My clients are some of the bravest people in the world. They are brave not only for their willingness to share their lives with me but also for showing up in my office in the first place.
It’s no small thing.
We live in a culture that almost universally marginalizes intuition. So it takes practice and encouragement to hear and heed one’s intuition. To do so requires us to consciously bypass the countless cultural messages that tell us our intuition is unreliable, immature and even dangerous. That it’s entertaining but at best valueless. That to take it seriously is blasphemy.
Think about it: when was the last time you openly had a serious conversation with someone about a vision, a dream, or a message you felt you had received? Or maybe about a feeling you couldn’t shake about a person or situation in your life? Perhaps a deep sense of calm came over you when you least expected it, and helped guide you through a challenging situation?
Did you share that with anyone? Oh, and without calling the experience “weird”, or “freaky” or “the strangest thing”, without whispering, and without looking around to see who might be listening.
The complete wholeness we have with our intuition at birth is usually trained out of us by the time we get to kindergarten, although some of us will move through our education with remnants intact. If those tendrils survive, they will sometimes revive at puberty and will require a lifetime of conscious effort to quash. Which is a much harder experience than just thinking you don’t have any intuition in the first place. So it’s no wonder flat-out denial is so attractive.
Having a sense of your own intuition without the chops to believe in it is like trying to referee a lifelong argument with yourself.