Day 25: Hopium Dependency: Listen to Your Guts Rather than Your Logical Fears.

Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason.[1]

The word intuition comes from Latin verb intueri which is usually translated as to look inside or to contemplate.

[2] Intuition is thus often conceived as a kind of inner perception, sometimes regarded as real lucidity or understanding.

Cases of intuition are of a great diversity; however,

processes by which they happen typically remain mostly unknown to the thinker, as opposed to the view of rational thinking.

Intuition provides views, understandings, judgments, or beliefs

that we cannot in every case empirically verify or rationally justify.

For this reason, it has been not only a subject of study in psychology,

but also a topic of interest in various religions and esoteric domains, as well as a common subject of writings.

[3] The right brain is popularly associated with intuitive processes such as aesthetic or generally creative abilities.

[4][5][6] Some scientists have contended that intuition is associated with innovation in scientific discovery.


As you can see from the explanation I  copied from Wikipedia,

Listening to our guts is both a natural phenomenon, and at times something extremely complicated.

But the most important thing is that you learn how to pay attention to your first reaction to any situation.

If you feel inspired to start a conversation with a particular person…do it,

before your rational mind starts to list all the reasons that it would be scary to have that conversation.

If you are feeling strongly that you should take a different route to work one morning…Listen!

What about when you are currently employed, but you don’t really like the job, the only reason you stay because it is stable and provides a good income,

and out of nowhere a job offer comes in,

your first instinct is to take it,

but you allow your fear of the unknown to stop you…

and later  on down the road you realize that taking the job would have been the best decision of your life.

 We have all had similar situations like these…Every single one of us!


Today I want to explore the reasons why I believe that listening to our guts

rather than our fears

can lead us into a happy life filled with REAL HOPE,

not just the synthetic substitute…HOPIUM.

Yesterday, I talked about listening to your inner guidance, and today’s topic goes hand in hand with that.

When you can learn to combine both aspects of guidance, your life will really begin to blossom.

I want to give another analogy today that

I believe explains in real simple terms

the reason why there is great value in learning to listen


We dream of having and enjoying it all.

We want lives filled with deep meaning, 

rewarding experiences,

and lots of fun.

We want life with the works,

life with everything.

No one aspires to have a plain, dull, boring life.

We want lives we can savor, with extra flavor and plenty of spices.

We want to taste all that life has to offer.

We dream of lives like a burger with the works; mustard, ketchup, onion, pickle, lettuce, bacon, and of course cheese.

We want a life-like an ice cream sundae with whipped cream, syrup, a cookie, more than one flavor, sprinkles. Yes, please.


How do we get a life with the works?

We certainly cannot simply walk up to the counter at a restaurant and order one.

The first step toward living a life with the works is recognizing what you really want.

Like ordering a burger with the works, or a sundae, we begin by making a decision, and then doing whatever it takes to see it through.

I have found that once I have made a firm decision about something,

my GUT INSTINCT kicks in and begins to lead me in the direction I need to go in order to accomplish the task I have set out to complete.

I find myself drawn to conversations with people I would not normally speak.

I am prompted to read certain books or articles, that almost always provide the exact information I am needing.

But this “magic knowing” has never really happened for me until AFTER I have made a firm decision and then got to work on accomplishing my goal.


It’s like a quote I see everywhere, I am not sure who said it first, but it is one of my favorites. 

“If you do not know where you want to go, you will probably end up somewhere else.”

It is helpful for us to see the sundae,

or burger,

or life we desire

As clearly as possible.

There may be condiments you do not really like.

You may have a refined palate, easily overpowered by too many flavors.

The “works’ may be too overwhelming for you.

You may not really want that, you may simply prefer a burger with nothing but cheese on it.

When I make something, whether a meal to eat or a life to live,

planning and anticipation are extremely important.

I want to include exactly the right ingredients prepared as well as I can.

Knowing yourself and organizing your thoughts are essential ingredients in living a life with the works.

How do you decide what you really want?

What are the ingredients you include in a life with the works?

These are VERY important questions for you to ponder.

Then once you have an idea, write it down…

The next step, and probably the most important step is to go to your knees in prayer

and invite the Holy Spirit in on this plan of yours.

Ask for insight and wisdom.

Ask for your fears surrounding this decision to be calmed,

so that you can hear the promptings clearly and have the courage to follow your gut, not your fears.

A life with the Works, is not only possible, it is our birthright.

The Lord is waiting anxiously for you to come to him for help.

But, if you are going to insist on just sitting around

Depending on the drug, “Hopium”,

Nothing will ever change in your life.

It is never enough to simply HOPE for life to improve…

you have to know what you want,

Then place the order,

And pay the price,

Before you can savor your “Life with the WORKS .


You have to be willing to risk it all.

To take that leap of faith.

When you do…be ready to FLY,

A life well lived is a life well listened to….

In conclusion today I want to leave you with another of my favorite quotes…

“There can be as much value in the blink of an eye

as in months of rational analysis.”

Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking


I would love to hear your thoughts..please share.

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