Book Review

Activate your Inner GPS, Your Intuition

“Something tells me that I should/should not….”


“My gut feeling says that….”


“Somehow i just feel today is not the day…”


“I really think we should postpone this…”

Ever go through the above feelings?

That inexplicable inner voice, a “feeling” … is your intuition trying to guide you.

Today, I am quite thrilled to have my dear friend Angela Artemis back on Going A-Musing. I read her fabulous book, The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of. And I am very keen to share it with you.  I requested her for an interview and she said… YES. And double yes, dear readers, there’s a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post.

I have a strong belief in intuition. In fact, many of my life’s best decisions – both on the personal and professional front – have been a result of intuition.  I could give you hundreds of examples (and probably send you into a deep, deep sleep). But let me share just one unforgettable experience here.

The voice of intuition


This happened years ago. I lived about fifteen kilometers from my place of work, which meant I left home quite early. This day was like any other day. I was jauntily walking from the bus stop to my office, feeling especially chipper because I was wearing a new sari and carrying a brand new hand-bag with a brand new walk-man tucked into it with my favorite cassette in it. I was also carrying a new lunch bag. Humming, happy and feeling quite spiritually high, I was about to cross the road. Just before I took the step from the sidewalk to the road, I heard a voice telling me not to cross there. Involuntarily I took a step back, to continue to walk on the sidewalk. I turned to see who had spoken. There was no one. 


What happened in the next few seconds shook me up considerably. A two-tonner lorry hurtled down the road. I just had enough time to register another guy, pulling a bicycle, dressed in white crossing the road. Two seconds later, his remains were strewn all over the road. That inner voice saved my life. 

Phew! What if I had ignored it? No prizes for guessing – I would not be writing this today.

I’ve been told I am intuitive too. My Mom always teased me to say that were it not for the eleventh hour, I’d never get a lot of things done.  But my procrastination was always for a reason – because my intuition told me to postpone/ditch something – and all with good results.

SO!

When I received Angela’s book, “The Intuition Principle” I was excited. I read it right away and simply loved it. Angela shares her personal stories and the consequences of not listening to her intuition.  She explains how developing our intuition can help us achieve our life’s goals. She is living proof. And the best part is we do not need technology and gadgets to do this.

  • shows you why your intuition is the voice of your own guidance that will help you find your mission and true purpose in life
  • has a fun quiz to help you know if you are intuitive
  • gives you easy-to-follow tips to recognize your intuition with some great examples
  • describes the benefits of intuition and why you should heed it
  • encourages you to follow your passion using your intuition
  • shows you how you can use it in your daily life 
  • tells you how to ramp it up to start using it right away
  • explains why meditation helps you develop your intuition
  • offers memory-strengthening exercises to help you 
  • describes different types of intuition
And much more.  And you know what? We are more intuitive than we give ourselves credit for. We just let a lot of things like fear, doubt, stress come in the way of using it. 
“Your intuition is like your own personal inner guidance system. Your GPS” 
The Intuition Principle is about activating your inner GPS, Your Intuition
Angela has sprinkled free tools throughout the book that you can download as bonuses. Well, let me just say that this book is for you: 
If you wondered what is the big deal about intuition
If you want to make better decisions and live the life you’ve dreamed of
When you follow your intuition, you have access to an infinite supply of wisdom, creativity and love by @Angela_Artemis (Tweet this quote)
Now, my interview with Angela!
Hi Angela! What a pleasure to have you here again! I just read your book – The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of – and I am absolutely thrilled to share it with our readers today. Let’s start this interview off with an obvious question: What is Intuition?
Thank you, Vidya. It is good to be back here!
By definition, Intuition is information that spontaneously appears in our awareness without any conscious effort on our part. Intuitive information comes into our awareness as a result of our brain searching all of our memory banks. Once it finds the answer it brings it up to our awareness very quickly which is why intuition often feels like an “aha” moment.
I can identify with that, Angela. An inner feeling that tells us why something is just not right or just right….but tell me this: are only some people gifted with being intuitive or can everyone develop their intuition?  
Yes, absolutely! Everyone is intuitive although they may not be aware of it. Intuition is a cognitive process and a form of sensing information from the world around us. When your brain searches for the answers in a long forgotten memory bank and then thrusts it into your awareness this is an intuitive process. The information appears “spontaneously” which is why we define intuition as “awareness of information without any conscious effort on our part.” 
Intuition is also the sense you have that someone is staring at you before you even turn around and meet their gaze. In this application intuition is a sensory experience about the environment around you.  It’s no different than the other five senses we rely upon – it’s just more subtle which is why some people are not aware of being intuitive.
To develop your intuition all you need to do is become aware of it. Become aware of how you “feel” around certain people and what quiet little whispers run through your mind. The quiet whispers and feelings is how your intuition informs and delivers information to you. The more you focus on it and create the intention to become aware of your intuition the more you will sense these things.
Intuition is your secret sauce that makes YOU awesomesauce  by @Angela_Artemis 
(Tweet this quote)
Hmm. I am thinking about all the skeptics I deal with. In fact, I know some people are intuitive, but refuse to admit it. They call it “being realistic”. Who am I to argue? A rose by any other name… I’ve always wondered, though – if there is a difference between being “psychic” and being “intuitive”
Intuition comes from within. It’s your own wisdom, or higher self speaking to you and guiding you and protecting you from harm. If you have a gut feeling, or strong emotion like dread or fear, or sense that something is going to happen to someone, or something bad is going to happen to you it’s called a premonition, or presentiment, and it falls under the category of Intuition.

