It’s in our nature to need to see and hold things. We need that tangibility, that physical proof. It’s not enough for us to hear something. We need to see it. It’s not enough for us to smell something. We need to see it. Seeing is believing—well most of the time.
But how about those feelings we have? Those internal, intangible nudges that alert us to danger, to lies, to love, and to look past the tangible surface. Those feelings that at times make us feel like we’re nuts because we don’t have any physical evidence. (Story of my life right there, feeling like a crazy lady.)
Being human means we have a need for the tangible—physical affection, affirmations, and confirmations. We need that embrace to know we are loved just as much as we need to see those degrees on the wall to determine qualifications.
Seeing with our eyes is such a small part of our senses. It’s a part of using our head, right? But what about our hearts? What about those intangible emotions? Those feelings we have that don’t always makes sense or align with what’s in front of us. Those inklings that something is wrong below that surface smile of a loved one or when you see a couple together and can instantly see they’re in love or parading around as such.
Why don’t we trust our feelings, our gut reactions more often? Why don’t we use our sense of feeling (not the physical touch) but that intangible intuition that lets us know something is off or something is even better than it appears?
There’s lots of reasons but a major one is we lack faith. We lack faith in ourselves, in God, and in the world around us. Faith is brutally tough and yet incredibly rewarding. Faith doesn’t always give us that instant confirmation of “yep you totally nailed it” or “nope, you totally missed the boat on that one,” but with time and patience we often see the results of our faith and it’s usually a positive outcome.
Even though inside we feel those nudges of truth from our faith often the physical world doesn’t show it. I struggle with faith and I struggle with feelings, which is why I push myself to understand them. There is immense power and strength in both.
Instead of brushing those gut reactions under the rug and shoving those feelings into the closet, we need to consider them. Spend a little time pondering them, working through them. Once you consider them—their truths and their falsehoods, they become tools in your arsenal to conquer life. You can take the blades once shoved into your heart, pull them out, and stitch the wounds. Once you clean off those blades that were meant to harm you, you have an arsenal of weapons to protect yourself (and others) with. It’s kind of cool to think about it that way. 😉
Understanding your feelings, means taking what was meant for your harm and turning it into something meant for your good. Feelings only kill us if we let them. And they kill us by letting those wounds inflicted on us to fester with the wretched infection of avoidance and denial. By avoiding the unseen we allow ourselves to become ill, but if we harness the powers of faith and those “gut” feelings we can rise above our humanity a bit. We move one step close to fully becoming the person we were born to be, not just that Neanderthal sulking in the dark, dank cave.
And speaking of feelings, I’ve got some things in the work, which includes a YouTube channel and one-on-one confession time with yours truly about my struggles with feelings and how I’ve handled them or continue to fight them. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss all the dorky hand motions, eye rolls, and randomness. 😀
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Don’t forget there’s so much more to the world than what we physically see. Faith allows us to see with our hearts what our eyes cannot. Have faith and harness those feelings!