Guidepost #5 : Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith
Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | July 11, 2012 | 10:00 am
When I first got Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, I scanned the table of contents like I always do whenever a new soul joins my library. When I saw this guidepost I thought to myself this is going to be my favorite chapter. Every since my niece left this world, I have been a seeking zealot. Reading, research, classes, certifications, I wanted to leave no stones unturned. I kept thinking to myself, “There is so much to learn”. Then one day I was reading a book and had a quiet, gentle epiphany. This book wasn’t teaching me this concept (it was on soul groups) it was just helping me to remember what I already knew.
I am a very intuitive coach. Women will often say “I wish I could do what you do, I just don’t have any intuition”. My reply to them is that everyone is intuitive, we just need to learn what it looks like, feels like, or sounds like to us. And most of the time there is some stillness and solitude involved with developing it. It is a muscle, the more you work it the stronger it gets, and I know a bit about weightlifting. Many of us get intuitive hits and discount them right away only to learn later that we knew we should have turned left instead of right. Then we discount that we knew that so we don’t have to kick ourselves in the hiney for not doing what we knew to do. Or fear gets in the way and we start externalizing and asking everyone else what to do and in a muddle of confusion our brain just stops altogether.
Intuition is not a single way of knowing – it’s our ability to hold space for uncertainty and our willingness to trust the many ways we’ve developed knowledge and insight, including instinct, experience, faith and reason.
There is vulnerability in learning to access your intuition. Not just the vulnerability of everyone around you thinking you are crazy, but the vulnerability of not being able to be certain about outcome. In that way intuition is like faith. We have to learn to trust it.
Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.
To live a wholehearted life requires believing without seeing