Estimated reading time: 4 minutes
An opportunity to redefine intuition as a protective older sibling who always has your back
Intuition is that small voice in the back of my mind telling me when something is off, just right, or completely out of alignment. I like to think of it as a bossy, big sister who protects and guides my path; but who is also quick to say, “I told you so,” whenever I ignore her and make a choice that doesn’t seem to work out in my favor. Can’t you just see her arms crossed and that smirk on her face as she points this out? I can use her guidance for big decisions like moving across state lines, or simple acts like choosing the best route to work. She’s always there, ever-present…just waiting to be accessed. And here’s the thing: She’s always right.
My intuition shows up mostly as a feeling I call ‘my gut’. Learning to embrace and fully accept my intuition and recognize when she’s looking out for me is a constant practice in motion. During the times I have trusted her without question — I picked the right college and bought my first condo with ease. At other times, I’ve ignored the warning signs she sent my way alerting me to be cautious of a new person I’d just met, or the soft whisper in my ear suggesting I book a flight before the price goes up. And even more obviously with the physical manifestation of the racing heart and sweaty armpits screaming at me to not proceed with a toxic relationship. She likes to make her point known.
I’ve second-guessed myself or ignored that inner feeling because I didn’t want to overreact or come off as judgmental — because I was listening to outside influences and was too concerned about what other people would think.
But everything changed the moment I bought my first deck of oracle cards. Doreen Virtue’s deck, The Angel Dreams attracted me because I always felt that my dreams were significant. There were nights when I received signs that were as clear as day about how to solve a problem or confirmation that I was on the right track. On other nights, I couldn’t quite crack the code of the symbolic messages and images that came while I slept. I only knew that I wanted desperately to fully understand and connect to these symbols. They would not be ignored.
As I sat down to do my very first reading, the guide book explained how to infuse my own energy into the cards. In summary, the theme was to ‘trust’ that your soul knows exactly what cards to pull — in other words, you can’t get it wrong. There goes that word again — Trust. Although I can’t remember the exact card I pulled that night, I remember the feeling that immediately arose up within me when I saw the image and read the description. I felt both calm and reassured. I knew it was the card my soul picked — the message I needed. And I instinctively understood the power of my intuitive big sis at that moment. Hey, she’s pretty cool, what can I say? She always has my back — the rest is up to me.
As I have come to implicitly trust my intuition, the level of trust within myself increases and threads throughout the rest of my life. I acknowledge that intuition is the eternal flame within that never dies out and ultimately leads to the truth. I told you so…is that voice that resides within each of us — not admonishing us, but rather awaiting us like an invitation— guiding us to step into our fullness. It is the voice that reminds us that we have our answers within. And when we stop seeking outwardly, when we stop dodging that ‘knowing’ concerning ourselves with things that aren’t ours to fix, people-pleasing and seeking validation on the exterior — the flame becomes brighter as you act upon the guidance being given to you.
Remember, there is no ‘wrong’ when it comes to your intuitive self.
You may also enjoy reading How to use Tarot Cards to Increase Your Mindfulness and Self-Awareness, by Jane Sandwood.