Intuition – An Incredible Travel Companion (an intuition story)
by guest contributor Kathleen Gage
In 1983 I found myself restless and in search of deeper meaning in life. My quest for knowledge took me on a journey to numerous locations throughout the world with the Middle East being most memorable. After six months of living on the West Bank of Israel on a Moshav (cooperative farm) my traveling companion and I began having conversations about wanting to travel back to the Bay Area to resume our life there. The challenge was we had barely $800 between the two of us.
Knowing a flight home from the Middle East to San Francisco was bound to be more than $400 each we wondered how we would manage.
Within days of our first conversation we both decided to take a different route from the greenhouses we each worked in to the community home we shared with three English fellows.
Even though we had taken the same route from our work station to our home every day for nearly six months on this particular day we both “sensed” the need to go a different route.
As we went down a dusty, dry road we saw an Israeli soldier in the distance waving to us.
“Hello. Hello,” greeted the soldier.
“Hello,” we both replied.
“Where is your home?” he asked.
Both thinking he meant on the Moshav we pointed in the direction we were headed.
“No. Your home,” he smiled.
“I love San Francisco. I was there many years ago and the people were so friendly,” he said in very good English.
“I had many people who made me feel very welcome during my time there. I told myself if I could ever do something for someone from San Francisco I would. Oh, by the way, I am not always a soldier. Nearly eleven months out of the year I am a travel agent,” he smiled even bigger as if he knew he was the answer to our prayers.
“Can you help us get a flight home? There’s only one problem though. We have only $800 between the two of us.”
“Let me see what I can do,” he replied without hesitation. “Meet me here in two days at this time and I will let you know what I find out.”
Neither Carole or I could believe what had happened. Here we both got a sense to go a different route from the only one we had taken for six months and we meet a travel agent. Mind you, we were on a Moshav miles from anything else. The only people within miles were the handful of farmers, their wives and children, the Palestine workers and the volunteers like us. And of course, a soldier or two.
As requested, two days later we arrived at the agreed upon spot at the appointed time. Sure enough our new friend was waiting for us.
“You won’t believe what happened. Yesterday I was checking into flights for you and a charter flight to San Francisco that was completely booked had two cancellations. They are not the best seats but you can get both for $790.”
Carole and I were like two kids in Disneyland jumping up and down laughing, crying and hugging.
Never once did we doubt the sincerity of this part time soldier. We just knew he would do us right. All this time later I have to wonder if he didn’t actually offset the cost of our tickets so we could safely get home.
I am completely certain that the nudge the two of us got that day to go a different route was our intuition. That still small voice inside that is a guiding force.
When we honor intuition the most amazing things happen. All we need is awaiting us. It’s only a matter of responding to the nudging.
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Kathleen Gage is the founder of Power Up for Profits and a “no-nonsense, common sense” online marketing strategist, speaker, author, product creation specialist and who helps entrepreneurs make money online. Successfully self-employed since 1994, she gives her clients the tools to create businesses that last and make a difference at the same time. Get a FREE chapter of her new book: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Online Marketing – here.
“You must train your intuition. You must trust the small voice inside which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.” –Ingrid Bergman
Today I’m delighted to share stories of everyday intuition from 7 top creative minds.
We have our intuition for a purpose – mainly to keep us from harm. Intuition is another one of our senses just as useful as the five senses we commonly refer to which is why it is also called the “sixth sense.”
Your intuition is intelligence and information gathered through “sensing” it rather than receiving it consciously. It is isn’t mysterious, dark, spooky or strange but natural and extremely common. As you read through these examples I’m sure you will recall having had similar experiences of intuitive insight in your own life.
If you’re not clear on how intuitive guidance works or on how to recognize your intuition you will find these stories to be great teaching tools.
These examples of what I call “everyday intuition” will give you a very clear idea of how your intuition guides you in love and romance, judging character, ensures your safety and in business with business intuition in “everyday life.”
