Updated: Oct 25, 2020
Psychologist say - Intuition is a form of knowledge that appears in consciousness without obvious deliberation. It is not magical but rather a faculty in which hunches are generated by the unconscious mind rapidly sifting through past experience and cumulative knowledge.
An article by Swami Kriyananda in January 2019 reminded me that people have been following their intuition for years. Some of the points Swami made were:
· Albert Einstein discovered the law of relativity in a flash of intuitive insight; it was only years later that he was able to justify his discovery logically to other scientists.
· The same is true of most scientific hypotheses: First comes intuition, which conceives them. Only then comes the painstaking process of reasoning it out persuasively for others.
· Logic itself is a more intuitive process than most people realize. At every stage of the reasoning process one is faced with numerous alternative directions.
· To attempt to be unfeeling in one’s search is to dull one’s awareness. Feeling is as intrinsic to awareness as heat is to fire. Calm feeling is intuition. When that calm feeling is disturbed, it becomes emotion.
· Calm feeling is like a lake without ripples; emotion is like ripples appearing on the surface of the lake that change the appearance of whatever is reflected there.
I have all my life followed my intuition – sometimes doing things very impulsively as I have ‘felt’ it was the right thing to do. They have all turned out for my best – yes some were hard lessons to learn but all these experiences and lessons have made me stronger and blended me into the person I am now.
Since Covid19 struck and New Zealand went into Level 4 complete lockdown I felt panic, anxiety and lost that strong feeling of knowing. Emotions were heightened and I lost that sense of calm. This also was a lesson for me to learn, stop and spend time with myself, look after myself, be kind to myself. It has been a time to reflect and realise the achievements I have mastered over the years. New Zealanders are known to be very humble people and I am no exception. I would rather speak highly of someone else than praise myself. It has been an empowering and enlightening time and I have reached out to a number of people to help me on my journey through this. That was not easy, as I should have it altogether, I am the one that helps others. My heartfelt thanks to all of those who I reached out to and have helped me through this time.
I believe this has been a time that I had to endure to enable me to have a deeper empathy for others going through similar situations. I have been there so I know that someone saying – you have overcome challenges in the past and you will do so again – doesn’t help you feel any better. Others saying – you have got everything, you are strong, confident don’t feel like that – yeah right! That’s not how I feel and who are you to tell me how I feel. Until you walk in someone’s shoes, live in their world we have no right to judge or tell them what to do.
So my message here is please reach out for help. Don’t stop reaching out until you have reclaimed your power.