The problem with using our intuition is that sometimes we don’t know it was used. Now and again I’ll have a hit that I need to do a point on a patient only to learn later on, either through new information from the patient or reading about the point, that it really was a good one for them. In life, there are fewer times for direct feedback. I had one instance where the feedback came over two years later.
My father died in 1998 shortly before I graduated from acupuncture school. He left several retirement funds and I was able to take disbursements from them over five years. This sounded great to me, as it offered an income for me while I was building my business. The smallest account I asked to be disbursed on 5/15. I figured that way I’d have a little extra for the summer in case things slowed down. I set the date on another one for 11/15, figuring this would give me money for the holidays and into spring. Finally, I put the date on the final one on 9/15. For some reason, my thought process on this one was that I’d think about it on 9/15 and then be worried about it until the check came. So to make sure I didn’t cause myself undo worry, I set the date for 9/10.
I never thought about that as using my intuition. I thought I was protecting my spleen by giving me one less reason to worry. However, ten years ago on September 11, I realized that I had just sold a bunch of stocks and bonds the day before the Twin Towers fell and Wall Street was closed. This meant I didn’t have to worry about money that year,which would not have been true had I taken money out just AFTER the attack.
It didn’t seem like intuition, but maybe it was. How often do we make choices thinking we did it for some reason only to realize that there was an even better reason for that choice? Many times we probably go along not even getting that positive feedback. It’s important to trust our instincts (like mine about the fact that waiting until the 15th of September would bother me in a way it wouldn’t in June or December) and let the universe unfold as it may.