One commonly used Jungian phrase in spiritual circles, “what you resist persists,” describes the phenomenon of avoidance, usually in facing an uncomfortable situation. In many contexts, the idiom captures the essence of allowing fear of change or discomfort to influence your decisions.  Yet, in some cases, tapping into your intuition reveals that making a choice may be detrimental to your desired outcome.  Thus, connecting into your higher self for discernment as a guiding force aligns you to emotions, thoughts, and feelings that may circumvent undesirable scenarios. Therefore, mindfulness practices can facilitate the ability to separate fear of facing your genuine feelings from intuiting imminent danger.


When it doesn’t makes sense but feels right


Careful analysis of frequently used expressions helps us to determine what resonates with our soul versus what becomes a “face value” decision.  In essence, a saying that is repeated thousands of times may feel true upon first glance.  In some cases, the more often you hear or read something, the more likely it is that you will believe it.  However, a familiar or repetitious phrase may not actually parallel with your current situation.  Being authentic to your unique journey requires using discernment as a guiding force.  You may actually be resisting because you are sensing peril versus avoiding something you don’t want to face.



Discriminating between this or that in a logical manner works for many people.  In the past, I have used both my rational mind and my intuitive heart to make choices for my life.  Often times, my mind and heart fully align to assist me in selecting next steps.  But when I reach a large impasse, the school of hard knocks has taught me to listen to my heart.  Under some circumstances, logical choices “made sense” but didn’t always “feel right.”  In my younger years, I only used reason to choose an option. Unfortunately, in practice, these mind-based selections provided obstacles that my gut actually intuited on some level.  Hence, these thoughts followed: “I knew it wasn’t right but still wanted to do it (fill in the blank).”


Phrases to insert into sentence:

  • For money
  • Out of security
  • To fill a void
  • Not be alone
  • Have what everyone else has
  • Do what others have done
  • Because other people said it made them happy
  • To honor someone else
  • Because it was the “selfless” thing to do



These are never the reasons to make a decision yet I have filled in the blank using several of those options.


When it makes sense


When making decisions, we have reasons for listening to our logic rather than following our feelings. At times, these reasons can compete with using our intuition but have a basis on solid ground.  In the business world, using logic yields positive results, especially when the environment is predictable or controlled.  In these scenarios, being able to foresee problems before they manifest can lead to avoidance of an undesired situation.  Moreover, using logic with discernment as a guiding force to make choices when using, figures, numbers, or statistics is paramount/  Read more about the using of reasoning to predict a desired course of action in the career world here:


But, tapping into your intuition can be a huge contender in decision-making regardless of scenarios.   Perceiving how and when to use your intuition in spite of the solid logic becomes a learned skill over time.


Consequently, everyone has a gut feeling or intuitive pull when facing a life change.  Small choices, such as where you should eat for your birthday, have short-term effects on your life.  In contrast, your major in college has long-lasting consequences on the trajectory of your adult life.  Selecting what to study as a foundation for your career isn’t as cut and dry as it appears.  Moreover, picking the course of study to learn skills, theories, and practices integrated in a profession may require use of reason and intuition.


When it makes sense and feels right


When I chose to major in Psychology, an invisible, magnetic pull led me to choose it as my major.  Thinking about it logically, my inclination made sense.  I have always been drawn to the facts of the human mind and a “people person.”  Conversation I initiate throughout my life centers around understanding myself and my interactions in the world with others.  Ultimately, identifying my reactions and my behaviors facilitated more peace in my life.  A deep dive into how the mind works and human behavior opened the door to deeper awareness and reflection into myself.  This reflective process has created personal and professional avenues for opening myself up to learn and to grow as an individual and colleague.  Essentially, my life and my life’s work benefitted from my initial attraction to the field and following the trajectory of that pathway.



When I began to awaken and delve into the power of intuition, I followed my gut feelings with discernment as a guiding force.  On the one hand, I felt empowered as my intuition guided me to certain situations.  But on the other hand, after I listened to my gut, I started using logic and reason interchangeably.  Accordingly, it wasn’t the use of intuition versus logic that assisted me. Rather, discernment as a guiding force afforded me wisdom.

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