“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” (Albert Einstein)
I recently had a meeting to discuss a potential job opportunity. It was a very informal interview, basically to work out whether I was a match for them and if they were a match for me. I was sitting in the interview in an impressive conference room looking out over Sydney Harbour. As the lady spoke about the position, my rational mind was thinking, ‘This is a great opportunity. It is secure. It is good money. I should do it.’
My intuition was telling me to run as fast as I could in the other direction. ‘This is not me. This is not aligned with my soul path. I’m not comfortable here. I don’t feel myself.’ This was not necessarily a rational response. But that’s the point about intuition- it’s not rational. It often asks us to do seemingly ridiculous things.
We often have two responses to every situation: an intuitive response and a rational response. A few years ago I would have taken the job. My rational mind was louder than my intuition. I’ve now learnt that when I blindly follow the rational mind, I end up on a merry-go-round that eventually I have to make a dangerous jump from.
I must back up here. I actually pretended to take the job. I agreed to send through my CV and to complete a ‘test’ case study. It sounded harmless enough. It wasn’t until they sent me an 11-page proposal that I had to turn into a program design and delivery that I realized how irrational my rational mind had been. I was spending precious time doing pretend work that didn’t even resonate with me! I finally came clean and said no to the position.
I honestly believe that we are all intuitive geniuses when it comes to knowing our soul’s path (we are the only ones who can possibly know that!). We all instinctively know where we are meant to be and who we are meant to be with in order to learn our soul’s lessons and move forward on the path. All we were born with was an intuitive toolkit to discern whether something is on track with our purpose. We know when something or someone lights us up.
This can occasionally be confusing because the ego has a way of portraying something impressive as though it is what our intuition wants. This is why the rational mind can be so dangerous. The rational mind looks at every situation from an objective perspective. It looks at every situation through emotionless eyes: through the eyes of others. The rational mind is focused on our survival, and hopes that we flourish as a by-product. The intuitive mind is focused on our highest potential, and takes care of our survival as a secondary concern.
Of course the rational mind is important. It takes care of the details once your intuition has set up the grand plan. It does the tax, the chores, the boring stuff. It manages backstage. As Einstein said, ‘it is a faithful servant.’
So how do you know if something is aligned with your intuition? It’s easy. You would do it for free. It’s all you want to do when you wake up in the morning. You think about it a lot. You don’t have to force it. It brings you true and unforced joy. It’s natural. You don’t need to escape from it as soon as it’s over. Imagine a life filled with these things- relationships and work that were this easy. That’s what the intuitive mind can create for you: a life lined up with joy.