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How I Discovered Intuition

Mike L
Experience submitted by Mike L

Discovering Intuition

I guess I’ll start this off by saying that I don’t consider myself to be a very intuitive person – not by a long shot. I have gotten a little better over the years through studying Belsebuub’s work, but I do struggle with intuition.

I think many years of formal education have trained me to follow my thoughts and rational mind over my feelings. Even when I do have a feeling about something, it is easy for me to brush it off as being irrelevant or having a low probability and therefore not worth considering.

But there have been some very clear feelings of intuition that I’d like to share, ones that really stand out, and have given me an appreciation for this wonderful sense, and that fill me with a yearning to tap into it more.

In one of his books on self-knowledge, Belsebuub explains that many people do experience intuition, but that the mind can step in and lead us in a different direction.

My first two experiences here took place early in my life, before I knew much about intuition, and I feel they illustrate how intuition can be a natural and spontaneous part of life and, moreover, I feel these experiences show the pure feeling of intuition, unhindered by the mind which later became a great obstacle for me.

A Game of Cops and Robbers

On the weekends growing up, my friends and I would sometimes play a game of “Cops and Robbers” at the local school. It was like a giant game of hide-and-go seek, all over the school grounds.

Both the cops and robbers had “guns” (water pistols) and if a cop caught a robber without a gun, they could arrest the robber and take them to prison. Similarly, the robbers could hold the cops hostage or free other robbers from prison.

We used a small playground with different climbing structures, cushioned by a bed of tiny pebbles as the grounds for holding prisoners/hostages, the ‘prison’ was beneath one of the slides.

I remember one day, I had done a fine job of catching a robber and I was escorting him to prison. But I had a really strong feeling that something bad was going to happen (in the game). The feeling got stronger as we got to the prison.

There was just myself escorting a single robber, who had no gun, into the prison. This was quite a routine thing in the game. Just as I sent my friend into the prison, I felt utterly doomed.

He went in willingly, to wait for help from other robbers. I began to walk away when I heard a rustling of the pebbles of the prison and my friend unearthed a water pistol that had been hidden in the jail! He caught me off guard and I found myself in prison instead of him (I forget the rules we played by, because obviously I had a water pistol, too).

I was about 7 years old at the time and my friends were older. This was the first time in my life I’d experienced this sort of deception in a game or otherwise, and hiding a water pistol in the prison grounds had never been done before.

The experience stands out to me because the feeling I had was just so strong and it concerned something my mind couldn’t have known.

Guessing Game

In the 7th grade, to pass some time at the end of classes, our French teacher would play a number guessing game with us. She would pick a number from 1 to 100: in French, we could ask her questions such as “Is it even or odd?”, “Is it bigger than 50”, etc., until eventually we would guess the number.

She chose a number and the game began. I immediately raised my hand: I knew the number

She called on another student first, who asked if the number was bigger than 50. She confirmed it was. This was evident, I thought, because the number I was thinking of was also bigger than 50…

She called on me next.

Est-ce que le numéro est 62?” – I asked if the number was 62.

There was a pause. Her eyes widened a little and she had an expression of surprise and bewilderment.

Oui.” – she responded yes!

That was the only time in the many dozens of times we played the game that I had such a strong feeling immediately. It never happened before or after that one class.

Somehow, though, despite how low the odds were, I didn’t even feel all that surprised, because I was just so sure of the answer. I wasn’t thinking of it in terms of probability. It didn’t feel like a guess: the number she had chosen was as tangible to me as her coffee cup, right there in plain sight.

Forgetting Something…

This third experience took place once I had come across Belsebuub’s work and had been practicing for a few years…

My friend and I used to coordinate a series of events each weekend at a local community hall. Each weekend, I went to his apartment on Saturday or Sunday morning to help pack supplies before we drove down together.

One day, after we packed everything into the car, I took my seat and my friend got into the driver’s seat. At the moment he sat down, I had a feeling that we were forgetting keys. The feeling lasted maybe half-a-second and then it was gone as we began to drive. I quickly forgot the thought as we made our way to the event.

