Monday, January 17, 2005

Discovering Yourself

“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.” - Alan Alda

Why is it people second guess themselves, which is exactly what happens when we talk ourselves out of whatever it is our intuition is telling us. I was thinking just that the other day and then came across this quote. It was a reminder to write about this topic and ask my readers for their insights as well. It’s almost an immediate series of responses; something happens, we know intuitively whether or not we should act, run the other way or jump in with both feet. Then our mind does everything in its power to talk ourselves out of our initial gut reaction, or, intuition.

This quote brought home one of the reasons. Intuition is outside our comfort zone. It’s not something that’s been thought through thoroughly, pros and cons weighed….how much this will stretch me outside my comfort zone, etc etc. Life as we know it, or choose it to be, is simpler than delving into the unknown. However if we do stay within the parameters of our comfort zone, we’ll never know what wonderful surprises are in store for us. I love surprises (the good ones : ) Serendipitous moments when we wonder what unknowns were at play to give us the gift of that surprise second or minute in time when the world is exactly as you wish it to be. I’ve met the most extraordinary people that way.

And when we live by our intuitive feelings, the same happens. It’s no longer fighting what we know to be true and real, for us. And in the process we are reintroduced to ourselves, the breadth of our imagination and intricacies of the human character. Through the stretch, not only do we grow as individuals, we allow a different side of our personality to come out and play. A freedom of sorts. It really is a wonderful feeling.

It’s you.

Donna Karlin

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