Well, intuition comes in a number of forms. For some people it is a feeling that they get in their heart or their stomach…for others it’s like a little voice inside their minds that guides them in a certain direction.
…and then there are the breadcrumbs.
Often following your intuition is like following a trail of breadcrumbs. You have no idea where the path will end up, but each little piece along the way leads you to the next one.
If you just keep following the little pieces, you’ll end up where you need to get to.
I had an experience several years ago that was a perfect example of how following the breadcrumbs lead me to exactly where I wanted to (and needed to) be.
I was on my way home from a salsa club in central London, around 2am, walking back to my car.
Whenever I’m walking late, I always have my keys ready in my hand so that when I get to my car I don’t have to rummage around in the bottom of my bag trying to find their latest hiding place.
As I get to the cross roads of one of the busiest roads in London I see a busker on the corner of the road who was playing the most amazing guitar music.
As I walked past I noticed that he had some CDs of his music for sale and I wished I had enough money on me to buy one. Unfortunately as I only ever take enough money to salsa to get me through the night I knew that I only had a couple of pounds left in my pocket.
When I walked past the busker, I had a strong feeling to stop and give him some money, but it was late and I was tired, so I kept walking.
A few paces up the road I got the same feeling again with double the intensity, which stopped me in my tracks. So I decided to follow my gut.
I move my keys from my right hand to my left in order to get to the change that was in my right pocket. As I moved them the keychain broke and all of my keys scattered to the floor.
I gathered them all up and as I did so I realised that one of them was missing. The small key to the lock on my bedroom door in the flat I shared.
The problem with this was that it was the only copy of the key, and everything I owned was in my room.
I knew that without it I wouldn’t even be able to take a shower to get to work in the morning…let alone get access to my clothes!
So going home without this key was not an option….and the hunt for my missing key began.
Now, at that time in the morning in that area of London you tend to find a lot of people who have been out for a drink or two…and within minutes I had a small army of rather inebriated people helping me with my search.
After a few minutes the busker realised we were looking for something and came over to help. Having promised me he was “an expert key finder” he joined our slightly unorthodox search party.
When after another 10 minutes or so of searching we’d found nothing, I decided that as I had my keys out in my hand when I’d been walking up the road, there was a slim chance that I’d lost it further down the road (although the chain had only broken when I’d gone to give the busker some money) so I decided to retrace my steps.
I walked back down the road and as I crossed one of the busiest streets in London I thought to myself now is the time that I really could use a sign to guide me in the right direction.
As I had that thought I looked down, and there in the middle of the road was my key.
I was so excited that I ran back to the busker to share the news! He was really pleased for me and I headed back to the car.
When I got back to my car I realised that in the panic of losing my key and then the excitement of finding it again I had totally forgotten to give the busker any money.
It also struck me that if I hadn’t changed the hands of my keys I wouldn’t have realised that I’d dropped my key, and if I’d waited until I got back to the car I would have had such a distance to cover that there is no way I’d have found it again.
I’m a big believer in karma, so I felt compelled to go back and give him the money that I’d been going to give him when I discovered the loss of my key.
So I drove back around, jumped out of the car and ran over to the busker. I babbled at him about Karma and that it was down to him that I’d found my key and gave him all the money I had on me (probably around £2.50).
He said that I didn’t have to do that, but I insisted….at which point he told me that he wanted to give me something in return…and handed me one of his CDs.
…and the whole story had begun with me walking past wishing I had enough money to buy one of his CDs.
This is just a very small and simple example of when you follow one breadcrumb to the next…one gut feeling to the next, you have no idea of where it may lead you…but in my experience it’s always to a good place.
The key to making the most of your intuition is to trust. Sometimes it may feel like it’s guiding you in the ‘wrong’ direction, or a way that you weren’t planning on going….but in my experience even at the times where it seemed like it wasn’t leading me to where I needed to be…the outcome was always in my best interests.
…and next week I’ll share with you a story where I thought my intuition had sent me in the wrong direction…little did I know how much it would have helped me if I’d listened…
So…this week I encourage you to follow your breadcrumbs…and see where they lead you.