We pulled up to the hall and began to unload supplies from the trunk. My friend went to go unlock the hall – as renters of the hall, we were given a set of keys – and he realized he had left the keys at home!

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When he said that, I felt a real punch in the stomach! How could I have ignored that feeling? Why didn’t I say anything? If only I had just said what I felt as we were leaving…

In the end, he managed to pick the keys up in time for us to adequately set up, although in a much more hurried way than would be ideal.

Although I failed to act upon the intuitive feeling I got, this was a fresh, new experience for me in learning what the sense of intuition feels like.

Concluding Thoughts

I think intuition is truly amazing and something worth cultivating and understanding better.

By being perceptive to the feelings intuition provides and responding appropriately, it can be an invisible guide to avoid unnecessary problems and difficulties.

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16 comments
  • Thanks for sharing these experiences Mike. It’s interesting how intuition worked in these small areas of everyday life. Like you, I don’t consider myself to an overly intuitive person, as I tend to come from a more rational, logical approach. But I can think of a few instances in my life where I had a gnawing hunch that I should take a certain direction, without having to weigh up all the pros and cons. Fortunately I followed my hunch on those occasions and soon after realised that I wouldn’t have the same chances again if I’d chosen different options.

    By the way, I had a little instance of intuition before reading your article. I get notifications for new articles and often try to guess who the author is based on the first sentence that’s included in the email. I can’t say I’ve had a great success rate overall, but on this occasion I guessed correctly. So it’s funny that your article was also on the topic of intuition! 🙂

  • Hi Mike – it was nice reading about your experiences related to the intuition when you were younger. I remember when I was a child talking about a “strange” feeling that something would happen was a big part of our lives but as I was growing up I realised that this way of talking was not so common in the adult world. I can relate to your fleeting feeling of intuition that you forgot the keys – it seems they often come in that form and quickly disappear. After learning more about the intuition in Belsebuub’s courses I recontected with those feelings and I am more in tune with them but it seems that these feelings were a lot clearer when I was a child and now I need to be extra viggilant of them.

  • Thank you for sharing these instances of intuition Mike, they were all very interesting to read. Especially the second one – that’s really amazing to be able to know something so exact and specific with such certainity.

    Regarding the last one – that’s what usually happens, isn’t it? We get a “hunch”, but we disregard it… Actually, something very similar happened to me just a few days ago in a fabric shop. I went to buy some fabric for the summer solstice ceremony with some friends and we calculated how much we will need for our purpose and bought a certain length. As the shop assistant was cutting the fabric, I saw there was just about 40 centimeters or so left from that roll, and I had a feeling that we should get that bit as well. But since the fabric was more on the expensive side, I disregarded the feeling and thought it was not important. Sure enough, the next day when we started planning how and what to sew from the fabric, we realised that those extra 40 centimeters would be very useful in the end, and so I had to call the shop to ask if they could reserve that bit for us so we can come and pick it up later… 😀

    • Yeah, unfortunately that is often how it goes. But it’s nice to imagine one day, with sufficient personal development, listening to those hunches could be commonplace.

      Wishing you and your friends a wonderful summer solstice celebration, Lucia!

  • Yeah, those can be tricky situations, when the mind can not only justify itself through basic logic (the other brand of carrots is *probably* okay, too…), but also through something as emotionally gripping as being pressed for time, having to go to another grocer to get carrots, etc.

    I’m glad I knew the number, too. I guess the French class taught me two things, then: being able to count and learning about the feeling of intuition 🙂

  • It’s interesting you remember those examples from your childhood Mike. I’ve often heard people say, like Ella said below, how that natural connection to the spiritual is stronger when we are kids. I suppose I’ve suppressed things or my memory is very bad or my mind got very cluttered up with things as I grew up, but I just don’t remember anything like that. But then I don’t have that many memories from my childhood/school days anyway 😉 But maybe it also relates to always having been very fearful even from the beginning. In my current life I see how being in these kind of states like fear or anxiety or blaming myself closes off that intuitive connection as I’m only listening to those negative voices and not to my divine parents.

