Although receiving an intuitive insight is a process we all experience at one time or another (most of us unconsciously), choosing to explore this topic always brings forth the monster in the closet: if I open the door to this, will I become weird…
Working in the engineering department didn’t help me in this matter. I was surrounded by people who found the idea of using intuition to solve problems completely laughable. Worse than that, I was one of them…
My fear of becoming a weirdo-gypsy-psychic was so powerful that for 30 years I unconsciously chose to experience debilitating migraines rather than develop my intuition. At least while I was in pain I was still rational. How comforting.
The biggest hurdle was to take that jump beyond rationality. Not because being rational is not good…but because it’s not enough! By using both sides of our beloved brains, we can expand into new territories of success and satisfaction.
But there is a moment where you have to let go of the solid ground of rationality and step onto the squishy Jell-O of intuition. This transition doesn’t mean that you won’t ALSO use your rational mind eventually. But that side of your brain suffers from over-usage already, while your intuitive side is twiddling its metaphorical thumbs. But for a while there, it does feel like you’re driving on a windy road. At night. In a dark forest. And it’s raining…
I noticed, while I was developing and using my intuition, that some people felt quite threatened by this process. To them, it seemed like I was becoming irrational and unpredictable. When asked why I was changing a plan, I would say: “Because it feels better that way”. Not a compelling reason for the lefties (the rational side is on the left side of the brain).
But, in the end, using intuition is so EFFECTIVE, that my results spoke for themselves. I did things that were considered impossible by the lefty crowd. And most importantly (at least to me), using my intuition has brought a true, deeply meaningful happiness to my life that had always eluded me when I made only rational decisions.
Elise Lebeau, M.Sc.