clarified.
“It felt ok. What did she mean about knowing what you want when you want it?”
My mom struggled to find the words in her language for intuition. “It’s when you have the ability to know something without deliberately thinking about it.”
“Oh I do that all the time,” I said. And I was right. Children are very much in tune with their inner knowing as they haven’t acquired the bullsh*t yet that we accumulate from years of listening to the inner critic.
Fast forward two decades and now you are swimming in the swamp of suffering. Your egoic mind gets the best of you and brings you doubt, fear, worry and anxiety. That inner knowing is drowned out by the loud abuse. The ego is here to protect us from harm but that also means protecting us from anything outside our comfort zones. The more we attach ourselves to our ego thoughts, the further we move away from the truth of our soul. It rehashes old wounds and replays past pains. By doing this it hopes to repel you from doing anything too out of the ordinary.
Your ego is not the real, authentic YOU.
It’s actually the polar opposite. And there is nothing wrong with the ego. In fact, you need to know the darkness to appreciate the light. And it’s through the conquering of this darkness that we will move into the light. It is important to listen to your intuition because through it will you access your reservoir of joy and love within you. Your intuition will help you sense situations and people and help you navigate the challenges you face.
Learning to listen to your intuition can be challenging at first. And it can take time to fully be in tune with yourself especially if you spend a lot of time in the swamp of suffering. In this next week, I will lead you through five days of uncovering and strengthening your intuition muscle. Each day in the Facebook group you will find the exercises, meditations and visualizations. Don’t forget to check out the group daily to watch the videos to enhance your experience. Make an intention today to spend at least five minutes each day with the exercises.