There are different ways of looking at the world or read a situation and each of us naturally tend to favor one of them.
When you go into an environment where you’ve never been before, what is the first thing that you do?
Do you just go to talk with people who are in the same environment? Do you attempt to understand the rules and policies that hover over the place? Do you begin to rationally analyse the space and people who are there? Do you turn to your emotions and realize the feelings involved in that situation? Do you notice how your body is responding physically to everything?
Although we tend to follow a specific way of “going through new situations”, we are all able to use all ways and the more we pay attention to have a balanced use of these ways, bigger the chances for us to have a more complete reading of the situation.
Speaking of ways of going through, above all the ways that I pointed before, there is a sixth one that I call as the way of seeing “beyond what we see”. Perhaps one of the most powerful, but most forgotten by us.
When I say seeing “beyond what you see”, I’m not referring to realize physical signs, expressions, or make deep analysis of what was said or seen. But to literally use intuition, or, what I call, “to feel”.
“Feel” is subjective, but nevertheless very real. “Feel” is hitting the eye and being sure about something even when there is no rational reason for it. “Feel” is to meet someone and in 10 minutes know that this person is a friend for life. “Feel” is to look around and realize that someone needs help, even if it doesn’t seem at first sight, and reach out to help them without fear. “Feel” is to get into a place and see yourself as part of it without knowing why and after a while finding out that it would become your home or your work place during the coming years.
“Feel” is to look inside the other and within ourselves. Inside us we carry a kind of knowledge that can’t be explained, a knowledge that just is.
You know when everyone tells you to not do something and you also agree that rationally that is not the better thing to do, but something makes you go and do? And in the end, it was exactly the best thing you could have done? This is you following your “feeling”!
All of us have the ability to “feel”, and the act of “feeling” by itself, even unintentionally, is very present in our daily lives. What is not so common, is becoming aware and following that feeling. Sometimes it’s there and goes unnoticed. Other times, we can realize, but we refuse to accept or, even when we accept, we are afraid to put it into practice.
The reason? Simple, we are rational beings who live in a society that makes us use reason most of the time. And when reason prevails, there is little room for what in the end has no reason to be.
So how to start using more your intuition? One way is doing and get used to it. First you shall observe more when your “feel” something, try to force yourself to do that, to look inside, trying to connect with your soul. At first it may seem weird, but over time it becomes more natural. Then try to follow that “feeling” without fear. At the beginning you may feel fear and resistance. But by the fourth time you follow and realize the power of it, it starts getting more comfortable. And when you less expected, it will have became something natural, a day to day activity.
If we all have the ability to read the world and observe situations in different ways, why we limit ourselves to one or a few?
Open up yourself to your intuition! With no doubt, you will feel fuller and will become increasingly amazed about the fascinating world of “beyond what we see.”
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