When we first come into the program, our world is pretty much turned upside down. Asking for help is hard for everyone, but in our case, we need to swallow our false pride and do just that. We go to meetings to learn about the Steps, we find ourselves a sponsor who can help us navigate our way through our sobriety. Our lives and routines change. Each day when we wake up, we feel a newness about ourselves and our lives. Slowly, the hopelessness fades into hope. We make new friends. We begin to mend broken relationships. We no longer wake up feeling shame or guilt, but rather a sense of freedom from those feelings that once plagued us constantly. Even our physical appearance changes; we start looking healthy again. We're coherent enough to hear our bodies talking to us and we take better care of ourselves. At some point in our sobriety, we begin to believe in the promises of sobriety laid out in The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous : Promise 1: We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness Promise 2: We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. Promise 3: We will comprehend the word serenity. Promise 4: We will know peace. Promise 5: No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. Promise 6: The feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. Promise 7: We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Promise 8: Self-seeking will slip away. Promise 9: Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Promise 10: Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave us. Promise 11: We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. Promise 12: We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. These are some pretty amazing promises and I could not wait to get to the place where I understood every one of them. In the beginning of sobriety, they seemed so far off in the distance. The promise that I was particularly drawn to was number 11: We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. I was raised by a mom who taught me to listen to my intuition since I was a little girl. I always thought it was just this quirky thing that women had. I was intrigued when I saw it as a promise in the Big Book. If I lived a sober life, my intuition would guide me in all situations of life. Throughout my sobriety I have found that there is a lot of confusion about intuition. Some people think it means being psychic and have been warned by their religious leaders to stay away from such things. As someone who has been a professional psychic for close to fifty years, I can guarantee you, intuition is not psychic abilities. It's that gut feeling. That knowing we get, not based on facts or logic, but simply an inner knowing in regards to everything. I teach a three-day workshop on living intuitively. I teach you what intuition is and how to "hear it." I show you the difference between intuition and psychic abilities and tie it all in with the Twelve Steps. Once you connect with that still small voice within, you reach a whole new level of freedom. Why? Come join me and you'll find out.