I started my first "sales adventure"
novel this summer and have written 35,000 words on my way to 80,000."
There's lots of practical information in the book. This is a first
draft which means it will get substantially edited but the content is
right on. Here is a sample of a discussion between the two main
characters, Luke and Sophia, on the power of your intuitive instincts.
Sophia starts with the first question...
"How would you define intuition?"
"Big subject. Let's see. 'Internal
promptings barely caught in the web of human consciousness.'"
"I like that. Say more," she said.
"'The barely audible voice of
"I really like that one, were do
you get these!?" she said, a little jealous.
"Total Recall, I said with my
best Schwarzenegger accent.
She didn't believe I had total
recall but I knew she liked my Arnold impression.
"So what else can you tell me
about intuition?" she asked.
the most interesting thing
about intuition is that
it comes to you when you least expect it. You have to
be able to ask yourself a question and then totally let go of your
awareness of the question. If you keep any focus on the question you
engage your intellect which will give you all kinds of answers but it
won't the be the intuitive answer.
Also the intuitive answer is
usually not related to any other train of thought. Sometimes I will
have an intuitive thought like 'call John and Mary Richards.' I will
ask myself if was I thinking about anything related to John and Mary?
If the answer is no, it's most likely an intuitive answer or message
floating into my awareness and I need to pay attention to it and
follow it! Which reminds me of another definition of intuition."
"What's that?" she asked.
"The intuitive response is always
the 'particularly appropriate response.' The P-A-R for short.
It's the genius answer. It's the best answer all things considered.
It's the answer that comes from someplace way beyond our limited
intellect. And, you know it when you hear it. "
"How do you know?
"You just know. It just feels
right. It's hard to explain."
"Is there a difference
between intuition and emotion?" she asked. I figured she knew
the answer but she wanted to hear what I had to say on the subject.
"Yes. Intuition is a quiet sense
of knowing something is right or not right. Emotion is usually a more
intense feeling and it can change quickly. Intuitive feelings don't
change like emotional feelings. If something feels intuitively right
today, it will feel right tomorrow. With emotion, you can be excited
about something one minute and then totally change your mind at any
"So intuition is more of a quiet
sense for you," she said.
"How do you access your
intuition? How do you get at it?" she asked.
"I ask questions. It's like as
soon as I ask a question I have a bunch of little guys running around
in my head doing everything they can to find the right answer from the
right source. Then when they get it, they float the answer out into my
awareness hoping that I am paying enough attention hear the answer. I
know those little guys must get frustrated with me because I don't
always hear their answer to my questions."
"Hmm. I like your little guys.
What kinds of questions do you ask your intuition?" she
"That's the million-dollar
question with such a simple answer that many people miss it.
You ask yourself the
question that will give you the information you need.
Whatever information you need? You just ask your intuition a question
that will give you that information and it's starts working on finding
the best possible answer all things considered.
It's a little like doing research
on the internet. You have to find the right question for the search
engine to get the answer you are looking for. You type in the question
and here come the answers. That's not the best analogy because the
source of the answers is obviously very different. You can see where
the answers are coming from with the internet. With intuition you have
no idea where the answers are coming from. But it's the same in that
if you ask the right question, you're going to get the information you
"So do you always get an
answer when you ask your intuition a question?" she asked.
"Actually I usually don't
get an answer right away. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don't get an
answer at all.
When I don't get an answer I
figure there are three things that can be in the way.
1) I'm not asking the
2) I need more time or I may not be emotionally ready to hear
"That's an interesting one," she
3) I need more
information or I need to do more research."
"I like all of those," she said.
"And the kind of question you are
asking is an important. If I am asking myself what feels right for
lunch? The answer is important at the time but probably not of any
great consequence in the grand scheme of things. If I am asking what I
want to do with the rest of my life? That answer is going to require a
much more complicated response.
Some questions get answered right
away. Some questions can seem like it takes forever. So it's
definitely more of an art than a science," I said.
"Do your intuitive answers
work to produce the results you want?" she asked.
"Oh yeah. Big time. I kept a long
for years just to prove this to myself. It seems like your intellect
doesn't want you to listen to your intuition. I guess it thinks
intuition is dangerous because you can't see how you intuition arrived
at it's answer. It's a total unknown.
Anyway, every time I made an
intuitive choice I would make a note of what it was and what happened
as a result. I can say
without hesitation that the best things that have happened in my life
have come from intuitive choices and NOT from trying to figure things
out with my intellect. Another interesting observation
I made was that when you are following your intuition, even your
mistakes seem to work which is usually not true of your intellect.
"Would you like to learn how to
fine tune your sensitivity to hearing your intuition?" she asked.
"Absolutely. I can't think of
anything more important."
"I like to say your intuition is the smartest and fastest part of your
brain. Your intellect is the slowest, dumbest part of the brain. Of
course, you need your intellect to stay alive and do the simplest
things, so it's important. But we get programmed to use the intellect
for everything. It's great for adding a column of numbers. But it
wasn't designed to deal with anything complicated or anything
involving intuitive feelings.
Most guys seem to get this
concept quickly if you talk about sports. When you're playing
any sport well. When you are really 'in the zone,' what are you
thinking about?" she asked.
"Nothing," I said. "It's an
amazing feeling, it's sheer awareness. I 've had championship hockey
games like that where I was able to do things I didn't even know I
"Exactly, it's all awareness and
intuitive instinct. Your intellect becomes a spectator. That's where
we're headed honey, except the arena is much bigger than the ice
rink," she said.
Home run Sophia, I thought
to myself. I was speechless.
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