Reflections on Intuition and Happiness
Intuition and Happiness
Janette Kaye Cothrel*,
As a professional intuitive
counselor, I have observed in my practice the relationship between intuition and
happiness, but I never put enough concentrated thought into it to crystallize
that relationship into words. Then recently, a good friend of mine recommended
I take a look at the book
Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff with Carol Kline. At the time I
had no apparent reason to run to the library, but something in my friend's voice
rang a chord in me and I decided to make time to check out the book.
What I discovered in reading
Shimoff is the evidence she lays out for what makes people inherently happy is
remarkably similar to the skills one develops and improves when working on or
enhancing one's own intuition. It seems the development of intuition and the
search for happiness can essentially be interchangeable. By seeking out true
happiness, one must utilize intuition, and by embracing intuition, happiness can
Happy for No Reason Shimoff's subchapters read like a primer on
intuition development. The titles alone speak volumes: "Make Peace with
Yourself," "Question Your Thoughts," "Focus on Gratitude," "Tune into Your
Body's Wisdom," "Listen to Your Inner Voice," "Find Your Passion," and "See the
World as Your Family" are just a few of the insightful titles. There is clearly
a remarkable parallel between the skills developed in intuition and in those
used or developed in becoming happy.
Whether in training to
recognize our own intuition or in obtaining intuitive readings from a
professional, all roads seem to lead to a desire to become happier. Certainly,
it would seem that we are meant to be happy and in fact are re-invited to
discover that state throughout our lives. I know my own courtship with my
Intuitive Self has enhanced my happiness immensely. Through sharing this
knowledge, I have enabled others to tap into a new sense of awareness, and help
them discover this innate ability within themselves.
At the request of
a friend, I decided to offer and teach a course on developing intuition. This
friend was in one of the intuition development groups I run, and she wanted to
be able to share what she had learned and the benefits she had felt by having me
offer instruction to her friends and colleagues. I also needed to do a
"culminating project" for my Master's degree at Atlantic University, and decided
that doing an intuition training program would be a perfect project for me, as
it would give me a chance to share my experiences of intuition and happiness.
You can read about my class,
Intuition Development: An Introductory Course for Awareness and Understanding of
Working Intuition, by following the link. I welcome your comments.
I understood why
she was so excited about sharing her experiences, having come myself to an
appreciation of the self-knowledge, sense of homecoming, and increase in
happiness associated with intuition development. Perhaps intuition is not an
odd commodity experienced randomly, but is rather a compass that points to a
better way of living and a gift to be enjoyed by all.
From working with others, I
know first-hand that intuition is a skill like any other that can be practiced
and improved upon, and that often what appears most complicated is really rather
simple. I have also noticed that many of the people I work with report feeling
happier as a result of honoring and improving their intuition. So if you find
yourself in the search for happiness, you might just stumble across your
Intuitive Self; perhaps it could even happen the other way around.
Janette may be contacted at JanetteKaye@ymail.com