A friend of mine took a job with a company but her gut was saying “No, don’t do it, it’s going to end in disaster.” But still she went ahead with the job, it was great money and she simply ignored her intuition. It ended just as her gut warned – in disaster.
The common theme with the above examples is that the gut feeling didn’t really make much sense at a conscious level and thus they were relatively easy to dismiss.
My friend hadn’t noticed that she didn’t trust her soon to be boss because there was nothing tangible to put her finger on. On the surface he seemed like a nice guy and said all the right things.
Your unconscious is much smarter than you think. At a conscious level my friend had no idea her husband was going to be crushingly jealous and controlling because he hadn’t overtly demonstrated that side of his character at that point, it wasn't until after they were married.
But in each situation there were enough subtle clues to have the amygdala screaming at all of us, “WTF!!! Did you see that, did you see that??
We all need to listen to our intuition more. We all have the ability, it’s wether we choose to take it on board or ignore it.
What’s your take; do you listen to your intuition or rationalise the crap out of it?
I’m also curious to know if you have ever ignored a really strong gut feeling and severely regretted it afterward. For a list of intuitive workshops click here.