Your Intuition Does Not Use A Whip

If you’re looking for a way to identify your intuitive ‘voice’ from the many other voices inside you vying for your attention and your action, how about this:

Your intuition does not use a whip.

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If that voice – that felt sense, whispered or silent – is cajoling you, bribing you, blackmailing you, or beating up on you, then what you are hearing is not intuition.

If you are bargaining against fear with it, then it is not intuition.

If it is telling you to do something, or else face the consequences: not intuition.

If it causes you anxiety, or your blood to run cold? Nope. Not intuition.

Likewise, if it dangles promises in front of you, or offers to hit you up to sate whatever withdrawal symptoms you’re feeling, or rescue you from your discomfort, or promises you a short-cut that’s too good to be true?

Not intuition.

All of these other voices may masquerade as intuition with varying degrees of success, but they are not it.

Intuition does not use a whip; nor does it offer you a narcotic shot of bliss to wow you out of your circumstances. Nor does it judge you, or others – or anything.

Intuition does not cause you to feel contracted, repelled, or hooked-in.

Intuition sinks and expands you deeper into yourself, your body, and your breath. You let go, you exhale. You know.

There is no emotional charge to intuition, whether that emotion is an upper or a downer. Intuition is entirely neutral.

Intuition is an expansive thrum, humming through your body. It is a knowing without affect, a wisdom free from feelings. It lies beyond feeling.

Intuition is there before you hear it. And when it does speak, and you do hear, it talks quietly, or whispers, or resonates – and it is always entirely present.

To identify intuition, picture this:

A room filled with people, all of them wearing masks. All of them talking above each other. It’s loud in there!

Now look carefully.

There, in the centre of the room.

Detail from the Queen of Swords from The Röhrig Tarot deck, created by Carl-W. Röhrig © US Games, Inc.

The one figure that stands quietly, calmly, undeterred – and looking directly at you. It isn’t interested in being loud, or heard, or even understood. It is simply interested in you.

And it is waiting for you to become interested in it.

To do that, you must learn its habits – its stance, its look, its feel, its silence, its lack of drama, its unwavering presence and attention.

It is not out to impress you with that attention; it’s just that its only reason for being there is to witness you, and to act as a mirror to you.

That is intuition: the one in the room that is interested in you just as you are, and which will wait patiently – for ever, if need be – for you to listen to what it has to say to you.

No shouting, grabbing, anger, seduction.

When you first manage to pinpoint your intuition in the crowded room that is your mind, you have taken a huge step – towards yourself, and also towards being able to familiarise yourself with what intuition looks and feels like.

So that next time, when you’re in that room, you’ll have a clearer idea of what you’re looking for.

But don’t forget: that metaphorical room is full. Full of others that don’t want you to see that figure in the centre who’s looking at you. They’re not interested in you at all: they only want you to hear what they have to say.

But that figure, who keeps their eyes trained on you? It doesn’t care that the room is full.

It cares about you.

In the same way, it isn’t interested in what you want to hear: it tells you what it serves you to know, and it will tell you for as long as it needs to.

And it will never use a whip.

 

[Originally published on the canny and provocative Witch website – check it out here.]

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6 comments On Your Intuition Does Not Use A Whip

  • I love this article on identifying the intuitive voice. Well written and quite accurate in my experience. Thank you.

  • Yes! I love the way you described this! So helpful! I am excited to share this post with students and clients who are learning to discern the difference between helpful quiet guidance and the unhelpful louder voices of ego/separation/fear. Much love and gratitude!

    • I’m glad it’s going to be of use, Tatiana, and I’m very happy to be of service! Much love to you too <3

  • Mary Ann Cloherty

    Gorgeous writing! The metaphors and image are so evocative & rich. This huge feline beast draped/wrapped around the woman adds to the content of the writing. What intution is? We have this within us and it never uses a whip.

    • Thank you so much, Mary Ann! The article came to me one night and I just sat down and wrote it out – originally as a Facebook post. It didn’t take long, and didn’t come from me – or at least didn’t come from my conscious mind. So it appears that I probably listened to that figure in the room 🙂

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