Psychic information comes from outside of you. It can come from another person, such as in mind to mind communication, called telepathy. It can come from reading the energy of another person – their aura. It can come from projecting the mind to other locations to gain information at a distance which is called Remote Viewing.
I’ll need to process that in my mind for a moment. But caught in a situation, I can see how easy it is to blend both. To quote from your book “When you follow your intuition you will live an inspired life” Can you tell us, Angela, why is it important for people to develop their intuition?
Intuition is your own inner guidance. When we look outside of ourselves for answers we give our power away. We defer to others instead of relying on our own wisdom. Over time this will quash your confidence and suppress your autonomy. Developing your intuition helps you establish healthy self-esteem. 
When you know that there is no situation in life that you cannot handle and that you are capable of dealing with anything your confidence goes through the roof. You will try new things and put yourself in new situations and therefor grow tremendously as a person because you are willing to take more chances in unknown situations. The person who suffers from lack of confidence prefers to stay in their safe little box and as consequence doesn’t grow through having many experiences like the confident person. 
Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer. 
– Robert Graves 
That answer is huge takeaway!  And I enjoyed reading about your own personal stories about the consequences of not listening to your intuition. Please explain the benefits of being intuitive.
What are the benefits of seeing or hearing? What are the benefits of touch, taste and smell? Intuition is a natural process of conveying information about your environment to you. When you are in touch with your intuition you are working with all your faculties not just five. 
Do you know what synesthesia is? Synesthesia is when you get a sense about something in another part of the body. For example some people with synesthesia hear colors or smells.  They see music as colors or numbers. Their brain’s process information through their senses differently than the ordinary way we assume the five senses work. 
Intuition is somewhat similar. It’s another way we receive information and process it. 
When you are intuitive you may hear a voice that stands out over your thoughts in your mind telling you not to trust someone or not to do something. You may feel sickened or nauseated when you are around someone that you should be wary of. You may feel reluctant or hesitant to go forward with some initiative. All of these reactions are a form of intuitive sensing. They are beneficial because they “inform” you in addition to your five senses, of information that is vital for you to know. 
“You must train your intuition. You must trust the small voice inside which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.” 
Ingrid Bergman 
One of my favourite parts in your book is about using intuition in our daily lives, Angela. Could you share with us how you use intuition in your everyday life?
I use it to gauge whether I should proceed with something or not. If I feel enthused, excited and inspired by something I proceed. If not – I stop and reassess. Intuition is a like a “green light” that says “go.” If I don’t get the green light I don’t “go.” 
I pay attention to where I have resistance and reluctance to doing something. Resistance and reluctance are “red lights” saying “stop.” When you get the stop sign you need to analyze with the rational mind why you are forcing yourself to do something. Usually what you find out is that your ego is making you fearful that if you don’t do it you’ll miss out on something or that you ego fears lack. I try not to base any decisions on “fear.” Fear comes from the ego. It’s another “red light.” 
“A green light that says “GO!”” Yes! I like that! Fear and ego – two demons to let go of.  In your book, you talk about the secret sauce in life – the “fabulosity factor”. I love that word and can instantly think of people who have it. Tell us, what the “Fabulousity Factor?” 
The “fabulousity factor” is when your life flows smoothly and almost effortlessly because you have listened to your intuition and are now on the right track. When you are on the path you were meant to be on opportunities present themselves and the answers to problems appear just when you need them. You are joyous and feel as if your life is “golden.” 
How can we tell the difference between the voice of intuition and voice of the ego?
