What is it, and who has it?

Everyone.  Whether one’s intuition is heard, or used, is a conundrum. A conundrum because of its extraordinary value, often stifled or ignored, but which might “save the day” if heard.

Intuition comes with the software that runs your body. It’s part of “the package”*.  You have to figure out how to listen to it and how to use it. It is the “sixth” sense, on a list where no one sense is listed as number one. If you are missing one of the usual five (hearing, vision, touch, taste, smell), you may rely on your sixth sense more than most people.

The least likely people to trust intuition are those who keep their lives within very strict guidelines. And while young people are engaged in doing, finding, establishing, pursuing, and developing themselves as individuals, they probably make use of their intuition whether they know what it is, or not. With more experience, we can reflect on the coincidence of our sense of outcome and its actuality. “I thought that might happen…”,  “I expected that…”, “I just knew that was right…”

Where does it come from? Good question, with answers as far flung as past experience and logic to the interactions of energy fields and spiritual guidance.

What does it feel like?  Your “gut”, or your instinct; sometimes a niggling that you can’t put your finger on. Literally.

How does it serve you?  By presenting a different perspective from the one you are looking at, or prompting you to feel something you might not expect, or inspiring that feeling that what you are about to say or do is right. Remember times when you, regardless of the evidence, really really liked someone, or didn’t like someone?  Or your sense that a situation is, or isn’t, right for you? Or that confidence and comfort of knowing you are doing the right thing?

When you have learned to tap into your intuition, it is easier to step back from a situation and wait, literally listen, for guidance, an answer, for some indication of what is right for you. It may be entirely different from anyone else’s, and different from what you might expect. Evaluate it; make sure the information you receive is comfortable for you.

And thus, some people step to a different drummer, hear a different beat.

With practice, we learn to put ego aside, listen, test, and trust that drummer, that beat.  Pay attention to your gut feelings/your sixth sense. It’s valuable.

See the chapter “The Package” in Finding The Tiger, A Coming of Age (page 137), and the chapter on “The Guys” (page 80).  Both available through the “Look Inside” function on


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