Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A leap of faith .. and trusting my intuition

One of my favourite quotes is 'Sometimes, the only available transportation is a leap of faith'. A lot of people are probably familiar with this scenario right now - like me, people will have been in situations that clearly weren't working but helped them stay afloat, until things get to a point where carrying on doing the same old shit was no longer an option. But where to go from there?

It's a bit like jumping off a cliff into the water and trusting that the water will carry you to a better place, without you drowning. The waters might be a little scary at first, but you just have to trust. Staying on the cliff and turning back would have been even worse, and you know that.

Anyway, that's a kind of analogy. In real life, you don't have to physically jump off a cliff into the water, although some people might be into that sort of thing. But .. real life also does not have a pathway to bliss which is smooth and easy.



INTUITION

This is a topic that is becoming more and more important to me. I like this description of the word intuition: the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. So for example, you have an impulse to turn down a job which seems perfectly suitable to your skills, without knowing quite why. You turn it down. Months later, you find that the company in question has gone bust.

Being in touch with your 'sixth sense' is going to be very important in these coming years, I believe. I am still a relative beginner in this arena. A book I highly recommend is 'Trust Your Vibes' by Sonia Choquette. The word vibes is sometimes used in the sense of 'I have bad vibes about this person'. Sometimes we can sense things without the reason being obvious.

Western society is very much into reasoning and the need to 'know' something - and many people live their lives according to the mind, which wants answers and needs to know things. But life is limited if you base it on what you know.

And of course, there's the question: What if my 'intuition' is wrong? Well, there may well be times when you do something, thinking it's the right thing, but it doesn't quite work out. My personal opinion is that it's important to have an open mind and an open heart, and to trust the process of life. At present, I am living very much on a 'one thing at a time' basis, and just trusting that things will work out, even though there are no guarantees. The more open hearted you are, and the more you are able to trust life, the more opportunities will come your way. I do believe that.

And sometimes, you just have to make decisions. There are times when your intuition may tell you to do something or not to do something - and other times when it's kind of obvious. I have the opportunity to stay with my Aunt in Malta whilst I look for something there - and whilst there are no guarantees what will happen there - I would have been crazy to turn that kind of opportunity down. I don't know exactly how to go about looking for work, I am in a place where I just need to be tuned in to my sixth sense and maybe take opportunities that are not immediately obvious.

A LEAP OF FAITH


To me, a leap of faith is a declaration that you are willing to step into the life that you were born to live. So many people spend their entire adulthood doing jobs that are not their passion, without realising that there could be another way to live .. again, my question is, why would anyone want to work until they're 65 (and let's be honest, the retirement age in the UK is more than likely to be raised) in an environment that is not natural for them?

And gone are the days where a job was secure for life. Nowadays, people are often working under immense stress but too afraid of losing their jobs. The system is royally fucked up. There has to be another way...

When you are ready to take that leap of faith, resources will appear. You don't have to rack your brain out for solutions. But you have to be willing to trust the unknown. If you are looking for immediate security, then a leap of faith isn't for you. I think that trusting the unknown helps us to learn more about ourselves. With my last job, I sometimes went home in a right state and had gotten to the point where I couldn't do it any more. The monthly wage just wasn't worth the stress. I don't know what I am going to be doing in a year's time. But I do trust that the right opportunities will come up at the right time, even if it's initially in the form of temporary employment.

What stories do you have about stepping out into the unknown? I would love to hear your adventures ..

Peace
Andy



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