Intuition makes you “feel good” about doing something. You will feel excited and experience a sense of “certainty” about it. When a thought comes from the ego, often you’ll feel as if you “should do” it. You’ll be aware of your rational mind recounting the reasons why you ought to do it. Intuition is more of a feeling while the ego is a rationalization that comes from the intellect.
I was wondering, Angela….is it possible to lose our intuition?
No, you can never lose it. You can be so upset, fearful, and attached to one outcome that you don’t hear it. Or, you can become so cerebral that you disconnect from your feelings. Intuition is innate intelligence and it can’t be lost unless we tune it out.
So, how can we open up more fully to hearing our intuition?
Create the intention to become aware of your intuition. Tell yourself that you are intuitive and that you intend to hear this inner guidance from now on. Part of opening up is just becoming aware of it. You are getting intuitive information all the time you just may not be aware of it. 
When you have an “aha” moment, that is your intuition. When you find that a solution to a problem comes to you out of the blue – that is your intuition. Whenever you have the feeling that someone is staring at you, that is your intuition too. Your intuition is information that comes to you without you being aware of how it came to you. It happens every day. Just become aware of it and it will become more and more apparent.
“If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking to you.” –Dr. Wayne Dyer 
(Tweet this)
You’ve described some great ways to help develop our intuition. Could you offer a glimpse into some habits we can cultivate to develop our intuition?
Get a small notebook and carry it around with you. Whenever you get an intuitive idea, inspiration or solution write it down. As your list grows your faith and confidence in your intuition will grow too. 
Wow! I am glad I do that all the time! Angela, do you have some advice for someone who struggles to hear their inner guidance?
Learn to relax. Let go of the outcome. Don’t worry about being wrong. Intuition thrives in a relaxed peaceful state of mind. One other thing you can do is to learn to meditate and practice every day. Meditation relaxes the mind and allows your thoughts to slow down. When your mind is not crammed full of one thought after another your intuition will easily stand out. 
Practice by asking for guidance when you are meditating. Ask and then sit quietly and listen. Do not expect to hear a “booming voice” like I did. It is your own voice that you hear in your mind. Trust whatever comes. It could come as a “thought” or a picture in the mind or as a “gut feeling.” After you do this a while you will begin to truly trust this voice and know it as your intuitive wisdom. Practice is key.
Practice does make perfect! You’ve talked about meditation in your book in detail. Does it play a role in developing intuition? 
Meditation is one of the greatest tools for developing your intuition. When you learn how to quiet the mind you will hear your own intuitive guidance. When your mind is going non-stop your intuitive thoughts will not stand out. They will be lost among the din of chatter. When you get quiet you will hear these intuitive thoughts much more easily and much more often.
“Close both eyes to see with the other eye.” –Rumi (Tweet this)
Angela, what message do you want readers to take away from reading “The Intuition Principle?”
Learn to develop your intuition and to listen so that you will “know” whether you are on the right path or not. Your intuition can lead you directly to what you were meant to do in this life. Once you are aligned with your true purpose, the path before you will become completely clear and your life will flow easily and effortlessly. Learning to trust and follow “The Intuition Principle” will turn your life around from just getting through each day to living the exciting life of your dreams.
So beautiful! It is so true that we have the power to change the course of our lives. Your book is going to be a wonderful gift to anyone who wants to live the life of their dreams! Thank you so much Angela.
Thank you Vidya – it was great being here.
Angela Artemis, an intuition coach, is on a mission to teach readers around the world to “speak intuition” so that they unlock all the brilliant potential that resides within and start successfully living the life of their dreams now – not later. She blogs at www.PoweredbyIntuition.com and is the author of, “The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of” Free bonus material is available to readers of The Intuition Principle here.