Intuition leads to love
I had been invited to a party which I had turned down as I just wanted to go home and chill out. I was a bit depressed as that very morning I had ‘let go’ of ever finding the right woman to spend my life with. I had been looking for 2-3 years.
I felt I was too desperate, so I said to myself ‘I’m letting go, I can be very happy on my own.’ It felt like a huge weight off, but I was still feeling down.
When I finished work that night I was walking with some friends who tried to persuade me to go to the pub for the party that night, I said no, but as soon as I said it, that nagging feeling, and little voice, stopped me in my tracks, and I turned to my friends and advised I’d go for a few drinks.
I was having a great time, until 7.30pm a woman walked into the pub who literally took my breath away. It was the sister of a work colleague.
We have now been married for 8 years and have two amazing sons, and every time I think of this story I fall in love all over again.
It would have been a crime if I hadn’t listened to that little voice called intuition.
–Steve Aitchison – ChangeYourThoughts.co.uk
This past month I saw my intuition struggling with the logical side of my brain. This is what happened. A dear friend of mine suggested that I apply to give a hands on seminar at an International creative Arts Seminar next fall. The focus of my workshop would be based on my 7 step process of creative awakening from the book I wrote- Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening. After looking through the brochure, I felt that it made sense that I should attend and present. After all 875 therapists from around the globe would be attending . What a great way share my message with those in the helping profession.
Over the past few weeks, I spent a lot of time on the application but didn’t complete it. Something didn’t feel right. A few days after I missed the deadline, I wrote to the fellow in charge and asked for an extension. He graciously offered one to me. This past weekend, I sat down to work on it –giving myself plenty of time for pausing, editing, completing and sending it in.
Again – I struggled. I spent hours trying to make it work but it didn’t come together. I had a knot in my stomach. I forgot to mention that besides a lot of scientific/academic criteria, a C.V. done in a specific format was required for the application .
That was my clue. In speaking with a colleague of mine from seminary yesterday, she suggested that my intuition has led me to such a soulful/creative place that returning to a logical/academic milieu might feel counterintuitive to the direction I was heading in.
When I heard her words, it all made sense. My intuition –my authentic self- kept on whispering to me that ‘this isn’t who you are. Don’t try to fit in’. Today, I wrote a note to the head of the admissions committee telling him I wouldn’t be able to participate this coming fall. Within a few hours, I had a response from him asking me to consider participating in the future – that he feels my work could be of value to therapists and others in the healing profession.
Although it was a struggle, my intuition won out. It reminded me that I need to be who I am and not to try to fit into an arena because it ‘makes sense’. I need to make decisions on what feels right in my heart.
As I’ve said many times, when your intuition whispers in your ear, listen. It took me a while this time around to do so but once I did, my internal voice said ‘Yes – you are being who you are meant to be. And that’s a good thing’
–Fran Sorin – FranSorin.com
Intuition has been playing a major role in my business. I run my own company and there is just no blueprint or roadmap for what I do, so I joke to others that my hubby and I are making it up as we go. But deep down, I believe that my intuition is my blueprint. Here’s an example that was based purely on intuition.
In October, a friend connected me with his big investor friend who wanted to partner with me on expanding my juicing business. This person was very well connected to the likes of Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, and many other top personal development influencers and a savvy business person. I was all over it. We talked several times on the phone, and got down to the business proposal and contracts and what have you but then, something in my gut told me to wait, to hold off, just not commit yet. I could not for the life of me verbalize it to a logical reason …. but I listened. I had to turn down the proposal, perhaps disappoint my friend (maybe, maybe not) and then I forgot about it.
A month later, out of nowhere, I got my book deal for what turned out to be exactly the type of exposure, credibility and work that I needed to grow my juicing business. Had I signed on earlier with the investor, I would not have been able to say yes to the book, and I would have lost the opportunity altogether, and while I don’t know how things would have turned out, I can’t imagine them turning out any better than they did. My intuition helps me make small or big business decisions such as this one all the time now, and I never, ever ignore it. You shouldn’t either!
