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Saved by Intuition

Posted at 5:30 AM on November 10, 2009 by Radio Heartlander (19 Comments)
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From the desks of the Heartlanders
Guest Blogger - Joanne in Big Lake

On an early evening in late autumn, just a couple weeks ago in fact, I was browning hamburger, onions and garlic in preparation for supper. Suddenly -- Click ... On ... Click ... On ... Click ... On ... then one final Click. The power was out.

Did we pay the bill? Yes, we're current. Was it a blown fuse? No. Were the neighbors' houses affected? Unsure and I don't know them well enough to call them. After a few minutes, I hunted down the phone book and called the appropriate Outage line to report our location. It wasn't dark, but it wasn't real daylight either, so I scouted for flashlights and lit some candles. Then we waited.

After 45 minutes, I figured we would just have a cold dinner so we could get going to karate. I put the partially browned hamburger into a different container and set in garage, then put the cast iron skillet (still dirty) on stove burner.

We blew out the candles and armed with flashlights to get to car, started our 5-mile journey to karate. About 2/3 of the way there, I suddenly realized - Yikes! I hadn't turned off the burner! What if the power came back on soon? I envisioned the flames, smoke and firefighters that would surely be there, berating the moron Mom who left the skillet on an active burner. It seemed OK to finish journey - so I dropped off kids and told them what I was going to do.

As I returned home and drove down our street, I saw lights on in all the houses that had just been dark a short time ago and felt my stomach do a flip-flop. I dashed into the fully lit kitchen - and sure enough - the burner was on, the dirty cast iron skillet was just starting to smoke ... and I had just averted a crisis. I felt like Super Mom!

Looking back on that event, I figured out that the instant thought of the active burner was about the same time as when power returned. {Cue theme to "Twilight Zone"} Whoa - that's weird. How did I know? I'm usually very careful and aware of turning off stoves, burners, irons, etc. But with the distraction of wondering when power would come back so I could finish dinner, finding light sources, taking care of kids, getting ready to go in car and so forth, pulled me from my usual awareness. While driving, it felt like an instant knowingness that I didn't turn off burner. But I also knew I had enough time to drop off kids before going calmly back home.

We would have been at karate for about 2 hours - plenty of time for major smoke damage or possible fire to our humble home if I hadn't gone back to turn off burner. I'm not particularly intuitive. My husband is far more intuitive and sensitive than I am. But we all have hunches, gut instincts or insights that guide us, bring good fortune or avert a disaster in my case. I'm sure you've seen the TV shows where pets wake up their owners to get them out of a burning house or other such life-saving actions.

There's a great spiritual joke that goes like this: A guru goes up to the hot dog stand and says, "Make me One with Everything." The guru hands hot dog vendor a $20 bill. The vendor gives the guru his hot dog, and the guru asks, "Where's my change?" The hot dog vendor replies, "Ah, but change comes from within."

It's a funny little joke, but also rather profound. We are all interconnected. I'm a great believer in the possibilities of the human mind, intuitive awareness and finding sources of strength and knowledge within. Dan Brown's last two books, but particularly "The Lost Symbol" touches on Entanglement Theory - the interconnectedness of all beings. Whether it's schools of fish that move as one, plants that react to negative stimuli from a plant in a different room, a dog's welcoming bark when the master turns down the street 2 minutes from home - all signs of our interconnectedness. The question is whether we're open and attuned to it - much like a radio picking up the signal from a broadcast tower - the frequency must match.

Have you had an intuition that brought good fortune or averted a crisis? Or perhaps just really interesting synchronicity?


Comments (19)

wow - again interesting and well-crafted Joanne! i think you ARE intuitive and sensitive in many things and you are open to listening to those little messages that you get from - who knows where??
will think on your query whilst i milk ..... this will be good reading again today - thanks!!
good morning, All

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | November 10, 2009 6:14 AM


What a great topic & piece, Joanne! I don't have big flashes like yours with the stove, but I do occasionally get a "that doesn't add up" feeling and when I dig in, am often correct. Not sure if this counts as intuition... maybe just observant??

