To get the full gist of this message, kindly review this post.
Disclaimer: I am fully aware that Bishop TD Jakes has an incredible work on this subject in terms of audio series, conferences, messages and even a book. This message came to me on early morning in mid-January 2017 as a download from the Divine. I therefore purposed to download it as much as I could first before ever consuming TD Jake’s two videos on the same. It is incredible how inspiration works: It does not belong to one person, but it belongs to the Divine. 90% of the thoughts here are original with me. Read on please.
“Your instinct is like the cane or the handler of a visually impaired person. You can fully trust it for just like the handler, it wants the best for you, it wants to protect you and it wants to guide you to a safe destination where you belong”.
I read a quote that says, “Instinct is the nose of the mind”. This is so profoundly true. I could add that it is actually the nose of your spirit. Deep down your core, your spirit is pure and firmly connected to your purpose. So in other words, the purpose of instinct is to enable you to be engaged in that which the Divine created you for in the first place.
We keep hearing this statement, “Trust your instincts”. Why is that? When you have no clue what to do, and when people cannot give you outright advice, they tell you to trust your instinct:
So it seems to me that in matters close to your purpose, in matters relating to deep life questions, your instincts have been formed to help you out. You instinct is like the cane or the handler of a visually impaired person. You can fully trust it for just like the handler, it wants the best for you, it wants to protect you and it wants to guide you to a safe destination where you belong.
The following are the main reasons why you need to learn to trust your instincts:
“Your problem is not a lack of purpose or lack of clarity of purpose, your problem is your mistrust of your instincts. You have instinct every day. Do not dull it’s cutting edge. Start listening. Really listening. And when you hear, act!”
Perhaps the greatest search for man ever since creation is the search for meaning. A large number of people the world over are absolutely clueless about why they do exist in the first place. Others have committed suicide because life never made sense to them at all. Still others are locked in a drudgery of life that lacks satisfaction, direction and significance. One big reason as to why this is it is that many people are looking for purpose outside of them. Trusting your instinct is the sure way to get close to what your purpose is. Your problem is not a lack of purpose or lack of clarity of purpose, your problem is your mistrust of your instincts. You have instinct every day. Do not dull it’s cutting edge. Start listening. Really listening. And when you hear, act!
Steve Jobs said that we can only connect the dots of our lives backwards, not forwards. If you remember his story, he at one time decided to take a class in calligraphy, instead of what he initially enrolled for at College. That was sheer instinct. Let him speak for himself because paraphrasing him will not do us justice here:
“I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting….”
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating…
“None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography.
If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do.
Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later…”
“You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever,” he said. “This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Instinct is what gets you pregnant with an idea, it is the seed injected in your spirit by the Divine in order to fulfill His purposes through you.
Perhaps the greatest idea-germinator in life like no other is instinct. Like we have seen already, without it, ideas die in droves. But then again ideas do not necessarily die, because they do belong to the Owner of the Universe. All He does is to re-assign them to someone else who is daring enough to engage their instincts to bring it to fruition. Instinct is what gets you pregnant with an idea, it is the seed injected in your spirit by the Divine in order to fulfill His purposes through you. As you do this, you are fulfilling your purpose in life.
One of the greatest headaches in business is a dichotomy between a product and the market. Instinct has this precise ability to connect your harmoniously to those that need your craft or your product. Again, this is not to say that you will not face setbacks when you engage instinct. You will. However, with the use of instinct, you will be connected to the very people that are looking for you. Instinct has the ability to see in the future and know what kind of people will want what you are offering. That is why at the moment it might seem stupid what you are doing, but instinct has you sorted.
I can never say this enough. Instinct is the messenger of the Divine in your Spirit. We perceive the Divine mostly through Spiritual means, and instinct is as close to the Spirit as it can get, bridging the divide between the finite and the Infinite. It takes the purposes of the Divine and whispers gently to our spirits what needs to get done. In fact, this is the pre-dorminant way the Divine connects with us. Not through a thunder, a lightning, or some loud trumpet…but though that still small voice of Instinct. So whenever you accede to what Instinct tells you, you are actually partnering with the Divine more often than not.
There must be a caveat here: Whatever is original can always be counterfeited. And that is why you need to be aware of a discontiguous voice that masquerades as that of the Divine. You will know it because it feeds your urges more than it blesses the world. Period.
Folks, can you remember the last time you used your instincts and connected the dots? If you look carefully, it has been the story of your life. Please do share.