We have all experienced it in one form or another, whether it be just a feeling we get, that feeling in your gut, a vision we have or a voice we hear. For Bill Bennett, it was a voice, a voice that told him to slow down. A voice that saved his life.
Bill believes that voice was his intuition and now refers to it as his PGS – his Personal Guidance System.
It was over 10 years ago that Bill was travelling to the airport early one morning, running a little late and eager to catch his flight. The traffic lights up ahead were green and as he thought he should speed up to get through them he heard a voice, a voice he had not heard before. ‘Slow down’ it instructed him. Like we all would, Bill brushed this off, until he heard it again. This time he did slow down and as he approached the intersection, a truck speed through the red light, missing him by inches. After composing himself, realising he would have been killed had he not followed the voices’ instructions, he had 3 questions:
- What was that voice?
- Where did it come from?
- Why did it save my life?
He has now released a film called PGS – Intuition is Your Personal Guidance System which is showing in special screenings around Australia and other parts of the world.
He has interviewed dozens of people, 26 of which appear within his film that discuss many possibilities of what that voice was. From angels sending messages from above, to karma brought with you from previous lives to quantum physics - it is difficult to prove exactly which one is right, but the messages were clear – intuition does exist and we should stop, listen, ask, trust and follow our intuition.
Brene Brown talks about intuition and faith being key guideposts to a wholehearted life in her book ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’. She discusses 2 things
- That the need for certainty is what often silences our intuition
- That although our intuition often whispers ‘follow your instincts’, it also sometimes shouts ‘we need more information to make a decision’
For many of us, it is being unable to distinguish properly between these two voices or letting the louder, dominant one be heard that leads us down a path that we later realise may not be the best path for us. Amy Ahler, author of ‘Reform Your Inner Mean Girl: 7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself and Start Loving Yourself’ and ‘Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves: Ditch Your Inner Critic and Wake Up Your Inner Superstar’ describes the way each voice makes you feel. The Inner Mean Girl (or Guy for anyone carrying a Y chromosome)- the one that needs certainty, loves the status quo and nestles safely within your comfort zone- does not actually feel that good when they talk to you. But your Inner Superstar, your intuition, the one that really knows the way, makes you feel light and open – even when the message is not necessarily that great to hear- like it’s time to end a relationship or leave a job.
Bill suggests that if you need some practice to build up trust in following your intuition then start with small little tests. His favourite is to go to a crowded shopping centre on a Saturday and let his intuition guide him to a car park. He revealed to us, in a Q&A after the screening, that it has worked 9 times out of 10 and that 10th time probably did not work because he second guessed himself. I tried it out for myself and found myself parking in a spot I have never parked before but was an ideal spot for what I needed for the day. Some people say to call in the parking angels before you reach your destination so that they can clear a space for you. I sure think it is worth a try!
Click here to learn more about PGS – Intuition Is Your Personal Guidance System. Current screenings are listed, but if you can’t find one suitable – think about hosting a screening yourself.