Luck goes by many names: premonition, synchronicity, intuition, hunches — whatever we call it, it is a creative channel through which warnings or information that are beneficial to us in some way flow into our lives.
Winston Churchill Relied on Intuition
During WW2, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had numerous premonitions that not only saved his own life but the lives of many around him. His wife, Lady Clementine, described one occasion in her biography My Darling Clementine: The Story of Lady Churchill, which occurred during the London “blitz”.
In her words: “Three government ministers were dining with the prime minister. The blitz began as usual, but the party went on and the cook and maid continued working in the kitchen next to a twenty-five-foot-high plate glass window.
Suddenly, acting on a premonition, Churchill got up and went into the kitchen. ‘Put dinner on a hotplate in the dining room,’ he instructed the butler, and ordered everyone in the kitchen into the bomb shelter. Then he went back to his guests and his dinner. Three minutes later, a bomb hit the house, totally destroying the kitchen.”
We all carry within us an innate ability to reach into the flow ― what Dr. Dean Radin calls ‘the quantum matrix’ ― and pull out what we need to know, to save our lives, to move ahead in the professional world, or to cash in at the gaming tables.
How can we harness this power in our everyday lives?
Medical Intuitive, Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, in her book “Awakening Intuition” says: “Hearing intuition really requires little more than simply paying attention … to seemingly random, insignificant, irrelevant thoughts, ideas, sensations, and emotions. Intuition comes to us from unexpected sources at unexpected times.
Choosing to hear it or choosing to ignore it can make the difference between health and disease, happiness and unhappiness, a richer or an emptier life.”
What do ‘lucky’ people feel, hear or see when they get ‘hunches’ or ‘intuitive feelings’?
Randall Fitzgerald in his book “Lucky You! Proven Strategies for Finding Good Fortune” researched this question by surveying all kinds of people. He talked to those who had escaped from terrible accidents without injury, those who did well with investments, those who had risen to the top of their organization professionally, those who were known for their inventions, and big winners at casinos.
Is there a set of Characteristics that can be attributed to Lucky or Intuitive People?
In talking to the people in his survey, Fitzgerald observed 5 characteristics:
- They know how to distinguish intuition from wishful thinking.
- They know how to quiet their minds to access intuition at will. Eg. using meditative techniques.
- They are alert to the symptoms in their bodies that are precursors to intuitive messages.
- They use their intuition, not their logical minds, to decipher the meaning of synchronicities that occur in their lives.
- They are willing to act on their intuition’s guidance, even when it doesn’t seem to make logical sense.
Max Gunther – former editor of ‘Time’ made a practice of examining the behavior of the lucky and unlucky people he came across. He found that the luckiest people are those who have adopted a characteristic pattern of attitudes and behaviors towards life. In his words:
- They have a knack for initiating friendly contacts with others, creating a sort of magnetic field that is inviting and comfortable. The bigger your web of friendly contacts the better odds are in your favor.
- They have the capacity to generate accurate hunches and act on them.
- They tend to be bold, not rash, while those who describe themselves as unlucky are often passive and afraid of change.
- They have the capacity to get out of deteriorating situations quickly. They know how to discard bad luck before it becomes worse luck.
- They are generally happy ― not necessarily optimists, but they have a healthy pessimism in the sense that they are ready for the worst.
Richard DeVos, Founder of the Amway Corporation said: “the guys that finally rise to the top are a limited group who run on their intuition.”
George Washington Carver and Thomas Edison both credited most of their ideas for inventions to information received through their intuition.
Ordinary people who were on a winning streak at casinos gave these responses:
“My heart beats fast, and the adrenaline pumps as if I had won before I actually do win.”
“A feeling came over me, a magical feeling, a premonition—as if the outcome had already been determined.”
“I hear an intuitive voice in my head saying: ‘You should play today, or you should play that machine.'”
“It felt like some greater force or energy was at work and we were just flowing with it, knowing that something good would happen.”
Albert Einstein said: “There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will — the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”
Psychological studies indicate that some people have a natural gift for predicting the twists & turns of chaotic systems like the weather or financial markets. Some financial traders make millions from their trades, but can’t describe their mental process for decision-making. But still there are ordinary people who continue to win the lottery, sometimes several times, despite the odds. One cannot discount the existence of luck.