There’s a lot going on in the world.   A lot of tension … anxiety … stress … fear … doubting there is a God … pondering the “What’s it all about, Alphie?” question … asking other questions: “Does intuition exist?   If I pay attention to messages that abound in various ways, will my inner awareness speak? will I hear the still, small Voice within? will hearing that ‘still, small Voice within’ help me determine what is ‘fact’ and what is ‘alternative fact’?

Is intuition real?   Some put such a discussion in a religious realm of God’s guidance. Some put this in a physical realm of “trusting our gut.”

A particular incident had me wondering about all of this.  Scheduled to be on a particular flight, I needed to be at the airport by 7:30 pm.   But a different time (5:00 pm) kept surfacing in my mind over and over and over again throughout the day.  I couldn’t understand it.  But the thought wouldn’t leave, so even though I wasn’t looking forward to the two-plus hour extra stay at the airport before I needed to be at the airport, I paid attention and was at the check-in desk by 5:00 pm – the time that kept surfacing in my head.

When I handed my travel documents to the agent, her “Your flight was cancelled” statement confused me!  I had had no notice of such a change … not a text, email or phone call.  Then the agent said  “There is one last flight to your destination today, but it leaves soon.  I’ll see if I can get you on the flight and if I can, you’ll have to hurry because boarding is in forty minutes.”  She did.  I picked up my carry-on luggage and ran to the boarding gate.

Had I not listened or paid attention to that “get to the airport by 5:00 pm” gentle nudge within me, I would have had to spend a very long and uncomfortable night in the airport, waiting for a flight the next day.   Instead, I listened to my intuition – the still, small Voice within (what I like to call my ‘spiritual muscle’), and I not only got to my destination that day, but even earlier than planned!

I’ve experienced many other examples of that nudge over the years – that still, small Voice within, that sense of discomfort when considering one option and comfort when considering another option, that spiritual muscle, so that I cannot help but acknowledge the reality that intuition exists.  It is a gift.

How can we invoke the voice of intuition – that “spiritual muscle”? How can we hear it more easily?   For some, it’s easy.   For others, it takes work.   Over the years, I’ve learned four simple steps that have guided me:
1. Be still.
2. Listen.
3. Pay attention.
4. Give it time.

May we pay attention to what we seem to be hearing.   And may we begin to trust our intuition, our spiritual muscle … a bit more every day.

When we do, some remarkable things might happen.



© June Maffin


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