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Hi, I’m Beth Misner, and I want to welcome you to episode 6 of the Abundant Health podcast.  

I’m really glad you’re joining me today, and I hope you’ll come back again. In my weekly podcast, I tell stories, share strategies, and practical information about creating abundant health.  

And my focus is three-fold: body, mind, and spirit because I believe abundant health needs all three of these areas to be working together. They’re like a three-legged stool, and if any one of the three legs isn’t right, your stool is going to tip over, and I don’t want to see that happen.

I’m bringing over 35 years of experience in health and wellness to my podcast series. My experiences and the things I have learned along the way will benefit YOU so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did.  

Today’s topic is “How important is it to follow your intuition?”

Most of us probably don’t give first priority to what our intuition tells us about a specific situation. We may prefer, instead, to run our choices by trusted confidants, advisors, or even take a poll on social media before listening to our own inner guidance on some sort of decision. 

Why is that? 

I have a very special guest with me this week on the podcast to talk with us about how important it is to follow our own intuition. The Founder of BNI himself, Dr. Ivan Misner . . . who is also my beloved husband of over 31 years: Hi, Ivan! 

Ivan: Hello my beautiful bride. 

Beth: How are you doing today? You’re my first guest! 

Ivan: I love your podcast!

Beth: One of the reasons I wanted to have you on my podcast is because I’ve watched you for the past 31+ years wrestling with this topic of listening to and following your intuition until it feels like you have finally gotten to the place where you go first to your intuition, and you let that guide you with respect to decisions you have to make on tough choices. 

Can you share with us a little bit about what this journey has been like for you? 

Ivan: Sure, first of I can’t believe you got me to do a podcast about intuition. I’ve never addressed this topic on any interviews or podcasts I’ve ever done.

Beth: Well, thank you for saying you would agree to do it. I think people are going to be fascinate to hear about your story.

Ivan: I think so. So I have learned to follow my intuition or gut more over the years. And as you know probably more than anyone else on the planet, I like to evaluate things from a logical perspective, so you might find my assessment of the process interesting:

Intuition is often defined as having a quick insight without relying on reason, but I’m not sure that’s always true. I have found that, that for me, life experiences have allowed me to quickly interpret some situation which feels like intuition, but it’s often, I think, the compilation of decades of experiences. 

Beth: Yeah, yeah, I can get that.

Over the years I’ve learned to listen to those gut feelings that I have about something. I mean, if you think about it, haven’t we all been in situations where we had a feeling we should do something, but we didn’t? When that creates a problem, we look back on it, and we clearly see why we should have followed our intuition. 

But our intuition, at least in part, is probably related to the experiences we’ve had, and what we are doing is processing a quick interpretation of those experiences. Or it could be heightened sense of ESP, but I’m thinking it’s the former.

Beth: (laughs) Oh, that’s funny! I think maybe I see where you’re going with that, but do you have maybe any examples of that to share?

Ivan: I do, you know about this one, it was kind of a big dea. We had money in a bank ten years ago, in a small, local community bank, and I had ready that they were just having some challenges. I just had this really strong gut feeling. I now you remember this situation.

Beth: Yeah.

Ivan: Where I really felt we needed to pull our money out of that bank I was in. You were great, saying if that’s what you think; that’s fine. And I didn’t have any hard evidence other than an article I read in the newspaper about some of the challenges the bank was going through. And I just made the decision to move all the money out of the bank. And literally two weeks later that bank went under.

And you know, we would have gotten most of it back because it was insured, but still, what a hassle that would have been.

Beth: Yeah, yeah, I do remember that situation. I have watched you and this is one reason I wanted you on this topic, I’ve really watched you really analyze things, and I had the sense at the time when you were analyzing, you really already had a feeling of which direction you should go.

Ivan: Yeah.

Beth: And so now, with what you were saying about the accumulation of your life’s experience, it’s much easier for you to make those decisions quickly because you know you can trust your gut. You can trust your instincts.

Ivan: Yes, I would agree with that. You know I do try to look at things as logically as possible, but you know, sometimes there is no clear-cut answer in the moment. And I have found that that’s when it’s most important to go with your gut.

Beth : Yeah.

Ivan: To go with that intuition.

Beth: Yeah, and so we didn’t really talk about this ahead of time, I know you like to plan your spontaneity. (laughs)

Ivan: I do, yes!

Beth: But I just want to go on the flip side and say, you don’t have to share an experience, but would you not agree there’ve been times where you’ve done something that was counter to your gut instinct and you lived to retreat it almost, right?

Ivan: Yes, oh no question about it. In several situations, I thought, “This probably isn’t the best choice, and it usually involves people. I know there’s a challenge with this individual, but I can work with them. Oh my goodness. Big, big mistake. I should have followed my intuition.

Beth: (laughs) So that brings me to wrapping up the package in a nice bow because we’re talking about abundant health. And I do see a real connection between doing that and being about to create a life of abundant health because when you’re making decisions that are not congruent with your own intuition, you can be creating a state of dissonance between your body and your heart.

Ivan: Right.

Beth: And fi you make decisions that go against your intuition and, certainly and then things turn out bad, you really are creating a state of stress in the body. And you know . . .

Ivan: Yes, no question. I like the way you describe it. I think in my book, Who’s in Your Room, I talk about values. Had I been paying attention to my values, on several occasions, I would have let my intuition make the decision.

Beth: Yeah.

Ivan: Because as you know, one of the deal breakers I have, we talk about deal breakers in Who’s in Your Room, one of the deal breakers is drama. I just, it drive me nuts. People who’re dripping in drama, right? We all have a little drama, but I’m talking about that are dripping in drama.

Beth: Yes, because that’s their prevalent mode.

Ivan: And oftentimes, in the past, I would say yes, to bring in somebody on board where I knew they had drama, but I figured I could work with them. What I didn’t realize is other people couldn’t work with them. And so that’s where I should have followed my intuition in the past. But I don’t do that anymore.

Beth: Right. Live and learn.

Ivan: Yeah.

Beth: Well, thank you so much, Ivan, for being on the Abundant Health podcast. I really appreciate that, and I want to say to you, the listeners: thank you for you being with me here today on this episode of the Abundant Health Podcast. I look forward to meeting you back here again next week!  

Until then, may you experience Abundant Health.