“For far too long we have been seduced into walking a path that did not lead us to ourselves. For far too long we have said yes when we wanted to say no. And for far too long we have said no when we desperately wanted to say yes…
When we don’t listen to our intuition, we abandon our souls. And we abandon our souls because we are afraid if we don’t, others will abandon us.”
– Terry Tempest Williams
Listening to my intuition (or my gut, as some prefer to say) is something that I seek to remain conscious of now. For years, listening to myself, my soul, my heart (or whatever I called it then and now) was a tug of war at times. When my intuition aligned with my thinking there was no problem. However, when there was a difference in what I felt and what I thought, often my thoughts won the tug of war. And when that happened, things didn’t quite turn out as I had hoped they would.
Lesson learned…more than once.
It isn’t always easy to trust what you hear from yourself, from within – even when you are listening. Our minds are powerful and for good reason. We need our thinking minds to help us navigate a lot of our life experience here. However, I have concluded at this point in my life that when I allow my mind to overtake or drown out the intuitive part of my awareness, it is usually because I want to be included; to not stand out; and to not be perceived as different. Often that meant keeping quiet and not speaking up.
Finding my voice has happened through years of experiences in which I was not saying what I really wanted to say…if I was saying anything at all. If you think about it, perhaps you can see where you may have been silent or may not have spoken your own truth about some aspect of your life experience. And at what cost?
I used to think this was more of a problem for women. Today, I know that trusting ourselves, our truth and being comfortable with who we are – what we believe and being unafraid to be that – is not gender specific.
When we give up on ourselves, our inner voice, and abandon our souls, we miss out on important aspects of living – what it is and what it can be. Because we are each different, by design, we see many things differently. And that is no reason to abandon, or otherwise not trust, the felt sense of your intuition.
Our differences make us strong together.
“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.”
– Alan Alda