The Best Medical Advice I Ever Received
Updated: Oct 8, 2019
When recently asked what’s the best medical advice I ever received? I answered … Trust your intuition.
Intellectually, most of us know what this means: Follow the voice in your heart ... listen to your inner wisdom – the answer lies within.
Intuition can help you live a happier, healthier life ... with more ease, clarity and peace. It can provide valuable information and understanding regarding the state of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
I believe we are the architects of our own health. By partnering with our doctors, health professionals and healers, we can tap into our own intuition – and ultimately heal ourselves. And .. we can do this, like no other person like you can do.
Intuition is always with us, whether we realize it or not, it’s a gut feeling – our inner voice. And, although we can’t see, touch, or hear it, intuition exists. Perhaps, it’s the most powerful of all our senses. Yet, we rarely give it much credence. Instead, we dismiss it and don’t pay much attention to it.
For example, too many of us fall victim to making the wrong health-care decisions. We are bombarded with a deluge of medical information coming from the latest scientific research, the so called “experts,” or from podcasts and streaming news. Also, we can be easily swayed by others’ opinions – from our health professionals, friends and even our family.
When you seem to be at an impasse, go with your gut. Using your instincts as a guide, along with all the other information available, will make you more successful negotiating the choices and decisions you are faced to make. Particularly when under stress, time pressure or facing complex problems, trust your gut – you might not have the luxury of thinking through every implication of what’s going on.
I am not saying that intuition can replace a doctor’s expertise, lab tests or mainstream medicine, but I do believe it has a valuable place in the mix. Intuition should never be relied upon solely as the only diagnostic tool. You need to listen to both your gut and your intellect to calculate your next best move.
However, at the end-of-the day, you are the only person who knows what’s best for you. Only you can decipher exactly what direction to take, what medical protocol to adhere to and what advice to follow. Ultimately, you have to decide what decision puts your mind to rest.
What the Heck is Intuition?
Intuition may be challenging to define, although it plays a huge role in our lives every day. Steve Jobs called it, “more powerful than intellect.” Sophy Burnham, best-selling author of The Art of Intuition, explained … “It’s different than thinking, it’s different from logic or analysis … it’s knowing without knowing.” Oprah Winfrey stated, “Follow your instinct. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.” And, Albert Einstein referred to intuition as the “forgotten gift.”
Intuition is the purest aspect of one’s self. So, don’t discount, ignore or downplay your intuition just because you “can’t see it” or can’t figure out how a certain scenario will play out. Make no mistake; intuition is very real and it delivers.
In fact, the military spends millions of dollars to help soldiers with their “Spidey Sense” – a vague but powerful sense of danger or creepiness based on intuition. Reports from the field detail how a sixth sense or “Spidey Sense” alerted soldiers to an impending attack or I.E.D. and allowed them to respond quickly without consciously analyzing the situation.
Not to mention, we have all heard of stories about how mothers claim how “their gut feelings” saved their children from injury, danger – and even death. According to Feather Berkower, founder of Parenting Safe Children, intuition is our “brilliant alarm system” and we do a “tremendous disservice to ourselves, and our children, when we deny it.”
And in the health arena, intuition is often used with cancer patients when deciding which path to take for their treatment.
Intuition offers us guidance about how we instinctively feel about an idea, possibility or direction. Intuition is your immediate understanding of something; there’s no need to think it over or get another opinion—you just know.
Following your Intuition
Brings new insights around your health and well-being
Alerts you with a powerful feeling (often repeatedly), indicating something is wrong or “very off”
“Balances out” a purely logical, intellectual decision
Compels you to take action, follow-up, remove yourself from a situation, or do what feels comfortable for you
Allows you to live your life more confidently in peace
Regains your emotional freedom
We have to teach ourselves how to listen to our intuition and how to use it. Practicing the following steps will help you carve a clearer path toward your own intuition, while bringing it to the forefront to guide you through important situations.
How to Master Your Intuition
Listen to Your Inner Voice
Your intuition is one of your greatest gifts that should not be dismissed! It can nudge you (sometimes repeatedly) away from what doesn’t serve you and draw you forward towards what does. Monitor your heartbeat. Listen to feelings in your stomach and chest as well as the “voices” in your head.
Spend Time in Solitude
The simple act of being silent helps us reconnect with our inner wisdom. This may mean silencing our cell phones! (Can you do it?)
Clear Your Mind
Slow down and clear your mind. Mentally and physically clear away the clutter; clear away distractions, and then pay attention to what comes up. This helps you better recognize and process the information you receive, not only in your mind but also in your body. When you slow down, you are purposefully making space for your intuition to occupy.
To make the best choices, observe your feelings as well as the sensations inside your body. Learn to recognize what you are feeling; this is the key to developing your intuition. Noticing what’s going on in your body in response to different people and scenarios can be quite revealing.
Focus on You
Taking care of yourself first helps you to stay in-tune with your intuition so you can operate at your highest potential, using discernment, common sense as well as critical thinking skills.
Your intuition is part of your highest, wisest self, so make sure you focus on you.
Ask yourself, “What do I really need here? What’s important for me?” What can I do to give myself what I need? The answers to these questions are crucial to taking meaningful actions that are relevant to you. Be curious about what you need vs. shifting your attention to other people’s needs.
Take Action (or at least take several tiny steps)
Sometimes it can be scary to act on your intuition! That's why learning to trust your intuition is important. But it does take a bit of practice and experience.
Intuition is the act of unconsciously noticing patterns based on your past experience and knowledge. In other words, intuition gets built up by the more experience you have. When you see a particular set of cues, you recognize them as a certain pattern, which in turn, allows you to respond with the “right” set of actions.
The more experience you have, the more you can trust your intuition and take action. Even taking small baby steps can be beneficial at first to gradually build trust with your intuitive self.
Remember … trusting your intuition is a journey which will lead you back to yourself. Consider building up your intuition just like you would strengthen your muscles at the gym.
With purposeful practice and frequent use, you will become a master of your intuition. Your intuition will become more powerful – and more powerful – as it guides you home to yourself!
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