“The Intuition Principle” by Angela Artemis

The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of is a roadmap to finding your true purpose, passion and path in life. It is a guidebook for uncovering your authentic self through following your intuition. Learning to navigate your life by intuition is the most direct way to finding the joyous life you’ve always dreamed of living. When you learn to go within and follow the ‘intuition principle’ you will bring the world to you in a nearly effortless way.
Now available on Amazon

Or get the Kindle Version

This book has some wonderful bonuses. Angela has recorded a few of the meditations from the book and you can download these as MP3s. Some of the worksheets from exercises in the book can also be downloaded here: http://www.poweredbyintuition.com/free-tools-4-readers/
GIVEAWAY
You can win a copy of The Intuition Principle
(Oh, you’ll love this book!)
Entering is easy!
  1. Follow Powered by Intuition and Going A-Musing on Facebook.
  2. Share your answer to this question in the comments – Describe one instance where listening to your intuition helped you.
I am looking forward to announcing the WINNER on May 21, 2012!
Good luck!
and
 “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” –- Benjamin Spock



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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela Artemis|Powered by Intuition
    May 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Vidya,
    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful chat with your readers. I so enjoyed speaking with you. You ask the best questions!
    By the way there is also a Kindle version of the book too!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      May 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Entirely my pleasure, Angela. Our interactions are always a joy to me. Thank you so much for being here today. Love, Vidya

      P.S.: I just added the link to the Kindle version 🙂 Good point!

  • Reply
    Hiten
    May 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Angela and Vidya,

    This was a brilliant interview and I really enjoyed learning about the topic of intuition.

    I believe meditation has helped me develop my own intuition, and when I act intuitively it happens through pure consciousness that is in the present moment.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      May 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you, Hiten. I use meditation to relax and calm down. And yes, Intuition is as important as breathing! Glad you dropped by!

    • Reply
      Angela Artemis|PoweredbyIntuition
      May 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Hiten,
      I’m sure you’re right. A side benefit of practicing meditation is an increase in intuition!

  • Reply
    Terri Sonoda
    May 17, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Very interesting interview! I believe intuition is a vital tool that should not be wasted. The book sounds like a good one. I’ll have to check it out.
    Terri

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      May 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      You are right, Terri. Personally, intuition has literally saved my life on many occasions. I loved the book. Thanks for coming by, dearest Terri! Hugs!

  • Reply
    Missy | Literal Mom
    May 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I just saw this book on Betsy’s site! I totally believe in intuition. And I’d love to read the book!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      May 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you, Missy! Yes, it is a great book!

  • Reply
    Rahul Bhatia
    May 17, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Intuition is the internal GPS created to guide when the logic seems to think otherwise:)

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      May 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Yes, Rahul! Thank you for visiting!

  • Reply
    Betsy at Zen Mama
    May 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Great interview Angela and Vidya!! I have read Angela’s book and highly recommend it!!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      May 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you, dear Betsy! I love the book too! Hugs!

