“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.” –Frances Scovel Shinn
Intuition is not reserved for the chosen few.
Everyone is intuitive and each of us has had at least one experience where we had a gut feeling or heard our intuition guiding us in a particular situation.
Intuition is a higher form of instinct.
This sense was built into us primarily to keep us safe to ensure the propagation of our species but has since evolved.
Your body continually senses what is in your environment even if you aren’t consciously aware of it.
Can you imagine how important it was for our ancient ancestors to “sense” that danger was lurking in the jungles; to feel the hair stand up on the back of the neck and slowly turn to see a huge saber-tooth tiger crouching in the bush?
Many of us have learned from our mistakes that when we don’t listen to our intuition we regret it later. I like to say that:
Ignoring intuition is a lot like touching a hot stove: You need only get burned once to know that ignoring your intuition is NOT a good idea!
If you’re not clear on how intuitive guidance works or how to recognize your intuition read on.
These examples of what I call “everyday intuition” will give you a very clear idea of how your intuition guides you with your home, friends and family, ensures your safety and in business with business intuition in “everyday life.”
13 Examples of Everyday Intuition from Top Creatives:
Home, Friends and Family
A few months ago a neighbor approached us about selling our house. Although our house was not for sale, we were very happy to listen to his proposal until he told us what he was willing to pay..He started thousands of dollars less than our house was worth. He proceeded to tell us all that was wrong with our house. It was very negative and upsetting. Why would he want our house if there was so much wrong with it?.My intuition told me to call a realtor friend. We found out that our house was worth even more than we thought. Our neighbor was just trying to get a deal. My husband and I talked about putting it up on the market. Again, we hadn’t planned on selling but I had a gut feeling which said, “Let’s go for it.” I knew that if we did we would be putting the wheels of the universe into motion.So we did! It sold the day after it went on the market for full price! We found the most wonderful house to move into, perfect for our needs and in a great neighborhood. We move in on Wednesday and couldn’t be happier!.
Betsy Henry – Zen-Mama
I don’t consider myself an intuitive, but sometimes my intuition comes through loud and clear. My younger son, Andrew, is in his third year of college where he has been awarded a scholarship to play baseball.
With his college 90 miles away, my wife, and I see him frequently, but there are weeks when our only contact is through a telephone call or text message. In early March, I got a hunch he wasn’t okay – that he was struggling..I dismissed the thought knowing that I would see him in a few days at his next game. I would asses him then. But the feeling kept coming back until it urged me to call my son..He wasn’t okay..
My son was struggling with his grades, and the demands of the baseball team were weighing on him to the point he was thinking about quitting. After talking about his challenges, we came up with a plan of action he thought was achievable.
I truly think if I had waited to speak with him, he would have given up on his goals. I’m thankful that some everyday intuition moved me into action so I could help my son find the right answers.
Alex Blackwell – The Bridgemaker
The experience that made the biggest impression on me was in 2002..I was getting a strong sense of wanting to move from the beautiful town I was living in with my two small boys. It wasn’t a good fit for me. I kept “seeing” an old white farmhouse in my mind. Began drawing it in detail in my journals, began designing the rooms and picking out paint colors, thought about it before bed, every time I passed an old white farmhouse would think to myself “There’s my house”.
Some months later, I went to meet an old friend in her remote country town for lunch and I was describing to her my dream business, and where I would live and work. She said, “I have to show you this house”. I was not house-hunting, and did not have any money for a downpayment.. but.. we drove up to the house and it was in fact “my” house. Down to the last detail, everything I’d been seeing in my mind, drawing, thinking about.
And in spite of the reality of the finances, no deposit in sight.. I was able to buy it and we’ve been here for almost 11 years.”
Lisa Claudia Briggs, MSW – Intuitive Body
“It seems that every time I get a gut feeling that I am going to see someone I know, I do. It happened most profoundly several years ago when I was flying from Pennsylvania to St. Croix VI (where I am from)..Unbeknownst to me, my father was also traveling on that same day. He was flying from St. Croix to the Dominican Republic. As I was walking down the concourse to my connecting flight in Puerto Rico, something told me to look left and when I did, I saw my father walking by. It turned out, he was also waiting for a connecting flight in Puerto Rico and had to go to the restroom..If I hadn’t looked left and he hadn’t had to go to the restroom, we never would have met that day. “
I recently spent nine days in Michigan visiting my family. I have a very big ego! I am often tempted to give my opinion, a comment or unasked for advice when I see or hear something that I question or don’t agree with. Notice I said “tempted!” Because my gut feeling says loud and clear, “Don’t do it!”.I always bring myself back to these Truths: I don’t know what anything is for. Everyone is on their own path. Everyone has a right to live their life, their own way. Everything is in Divine Order. This is not my business. And judgment is just plain wrong!.It’s because I have listened to my intuition that I still have awesome relationships with my daughters, son-in-laws and grandchildren..Tess Marshall – The Bold Life
I was looking for household help and interviewing several women for a two-year contract. The search had been going on for weeks.
Finally a suitable candidate came up. She appeared cheerful, positive and willing to learn. Elated, I signed the required papers.
However, when I got home, I had a gut feeling that started gnawing at me. But, I had no logical explanation on why I was feeling that way. This was troublesome because I had already signed the contract.
In the end, I knew that I had to pay heed to my intuition. So, I called the agency. I explained that I had changed my mind. Luckily, the manager agreed to annul the agreement.
