It has many names but one purpose. It's your inner guidance. It's knowledge without analytical reasoning. It's the language of your heart and soul, your inner wisdom, your true self. It doesn't think, it knows.
Unlike linear thinking, it's subtle. Sometimes it's just a whisper. If you pay attention to it and allow it space, it'll point you in the direction your deepest self wants to go.
Can you trust it?
In all honesty, I have to say that we can be misled. Many of us have fear of not fitting in and so many ingrained beliefs we follow automatically that it's easy to miss or dismiss our inner voice. But that doesn't mean we should.
Our guidance is there for us. It keeps trying to get our attention.
When we're tempted to do the "wrong" thing, something that's not in alignment with our true self and our best interest, we'll feel it in our body, like a dead weight or a storm cloud brewing inside us.
On the other hand, when we choose to do what's "right" for us, we're in sync with our inner rhythm. We'll feel lighter not only because we made a decision, but because we're no longer fighting against our fear. There's no more pressure, no more dead weight.
One last comment. As much as I believe in developing and trusting our intuition, I'm not so foolish as to discount the value of rational thought. There are many times when it's appropriate and necessary. I believe they complement each other, like conventional medicine and alternative treatments.
"Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next."
Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine
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