Intuition Is The Whisper Of The Soul
If you want to walk the path of your soul, follow your intuition, it already knows where you're headed.
It was 2008, I was living in Naples, Florida working as a family therapist, studying Buddhist meditation, but felt unhappy at my job. I wasn’t doing what I was good at and it gave me a level of anxiety and dissatisfaction strong enough to decide I was going to quit. I had been fantasizing about living in another country for a year and took my job dissatisfaction as a cue to take action towards my fantasy.
It was a Friday night at Unity church when I was setting up the shrine for our Buddhist meditation class while my friend Charlie was there setting up the chairs. Our casual conversation that night would change the trajectory of my life forever.
I had been playing around with the idea of living in another country for a year to experience a cultural immersion like the one I had 10 years prior in Argentina when I was a college exchange student in Buenos Aires.
I knew I wanted to travel for a year, get out of the rat race, discover who I am and figure out what I really wanted to do. I just wasn’t sure where I wanted to go. But the simple conversation with my friend Charlie, changed everything.
He told me about a place in Thailand where the cost of living was so cheap people could create a lifestyle totally different from the ones we have in America. He described artisans selling their handicrafts at huge markets and the amazing food on every corner. He said he stays there for months at a time to unwind, dream, and create and could not wait to get back. All I noticed was my gut saying yes..yes..yes to his every word.
I raced home from meditation to read more about this town and sometime that night, I knew Chiang Mai, Thailand would be my next adventure.
It was this decision, this intuitive hit that became the first seed in the garden called Filosophy.
There was nothing rational about it. I was walking away from a career I loved, from my mom, whom I knew would probably die in the nursing home alone while I was gone and everything that was familiar to me.
But had I not followed my intuition, Filosophy would have never been born.
You know when you get a vision or a flash in your mind’s eye, showing you your life, like a scene from a movie you totally want to be living, but it seems way outside the norm of your current reality? That’s what was happening to me.
First, it was like a wrything sensation in my gut telling me something was wrong and I knew I had to quit my job. Then there was an excitement in my body when I thought about the possibility of creating a new life, a new adventure, and a new beginning.
I was open and ready for direction, but did not know where to go, until I experienced the surge of excitement while talking with my friend Charlie. It was as if he was laying cookie crumbs on my life path before me and I knew I had to follow them.
Have you had a sensation like this?
Maybe it’s a seemingly unimportant conversation like the one I had, giving you clues about your soul path. When we follow the clues, we move towards our purpose. When we ignore them we feel depressed, stagnant, frustrated, and unhappy.
The problem is, we can’t connect the dots from these crumbs until we are looking backwards.
But following our gut and our inner knowing leads us along the path, you might even say it forges the path into reality.
Moving towards experiences that bring joy is a sure fire way to ensure movement in the right direction, even when it makes no sense to anyone else. To create a masterpiece of your life, you must be willing to paint it over and over with your own colors, textures and ideas, even when no one gets it. If you try to copy the masterpiece someone else painted for their life, you will feel flat, uninspired and constantly in the hustle.
Joy becomes the most significant clue for us to follow.
When we listen to our intuition guiding us towards our joy and passion, we discover a path so fulfilling it feels effortless, generating a satisfaction so strong we want to share it with others.
I would love to hear about your intuitive hits and how they have guided your life. What inner knowing did you follow that led you to places you never imagined you’d go? Share your experience with us so we can all grow together.