“Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect.” – Steve Jobs
Several years ago, I was drugged by a stranger.
This is what happened.
In my early adulthood, I liked to go out dancing with my friends.
It was a common occurrence throughout the decade of my twenties.
On this particular night, my girlfriends and I had plans to meet at a new bar that had just opened downtown.
The bar was in the loft of an old historic building and to get to the main entrance, you had to ascend a flight of stairs.
I was the first of my friends to arrive and when I walked into the space I had a mild sense of unease come over me. But, I brushed it off attributing the feeling to being in a crowded space, without someone I knew.
I walked to the bar and ordered a drink and was told by the bartender that the waitress would bring it to me.
I chose a small table situated against a wall, where I had a clear view of both the bar and the doorway, so that I could watch for the waitress and also my friends.
A few minutes passed and the waitress walked by, setting my drink down in front of me.
I had only taken two sips, my first of the night, when I realized that something was very wrong.
Everything started spinning in slow motion.
I vividly recall looking at a painting that was hanging above the entrance.
I watched it rotate, seemingly taking the entire wall with it, until the people walking in through the doorway appeared to be walking in horizontally.
I turned my head and looked over at the bar and I saw a man sitting there, watching me.
His lips turned upward with a faint smile, a smug look on his face.
I sat there staring at him, grasping the table so that I would not fall to the floor. A pit settled in my stomach and my heart filled with dread.
In that moment, while staring at that man and grappling with extreme vertigo, I knew that I had been drugged.
Suddenly I heard a voice in my head.
It was loud and crystal clear and shouted at me in a firm tone, “GET OUT.”
I immediately stood up and nearly fell.
I stumbled toward the exit, using chairs, walls, and people…anything I could, to help me stay on my feet.
By the time I reached the stairs, I started to black out.
I don’t recall how I got down to the street, but I do remember walking outside.
It was late and crowded with people.
I sifted through the mass, bumping into person after person.
I looked behind me, and saw the man at the bar just walking out of the doorway and onto the street.
My vision darkened and I blacked out again.
When it returned I was looking into the kind, yet concerned face of a boy that was in my college psychology class.
He was shaking me, and asking repeatedly if I was ok.
I told him that I had been drugged.
He helped me into a cab and took me home, ensuring my safety that night.
If I had not listened to that voice in my head at that exact moment, I would not have run into that kind boy on the street.
That voice was my intuition.
Intuition is our super power.
It’s defined as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
It’s the gut feeling or the thought that you have in the back of your mind that guides you throughout life.
Subtly directing you.
Keeping you on a path that is best suited for you and your life’s goals.
The thing about intuition, is that it’s even more fluid than emotion.
Because of its fluidity, it can be easy to overlook and in some cases ignore.
Let’s look at this for a moment from a more tangible point of view.
If we compare these two aspects to physical elements, emotion would be equal to water and intuition to that of air.
Like water, you can see, hear and feel emotion.
Think of a time when you were vibrantly happy and also think of a bubbling river.
Just like you can see the water happily moving along, swirling around rocks with sunlight shimmering on its surface, you can also look in a mirror and see yourself expressing this happiness. You are probably smiling, your eyes lit up and filled with joy.
You can hear the sounds of that river, the water moving quickly by and you can kneel down and place your hand on its cool surface.
Similarly, you can hear the sounds of your laughter and the slightly raised octave of your voice that accompanies happiness.
You can also feel it within your chest, spreading like light throughout your body.
This makes emotion palpable, just like water.
Intuition, like air, is not as easily seen, heard or felt…but it is still always there, surrounding us.
Really the only time that we easily perceive air, is when it’s trying to get our attention in the form of wind.