Often times I find myself intuitively and instinctively knowing the outcome of certain situations before they take place. It's as if someone has outlined the major bullet points in my head in one big flash. Now this is not to say that I can predict the numbers of the lottery or major catastrophic events in the world. I'm referring to situations in my immediate environment. As a registered nurse, when I was working in the hospital, I experienced many situations where my intuition kicked into high gear. I'm going to tell you a story, one that is personal to my journey and one that I haven't shared with many...until now.
I was in the process of discharging a patient from the hospital, according to the doctor's orders, and felt every inch of my body, fighting against it. I knew deep down inside there was something majorly wrong with my patient. I sensed it from the time he was admitted to the observation unit I was working in. I remember the doctor telling him all the tests were normal...I remember feeling heavy in my stomach. I remember that day so clearly. As I was getting onto the elevator with my patient, pushing him in the wheelchair to the entrance of the hospital, where his wife would be picking him up, I started to feel sick.
Just to give you a little background, earlier in the day, my patient had mentioned to me about a huge business meeting he needed to attend. He was stressed out about catching a plane ride and this meeting was super important for his career. So, as I dropped him off at the entrance, I started to walk back to the unit. When I got to my unit, I started to check on my other patients and I couldn't shake this sick energy spinning inside my stomach and I started to feel light headed. Then, the images came and I kept seeing my patient getting onto the airplane and falling down. I saw images of people getting out of their seats to help him and I saw him lying in the middle of the aisle. In addition to these images, I felt sick, weak in my knees, and had a voice inside my head, that kept getting louder by the minute, saying "Stop him, don't let him go!" Taking a break for a minute to type....typing this out is bringing up a lot of stuff for me.... So I stopped what I was doing, asked a fellow nurse a question, confirming my feelings, and immediately went back upstairs towards the entrance, hoping he had not left the hospital.
There he was, sitting in the chair, looking worse, and as I approached him, my worries of whether or not I could convince him to stay, washed away. I had no idea how I was going to tell this man that something was wrong, when all of the tests were normal and the doctor said everything was ok. Not to mention he was determined to attend this meeting! Spirit took over that day and my higher self spoke to him. I remember speaking to him, the words flowing effortlessly, feeling centered, light as a feather, but full of energy. I felt weightless. I don't remember the specific words, but I do remember not being afraid of looking or sounding nuts, and the energy from my heart streaming out towards him. He felt this energy from me and when our eyes locked, he agreed to get in the wheelchair and come downstairs with me, back to the unit. As I settled him back in bed, I called the physician, spirit still guiding me, and told him what I thought. I mentioned to him that I made the decision to bring him back to the unit, to cancel his discharge. I honestly don't know how I convinced this doctor to readmit this patient and to consult a neurologist, all based on my gut feelings, but he did. Divine intervention at work.
Within 30 minutes of the patient being back in bed, he started to lose feeling in his legs. The neurologist came to the floor, and said to me "he's lucky to have you as his nurse." By the end of my shift, the patient was completely paralyzed from the waist down. He was later transferred to ICU, never got on the airplane, and missed a life changing business meeting. His wife came to the unit later that day and thanked me over and over, and questioned how I managed to convince her "stubborn" husband to stay in the hospital. I honestly at the time, was so overwhelmed, that I didn't have the words to explain myself. I just told her "spirit guided me..." His world changed after that day, and so did mine. I learned to tune into my intuition more and more as time went on, to not question the voice or the feelings or the sensations or the images, to follow it with every inch of my being. I learned to trust my higher self and to pay attention to my inner compass!!! My patient came to the hospital months later to visit me, in a wheelchair. I wasn't there that day, but he left me a letter. He expressed his gratitude, along with his wife, and said that he would never forget it, neither would I.
I believe this intuitive ability lives within all of us. Intuition is part of our makeup. We each have our own unique compass, guiding us throughout our lives, some of us our just better at using this skill than others. I should mention that it has taken me quite some time to develop the skill of listening, to interpret the energy presented to me. With all things we do, practice is our key to developing our gifts. Since childhood, we have each had opportunities where our intuitive abilities have either been nourished or pushed to the side by our external environment and personal experiences. Some of us have been able to develop these psychic gifts from early childhood, where others have not. Regardless of our upbringing, conditions of society, and experiences from the past, we each have an intuitive skill that helps us to navigate through our life. Not only do we each have an inner compass, we have a lifetime to enhance our skill and to develop our intuition. You have the ability to tap into and harness the power of your own unique ability. For everyone the process of using our intuition is different. Some of us feel energy, see energy, know energy, and hear energy. There will be more on the topic of the Clair's at a later time.
For now, I have decided to keep this simple and to just give you 3 simple ways for you to fine tune your inner compass and to develop your intuition.
1. Mindfulness - Practice giving attention to your surroundings, to your present environment, and living in the moment. Watch yourself doing simple tasks. For example, when you are preparing your morning coffee or tea, be present. Remove thoughts of all the things you need to get done, and just be in the moment. Watch yourself prepare the coffee. Pulling the cup off the shelve, pouring the coffee into the cup, listening to the sounds of the liquid hitting the sides of the cup, feeling the motion of the spoon stirring in the creamer. Literally, acknowledge every step you take in the process.
2. Meditation - Practice relaxing the body and mind, drawing attention to the breath, preferably for at least 20 minutes per day. Having a routine where you consciously take time for yourself helps you to find greater self-awareness and to expand your consciousness.
3. Nature Walks - Practice being present in nature and allowing the earth to communicate to you without analyzing it. Be fully present in nature, remove external stimuli such as phones and iPods, and use your senses to experience nature. Later on, you can analyze everything, and journal about the experience and any synchronicity that may have happened.
Let's share with each other. Do you actively follow your inner compass and are you routinely developing your intuition? Please share your experiences and thoughts in the comment section below. You never know who may need to hear what you have to say and I can't wait to read them!
Recently, I took the time to participate in a community tag spreading around on YouTube, called the Intuition Tag. I really enjoyed the process of sharing a little more about myself and found some of the questions to be challenging. I hope you enjoy watching it and if you would like to participate, please leave me a comment so I can watch your video.
Using our intuition and connecting to our higher self is vital to practicing any form of magick. Allowing our inner compass to guide our spiritual practice is where the magick takes initial form.
As always, may these tips and suggestions help you to Craft Magick Spirited as a Feather!