Barb in R.. thanks for cat info. I have actually found a home for a kitty before. I seem to know a lot of cat people. I'll put the word out.

Have a great day, Heartlanders and thanks, Joanne for getting us going this morning!

Posted by sherrilee | November 10, 2009 6:33 AM


great story. so the kids went to karate with no dinner?
i am kind of the opposite of intuitive. i watch the skillet smoking and don't realize there is a problem because i am thinking about what i will be doing while i am waiting for karate class to be over. i'll bring a book and some paperwork and then poof the fire starts and i realize i should have seen it coming.
love the guru joke.
my interconnectedness comes from my family. they always know i am going to forget to take the pizza out on time before it even happens.

Posted by tim | November 10, 2009 6:51 AM


I agree with Barb, you have provided us with a well thought out and thought provoking blog entry, Joanne. Off the top of my head, I can't come up with a situation like you mentioned where something happen and I seemed to get a message from some unknow place to deal with it.

I think ideas from an unknown source is something that happens to creative people when they are creating music or art or coming up with new theories. i guess some of the solutions that I have come up with to various things in my life would be of the kind that seem to come from some unknow place.

I'm leary of people who claim to have unusual powers of intuition and I am sure that some of these people are not being truthful. I like to rely on logic and reasoning as much as possible. Never-the-less, I am sure that many thoughts and ideas can come to us from some other sources that aren't very much based or not at all based in logic or reasoning.

Posted by Jim | November 10, 2009 6:58 AM


Joanne - funky read! I love the guru joke. I believe that every day I get through without tripping, crashing or burning can be chalked up to good fortune. Whether or not intuition plays a role is something I have yet to develop an awareness for. One thing I am intuitively certain of is that I'm a Minnesotan trapped inside a South Dakotan's body.

Posted by Donna | November 10, 2009 7:00 AM


Thank you Mike and Jasper for the Edmund Fitzgerald on this 10 November morning!

Posted by catherine | November 10, 2009 7:00 AM


Thank you Mike and Jasper for the Edmund Fitzgerald on this 10 November morning!

Posted by catherine | November 10, 2009 7:02 AM


You're welcome, Catherine.

Posted by JASPER | November 10, 2009 7:12 AM


oooooh, spooky - now JASPER is posting?
my thoughts on this: as i creep into older ages i'm thinking my intuition is just self-doubt. did i unhitch Nibby from the fence? will he stand there all night, not complaining but not getting to water, because i forgot to let him go after feeding?
now that you all know about the hose-flooding-neighbor's-basement incident you know that i may be, at times, a tad forgetful. so i waste lots of time going back to recheck. but oh well, i'm retired - what else do i have to do??
and yes, thanks for the guru joke; will try to remember it :-)

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | November 10, 2009 7:35 AM


Hmm. I'll have to think on this - my intuition is apparently still in bed without me. I know I often come up with my best solutions to thorny problems while doing mundane things like brushing my teeth, but that's more likely disengaging parts of the brain and letting it wander rather than intuition.

Glad everything turned out well for you, the stove, and your home, Joanne!

Posted by Anna | November 10, 2009 7:38 AM


Yes, indeedy, thanks for Edmund Fitz...on this warm sunny morning, it's difficult to remember how it was on 11/10/1975...

Joanne...food for thought...hmmmm, will have to think on it. Thanks for the tasty mrosel.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | November 10, 2009 8:02 AM


Greetings! Glad you all enjoy the story. Tim - yes, the kids had a cold dinner (beginning of paragraph 3). Doing karate on an empty stomach is not good!

You guys are soooo Minnesotan! If one person has intuition or whatever, then all people have the potential for the same trait. It's logical, yes? Most insights or intuitive flashes are very subtle.

Sometimes it's just synchronicity. I was going to include this, but felt it would be too long. A young woman in Big Lake was home for weekend from college and just happened to be up late, etc. Noticed the neighbor's house on fire, called fire dept and got family out. This was the SECOND time she had saved someone from a fire -- the first time was her own home. So of course, she was in the paper and how lucky we are to have her. And she's a delightful gal.

Now, think about that 90-95% of our brain that's supposedly not used. What are the possibilities? Just more storage space for memories? Or potential for other abilities we haven't dreamed of (much like current computer technology compared to 20 years ago). Food for thought ...