  • Reply
    vanita
    May 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    “If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking to you.” this speaks to me on so many levels. unfortunately i think i have my signals mixed up. this is going to sound silly, but i’ll share it anyway because I’d like to know your take on it. during a very chaotic time in my life, i asked Goddess to guide me. I was very afraid of making decisions because those decisions were extremely important to the well being of my family. Sometime after that, during the chaos, I was asked to do something and though I had no reason to say no, my left eye started to jump unbearably. it was such an odd thing that i decided to turn down the request and take that time to go see a doctor. from the time i told the person No, my eye stopped. This happened again a week later when another person involved in the situation was trying to get me to agree to something that seemed innocent enough. but my eye started again. so i decided to test it out and I refused. The eye stopped. That night I dreamnt of someone I hadn’t spoken to in years. Someone I had actually burned my bridges with. As I contemplated calling them the next day, my right eye started with the jumping. I didn’t know what to make of this but I decided to call that person. That person helped me in ways that I did not expect possible. When I shared this with hubby he said to me, the day before the chaos began his left eye was jumping terribly and that this same day that I called this person his right eye was jumping like crazy. when i looked it up on line, I came to a forum where someone mentioned that in india it is believed that when a man’s right eye jumps it’s good fortune and when his left eye jumps it’s bad coming. I allowed this “sign” to guide me for the next two years and i can tell you it was right all along. but these days, it’s all mixed up and both eyes take turns right after the other and i’m beginning to think i’ve just developed a tick and it was all in my head. Have you head of this vidya? Angela, can intuition come in such a physical form and if so, how the heck do I un-mix my signals? lol I loved this post, as you can surely tell, and you must definitely enter me to win

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      May 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Vanita, I don’t think it is silly at all to get signals mixed up. I’d guess that would happen when you are anxious to take the right decision, and are afraid of making the wrong choice. Since you believed the throbbing in the eye, that could very well have been a sign.

      We do believe about that tick in the eye in India. It is funny how a particular twitch recurs as if in warning or as a sign. I’ve experienced a similar tick but did not see a deeper meaning because I have weak eyes to begin with 🙂 and did not want to be under any false illusions. But yes, I do get “butterflies” in my stomach, that fluttery feeling when I am about to take the wrong decision sometimes. And then my breathing becomes uneven – as though my body is somehow trying to tell me something.

      As Angela says, being tuned to your intuition requires focus. Often, fear, anxiety and stress get in the way, and that is why doubts step in. I suggest you calm down. If you practice meditation, that is great. Try and become conscious about other signs your intuition is trying to show you. Faith is a strong thing, Vanita. I know how busy you have been lately. So lets not rule out the possibility that at this time, the eye-twitch is because of screen-fatigue. You need TLC and rest and maybe an eye exam too.

      Hugs. You’re entered to win 🙂

    • Reply
      Angela Artemis|Powered by Intuition
      May 18, 2012 at 3:06 am

      Vanita,
      What an interesting physical manifestation. I do believe that our body communicates with us. If there is a cultural belief that you are aware of your body is intelligent enough to use that as a sign language to help guide you. Interestingly enough I believe the left eye is connected to the right brain hemisphere. The right brain is thought to be where our intuition comes from. Maybe that is why when you get a twitch in the right eye it comes from the logical mind and you should not follow that?
      As far as getting mixed signals – perhaps you are too tense about it? Vidya pointed out that fear and anxiety and stress get in the way and she is exactly right. You need to detach from the situation and release the outcome to the Universe. When you feel completely detatched from the outcome I believe you “eye” twitching will commence again properly.

      So nice meeting you and thank you for sharing this fascinating phenomenon with us.

    • Reply
      vanita
      May 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Thank you ladies for your wonderful input. i am pretty stressed having a stresful issue with my mother right now. i think it’s over shadowing everything i do. 🙁 Angela i’m a little confused by this “Interestingly enough I believe the left eye is connected to the right brain hemisphere. The right brain is thought to be where our intuition comes from. Maybe that is why when you get a twitch in the right eye it comes from the logical mind and you should not follow that?” did you mean to say the right eye is connected to the right brain or that when i get a twitch in the left eye i should not follow it because it’s connected to the right side of the brain?
      Vidya, girl, since having the eye surgery a few months back, I’ve been to the eye doctor several times recently. even when my eye was bad, girl, my vision was perfect. i think my recent unplugging was more due to dealing with the fatigue of dealing with certain fellow bloggers (and i’ll tell you about that if we ever get to chat darnit!) hugs to you both!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      May 19, 2012 at 2:35 am

      Vani – What Angela said is Left eye>Right brain> Intuitive mind and Right eye>left brain> logical mind. 🙂 Now you must use your judgment to decide which to follow based on the situation. 🙂

      Fatigue of dealing with certain fellow bloggers – ah, now that’s a pretty good reason to be upset. Yes, you’re welcome to chat 🙂 And I’ll make sure you feel much better! Hugs, dear sis. You deserve to be well!

