Book Review: The Intuition Principle

Book Review: The Intuition Principle

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As an anthropologist by training, I’ll be the first to admit that there are, in fact, more things in heaven and earth than can be dreamt of in any philosophy.

Your inner world, however, can be accessed with the the right tools. I’m fortunate to know Angela Artemis, who inspired me to use an overlooked resource — intuition.

Intuition is both toolbox and treasure chest. Like a map and compass, it can guide you to your next grand adventure as a Later Bloomer.

Angela’s own life is a perfect example. Like me (and many of us), she spent years in a soul-sucking corporate job.

The first half of my life was filled poor decision making…I chose the wrong career, married the wrong person, and bought the wrong house because I never learned to differentiate between my intuitive voice and the voices of people outside myself.

At age 35, she followed her heart and went back the school.

I absolutely loved being an older student. I loved learning and found that I loved doing research and writing papers…It was absolutely the most wonderful time in my life.

Angela graduated with a degree in Communication and Writing, then received a scholarship to NYU’s Media Ecology grad program. But halfway through, her life and marriage fell apart. She fled back to the corporate world.

Dropping out of graduate school was…a throwback to the way I used to make a lot of decisions before I began following my intuition…I panicked and leaped into a job back in finance because I knew I would have an income.

Book Review: The Intuition Principle at Debra Eve's LaterBloomer.comAngela again found herself entrenched in corporate culture. “I dropped out only to find that a few years later I was miserable and pigeon-holed once more in a finance career!”

But at the same time, she undertook a personal journey. Angela had listened to her intuition once and returned to college, yet couldn’t sustain her vision.

Now, on her own, she studied self-help, science, psychology, meditation, metaphysics, anything that could teach her about intuition and give her the courage to consistently follow hers. She studied with mediums and spiritual masters. She became a meditation instructor and intuition coach.

The Importance of Intuitive Inspiration

While still coping with work and caring for her elderly mother, Angela struggled to write a book about her journey.

One day while sitting in my cubicle, I was struck by the intuitive thought that I should ask for a leave of absence. I went to see my boss and when I walked out of his office I began a much needed, although unpaid, leave of absence that gave me the time to accomplish what had to be done.

She then finished Navigating By Intuition, a short guide which became a Kindle bestseller and brought in much-needed income. She was intuitively inspired to share her guided meditations with blogger Steven Aitchison. They ended up collaborating on a “ReAwakening Guided Meditation” program which has sold quite well.

With the release of her newest book, The Intuition Principle, Angela Artemis is well on her way to becoming a full-time writer.

Conventional wisdom would say you ought to be working as much as possible to put away money for retirement when you reach mid-life. I’ve chosen to ignore the conventional wisdom for now. I’m ditching the fear and betting on me this time.

As part of your intuition toolbox/treasure chest, Angela recommends using mind maps and guided meditation. She offers free downloads of both here in exchange for your email address. I recommend her eminently practical approach to accessing this rich resource you may have overlooked.

Angela Artemis

Angela Artemis, an intuition coach, is on a mission to teach readers around the world to “speak intuition” so that they unlock all the brilliant potential that resides within and start successfully living the life of their dreams now — not later. She blogs at Powered By Intuition. Her newest book is The Intuition Principle.

Have you ever been intuitively inspired to make a major life transition? I’d love to hear your story, and you might win a PDF version of The Intuition Principle. I’ll draw a commenter at random next Thursday, June 14. Congratulations to Amy Cardone!

25 Responses

  1. Barbara B
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    What an inspiring story! My own story is very different. I’m 62 and I’ve been extremely blessed my whole life. I’ve spent most of my life self-employed, doing what I love to do (writing and editing) and working for great clients. I’ve been in a joyful relationship for 26 years. BUT … I’ve been so left-brained that I actually took perverse pride in pointing out my lack of creativity.

    Not long ago, I discovered new thought teachings, the law of attraction, and the power of intuition. After listening to a great guided meditation (put out by BrainSync) I was inspired to let my pent up creative spirit loose. Poor thing … she’d been imprisoned so long she barely knew where to start!

    In one of those wondrous examples of synchronicity, I happened on to some books about jewelry making and I knew I had found my creative outlet. I began designing and creating necklaces and my very surprised friends all praised my work (they would even if it were awful but in this case, I believed them). I set up a website and started selling my work.

    I haven’t given up my writing and editing (since I love that as well) so this may not qualify as a Major Life transition, but it’s pretty big for me! A while back, I registered the domain name FollowingIntuition and one day I hope to do some writing on intuition as well. I will definitely use Angela as a role model!

