People think intuition isn’t that useful. That it’s a nice idea but how is it going to help them. I understand. Our schooling system does not hone intuition. In fact, if anything it ridicules it. Kids are told to stop lying, even when they are telling the truth, because sometimes they find out about the adults dirty little secrets and children being children, they always tell the truth (well there is a specific age where they learn to lie, but that is because they are trained so well by adults around them – but that’s for another blog). If they talk about the invisible people that they see, they are told that they have a wild imagination. You should see my school reports. Almost every year, it read about how I could do better if only I was interested and how I had a very fertile imagination. He he he.
But intuition is an awesome gift. Intuition can save you time, money and even your life. The problem is that because no one teaches us about intuition in school, we don’t know what it looks like, feels like and what it’s useful for. That is one of the reasons why I am so passionate about teaching about intuition. And my book is the living example of using intuition in many different ways.
So how did intuition save my life? I might have mentioned that I was born into a Muggle family. My father was a devout Christian, my mother a nurse rooted in the material. Her mother was a witch but she denied her heritage with the passion of a bigot. She became anti-intuition, probably as a reaction to her mother and the fact she felt she couldn’t have privacy around her. My grand mother was very much like Endora in Bewitched, but my Mum was no Samantha.
In the 1980s, in Paris, we were subjected t0 a wave of horrid bombings. Sadly, a bit like this year. If you were at the wrong place at the right time, you could be killed in a freaky accident. Shopping Malls had become blood baths. It was awful. I was still at University then, and had landed my first internship and had planned to go shopping with my first pay. There was a lovely shopping centre near where I lived (in fact I mention it in Chapter two of my book) in Montparnasse and I had planned to go there after work. Whilst in the RER (the regional train system) that took me back from North Paris to my parents’ house where I still lived. Suddenly, when I reached the station where I was going to change trains, I decided I couldn’t be bothered. I didn’t see the bombing that would take place in Rue de Rennes. I just had no energy left in me. I had to go home and rest. It’s like the angels had sucked the life out of me. When I emerged form the Metro Station at the bottom of my parents’ flat, I saw ambulances and heard loud sirens everywhere heading towards the Tour du Montparnasse. I wondered what had happened and felt dreadful. I knew something bad had happened.
I reached the top floor of my parents’ apartment building and found Mum watching TV. There was a horrid bombing incident right at the place and the time I was supposed to be, had I not changed my plans. Although I don’t like to share bad news, you can click here on the Wikipedia link to check that I am not making this up.
So it could be that it wasn’t my time and that the people who died in that bombing attempt were ready to go back to heaven. I will never know. What I know for sure, was that if I hadn’t listened to my intuition, I wouldn’t be here to tell the tale. Intuition can come as a feeling in your body. A sudden tiredness. Even a pain somewhere. Wouldn’t you like to learn how to listen to it to keep you and your loved ones safe?
When I drive, for example, I always know when someone will do something stupid on the road. And I have never had an accident in all the years I have driven. I often comment to my husband “He is going to change lane now” and invariably I am right. Has this happened to y0u? Then it’s your intuition. We are all intuitive. It is built in us to keep us safe. So why oh why are we not told in school how to hone that gift from God?
You tell me.
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