• Dee Woolridge, CIHt, CLC, RMT

Your Early Warning System - 7 Ways to Tap Into Your Intuition

Did you know that God has given us our own early warning system? That’s right. God has given us the ability to know when to wait, watch, act, or flee. Some of us call them red flags or gut feelings. It’s that voice in your head that whispers to you gently or naggingly when you are about to make a decision. Our early warning system or “intuition” is our beacon of light when uncertainty looms. It’s our savior when we listen AND follow its advice.

I’ve written about “checking in” to your inner guidance before and why it’s important. I’m writing today to tell you my latest story on this subject.

A few months ago, I was asked by a friend to join her in a business partnership. I had great respect for this person and found our work together in the past to be pleasurable. When asked about the business venture, I did my “check in” ritual and got a luke-warm “OK.” I didn’t feel as excited about the venture as I should have. I went forward anyway because I had experience in the field and thought it would be fun to support my friend who had none.

That feeling of being a support figure didn’t go away. Although this was a joint venture, I never felt like an equal partner. After the first week, the quite inner voice started saying, “leave this situation. It’s not for you.” I continued though, out of obligation to my friend who felt that we had good chemistry. Most everything I did was for her benefit and in the mean time, I was growing distant and irritable. The voice of intuition was now shouting at me, “Get out now before it destroys your friendship.” By the time I decided to leave the venture, it was too late. My relationship with my friend was damaged and there was nothing I could do about it. Lesson learned.

As I write this article, I have to decided on whether or not to participate in another business opportunity. I thought I would share my check-in process with you. Maybe it can help you save a friendship.