Intuition is an enormous topic so I’m not trying to cover more than a small bit here. This piece is for ABC Wednesday, which is “J” this time and I’m traveling back in time to the very early years of my journey.
When I started my yoga teacher training at the Temple of Kriya Yoga I found myself driving to an area of Chicago with which I was not familiar. For weeks I kept trying various highways and major routes that I knew, all of which took me out of the way. Every week a little voice in my head quietly mentioned another way but I didn’t know how the named road in Evanston got down there so I kept taking my longer routes. Those trips also kept putting me in construction projects and accidents.
I arrived for class late every week and the teacher finally became insistent that everyone had to be on time (I was not alone). So I got out a map and realized that the Evanston street, with one minor jog, became the street the Temple is on and went straight down the city to it. Suddenly I got to class on time every week.
At that stage, I knew enough about intuition to believe that intuitive knowledge is often (if not always) more accurate and true than ordinary, mental, knowing. But I hadn’t had time to develop that much of a relationship with mine. So the directions to the Temple came as a soft, barely noticeable whisper and I didn’t recognize it as a whisper from higher consciousness. When I realized that the seemingly odd suggestion was actually the most perfect route I understood that intuition kept nudging me with the best answer—a route I didn’t consciously know.
Over the years I’ve worked on recognizing that intuitive voice and following it more readily. It’s louder now and I am better at listening. That seemingly small incident about which route to take on my journey to the Temple was a turning point for me. I also now know there’s much more to it and that it isn’t always easy to separate intuition’s voice from ego’s. But that’s a post for another day. Do you know when your intuition is trying to give you a better answer? Can you hear that small voice and do you pay attention to it when you do?