Have you used your intuitive skills lately?

By Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair

Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair is the author of The Neglected Garden and two French novels. Visit her website to learn more www.albertevilleneuve.ca.

I read somewhere that your intuition is the GPS of inspired actions. How appropriate! I did not always rely on intuition... When I was young, adults often lied about important things, causing me to distrust my intuition. But as I became an adult, I read a lot about the power of the mind, the unconscious, esoterism... I realized that always playing it safe, keeping the "status quo" or relying on old habits was preventing me from getting on with my life.

One of the very useful components of intuition is tapping into your dreams. Carl Jung told us: "The dream is an invaluable commentator and illuminator of life. Listen to the wisdom of the dream."

My friend Cheryl Driskell, author of Awakening Through Insight Intuition, believes that through sleep, we are in a profound state of surrender, and therefore, more able to access what we need for our highest good. Through your dreams, you are being supported and provided with resources... Your dreams will always offer new possibilities and new awakenings to assist you. Dreams can be prophetic in that they can show you what is yet to come. This can help make useful changes for yourself and your family. Dreaming is a wonderful tool for problem-solving.

During my first marriage, when things were really getting bad, I saw my husband's suicide in a dream. The dream was symbolic but the symbols were easily interpreted. I then knew with certainty the fateful event would come without knowing the exact time frame. When it actually happened, it was a shock but it didn't knock me down or paralyse me. I used this experience to learn, to forge ahead and better not only my life but my daughter's also. It is so much more productive to learn from challenging events.

About seven years later, I decided to start writing. After submitting my manuscript, I dreamed I was driving a red car (mine was blue) up a steep and winding road with great ease and control. I knew this was a favourable omen. Not very long after, the French version of "The Neglected Garden" won an award. Two years later, the novel was published by a well-established Montreal publishing company and the launch was the biggest one of the "Salon du livre de l'Outaouais" in 1990.

Acting on your intuition often produces synchronistic happenings. Lately, I had been helping Baico with the promotion of the first Canadian Authors' Festival due to start Friday the 16th of October at the Museum of Aviation (Ottawa) through Sunday the 18th. I made a list of contact people and places to deliver posters. One of my contact people would be Mr. Gerald Poulin who writes for the East End Express. Believe it or not, when I dropped in to deliver a poster at the Rendez-vous in Navan, the first person I met was Mr. Poulin. There is no coincidence as we know it, just wonderfully synchronized happenings... providing you are in tune and trust that Life will provide what you need.

If you are interested in honing your intuitive skills, my friend Cheryl's book is a good start.

16 October 2009 — Return to cover.