Coming Out of the Intuitive Closet
Since I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve been surprised by the number of people who have remarked to me about how they’ve been really interested in intuition and other metaphysical topics but never told anyone because they didn’t know how people would take it. I’ll admit that I, too, in the past have held my tongue about some of my interests and beliefs around certain people because I was afraid of what they’d think. Besides, there are a lot of misperceptions about intuition and similar topics.
But some of those who I thought wouldn’t be interested in intuition have surprised me, leading me to wonder just how many people are in the intuitive closet, so to speak.
Here are some signs that you’re in the intuitive closet:
—You’ve withheld from people in your life what you really think about religion, spirituality and matters of the soul.
—You have books that you wouldn’t leave lying around your house for everyone to see.
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—You feel somewhat vindicated when certain metaphysical topics like The Secret go mainstream but you still keep the bulk of your beliefs to yourself.
—You’ve considered visiting a psychic or actually have visited one but you wouldn’t tell certain people about that.
—You’re avid fans of shows like Medium, the Ghost Whisperer and the X-Files, but you wouldn’t admit to someone that you think these shows are realistic and not so far-fetched.
Intuitive Action Item: I asked some people how they became more comfortable sharing their intuitive beliefs with others and came away with the following tips:
—Take a class on a metaphysical topic you’re interested in at a community college or holistic health center to find people who share similar views, reinforcing for you how normal your views actually are.
—Next time you’re in a bookstore, grab a cup of coffee and just watch how many people stop and look through the metaphysical section. You might even see someone you know.
—Start sharing little things, such as an experience you had following your instincts or an appealing concept from a book you read. When people don’t run away screaming, you’ll realize your views are acceptable and probably more common than you think.