Why You Should Always Listen to Your Incomplete Intuitions
When you were six or seven years old, perhaps another kid on the playground told you in a sing-songy voice,
“I know something you don’t know”
Ooh! A secret! You just had to know, didn’t you? I bet you couldn’t wait for the other kid to let you in on the juicy details!
Your intuition, that voice from deep inside that guides you, sometimes plays games like this too. You won’t only get a feeling that you should or should not take a particular course of action; but you may also get a feeling that there’s a deeper, unknown reason why.
In this article, I will discuss an encounter I had with an incomplete message from my intuition, then go on to discuss the reasons why you should pay special attention to such messages.
How I learned about incomplete intuitions
In the fall of 2019, I was struggling financially. I had walked away from a career in web development, no longer finding satisfaction in that line of work. I was working a project gig for a law firm, scheduled only to last three months. My laptop had died and I was using a borrowed 10-year-old MacBook.
The one luxury I hadn’t given up was my $5/month Medium subscription. I had begun to dig into the data science publications, and thought to myself, if only had a powerful, up-to-date computer, I could get into this as a career turning point.
In December 2019 I caught a break: my three-month project gig got extended indefinitely. While out at Saturday brunch, a rush just came over me. It was indescribable. My intuition was urging me to buy a laptop. I never shop Amazon on my phone while out at a bar, but I just knew this was an exception. I realized it might be my one chance to do it without endangering next month’s rent. I found a good deal and completed the checkout.
My new laptop was on the way, and a path to a new career had just opened. Yet, as I put the phone down — and again a week later, as I unpacked the laptop, I felt another rush from my intuition. It seemed to tell me,
The reason you bought this computer may not end up being its real purpose. But for now, just go with your original intent. If there is a hidden, true purpose, it will be revealed when the time is right.
I cracked open some textbooks and started learning data science. I joined Kaggle, a website on which you can participate in data science competitions. I worked and worked every day for two months. By February 2020, having put the time in, I figured something out:
I would never be more than a slightly above-average data scientist.
In a sense, that’s fine — slightly above average data scientists still get paid handsomely. But it wasn’t my passion, for the same reason web development had never been my passion. I’m creative. I inspire people. I’m a communicator. Neither field checked those boxes.
So now I had no direction, a part-time project gig, and a nice computer. Then COVID-19 hit. Everything shut down and I was furloughed from my job for 11 weeks.
That little laptop turned out to be a godsend. During those 11 weeks, I could read anything I wanted, learn any skill I wanted, watched any video I wanted. I did a lot of spiritual work, cleaned up my energy, learned to live in the powerful now moment rather than the past or future.
I had to look for ways to save money everywhere I could, and with data science no longer an interest, I dropped my Medium subscription. When a PPP loan got me caught back up financially, I rejoined in August 2020. However, this time I did not just join to read. I wanted to write. It felt like the most right career decision I had made in 20 years.
I felt that same rush, that same flow, that I felt when I put down the phone after ordering the laptop… the same flow I felt as I took the laptop out of its box.
The real reason I had bought that computer had been revealed.
I am a writer.
I just hadn’t connected the dots previously.
Think of your intuition as a lifeline to one of your best future selves
We all have many latent talents that we could draw on, but that we have not up to this point in our lives. We don’t have unlimited latent talents — if you’re 5 feet, 6 inches (168 cm) tall, it’s unreasonable to attempt to be a center in the NBA. However, you have many more natural abilities than you’ve had a chance to explore in your lifetime.
You have many “future selves” who have explored these talents to their fullest. Each time you make a decision, you put yourself one step closer on your path to becoming one of your future selves.
When you receive an incomplete intuition, think of it as a communication from one of these future selves. It’s as though they are saying, “I can’t tell you the complete path to get where I am, because you probably wouldn’t believe it’s possible. But, here’s the next step to getting closer to realizing your potential.”
If someone had told me in December 2019 that I would be a professional writer a year later, I would never have believed it. My future self knew that and let me believe I was taking the next step (the laptop) for an unrelated purpose (data science).
“Intuition doesn’t tell you what you want to hear; it tells you what you need to hear.” — Sonia Choquette
For more on future selves and how they can guide you in the present, check out The Unknown Reality, a two-volume series by author/psychic Jane Roberts and Seth, the “energy personality essence” whom she channeled.
Intuition: the one friend who will never steer you wrong
“Your intuition is the most honest friend that you will ever have.” — Doe Zantamata
“This is too good to turn down,” a friend may advise you as decision time nears. “You just have to do this! You’ll regret it for the rest of your life if you don’t.”
The problem with this kind of advice, no matter how dear the friend, is that they are not you. Their advice is clouded by the events of their past, their own decisions, their own emotions. What worked for them is not necessarily what will work for you.
Your intuition, on the other hand, is you. It knows exactly who you are. It knows what will be a waste of your time and also what will truly fulfill you.
In fact, your intuition is more than just you at the present moment. It doesn’t live in the same plane of space and time that we do. It is aware of your future, of your potential, of all your different potentials.
It’s fine to seek out the advice of mentors, of parents or grandparents, of trusted friends. At decision time, though, let your intuition have the final word.
“Think for yourself. Trust your own intuition. Another’s mind isn’t walking your journey, you are.” — Scottie Waves
When incomplete intuitions come to you
When you get a message from your intuition, you will know it came from your inner self because you will feel it before it enters your mind. It will begin as a feeling and then become a thought.
You may get a sense that you’re being strongly urged to do something, for reasons you may not totally understand why. Think of the unknown reason as a present you will get to unwrap at some point in the future — but only if you take the initial step you are being pushed toward.
Think of the feeling, the nudge in the right direction, as coming from a future self. This future self has realized a potential that you, in your current state of beliefs, wouldn’t even realize is possible. For that reason, they may not be able to accurately communicate the “why” part of why they are compelling you to just take action.
Think of your intuition as your most trusted friend, your best advisor, your final source of wisdom whenever you have a big decision to make — and this is doubly true whenever you get a sense there may be more there than you currently understand. The more you listen to your intuition, the tighter a relationship you form with it, and it will reach out to you with even more insights as time goes on.
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