Have you ever felt “let down” by your intuition? Have your instincts ever seemed so clear, so strong … only to receive a completely unexpected outcome? One of my clients sent me this wonderful question last week, and graciously allowed me to share and answer it here on my blog:
“I had a job interview last week. It seemed like the perfect job — challenging enough, I was qualified but not overly so, I felt I connected with the people, I thought I answered and asked the right interview questions, I could work my own hours, it had medical benefits — in all I thought I would get the job. Yesterday I got a call that I didn’t even make it to the second interview. I was shocked. I really felt I would get this job. It was the same feeling I’d had previously when I had gotten a job I wanted — and had got the job. I kept telling myself it must have not been for the highest good of all concerned. But why did my intuition malfunction? That’s the only way I can describe it. I thought I was getting more clear with my intuition. Now I can’t trust it. Do you have an answer for this?”
I don’t believe in “intuitive malfunction.” (But I totally love the term!)Â However, I do believe that we can misinterpret the guidance we are given. You were guided to this interview, and it seems like it was a wonderful experience! You walked out of the meeting having connected to people, with a sense of confidence and joy. This interview created a wonderful energy within you. There’s no doubt that this energy will attract many other wonderful things into your life – mainly further connection to people, confidence, and joy!
But here’s where the mind jumps in, and begins attaching an outcome to this wonderful experience. Instead of remaining in this wonderful energy and cultivating curiosity and openness to what it would bring into your life, your mind decided that the experience would bring you a job. Specifically THIS job. And when this did not happen, the mind decided to invalidate the entire experience.
I love this question so much, because it happens so often – to all of us! I am so grateful that you are allowing me to share your experience here. Our intuition and guidance is a precious thing, and when we feel disappointed, it takes a great deal of courage to address the occurrence.
Life is not linear. Our mind likes to think that every action equals a foreseeable and obvious consequence. In reality, however, our actions create an energetic resonance, which attracts consequences of a like resonance into our lives. We have absolutely no idea what those consequences will look like. You went to an interview, which created an incredibly positive energetic resonance within you. Let’s take the element of having connected with new people in a meaningful way, for example. The linear result our mind comes up with is that these people will want to work with you. But the consequences that the Universe creates may be completely different.
The energy of “connecting with people” could create a different job where you connect even more deeply with new people, perhaps even every day. It could bring new friendships. It could manifest an intimate relationship into your life. It could do so in a completely seemingly unrelated way. It could do so in a month, or in three months. But it would not happen unless you first created this positive energetic resonance in your life through the event of this interview!
When we receive guidance, we must understand that we do not know the exact consequences of following that guidance. We may think we know. We may even receive what I call “accurate misinformation” around the situation. Imagine if you had gone to this job interview, already knowing that you would not get this job. This information would have changed the entire experience. You would not have created the same positive resonance as you did, thinking you would be hired.
In this situation, I would advise staying with the energy of the interview – how confident you felt, how good it was to connect with these people. Allow the Universe to surprise and delight you with what this energy will manifest into your life. Be curious and receptive for the return of this energy. It may be something so much better than this one job!
Practicing detachment like this is hard. We want to know the outcome … and at the same time, knowing the outcome would interfere with the outcome itself! You were guided to this situation. You followed this guidance, which in and of itself is wonderful. We know this was a necessary experience for you, or you would not have been guided in this way. But we do not yet know the outcome. All we know is the energetic resonance of the outcome – connecting with people, confidence, and joy. Stay tunes to these energies … and you will receive their outcome. And it will most likely be better than anything you could have possibly imagined.
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