(A brief warning, this is not a happy story. However, I present it as an illustration of what sometimes occurs in a spiritual/magical life. I felt it was important to do so. There are things that occur and you are left with only a sense that “something” occurred but given no hard data, no magical entrance of a spirit teacher to explain it all out for you. Oftentimes, these are sad things. You are left with only enough information to make out a dim sense of what it “might” have been about. This is one such story.)
Occasionally, my intuition will kick in and give a very loud warning that is very hard to ignore. It is hard to describe. When it occurs in my life now it is an overwhelming tightness in my shoulders and a mounting sense of dread. It happens very quickly and I get information on what to do just as fast. I jokingly refer to it as my “spider sense.”
The first time I realized I had it was when I was very young and we were taking my father to the airport for a flight. We were in a hurry as he was late. It manifested differently then. I remember being very nervous, distraught and did not want to get into the car. I was also very nauseous. Being, I think, 7 years old, I voiced my concern but it was misinterpreted by my parents as a small boy not wanting his father to leave on a long trip. On the way there, we were nearly in a fatal accident when a semi-truck flipped over an overhead overpass and landed directly in front of us! We were unhurt but ever since that day it drove into me the fact that intuition is a very real thing and the importance of paying attention to it no matter what.
Whenever I am driving, I will sometimes feel a strong jolt of information that says, in short, “Do not continue the way you are going. Take a different route.” I always hear it but there have been times in the past where I did not listen and wish I had. To be fair, there have been a few times when nothing dangerous occurred. However, there has ALWAYS been something occur along the route I had been warned not to go whether that be a near-miss from a running cat, a herd of deer running across the road or a drunken walker stumbling along the side of the road. Even then, I wonder what would have occurred if I had not been on edge while driving that route and ignoring my intuition. As I grew older I stopped being stubborn about it and simply turned when my intuition told me to turn.
A few nights ago, I was driving my family home from a wonderful Mother’s Day visit. It was dark, rainy and we were on the highway.