RATIONAL vs INTUITIVE

The multidimensional mind is an interesting place! Yes, we need our rationality but sometimes the intuitive sensing can be a lot more practical help in the long run.

I want to tell you a little true incident from my experience. Some years ago I purchased a wonderful book by another author: “Living in Balance”. It is one of those books that you read a chapter or so and then set it aside because it is so packed with great concepts and ideas.

My particular copy of the book was definitely used. I may have purchased it at the Goodwill or perhaps a used bookstore. I really don’t remember where I bought it. At any rate it was full of side notes and underlining in various colored ink and pencil. Those handwritten comments were put on the pages by a number of other readers.

One day as I was leafing through the book it occurred to me that it was not as physically “beautiful” as I thought it should be. I thought it wasn’t somehow presentable enough to be in my bookcase. I decided to order a nice new copy thinking it would “look better” on the shelf.

I did order a new copy which arrived a week or so later. The odd thing was I felt absolutely no desire to open or handle the new very clean book! I finally asked myself why. Turns out I had failed to realize all those people who had hand written margin notes and underlined passages in the old copy had become my friends!

I didn’t know those folks in the usual way but somehow I loved them. They had offered me different points of view. Each one of them had taken on the role of teacher for me and I missed them!

If only I had checked in with my gut intuition before I ordered another copy, I would have realized the appearance of the cover and pages were of no importance to me. No I did not throw away the new book but it will probably be in that same pristine condition in my bookcase forever!