    Thanks for your great post….

    Barbara B

    • Debra Eve
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      Wow, Barbara! Thanks for your story. My right-brainyness is busting out all over the place these days, so I can relate. I just checked out your jewelry…it’s just gorgeous.

    • Barbara,
      I love your story!
      First, isn’t being 60 these days like being 40? lol! So, discovering your creativity at this time is right on track. I love the domain name you chose as well.
      You have to have such a strong streak of creativity to create jewelry…..that’s something I could never do. I’d love to see your jewelry sometime.
      All the best to you in your late blooming adventures.
      xoxo,
      Angela

  2. Amy
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    Hi Debra,
    Love your blog and was intrigued by this story.
    I made a major life transition almost 20 years ago, and I think I’m being intuitively guided to make another one soon! The first was leaving a successful career in basic science research, although I had no idea what I would do instead. In that no-man’s land of not knowing what I’d do next, I kept being drawn back to my first love, which was psychology (though I kept fighting it, because I didn’t want to go back to school!) In the end I gave in to the pull and have had a wonderful career as a psychologist for the past 17 years.
    Now I’m being pulled to leave the city and buy a small house and land on the prairie. It is such a strong feeling that I know I will need to do it, although I have spent the past 10 years restoring a wonderful 1926 bungalow, which I love. That is all I know so far, and am waiting for more to come.
    I can relate to Barbara’s story, and your ‘right-brainyness,’ as I’ve always considered myself very left-brained (a scientist, for crisakes!), but I am also experiencing a huge desire to create these days — gardening, decorating, painting — can’t seem to get enough of it. Perhaps it is a stage of life, or just having had to fit into a left-brained culture for so long, I don’t know!
    Thanks for the wonderful post, and I look forward to checking out the book.

    • Amy,
      Both you and Barbara are being what I call, “intuitively inspired.” When your intuition speaks to you often it comes through as a feeling of being “inspired” to do something. You feel a very strong “pull” toward doing something and try as you might to ignore the feeling returns to you again and again.
      Trust it! You are most certainly on the right track.
      xoxo,
      Angela

    • Amy
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      Angela — Thank you so much for your support!

    • Debra Eve
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      Wow, Amy, wonderful story and fascinating life! I’m thinking, these days, that reinvention is a true spiritual path, one that women of “a certain age” must undertake in order to blossom — again and again. You’ll enjoy Angela’s book for sure.

  3. florence fois
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    Debra, as a left-handed woman born on the cusp of two conflicting signs, I have been tested and told I am a WHOLE brainer. Neither giving all my energy to the left or right side. That being said. The me who has been sitting inside waiting patiently also knows I have the habit of not following either. There are key moments, three major and several minor moments when I knew my inner voice was speaking to me … and I ignored her. So much of what we do because we think “we should” or because we can’t possible do anything else … not only sucks out our soul’s energy … it saps all of our physicality and leaves us like a scooped out mellon.

    Thanks for introducing us to Angela and her wonderful story. Thanks to Barbara for a wonderful comment. The secret is learning to “listen” to her … because she has always been your best friend and would never harm you. Hear her speak to you and let her finally come out, feel the sunshine on her face and enjoy the journey she offers … it’s worth the effort 🙂

    • Dear Florence,
      All the great comments here from Barbara, Amy and you as well, demonstrate how well our society has trained us to ignore our intuition and creative impulses in favor of “left-brain” rational thinking. I believe that there comes a point around mid-life, when the creative person inside can take being suppressed no more and “breaks out” and we have this dramatic swing in our lives to the opposite direction where our creativity and intuition blossom.

      I absolutely agree that doing what we think we “should” rather than what inspires us is the fastest path to soul-less, life-sucking path.
      I know the “sunshine” is shining on your face and leading you to all your desires too!
      xoxo,
      Angela

    • Debra Eve
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      Florence, your comments are so full of wisdom and truth. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again… it’s memoir time for you. Take my word on this one. I’m curious about your conflicting signs, because I’ve got my own. Never paid much attention before, but as I enter my 50s, it’s right on.

