Intuition Is Like The Flash Of A Match

Just the other day I had what I can only describe as a flash of intuition. I followed it and I’m so glad I did. I think I’m learning more and more how to trust moments like these. Someone, I forget who and where I read it, described intuition as the “flash of a match in the darkness.” I’ve never forgotten that image – so wonderfully graphic.

Picture yourself standing in a strange and pitch dark room. You’re overwhelmed by
uncertainty, not knowing what is around you, or where to move, or what to touch. Suddenly you remember that in your pocket or bag you have a box with one match in it. You find the box, remove the match and strike it. For one brief moment the room lights up. You see its shape, its size, where the furniture is and the position of everything else in the room. Most important of all you see where the door is. In that moment you are able to clearly see where you need to go and what you need to do.

For me this is the best way to describe my own experience of the intuitive gift. It’s a kind of momentary illumination which enables us to see and feel what needs to be done, and we all have it. Obviously the illustration of the dark room has its short falls. Intuitive moments can’t simply be switched on or off like a match. We can’t control them, they simply come; but we do have the capacity to grow and sustain them. That in itself is a marvellous journey.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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10 Responses to Intuition Is Like The Flash Of A Match

  1. nrhatch says:

    Good thoughts, Don. Intuition is very illuminating . . . it lights up the possibilities when we are faced with uncertainty. 😀


  2. Hudson Howl says:

    If striking the match is metaphor for intuition, then snuffing it between to fingers and feeling the heat is affirmation that from curiosity comes understanding. Intuition and curiosity go hand in hand go hand and hand. A dark room purifies the experience, removal of extraneous response -the shining light.

    Way way way back in my first year of art school, in methods and media class, we were divide into pairs. Each pair of students were assigned a colour and given a week to present this colour to everyone in such away that the experience left the viewer with the greatest impression the colour. The means could be through sound, smell, video, stories, paintings, etc etc, whatever means we could come up with. My friend and I was given yellow. After a few days of disappointment, when taking a break outside in the sun noticed something interesting. We knew we had something and curiosity took over. To shorten the story, we built a room or cube as we called it, large enough to put a chair in the centre. Painted the ceiling, walls and floor a bright green not quite lime green and put 4 high intensity strobes in side. We put a person into it a minimum of three minutes (the time it takes to clean for the colour spectrum to leave the memory of the retinas -our language no real science. With the person in complete darken the strobes were turned on for a brief second. What you heard were screams, ooooo’s , awes and wow’s. What one experienced was the most brilliant intense yellow one could imagine. It was mind blowing. So am with intuition can be a marvellous journey.


    • Don says:

      Hudson, thanks so much for sharing this. I really appreciate it. So enjoyed your angle on it and was absolutely bowled over by that exercise you and your friend did in “Yellow.” Quite amazing. You’re obviously an extremely creative person. Good to have people like your around. Thanks again.


  3. Intuition is a gift and is a very important tool in living life well. I love the experiment described above -what a flash of inspiration that was, showing intuitive understanding of the problem. Another thought provoking post – thank you 🙂


  4. ladyfi says:

    What a lovely image of the match in the darkness. We all need to learn to get in touch with and trust our intuition.


  5. My best “flashes” usually occur when I’m in the shower and can’t write them down.


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