Jordan always opened the car door for me. He said all the right things: asking how my day was, complimenting how I looked, asking me on another date.
But he also refused to kiss me after I’d eaten shrimp.
“You want to kiss me? You’ll have to brush your teeth first. Shrimp isn’t kosher.”
His words made sense from a logical standpoint: shrimp is shellfish and Jordan eats kosher.
Yet from an intuitive, gut-level, Jordan’s words felt judgmental and controlling.
Intuition (typically) doesn’t scream. No, intuition is that sweet friend at a party that whispers you have a poppy seed stuck between your two front teeth.
Our intuition speaks to us through feelings.
At first, those feelings are subtle. And that’s when it’s the most important time to pay attention.
The actions of another matter more than words.
Jordan said all of the “right things, but his actions told me everything.
What is Intuition Anyway?
The root word tuit is from the latin word tueri which translates to tutor and means “to look at or watch over.”
Our intuition is us going within for counseling our guidance.
My intuition told me to heed the feeling of constraint and judgment I felt based on Jordan’s actions.
And yet, I ignored my intuition. I pushed it away and focused on the external. I choose to see only Jordan’s:
- full head of blond hair that I loved running my fingers through
- green eyes light up when I entered a room
- kisses that left me swooning
Youth is no excuse, but I was very young at the time.
There is a tendency in youth to possess an affinity for the external of things.
I brushed my teeth, shoving down the bitter taste I felt despite my minty fresh breath.
When We Ignore Intuition
Jordan started saying things that made me feel like I was in a snow globe: his words both haunting and hypnotic.
“I want to take care of you. I want to put you up on a shelf.”
When were about to meet his parents, Jordan insisted we go clothes shopping for me.
Me:“Why? I have plenty of clothing.”
Jordan: “I didn’t want to say anything, but it’s the way you dress. My parents are conservative. I don’t want them to get the wrong impression about you.”
Again, my intuition spoke to me; only this time it was more of a poking, sickening feeling. It said:
You can dress however you want to. This man does not get to decide what you wear.
Still, I ignored my intuition’s pokes and jabs for me to “wake up” and wore “Jordan Approved Clothing” to meet his parents.
The bitter taste of shame from when I brushed my teeth to please Jordan tainted everything I ate that night.
Intuition Never Gives Up
I am not ready to share the final straw that broke me open, but I will note:
Our intuition never leaves us; it only grows louder with time.
It would be almost two decades before I finally listened to my intuition. Two decades of:
- the waves of shame and judgement
- living under Jordan’s figurative thumb
- physical ailments
- low self-esteem
Our body develops an affinity for sickness when we depend on another for our self-worth.
Intuition speaks to us by highlighting those negative feelings and outward symptoms. It offers more and more unpleasant sensations, unrelenting until we are ready to pay attention and change course.
The Danger of Running from Loneliness
I met Jordan after losing someone very close to me.
Mourning is not a good time to start dating.
I was in terrible emotional pain over the loss of someone dear to me. I wanted something to stop the palpable sense of “aloneness” I’d felt.
When we feel lonely, it is important to acknowledge the feeling, lean into it, embrace it.
There’s a lesson in every emotion. It’s there to teach us something about ourselves.
Our intuition wants us to acknowledge the good and bad feelings that come up in life.
But I didn’t want to feel the pain. I wanted anything and everything to take me in and never let go.
Not the best time to date. It’s no wonder I attracted someone who wanted to put me on a shelf.
When we run from a negative emotion, we ironically, invite it to stay longer.
It wasn’t until I went through the pain that I began to discover peace.
Relationship Choosing is Hard
Relationship choosing is HARD!
The prefix RE means back or again.
When we enter into a relationship, we are literally seeing a reflection about who and where we are in our life’s journey.
- Someone is rubbing you the wrong way? There’s a lesson there.
- Find yourself attracting controlling people? There’s a lesson there.
- Feeling misunderstood by your partner? There’s a lesson there.
And if you are feeling lonely, there is a lesson there as well because:
The most important relationship you will ever have is the one with yourself.
When we fall in love with ourselves, discovering and embracing all of our facets, our intuition thanks us with those good-feeling vibes we are craving.
When self-love is at the helm of our spiritual ship, our internal compass steers us right where we need to be, again and again.
So, the next time you find yourself feeling something less-than-pleasant from a loved one, ask yourself:
What is this feeling showing me?
Self-compassion is the cornerstone for hearing our intuition. It offers us the sacred space to honor what we are experiencing, without judgement.
*Name has been altered for privacy.