A compass has a magnetic force that consistently holds its true North. We, like a compass, hold an intrinsic magnetic-like true North as well. Is it open?

We may not know it is there, let alone listen to it. It could be clouded or all together closed. Yet, It knows our true direction for it is connected to that which is much greater than our everyday awareness.

A flash of insight, a moment of knowing - most often subtle - is intuition. It applies insight to people, places, events, circumstances. A few examples:


In El Salvador, traveling under Department of Defense orders for a work trip, an eerie feeling crept into my awareness on one segment of the trip. It was uncomfortable and unsettling.

After extensive travel throughout Latin America & Caribbean for work, especially to outlying areas, often hours away from the capital cities... 'far away' wasn't foreign to me.

Why, though, was it so foreboding this day, this segment of trip in El Salvador?

The next morning, a U.S. Marine was added to our vehicle for security. (This was in addition to the two person U.S. military / Embassy team I was with). This had never happened before.

We were told the region we were about to enter was known for possible 'activity'.

Drug trafficking and/or gang activity is more prevalent in certain areas of Central America. We were in one of those areas. I understood why the unsettled feeling crept into my awareness that day.

This happened again in Honduras later, near the jungles.


Fortunately, as a student in college I learned to listen. The compass of intuition became visible.


I distinctly remember walking across campus one afternoon to class. From seemingly nowhere, these words were clear, my thoughts were clear:

"Something good is going to happen today." It was extremely distinct. (Ok, whatever, 'fanciful thoughts', 'is it this...or that' I thought to myself.) No, it was more important.

"The phone will ring later today and it will be your friend to tell you that the two of you will be going on Semester at Sea".

Semester at Sea was an around the world travel/study program designed for college students. The ship literally circles the globe. We had this hopeful plan in the works for over a year.

That evening, the phone rang into the sorority house where I was living - it was my friend.

"Do you have anything good to tell me?" I asked immediately. "Yes," she said and proceeded to say she would be able to go on our trip around the world together after all.

Many months and many prayers later, our answers arrived. It was distinct and clear that afternoon walking to class.

From this day forward our lives would be forever affected. We were about to plan for a global voyage unlike any other.

Our global perspectives were about to shift.


I owed my shifting perspectives and strong foundation to a Professor from University of Cincinnati. A major online news source later described her course as“among the ten most worthwhile, interesting courses on college campuses.” See Dr. Nancy Spence

My compass opened in that class.

Read more examples of intuition/experience:

INTUITION: On People & Perception

"Intuition is the inborn compass that keeps us on course when we set sail for our greatest dreams, pointing out opportunities, while at the same time alerting us to danger and distraction if we drift from our true purpose." -Sonia Choquette



The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness by Penney Peirce

The Intuitive Spark by Sonia Choquette

Psychic Intuition: Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask But Were Afraid to Know by Nancy du Tertre (*Highly recommended for skeptics and/or believers.)

Read more about Nancy aka The Skeptical Psychic

Unlimited Intuition NOW by Catherine Carrigan

More about her books:


"Your Intuitive Intelligence Your Greatest Self Improvement" by Sonia Choquette

"Accessing Intuitive Insight" (copyright by Penney Peirce Communications)

"Whatever method you choose to help you better connect with your intuition, know that regular practice, gratitude and staying connected to your inner self are all tools that can help make this process easier." -Tanaaz @ Forever Conscious


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