  4. siren
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    i had a devastating breaking up situation a few months ago and knew that what it meant was that it was finally time to commit to healing a lot of things that i thought were healed but was being shown were really not.
    So much has changed, I have finally been able to meet guides through visualizations who I now know have been there all along… there is SO much I’ve learned. I’m 38… I keep feeling like I wish I hadn’t ‘wasted’ my life up to this point – but I suspect all of this couldn’t have happened before now because I wasn’t ready…

    • Debra Eve
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      Siren, I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Women Who Run With the Wolves), but I was listening to a recording from her today and it directly applies to you. I wish I could put it as eloquently as she does, but the gist is — people who are born gifted must be tested and each test leads them toward their gift, which is the essence of late-blooming. (It’s a series through Sounds True called “The Late Bloomer” which I’ll post a link to shortly.) I think your break up will lead to a breakthrough, but in the meantime, check out anything Dr. CPE does!

  5. David Stevens
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    Thanks Debra,
    You have done just fine with this
    be good to yourself
    David

    • Debra Eve
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      Thanks, David. Your encouragement means a lot to me!

  6. Lynette M Burrows
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    My story is similar to the others shared here. I have spent most of my life making wrong-headed decisions: wrong career, wrong husband, wrong house, etc. I divorced the wrong husband and spent a good 5 years following much of my intuition, but every time there was a crisis, I’ve fallen back on left-brain, panicked decision making. In the last year we’ve had more crises than ever, but I’ve finally learned to follow my intuition. I’m resigning my high-pressure job for a job with less pressure and focusing on my writing. Yup. I’m a later bloomer, too! Thanks for the inspiration, Debra and Angela.

    • Debra Eve
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      Lynette, I too can relate to that “crisis mode” thinking Angela described. About six years ago I gave up a high-pressure corporate training career to do word processing and concentrate on my writing. Best decision I ever made. I’m rooting for you!

  7. August McLaughlin
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    I’m such a huge fan of listening to and trusting our intuition. I’ve relied on mine to make major relationship and career changes—including switching from acting to writing. One of the best decisions of my life. 🙂

    • Debra Eve
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      You’ve lived such an interesting life, August. I’d love to hear how and why you made that transition one day!

  8. Susie Lindau
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    I really depend on mine. The book looks great!
    My husband and I sort of new each other through our families, but we had never really talked. After giving my boyfriend the ultimatum, I heard that Danny was coming into town for a weekend, (Memorial Day), so our families went to a Brewer game. We were drawn together like magnets.
    He went back to Colorado and my boyfriend and I broke up. He wrote me a letter a week later and invited me to the Telluride Blue Grass Festival. That was June 17th. July 4th weekend he flew back and we got the church, the priest and the date set to get married on October 10th! I used my intuition and took a huge leap of faith. We will be married for 25 years this year!
    BTW when I told my friends I was getting married, they said, “Oh I am so happy for you and Eric!” I had to inform them it wasn’t the guy I had dated for the last 3 years, but the one I started dating (over a weekend) last month!

    • Debra Eve
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      What a lovely, romantic story, Susie! My husband and I have a similar one. We lived upstairs/downstairs from each other and would often meet in the hall and laundry room. I thought he was “too cute” for me, and he thought the same (though I didn’t know it at the time). One day he just showed up at my door and asked if I wanted to go to a movie. I thought that was very brave of him. We were inseparable from there and married six months later. Congrats on your 25 years! (That’s hilarious about the friends.)

  9. Karen McFarland
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    You’ve gotten some very interesting personal comments on this post Debra and Angela. Some people may not see the logic in this, but look what happens when you don’t use your intuition. I don’t know why at such a young age I knew deep down that it was the right thing for me to marry my husband. We’ve been married for thirty-six years. And he’s my best friend. Ah yes, intuition.

    Thanks Debra and Angela for a fresh look at this subject. 🙂

    • Debra Eve
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      Karen, 36 years!!! You must have been a child bride 🙂 I’ve loving these romantic intuition stories. Thanks for sharing yours.

  10. Lindsay
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    When I read this blog, I thought of one of my favorite quotations: “The things that matter don’t necessarily make sense.” The source is a beautiful, reflective novel called TURTLE DIARY by Russell Hoban.
    A recent example: I just came back from 8 days in Aberdeen, Scotland, visiting my 20-year-old niece, who just completed her sophomore year at the University of Aberdeen. Reason screamed “don’t do it” (trip was expensive, rather spur of the moment, and WAS JUST NOT THE KIND OF THING I DO).
    Luckily, the pull of intuition was strong. I had a brilliant time, mostly in ways I did not expect.

    • Debra Eve
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      Lindsay, so glad you went to Scotland. I’ve been a few times and found it absolutely magical. Following intuition and getting out of the comfort zone are often the best ways to kickstart creativity! I think you’ll be surprised by the ideas that come your way in the next few months.