–Farnoosh Brock – ProlificLiving.com
Intuition and safety:
I was driving home from work one day and was trucking along at around 35 MPH, when in my mind’s eye I suddenly “saw” a dog running out from between some parked cars, into the street. I didn’t know why I suddenly had that in my mind, but I slowed way down just in case. About 30 seconds later, a dog came running out into the street in front of me, just like in the vision. I never would have been able to stop, if I hadn’t “seen” him, and followed that intuition.
–Jeanne Miller – ThePetMedium.com
I had four hours to get to Great Falls in time for my radio interview at KEIN. I had already been driving for quite a while on my international speaking tour and had had no sleep for 20 hours. Before I had started this tour talking to audiences and sharing techniques on self-realization, I had asked my inner guidance to help me avoid hitting any animals with my car. This spiritual venture could not be littered with road kill across northwestern USA.
The next thing I knew, I heard a man’s voice saying quite loudly, “Sandra, wake up or you’ll hit a rabbit.”
I jerked wide awake and slammed on the brakes without thinking. Sure enough, a little bunny stood on his hind feet, transfixed by the headlights. Even more important, directly behind the bunny was a flimsy wood and wire guardrail and, beyond that, a fifty-foot drop down an embankment. It took a while to get my heart out of my mouth and back into my chest where it belonged. I then took the hint and grabbed a quick cat nap before continuing on to Great Falls. I made it in time to have some coffee and spruce up before my interview.
What really impressed me about this encounter, was that my angel, for that was who he was, had used my tour request to alert me. If he would have said instead, “Sandra, wake up, you’re going to kill yourself,” I probably would have gone “Aaaaaah!”, thrown up my hands and gone over the side, sideswiping the bunny as I went.
–Sandra Bell Kirchman – FantasyFic, the Blog
It was sunny day and I was taking my twin 7-year old boys to the park to play. The road alongside the park is curvy. As I pulled up alongside the curb across the street from the park, a voice inside me said, “don’t park here, you’re on a blind curve and anyone coming in a car would not see a child crossing.”
I parked there anyway. But I felt uncomfortable and reminded them to watch for cars. I stopped the car, and the more cautious of my two boys looked both ways and crossed safely. I felt very calm as he crossed.
My other boy was just getting ready to get out of the car though, when I felt the pressure inside me building as all my senses screamed at me.
I was instantly on high alert and at the same instant he started to bolt across the street, even though I couldn’t see it, I ‘knew’ a car coming.
I screamed, “STOP” in the loudest voice my son had ever heard from me. He froze, and a car zipped by, missing him by just a foot.
Had I first listened to my intuition we could have avoided the entire issue and emotional trauma which ensued. But fortunately, my intuition did set me on edge enough, and kept at me, so I was in an altered state of alertness.
Had that voice inside not been there, I’m certain he would have been badly injured, or worse.
–Karen Daniels – KarenDaniels.com
Intuition and judging character:
When we lived in Costa Rica there was a neighbour who was very popular in the expat community. She worked as a chiropractor and everyone except me called her Doctor Karen even though she wasn’t a real doctor.
I don’t know why I just didn’t like or trust that woman. I didn’t like the way she said “Everyone calls me Doctor Karen”, I didn’t like the way she treated other people encouraging them to come to her clinic when they probably didn’t need to or the way she treated her partner.
I generally get a strong feeling about people when I first meet them and, although I can sometimes be wrong, that intuitive feeling was renewed every time I encountered Karen.
Then after we left Costa Rica I heard she’d been arrested and imprisoned in San Jose. Apparently she was a fugitive wanted by the FBI for her part in a multi-million investment scam which involving fleecing money out of people which they never got back.
The expat community was shocked that this loved member of their village was an outlaw and many continued to protest her innocence as she herself does.
I know it should be innocent until proved guilty but I have a strong feeling she’s guilty and that my intuition worked perfectly that time.
–Annabel Candy – SuccessfulBlogging.com
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