The life we live is based upon the decisions we make. Clarity is a beneficial yet often inaccessible state of mind when it’s time to make a choice. While we are rarely 100% sure what major life decisions to make, there is a way to access greater clarity.
We all experience a gut feeling or a sense of butterflies in the stomach now and then. These sensations originate in the millions of nerves sending signals back and forth between the gut-brain axis. While our brains produce neurotransmitters that are responsible for feelings and emotions, the gut is home to the GABA neurotransmitter that controls fear and anxiety. Beyond their constant communication loop regarding digestion, immunity, absorbing nutrients and excreting waste, they can also benefit us gaining clarity about a situation. If we know how to listen, they will give us that “gut feeling.”
Let’s say you have a big decision to make. A company you admire extends a job offer to you. The caveat is you would have to move 3,000 miles from home away from friends and family for the first time. You are excited but scared at the same time. They need an answer in the next 24 hours because they have a second candidate in mind. Pro and con lists don’t work because there is no value axis between the two lists. This is a perfect set up for the gut-brain connection to assist.
Try this: Close your eyes. Ask yourself,
What does my gut have to tell me when I think about such a change?
You will receive a kinesthetic response in your stomach area with one of two sensations you will be able to interpret. One may be a feeling of butterflies, expansion, and excitement. That’s “gut speak” for “Go.” Or, you may experience a sense of dread, contraction, heaviness. That’s “gut speak” for “no” or “not at this time.” Maybe there are other things to consider before you take the leap. Chances are good the sensation will be a clear one. As clear as a book falling open to a page with a prophecy or a Sherpa holding up a directional sign.
The gut response is an override of the mind’s propensity to butt in with all its jabber, reasons, and fears. It is an oracle you can count on.