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11/10/2017 10:18:00 AM
That Little Voice Of Intuition

Marty Reep, Author
Speaker, Forward-Thinker

Have you ever had a feeling about something?  Known that you should go a certain way or not, without knowing exactly why?  Or maybe you knew without a doubt that doing something was wrong thing, but you “couldn’t put your finger on it” as to why? 

That’s intuition.  It’s a gut feeling, an instinct, or a sense about something.  You may not be able to describe it fully, but you know without a doubt that it’s there and that it’s real. 

For some people, intuition is a feeling that tells them what the best thing to do is.  For others, it tells them what not to do.  Either way, if you are mindful of your gut feelings, you can be spared heartache and trouble.  In their place, you can benefit from happiness and/or safety.

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In the TV show, Magnum P.I., the main character would say sometimes, “That little voice was trying to tell me something.  This time, I followed its advice.”  Inevitably, that little voice’s words of wisdom would save the character’s life, get him out of trouble, and/or save the day.  Now, that was a TV show, but the fact that a “little voice” was even written into the script signifies that other people have had similar experiences.  It also points out that the little voice was significant in their lives, just like it is in yours. 

People call that “little voice” different things, but their intent is usually similar.  Some call it energy, the Holy Spirit, your conscience, your third eye, whisperings from the universe, your instinct, a gut feeling, a hunch, or internal checks and balances.  It doesn’t matter what people call intuition, because it’s still there.  Ask anybody who’s been saved from harm by it, and they tell you with passion how real it is.  

Detectives use it when trying to solve crimes.  Master repairmen use it when they get called into a tough situation and are expected to problem-solve on-the-fly.  Psychiatrists use it when working with patients.  Human Resource directors use it when interviewing prospective employees.  The funny thing is, most of those people will also tell you there is no logical explanation for it. 

Sure, some people have tried to quantify it in various ways, but they still haven’t been able to definitively pinpoint its shape, texture, color, flavor, or other aspects.  But they all agree that its real and that it works.  That puts a grin on my face. 

Growing up in a time when science tries to explain away the unexplainable, things that are undefinable are sometimes regarded as bunk or without value.  That’s simply not true.  Currently unexplainable things are simply that: currently unexplainable.  But it doesn’t mean they are any less real that other things.  It just means that our minds don’t quite understand them, yet, despite how much we try to.  And that’s okay, because hopefully the universe will continue to hold mysteries that keep us intrigued with life inside of us and surrounding us.   

This week, listen to “that little voice” when it tells you the right thing to do.  You’ll be glad you did. 

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