Is it Fear or Intuition?

A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear.” Anonymous

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. Is it fear that’s holding us back? Or is it our intuition telling us that we need to go a different direction? Most of us aren’t attuned to really distinguish between the two because for most of our lives, we’ve allowed fear to take center stage -  so that ultimately, the voice of our intuition sounds very similar to the voice of fear. We tell ourselves that we might fail – so we shouldn’t push ahead. Or perhaps because the right people aren’t showing up right now, we must be on the wrong path. The thing is – those doubts and voices can come up either way.  It is our job to really get quiet and discern whether our fear is just that – or whether it is our intuition that something isn’t right. One way to approach this question is to close your eyes and begin to feel the energy of the dialog in your head. Is it mainly negative? Aimed at beating you up or reminding you of your past? Or is it more neutral and pushing you toward a truth? Most of the time our fears are rooted in the past – looking at things that didn’t work and holding us back so we won’t get hurt again. Our intuition might hide behind words of fear, but generally our intuition shows up in whispers, letting us know that what we’ve been doing or how we’ve been acting isn’t what we want. It generally focuses on the present and finds its roots in our vision and goals. Intuition can guide us past our comfort zones, but it can also tell us to shift gears if we aren’t being true to ourselves. It’s a matter of doubt (fear) versus truth (intuition). And it’s only when we take the time to be honest with ourselves. When we stop asking others for advice, but instead quietly sit in contemplation, that we can hear the difference between our fears versus our intuition.

Weekly Path to Peace: Get quiet to distinguish between your fears versus intuition.

  • Should you give up what you’re doing? End a relationship or quit your job? You can’t really decide because you’ve got conflicting voices and it’s hard to hear the voice of intuition versus the voice of fear. Before you give in to those voices, you need to get quiet. Begin each morning this week by taking ten minutes to get quiet. Focus on your breathing, meditate or simply close your eyes and get comfortable.
  • Take the time to let yourself listen to the dialog. Is it negative, protective and aimed at making sure you don’t get hurt or put yourself in a bad position? Or is there a voice that keeps saying, “You know you don’t want this, it’s time to move on.” Make notes and start to look for the patterns. If you hear doubt and stories from your past, you’ll know it’s your fear. If it is simply your heart seeking the truth, you’ll know it is your intuition knocking.

As you begin this week, rate your level of happiness, self-esteem and self-confidence on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied. Notice where you are Sunday evening after you do this week’s peace practice to see if there is a change.