Meanwhile, the girl I was supposed to hire found out I had changed my mind. She rang to beg me not to. Not only did she call once but several times.Her reactions made me uncomfortable.
Two days later I found “The One”. The girl I hired has been working for us for the last two years. She has turned out to be the best helper I have had. What is great is that she also meditates and has many shared values!
Evelyn Lim – Abundance Tapestry
I’ll never forget my powerful experience with intuition, although it’s a painful memory and lesson.
On July 27, 1993, my mom and I were going to go shopping. My mom asked me if we should bring my younger brother along on the shopping trip, and for some reason, I advised that she probably should leave him home. I don’t know why I thought this, but I felt compelled to answer in this way. Unfortunately, when we left to go shopping, it was the last time my mom and brother would see each other.
On the way home from our shopping trip, we got in a car accident, and my mom was killed instantly. I was sitting in the only “safe” place in the car. If my brother had been in the car, he surely would have perished as well.
It is a sad, but powerful lesson that shows the true power of intuition. Had I not followed my intuition and told my mom to bring along my brother, I am certain he would not be alive today.
Victor Schueller – Victor Schueller
Over the years I’ve had many moments of everyday intuition, some that I paid attention to and others, I ignored to my detriment. It’s taken me a long time to understand and trust those moments..The one that comes to mind was a day alone, cleaning the apartment. I realized I needed something from a top shelf in the kitchen cupboards and looked around for something to stand on. I was moving, so much of my furniture was already out of the apartment and I only had a few things left. I pulled over a chair and as I put one foot on it I heard as clear as day, “Don’t do it!” It happened so quickly: hearing those words, looking down at the chair and ignoring the warning..Seconds later I was lying on the floor, elbow dislocated the chair shattered all around me. As I waited at the hospital, woozy from the pain-killers, I recalled the warning and promised myself that in future I would listen. It’s not always easy to listen to my intuition as it seems my intellect likes to disagree, but more and more it has become a practice that has impacted my life..
Quite a few years ago, my family and I were at a marina enjoying lunch outside and watching the boaters go in and out of the bay. A young family with two very small children — one in a car seat — placed their children in their boat and set off to enjoy the beautiful afternoon on the water..They did not put life jackets on their children and I had an intense urge to stand up and call out to them to do so. But I don’t always want to be the person drawing attention to “what’s wrong with this picture” and so instead used the situation as a water safety conversation with our own boys..After lunch, several rescue vehicles started to arrive and I had another really sick feeling. The next day, I read in the paper that the young family’s boat had flipped in the water and one of those boys drowned. I’ve never known quite what to make of this situation or how to process it.,Jennifer Boykin – Life After Tampons.
Typically if my business line shows a missed call and there’s no voice-mail message, I ignore it. I’ve never called a missed called number back, unless it’s from a personal friend. This comes from past experience of calling back missed calls only to find it’s a sales call or wrong number.
Well, one day this “normal” occurrence happened of seeing a missed call with no message, it was on my business phone line, but I couldn’t ignore it. For whatever reason I felt like I should call that number back, and when I went to shrug it off and not call, I felt an inner conflict, so much so that I texted my husband saying “do you ever call back a missed call number you don’t recognize on the business line?” He said, “no and neither do you, why are you asking?” I responded “I feel like I should call it.” He said, “that’s weird, you never do….maybe should, sounds like you want to.”
I tried again to shrug it off, but the thought came back to call that number. So to quiet that inner voice, I picked up the phone and dialed that number, it was a inquiry about our services and ended up being an awesome client, one of our best clients ever.
Aileen Mahoney – Evotive Marketing
Several years ago we took on a business project that looked and sounded great, two years later it turned out to be a great time waster and this meant lost business opportunities too. Not to mention there was no financial return.
If I had followed my intuition at the time we would never have proceeded, I can remember at the time I had the knowing, that gut feeling that makes you feel very uneasy. My intuition was spot on as it turned out and that was a big awakening for both of us.!
Today we use my intuition before either of us proceed with business opportunities as they arise. Des, my life and business partner says: “I know that not following ‘Suzie’s intuition’ is at my peril.”
Suzie Cheel – Suzie Cheel
I told my best friend that I wanted to find a way to help people build self-love and avoid some of the pain I lived through. My agent was about to sell my book, “How do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways” when my gut feeling told me the best way to help people was to give the book away for free.
People thought I was crazy not to sell the book since I make my living as a writer but my gut literally screamed that I must do it. So I withdrew the book from sale, finished it and because of it, launched The Self-Love Movement™ in the fall. After giving away over 9300 books so far and getting thanks from many people who’ve read it, I have no doubt that doing this was the best thing I’ve ever done.
Daylle Deanna Schwartz – The Self-Love Movement
“The most powerful example of intuitive guidance in my life comes from times when logic and external sources all tried to work in the opposite direction of the “inner guidance” I was feeling and receiving..One such example was deciding to make a major life change that included resigning from a secure job, and moving away from the city life, into a more natural way of life based on self-sufficiency. Reason and logic tried to sway against it, as did some family and friends. However by going within and trusting my inner guidance—my intuition—it turned out to be the most perfect set of choices for my path of personal evolution..Three years later I look back with awe at how perfectly everything turned out because I chose to trust and follow my inner voice. Today I listen to that inner guidance more than ever, and greatly appreciate its role in my life.”.Evita Ochel – Eveta Ochel.