    Again from your experiences like from other accounts dealing with intuition on this site I get the sense of wonder how it can help us in simple things of our daily lives that don’t seem to matter so much and not just the big things. Thanks for sharing these funny experiences : )

  • I feel you illustrated how intuition works very well Mike and I hope people can relate to their cases.
    I think the biggest problem learning about intuition is to identify how intuition feels like. Something actually they should teach at schools…
    Because as soon as someone identifies this feeling, like when eat or see something for the first time, is able to make the connection next time and be more familiar with this feeling whenever it comes.

    As you said I feel also that sometimes there is a lack of trust of intuitive messages and the mind can take over strongly, in order to assess the situation.

    Thank you for sharing it. It sounds magic but I wish intuition was part of one more type of sense for me.

  • That was very funny to read Mike! You described so well that shock when the rules are suddenly broken when you’re a kid – sounds like you had a big lesson on the harsh reality of life that day, as well as on how intuition feels! I remember something similar, when I suddenly realised that people couldn’t hear my thoughts and that meant they could be thinking independently of my knowing! :-0

    I think it’s a really good point how education, and I think just ‘growing up’ in general, usually squashes intuition. Imagine a class-room where it wasn’t a surprise to know the number, but the whole point of the game was to be able to guess intuitively!

    • That would be one amazing classroom, Ella! If only tapping into intuition was a part of our education system!

  • Those are some really nice experiences Mike, thank you for sharing! It seems to me as if sometimes (like in your water pistol experience) there isn’t much we can do, even if we do have that initial hunch, like we don’t really know from where exactly a surprise would be coming for example.
    The other experiences were also very nice, especially the number one – I think it is quite rare to have that absolute certainity about something so exact. How unbelievable it would be to have that all the time…

    The last one shows how we can often ignore these very obvious hunches to only regret it later… Good that you guys still managed to set up everything on time! 🙂

    Wishing you all the best with listening to this wonderful sense!

  • Thanks Mike for sharing your childhood experiences. I had a smile on my face during the game as well as during the French lesson.

    I also feel that because of my education and intellectualness I have lost touch with intuition. However, recently I had a small experience with this type of thinking (thinking that I can’t do something). I remembered how so much more is possible when being in the moment. By being in the moment I am able to do things that would normally be impossible. This is obvious because (in the example of physical labor) I can relax when in the moment, and so have more energy.

    I think this type of approach could be helpful for both of us to reconnect with intuition.

    • I find a similar thing to be true Alex. Sometimes I think ‘oh, I’ve got so much to do’ and can easily get absorbed in it. But if I would be in awareness in my activities and concentrate on them then I can gain/keep my inner clarity. Plus I’ll be able to do things better and more effectively.

    • That’s a great point, Aleks. I think remembering that we really can accomplish more by being in the moment could give a certain resolve to follow up on intuition and not dismiss it. Just knowing, or reminding ourselves, that the mind isn’t the be all to end all for living could make a huge difference.
      Thank you for sharing this insight!

  • I could imagine that ‘digging up of waterpistol’ part in slow motion 🙂

    Nice experiences Mike. I relate to getting an intuitive thought but with my mind reasoning it away as not probable, so I decide to go for the more logical option. Only to then, way too often, find how I should’ve gone with intuition. Even in simple things like seeing the carrots I normally buy out of stock, so I consider buying another plain variety. A very quick ‘thought’ of intuition tells me don’t buy those better to go into the shop next door and buy some there. Then my mind says, go to another shop? that takes too much time, I’ve got things to do. Then you get home only to and see (and smell 😉 ) half the bag has gone off.

    The 62 one is very cool though. With that certainty hitting you so clearly. Glad you also knew the number in French in order to say it 🙂

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