    • Reply
      Arun
      November 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Hi Vanita,
      I have experienced the same twitch so many times. Earlier i used to ignore it but after sometime i realized that my left and right eye twitch guides me in making decisions every now and then. Apart from decisions it also guides me in advance if something bad is going to happen or vice versa.

      In my case, left eye twitch leads to something good and right eye leads to something bad. I have tried and tested it thousand times. Not only this but i can even read eyes. I know it sounds absurd to many people but somehow i can tell a lot of thing about a person by looking into his/her eyes. I searched it all over the internet to see if its my own misconception. But after reading your article i think it is possible.

      Vidya Suri – Thank you so much for such an eye opening article :). I think i have one more doubt related to eye twitch. If anybody asks me a question phrased in such a way that i can answer it in a simple yes or no then my left or right eye twitches instantly to give answer. e.g – If somebody asks me would i be able to pass this particular exam then my left/right eye twitches instantly to give answer. As per my knowledge all the answers proved to be correct.

      Is this really possible what i have experienced???

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      November 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Arun! Welcome to Going A-Musing. Can you believe I just wrote a long, long comment and it disappeared? Ugh.

      🙂 Thanks for your comment. I believe you when you say you can read eyes – after all, are they not the windows to the soul? I feel the eye twitch but don’t attach much importance to it – I believe it happens to me only because my eyes are weak. But that being said, I do believe that we each of us has a way of using our intuition through a particular response from our body – it is different things for different people.

      For me it is a funny feeling in my tummy. Not an ache but a rush – and a slight lightheadedness that lasts just a few seconds. It gives me pause, alerting me to think before I do or speak.

      I know many people who go by the eye twitch and I was fascinated when Vanita also shared her experience.

      Isn’t it wonderful how our body talks to us, and when we listen, shapes our response! I am a strong believer of intuition – as there are too many instances in my life to prove I should listen to it. It has never let me down so far.

      Thanks for visiting, Arun. Do you blog? I didn’t see any links in your Blogger profile!

      Happy Diwali!

  • Reply
    thoughtstomull.com
    May 17, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    This is a true story, one that most people laugh at when they hear it. But, they laugh because it scares them, not because they don’t believe it.

    The day was warm, even edging toward hot. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in July, and the condo parking lot was full of people, cars were being washed, boom boxes blaring, children playing. High-pitched shouts and splashes echoed from the community pool.

    Two little girls sat on a sidewalk, making stick-figures on the cement with colored chalk. Giggles erupted as they watched the clouds change shapes.

    “Look, Mommie!” She pointed at the clouds above, then scrunched her nose. “It’s the man in the blue truck,” she mumbled.

    “What did you say?” Her mother asked. Tanya’s mother looked at her daughter’s friend. “Emilie?” Emilie stared at the sidewalk.

    “The Blue Truck Man, Mommie.” Tanya looked old for a six-year-old.

    “The Blue Truck Man! Oh, honey, I’m sorry.” She grabbed Tanya into a bear hug and pointed back at the clouds. “I forgot.” She pointed at the clouds again. “See? He’s gone now!” She tried to make Tanya laugh. But Tanya didn’t laugh.

    Emilie spoke up, looking somber. “Remember the paper the school sent home? About the Blue Truck Man? I think Tanya’s talking about that Blue Truck Man.”

    The school had sent home notices, warning parents of three alleged kidnapping attempts of young children in the area. A man, driving a non-descript, blue truck, had stopped these children, asking for directions. He had become more aggressive each time.

