I know that intuition is mostly a “gut” feeling, an inner voice, an unexplainable “knowing”, etc. Could you please address the part that outer experiences play in this? I’m talking about signs, coincidences, synchronicities, parallelisms, symbols, dreams, etc. How much importance should one place on tangible occurrences like this, versus just being led by the inner self?
Dear Debi E.
Dear Debi –
Great question! I’m a big believer in paying attention to signs, coincidences and synchronicities. It is definitely one of the ways the Universe guides us. I call them “God nudges.” If I’m confused about something and need direction, I ask God for an unmistakable sign about the right decision or direction to take.
I’d love to share one of my favorite examples about how “The Hand of God” showed up in my own life.
Many of you know me for my book, “Divine Intuition.” It was originally published in 2000. It became a classic in the field of intuition and has been published in more than a dozen languages.
About ten years after it came out, the publisher sent me a letter saying they would no longer be publishing the book. It was a full-color, illustrated book and had become too costly to print.
I have to interject here to tell you that I’m a very calm, cool and collected person. I usually don’t get overly dramatic or upset about things. I can see good in most everything. In fact, I’m so optimistic that a friend, (who was a little annoyed with me at the time,) labeled me “Pathologically Positive!” I assume that if a life difficulty emerges, it’s simply opening the way for something better to come along.
However, I confess that when I received the note from the publisher, I was devastated. Now, without going into all the details, let’s just say when I heard the news I had a meltdown. I cried and yelled at God about how unfair this was, how many people had written to me and loved the book and how betrayed and abandoned I felt.
The next day I was still upset and crying. I felt so strongly that this book was supposed to be in print. I didn’t know what to do. So I asked God for a sign. I was expecting an unusual butterfly or bird to show up, a song on the radio, or some words on a billboard… you know, the usual kind of “sign from God” thing.
All day long nothing out of the ordinary happens. However, every time I felt discouraged, I just kept repeating, “God, I want to know that Your hand is on my life.”
By the evening, nothing had happened. No sign from God. At this point, my husband decided that the only thing that was going to make me feel better was a good, old-fashioned, hot fudge sundae. So off we went to the local Dairy Queen, where the following image showed up as part of the topping.
I took this as a “sweet” sign that all was well and that I needed to simply trust the process. God’s hand was indeed on my life and on this book.
That “sign” came true. Within several months I had a new publisher, Jossey-Bass. They bought the rights to Divine Intuition! I worked long and hard on revising and updating the book. That version came out in 2015.
So ask for a sign! Pay attention to all the many coincidences, “accidents,” synchronicities and miracles that occur in your life. The unseen world is at work helping you know you’re not alone.