As I write this, I am on a house sit in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, looking after peoples’ pets and homes in exchange for accommodation.
I really enjoy house sitting as it combines three of my favourite things in equal doses – travel, pets, and being a homebody.
Using my intuition to choose the right house sits has been such an interesting exercise and I want to share the three insights I’ve had over the last 4 weeks, because I think they can be applied to many areas of life…
Here’s the first…
1. To tap into intuitive guidance, put the reptilian brain in its place
House sitting full time can be exciting but also a bit scary.
You ideally want one house sit to end around the same time the next one begins, and there is always a chance nothing is going to show up for you and you end up homeless! (but not really, as it is always possible to stay in a hotel in between house sits.)
The thing I have learned about fear and intuition is that the fear factor is even more prevalent when we are in danger of going without something that really freaks out the reptilian part of the brain, like accommodation or money. The reptilian brain is the part of us that holds ancestral memories of famine, poverty, and ending up in the workhouse. It can also be reinforced by past lives where we’ve been poor or died from lack of resources.
There are studies out there which show that humans make poor decisions and ignore their better instincts when they are afraid of poverty.
This is because when the reptilian brain is freaked out, it tends to drown out intuition with its overly dramatic, loud input. Intuition whispers, but the reptilian part of your brain shouts.
It is one of the biggest saboteurs of intuition.
Therefore, you must counter it. To soothe this part of you, you must be resourced. Take care of yourself. Make sure you have an emergency fund. Do not live pay cheque to pay cheque or you will be setting yourself up for irrational decisions, not intuitive decisions.
In my situation, to help my intuition come through, I reason with the reptilian brain and ask myself, what is the worst that could happen? This is a good strategy to de-tooth the reptilian brain, because the worst that could happen is often not as bad as what we imagine.
In my case, the worst that could happen is that I need to stay in a hotel or an Airbnb (which is what I was doing before!)
Lesson: Be well resourced so that intuition can be heard over the reptilian brain.
2. Everything works out as it’s supposed to
One of the things I am enjoying about being on the right path is all the synchronicities I’m experiencing and the interesting people I am meeting along the way. The way one house sit finishes right when the next one begins. And how when I don’t get the house sits I applied for, I get something even more suitable.
Lesson: when you don’t get something you want, it is usually because something better is waiting around the corner.
3. Getting no guidance usually means I’m ‘off track’
I generally tell Spirit what I am looking for in house sitting (and life) and then I ask for the guidance to show up to help me towards my goal.
But I have had times in my life when my guidance ‘goes offline’ and all I hear is crickets. The thing I’ve learned from that is it is a sign that I’m going in the wrong direction.
For example, I have been a nomad for about 16 months now and for much of that time, I was staying in Airbnbs. On my travels, I would tune into my guidance to find out where I want to go next, and where would be a good place for me to stay.
Towards the end of my Airbnb’ing, there was just no guidance at all. Everything felt wrong and nothing was taking me towards what I was looking for. To me, that was a sign I needed to change my approach and do something different.
When I decided to start house sitting, the guidance around where to go and how to approach things magically switched itself back on.
Lesson: If you are somebody who normally gets guidance but it suddenly dries up, it might be because you are going in the wrong direction!