    Tanya’s mom was concerned, but thought it unlikely that anyone would try such a thing on such a busy day. She had to get to the pharmacy, that afternoon. Momentarily, she thought of taking the children with her, but they were having such a good time! Instead, she asked her neighbor to watch the children. She’d only be gone for fifteen minutes.

    “No problem. See you in a few!” Her neighbor waved her off.

    Tanya’s mom trotted up the stairs to her condo, stepped inside, grabbed her keys, then turned and closed the door. She inserted the key and turned the deadbolt to “lock”. But something wouldn’t let her leave it there. She reinserted the key and unlocked the deadbolt. “I can’t leave this unlocked,” she thought. She reinserted the key into the deadbolt, but it would only fit halfway. Puzzled, she looked down at her keys to make sure she had the right one. She did. She reinserted the key, locked it, but when she turned to leave, she couldn’t step down the stairs. Something physically was stopping her. Something she couldn’t see.

    “Don’t do it,” she heard. A whisper startled her, but no one was there. “Ja-net.” A sharp, whisper, urgent. She jumped. She turned back to the deadbolt and unlocked it, then ran down the stairs to her car.

    “Bye, hon! Remember, Annie’s right up there!” She pointed to the condo next to hers, and drove away.

    I returned to a parking lot full of police cars, and two sobbing children. The only two witnesses said that, just as I pulled out of my parking slot, a blue truck whipped into my space, right next to my children. He opened the passenger door of his truck and motioned the girls toward the truck.

    Both girls scrambled, as the man chased them up the stairs. My daughter said she reached the unlocked door just in time. She slammed it shut, and threw the deadbolt. She dialed 911. Witnesses watched as the man lumbering down the stairs, and screeched out of the parking lot in his blue truck.

    I don’t know if they ever caught The Blue Truck Man.

    But I do know, if I’d not listened to those whispers, two little girls likely would not be here today.

    I also know that now, when I hear a voice, I listen.

    ©Janet Mitchell, August 2011

    ©Janet Mitchell, August 2011

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      May 18, 2012 at 2:50 am

      Oh Janet! First, here’s a bear hug for you! You had my heart thudding with fear! And by the time I reached the end of your comment, I was crying. I can only imagine how you must have felt! I believe your story. I’ve had too many instances of intuition literally saving my life. In fact, I’ve had some friends hate me because I couldn’t help telling them their partners weren’t right. Some listened, some didn’t.

      We are both lucky 🙂 I am so very glad you listened to that whisper that day! Hugs and love to you Janet. I am so glad you came by and shared your story.

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      Angela Artemis|Powered by Intuition
      May 18, 2012 at 3:10 am

      Janet,
      What a story. Our intuition is our own internal GPS as Vidya so aptly titled this article. When we listen to this guidance it can save us from a dire situation.
      Thank you so much for sharing this story here with us.

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    Pamela Fagan Hutchins
    May 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Wonderful interview! Congrats on what sounds like a fabulous book, Angela. One instance where using my intuition helped me? It’s hard to narrow it to one. However, the time I’ll never forget is when I suddenly knew that Eric (now my husband) was in trouble and needed me. I was cooking dinner at the time. I only took enough time to turn off the stove, then I grabbed my purse and keys and sprinted to my truck, driving at a breakneck speed from my house toward his. Only problem? I had no idea where he was, and no way to reach him, because I had no cell phone reception. When I reached reception range, my phone rang. It was Eric. He could barely speak. He was calling me from the side of the road, ambulance and police beside him, where he had been struck head on by a car while riding his bike. I was able to reach his side five minutes later.

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      Vidya Sury
      May 18, 2012 at 2:53 am

      Pamela, I remember reading this on your blog – I also remember a post where you talked about Eric being out of town and both of you having that “mental connection” in the wee hours of the morning. I identify with your experience you know. My Mom would suddenly react physically for no reason – as in a shudder or as though a particularly heavy thought attacked her – and sure enough – it would be a sign or message. I am guilty to admit we sometimes made fun of her.

      Thank you for commenting, Pamela. Hugs!