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | November 10, 2009 8:06 AM


I am trying to come up with an example of an unusual event from my own life similar to the one that Joanne mentioned. I'm sure that this sort of thing has happened to me, but, for some reason I don't recall any thing like this. Maybe I am too preoccupied about other things to pay attention to the unusual.

I do think there has been alot of intuition involved in the connections I have made with other people. I certainly have been wrong in my opinions about people many times, but lots of times, for no good reason, I get a good feeling about a person I meet that turns out to be true. I think this was especially true for some good people I have been lucky to work with on jobs and some people in my personal life.

Posted by Jim | November 10, 2009 8:22 AM


Great topic, Joanne. I believe we all have latent intuitive possibilities if we choose to develop them. So far, however, mine consist of (fairly frequently) thinking of a person just before they phone me. And I remember when my now favorite neighbors moved in across the street, seeing them from afar and (illogically) thinking "Wow, I'll bet I'd like those people." Unfortunately I didn't act on that, but met them finally at a block party, and yep, instant and fast friends ever since.

Husband once took a Silva Mind Control course, and by the end, people were able to "read" some of each others thoughts...

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | November 10, 2009 9:12 AM


I am a fairly concrete sort of thinker. I am inclined to think that what some refer to as intuition may be "just" very good powers of observation. I put "just" in quotation marks because there's nothing insignificant about it -- keen observation is key to all sorts of things.

Posted by Cindy | November 10, 2009 9:38 AM


Keep in mind that most insights (for me anyway) aren't nearly as dramatic as the situation in my story. And I almost didn't trust it at first, either -- because I always turn off burners, etc. I think I'm getting better at trusting when these "knowings" appear -- and that's the key.

Usually, people experience it like Mike and Barbara -- in relation to other people (or like Kay in her blog yesterday with animals). Plus, it rarely falls in the realm of logic and reason, so it's hard to take the leap of faith and trust the feeling.

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | November 10, 2009 9:42 AM


morning, all, and thanks for the good read, Joanne!

i do think that when we are open to it, the universe can bring us messages, events, people that we want or need....

sometimes small things---when i drove out here to utah this summer, i had been thinking about the Coyote Trickster character in many Native American stories as i drove.....was it mere coincidence that just as i passed the sign for the Utah/Colorado border that a beautifully posed and sunlit coyote stood 10 feet from the sign, in the lovely desert sagebrush, looking directly at the highway? felt like a welcome...

sometimes big things--when i quietly thought to myself one day several years ago that i was ready for something new in my life, a new challenge, a new way to offer something to the world, to help, and within one week, i learned my great-nephew needed a different home for the coming year, and within one more week, he was living in my home....hmmm

i don't try to explain such things much anymore, just follow Iris's lead and "let the mystery be."

Posted by Kay H in Utah | November 10, 2009 9:46 AM


Well, I'm certainly willing to "let the mystery be" as quoted by Kay. Also, I am ready to trust my intuition, as Joanne suggests. Still nothing is happening so I guess I better get to work on some thing that has no connection to mystery and intuition, but, no doubt needs some attention, such cleaning up the dishes. There doesn't seem to be any flashes of intuition to help me out today

Posted by Jim | November 10, 2009 2:20 PM


Great story, Joanne!

I've been lucky to know Joanne for years; and I'm glad you're realizing how intuitive you really are!

Not a surprise that it happened while driving the familiar route to karate. We all get "flashes" to help guide us, but we don't pay attention because we're usually too busy thinking about what happened in the past or what's going to happen in the future; worried about how we look or if people like us. We are always reflecting and planning, or we give ourselves away to distractions like TV. But when we are quiet, "in the moment", we can pay attention to those "flashes". It happens naturally when we're in a low-stress habitual situation, like when we're in the shower, or drifting off to sleep, or driving a familiar route.

Joanne brought up a great topic and made it fun. I hope people will keep posting their experiences, and readers will maybe listen more to their inner voice that has so many answers for us all.

Posted by Phil Zulli | November 10, 2009 5:39 PM


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