I GOT THIS FEELING THAT SOMETHING AIN’T RIGHT
“Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right”
Stealers Wheel - “Stuck In The Middle With You” - 1974
How many of you have had the feeling that “something ain’t right” but you went ahead and did it anyway? This is the classic case of head before heart, of intellect before intuition. Our western civilization prides itself on the triumph of rational thinking over gut reaction.
So why do we have such feelings if we are encouraged to ignore them?
Personally I feel that following our inner guidance is a vital tool for leading a conscious and authentic life. Indeed for living a healthy life, for if we ignore our intuition it will be at the expense of our wellbeing. It’s our body’s way of getting our attention. What starts as a feeling, can lead to a symptom, which can lead to full blown illness, if ignored. I was watching the Woody Allen film “Manhattan” a few nights ago. In it Dianne Keaton asks Woody why he isn’t getting angry and he says with extraordinary clarity, “I don’t get angry, I grow a tumor”.
Such feelings can be frightening because they usually demand we change something we are doing. We don’t want to know what we know, for the very reason that may have to take action. And taking action as we know can be very difficult.
But when we take the plunge and take action, we can often save ourselves years of suffering, because instead of embarking on, or staying in, a situation that will not or does not serve us, we can cut to the chase and take the next necessary step on our journey.
I once took a job in the film industry in London because my head told me it was a great thing to have on my resume. But even before I started I “knew” that making commercials was a form of spiritual death for me. Three Ronald MacDonald ads later I had my worse fears confirmed, but I carried on anyway. Eighteen months later I did indeed have a nice entry on my resume, but it was at the expense of a great deal of wellbeing. Looking back from my perspective now it was simply a “waste” of 18 months when I could have been doing something worthwhile and living a healthy life.
Last July 4th, feeling that I needed some help with the course my life was taking, I decided on a whim to have a reading with a medical intuitive called Dr Mona Lisa Schulz. Not only does she have a reputation as an extraordinary psychic but she is also a renowned Neuropsychologist. I called the office and left a message. She rang back immediately and said that anyone who rang on a holiday clearly needed help!
She did an amazing reading over the phone, knowing only my name and age. She told me things I knew, things I suspected and things I was unaware of. At the end she asked me if I would do some homework.
“Sure”, I said, ever the willing student.
“I am going to give you a name and age and you are going to read this person for me. Susan 75. I'll call you tomorrow…”
As the phone went dead in my hand I thought, she has to be kidding me. Susan 75 could be anything from a golf crazy grandma, to a practicing judge, to a resident of a nursing home. The only tool I had at my disposal was to sit with a pen and paper and write what came in to my head. For once googling was not an option………….
Well as I sat there I “saw” Susan crammed into an over stuffed living room, on an over stuffed sofa, surrounded by beer, food and cigarettes with a giant television which was on all the time. She herself was over stuffed. Chronically over weight, congested heart, dreadful constipation and a rigid outlook on life. The words “my way or the highway” came to mind.
What a picture!
As the time for Mona Lisa’s call came around I was filled with trepidation. This was not a pretty profile. When she rang, I delivered my “findings” feeling somewhat ridiculous.
And do you know what she said?
“You have just described my mother. In the family we call her ‘My Way Or The Highway’.”
Mona Lisa wasn’t the least surprised that I had been so right. I was truly astonished.
I said, “Do you get all your clients to do their own reading?”
“No – I’ve never asked anyone before, but I wanted you to experience the importance of tapping into intuition so that you can inspire others to do the same…………Had I just told you that you are intuitive you wouldn’t have believed me. I had to show you.
We are all highly intuitive beings.”
So in the spirit of the amazing Dr Schultz, I encourage you all to listen to that still small voice inside of you and pay it some serious attention. Make careful observations of your feelings. Try to align your head and your heart, for if you don’t your feelings will win out in the long run and ignoring them will make you sick. To paraphrase the 19th Century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche…You can intellectualize all you want, but it’s the feeling that’s the thing…………..
You never know where this will take you, but one thing I am sure of is that it’s a form of “spiritual rocket fuel” that will help propel you in the right direction and aid you in your journey. Next time you have a feeling about something, stop and pay attention, it just might be important. Read more!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I GOT THIS FEELING THAT SOMETHING AIN’T RIGHT