listening to your Gut

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Never be afraid to jeopardize a relationship when your gut is sending you warning signals. Your gut feelings are usually correct when they are strong enough to break the surface of your psyche and make themselves known to you. Those uncomfortable sensations and that queasy stomach are all harbingers of what’s to come. Listen to them. Pay attention.

Gut feelings, or intuition, have been a part of us since the caveman days. It’s always been there, but due to societal preaching and teaching, we as a human race, have taught ourselves how to tamp it back down and ignore it. After all, it’s not good manners to walk away from a person just because he makes the hair rise on the back of your neck. It’s impolite to the hostess to leave a party simply because you feel someone is giving you the cold shoulder, even though no one else thinks so.  

I tend to listen to mine, and then doubt it, or I allow someone else to talk me out of it occasionally. But more often than not, I heed what my gut is telling me. Unfortunately, it tells me things I’d rather not believe. When the truth of a situation comes to light. and my gut instinct about something was correct, I am either far removed from it and safe from harm, or I’m sitting in a puddle of tears from devastation because I ignored the feeling and hung in there.

Where do your gut feelings come from?

It doesn’t come from your actual gut, which is defined as your intestines. So let’s just move on from that. Gut feelings are intuition and that comes from your brain. Your mind has the uncanny ability to pick and deduce signals and clues that the naked eye might miss, therefore it is processing certain situations at warp speed, while you’re just sipping your coffee. Your brain does a lot of the sorting out and cataloging for you without you ever lifting a finger to do a Google search for clues.

It’s not witchcraft or psychic abilities. Although people that are keenly aware of their surroundings and feelings and can predict outcomes based on their intuition, have been pigeonholed into one of these categories. If this is the case, then we are all witches. Everyone has intuition, even you.

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Many folks confuse fear with intuition and think the fight or flight instinct is your intuition at work, and that’s just not true. Fear is a super charged emotional state. Intuition is simply a prickling of realization. Fear is based on the past and usually it’s about things or situations you already know you’re afraid of. Intuition has none of those explosive feelings. It’s just more of a confirmation of something you sense and it’s a present moment feeling. It has nothing to do with anything, or anyone that you’re afraid of, or have ever experienced. It just is.

While feelings of fear will make you wither and run, intuition gives you strength.

I listen to my gut feelings about situations and about people that come into my life and these days I’m not usually wrong about what I’m feeling. Try listening to your gut next time you get that spidey sense about a person. You’ll discover a whole new way of filtering out the negativity and the drama in your own life, and the best part is that it’s been your own special superpower since the day you were born.

About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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11 Responses to listening to your Gut

  1. Wizard Tom says:

    Really well wrote. I enjoyed it, easy reading! 🙂

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  2. Great post. 🙂 I get those “gut” feelings all the time and they are worth paying attention to. I’ve learned to stop what I’m doing and listen to the message. Those minutes have saved me a lot of time and trouble. 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Vermont Book Works and commented:
    Very good.

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  4. Very good.

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  5. If we had to learn how to be intuitive, we’d still be at school in old age! Nice post …

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  6. I’m honing mine and feel pretty confident lately about some red flags that I actually paid attention to! 🙂


  7. marvaseaton says:

    I tend to listen to my gut feelings and it always work out well when I do. We should never ignore our gut feelings

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