Years ago, intuition saved my life. The week of my 2nd birthday, my mom noticed I was acting sick, holding my stomach and very quiet. She looked through a medical Baby Book written by Dr. Benjamin Spock. Mom took me to the doctor, but she said he was unsure of what was wrong. In a moment, my mom listened to her intuition and asked if it could be intussusception. She had read a paragraph in the Dr. Spock book that mentioned this rare condition that affected children before the age of 2, The doctor agreed and rushed me to the hospital where I had emergency surgery.
If my mom hadn't listened to her gut feeling about the brief mention in Dr. Spock's book, I would likely not be writing this today! Intussusception is a condition where the big intestine overtakes the small intestine and when it gets to the liver, it kills the kid. It had almost gotten to my liver when they performed the surgery.
Years ago, going through my mother's things after she passed, I found the worn paperback copy of the book and there it was on page 416! Isn't it amazing to know that listening to our intuitive thoughts and gut feelings, can save a life just as much as help us achieve a dream?
Try This: Listen to Your Gut, It Can Save the Day
For this week, I found an article with several good intuition exercises from author Sharon Franquemont in a past University of Minnesota newsletter.* There are several exercises in her article, and here is the one I picked for a daily practice:
- Find a place to sit comfortably.
- Follow your breath by counting '1' on the inhale and '2' on the exhale.
- Focus on the event or situation intently for a few minutes.
- Ask for a direct intuitive experience about it in the near future.
- Let it go.
Think of your intuition as a muscle that needs to be exercised. Who knows what might happen - how you might save the day by relying on your gut, your intuition!