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      Angela Artemis|Powered by Intuition
      May 18, 2012 at 3:14 am

      Pamela,
      Thank goodness you listened to your intuition! This is exactly how it works. It strikes like lightening out of the blue when it wants our attention. We are “moved” to take action and know without a shadow of doubt that “we know that we know.”
      Thank you so much for sharing this great story with us. What a wonderful example.

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    Galen Pearl
    May 18, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Ah, finally a GPS system I can understand and trust! Thanks for all the excellent information about Angela’s book. I’m getting ready to read it myself. So pleased we’re both on the tour!

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      Vidya Sury
      May 19, 2012 at 2:37 am

      Galen, any place together with you will be just great! I am looking forward to your post about the book. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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    My Inner Chick
    May 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Sweet Vidya,

    You Inspire Me. I know I tell you that all the time, but I thought you may want to know again….

    Anyhow,—after what happened to Kay, I follow my intuition MUCH more now.

    what that voice tells me is TRUE, Real, & I know I must act. I know I must Act NOW.

    I wish I would have listened before, Vidya.

    Love to you, My Friend. Xxxxxxx

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      Vidya Sury
      May 19, 2012 at 2:42 am

      Oh Kim, I share your pain. There’s nothing worse in life than regret. Intuition is a guide to be treasured. I know. And Kim? You inspire me with your love, your compassion and your kindness. I am so glad we connected! I cherish our friendship!

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    Sandra /Always Well Within
    May 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I really like the analogy of an inner GPS system! This interview clarified for me the difference between intuition and being psychic. I really appreciate the suggestions for how to develop our intuitive voice. Thank you!

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      Vidya Sury
      May 19, 2012 at 2:38 am

      Sandra, I lifted the “GPS” analogy from the book, which is superb. I am glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you for coming by!

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    Sandra /Always Well Within
    May 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Oops, I forgot to add my experience when intuition help me. The one that stands out the most is an intuition before both my father and mother died (at separate times), which allowed me to connect with them more and express my love to them.

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      Vidya Sury
      May 19, 2012 at 2:39 am

      Wow, thank you for sharing that, Sandra. I can imagine how much it meant to you! Parents are so precious.

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    Aileen
    May 20, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I’ve so truly enjoyed this book! “internal GPS” is a perfect way to describe intuition – and such a brilliant way to live!

    Great interview 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      May 20, 2012 at 3:28 am

      Thank you, Aileen! I am with you! 😀

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    Harleena Singh
    May 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Loved the interview Vidya & Angela!

    The book surely does sound interesting and worth reading. 🙂

    I faced something quite like you Vidya, which is what I would call listening to my intuition. We had gone visiting a hill station up North and that was a time when my kids were small. We went for a picnic with all the family members, and lots of kids around that made it all a beautiful get-together. There was a kind of quicksand – marshy area where there was a board stating that no one should enter the area. I explained thing to my kids just as any mom would and got busy chatting with everyone. I just don’t know what happened, and it was like my sixth sense (that I call intuition for me), just made me sense something was wrong and I turned back to look. I saw my younger one in the middle of the quicksand area and she wasn’t even howling or perhaps never knew what was happening. She was in till her knees and then perhaps started wailing her arms around. I just ran to her and pulled her right out, howled my heart out, gave her a wash, and went back home.

    I know for sure it was my intuition, almost like someone was guiding and asking me to look back. And yes, I listened to my heart – which I think is the best thing that tells you instantly what to do- just like Angela mentioned the green light asking you to ‘go’ for it.

    Similarly, there have been so many incidences like this, though it would make this comment very long if I started talking about all of them. 🙂 And Angela is right, all of us have these intuitive powers though few realize that they have it, till something happens to make them feel so.

    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful interview with all of us and talking about the book as well 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      May 22, 2012 at 4:25 am

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Harleena – Intuition is the voice of God, our heart, our subconscious intelligence, our own divine power – all rolled into one! I can imagine your relief at turning back and rescuing your little one! I find in instances like these, life becomes a little more precious and we appreciate things more! What a wake up call!

      I am happy you stopped by, Harleena!

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