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Against Intuition

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Does your gut tell you not to trust your gut? Maybe you should listen.

Do you follow your intuition? Do you have access to your inner compass, your higher truth, the crystal ball in your gut? If you meditate hard enough, can you predict the future? Me neither. Spiritual teachers often preach that intuition is king and that if you can tap into yours, you’ll access the wisdom of the universe, bringing you joy, passion, bliss, and meaningful work. Follow your gut all the way to the bank, they seem to say. Sure, I have intuition. I have feelings inside my body that guide me this way or that, but I don’t have any evidence that they are related to some higher truth. Or any truth. Sometimes following those signals turns out great for me. Sometimes it turns out really, really badly. There was that one time, for example, when I was sexually assaulted by a close friend, someone I really trusted. My gut didn’t give me any alarm bells at the time and it took me a while to even admit what happened because it was so confusing and unexpected. If I was assaulted by someone I trusted, my intuition must be broken, right? It’s very common for trauma survivors to suff …

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Julie Peters

Julie Peters is a staff writer for Spirituality & Health. She is also a yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP) and co-owner of Ocean and Crow Yoga studio in Vancouver, BC, with her mom, Jane. She is the author of Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (SkyLight Paths 2016) and WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango Media 2019). Learn more at Follow her at @juliejcp.

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