11 October 2022

Intuition & the Premise Behind the Plan

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Our intuition is one of the most powerful tools we have available to us. Intuition is an inner knowing. It is the ability to understand something instinctively, without conscious knowledge or reasoning. It is the quiet calm of peace. In contrast, fear carries an energy of frantic urgency; worry and turmoil. Yet, its presence is often disguised in an inability to move forward. Thus, inaction is often a cover for fear. Other times, it’s a signal from our subconscious—our intuition—that something’s not right. It may be a sign to pause and reflect. To assess the situation and premise behind the plan, so to speak. So when faced with inaction or indecision, tune inward and determine what is holding you back. Is your intuition guiding you to re-evaluate, or is it fear?  

Often we are reluctant to act on ideas because we harbour fears of failure and unworthiness. It is also due to having a lack of faith in our own abilities. Which is also bound-up with having a lack of clarity and understanding of our True Self. That is, who we are at our core—knowing what we value—and why. Without clarity of our core values our ideas become scattered, and indecision sets in. This is usually when we focus on creating a plan. See here for more on that. But plan or no plan aside, without self-knowledge or awareness we can veer off-track—big time. 

For instance, this is evident in those who believe they value money above all else. So, they flip from business ideas that stretch from collecting art to trucking. Here one has an underlying belief that money, in and of itself, will make their life better. And so, as long as they make money, any business or work will do. They mistake not only the point of money, but of life itself. Thus, rarely do these ideas ever get off the ground. And if they do, they don’t get far because there is no such thing as money for nothing. Without knowledge, contacts, and hours of research and development, there is no success. Further, to succeed at anything we must have a genuine interest in what we are doing. Without this, it’s very hard to sustain the enthusiasm and endurance needed to succeed. Which brings us back to money.

Making money is not a means to an end; it is the means and the end. Your time is your life. Hence, what you do with your time is your life. Your life doesn’t begin the moment you make money. What has passed is gone, and what remains are two things. Your conditioning about life and the experience of your life during this time. So choose well. If you choose to collect art because you think it’s an easy way to make money, consider this. How successful could you be if you had no knowledge, interest, or passion in art? Now flip the question. How successful could you be if you committed only to your passion? For many it’s not a lack of passion that’s the problem, it’s finding what their passion is.   

So how do we find our passion? And what does all this have to do with intuition and the premise behind the plan? As mentioned, procrastination can be a sign to pay attention to your intuition. That is tuning into your feelings and understanding your motivation behind something. In this way, our intuition helps to guide us in the right direction. But we must be perceptive, and honest with ourselves. We must respect Truth—no matter what. Or else we fall prey to the delusions of our fears. We find our passion by following our intuition and Truth.   

For instance, your intuition is telling you it’s the premise, the idea or direction that’s not right. Somewhere inside you know this is true. This feeling is your intuition. But the conscious, egoic mind is also at play, and it torments you with your subconscious fears. Such as, financial security, social status, or a feeling that time is running out. You’re already spent all this time and effort towards this plan. You’re invested in this idea. So a sense of urgency arises. This gives way to sentiments such as ‘you can’t stop now’ and ‘you must keep going’ despite warning signs. The egoic mind encourages you to perpetuate this cycle of torment. It convinces you to ‘stick to the plan’. Thus, you (the egoic self) is unable to admit to your True Self that something isn’t right, that you’re on the wrong path. So you persist, despite your intuition encouraging you to call it off. You continue because you believe the ego’s narrative.

The narrative may sound like this: “You have invested so much time, energy, and resources into this plan. You can’t quit now, you must see it through or else you’re a failure. You’re old, and don’t have the time to start over.” The ego will continue to create stories to keep you in your current state. This is because the egoic mind feeds on identification and attachment. That is, with ideas, stories, people, and things. Once it has created a position, it will defend that position until death, in a metaphorical sense. In fact, the dramatic tension is what strengthens the ego’s position as this is its very life force. The recommendation: cut-your-losses, NOW. No amount of strategising will make a wrong turn, right. Remember, the ego will always lead you astray. If you feel unfulfilled, drained, and depressed, these are signs you are not living from your True Self. Rather, they’re signs that fear is controlling your life.

Your intuition is that quiet voice inside that still has faith. It is not conditioned by fear. Investigate why you intend to pursue or continue a course of action. Often it is a combination of fear and a lack of clarity. When we are in the grip of fear it’s difficult to recognise other possibilities. But there are always options. The key is to recognise when the egoic self is controlling your decisions. It will threaten you with fear and defend its position because it believes your life depends on it. It’s a defence mechanism. This is why the idea of change is so excruciating for people. Because they feel that they will die, in a literal sense. Understand this is the egoic self, not the True Self. In truth, it is the idea that dies, not you, and what is an idea? It is a mental construct based on past conditioning and experience. It’s a conceptual narrative. Nothing more, nothing less. Look out for these telltale signs, and follow your intuition. Procrastination may be a warning sign that you are veering off-track. Reassess and re-calibrate. Be ruthlessly honest with yourself. Every decision culminates into what becomes our life. Take small conscious steps using your intuition and Truth as your guide.

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