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Why everyone needs to recognise their own hidden superpower

By Nuala McKeever

It's a tricky one this week - I want to talk about how we know things without thinking, or talking, or using words, but it's hard to do that without using words, when it's for a newspaper. So words it has to be. A friend told me last week about an experience he had last year. He was attacked by another man who was much bigger and stronger than he was. The other man strangled my friend.

As my friend, let's call him Bob, was lying on the ground being strangled, he had an out-of-body-type experience, where he saw what was happening as if he was standing off to the side watching. Then, he said, he saw the future, different events that were coming up, happening without him in them.

Then he heard a voice, like a divine voice, but also like his own voice, asking, "What do you choose?" and then he heard the reply, "No, this is not the end."

Suddenly the guy strangling him stopped and my friend was able to escape. The man was arrested and that was that.

But the point of the story for me was that Bob's intention was so strong, he repelled this guy off him by sheer force of his will. He was literally being choked, couldn't speak, couldn't reason, couldn't communicate in any normal way. But his intention got communicated in some way and the attacker was stopped. That's what I think, anyway.

It got me thinking about how much we communicate and sense below words and looks and language. The "stuff" that's in the air. The atmosphere that's in a room, or in a group, that you can almost feel, because it's so obvious and yet it's invisible. The things you know with your gut. Your instinct.

It's not a power we talk much about in our society, perhaps because it is, by definition, hard to prove with the limited science we have at our disposal. It's not empirical. And we love things we can see and feel and prove.

And yet it's so powerful. It's the thing that stops us getting what we say we want with our mouths. Like, "I want more money".

We say it, but our intention, our hidden driver is saying, "I'm scared of having more money, because then I'd have to be responsible for myself and stop blaming things on a lack of money. I might have to travel and enjoy myself and that would rob me of blaming my circumstances for being unhappy, that would rob me of my unhappiness and if there's one thing that makes me happy, it's my unhappiness."

Sounds ridiculous? Maybe, but you can't fool your intention. You get the life you want - if you wanted something else you'd have it.

You may not think you have what you want, but that's maybe because you aren't in touch with your gut and you don't actually hear what your intention is saying to you, you just hear the thoughts in your head and the words that come out your mouth.

Like my friend Bob experienced, I think we all have superpower that we don't realise.

That power of intention is running us all the time and the reason we don't have what we think we want is because we don't realise what we actually want.

We want to be small and safe, so that's what we get. We want to be right that we're not loveable, so that's what we get.

Imagine putting that intention into something great. Harnessing that superpower. I'm gonna do that this week and I'll report back.

Oh boy, imagine a gender neutral life

To paraphrase John Lennon, imagine there's no gender. Imagine that the terms man, woman, male, female, masculine, feminine and every other word used to distinguish gender didn't exist.

Some insults would change. "Bloody woman driver!" would become "Bloody driver!" "Stupid wee boy" would become "Stupid".

As International Women's Day approaches, I'm thinking how much we have used and continue to use gender as a means of distancing ourselves from each other.

It is a handy tool for discriminating, lessening the other. So happy day to you all. We are one and the same.

Nothing but hot air from this guy ...

"Wind is a finite resource and harnessing it would slow the winds down, which would cause the temperature to go up."

No, this wasn't a cute five-year-old trying to explain a big, grown-up subject on one of those Kids Say The Funniest Things-type programmes. It was said by a Republican politician in Texas, Joe Barton.

Sometimes you just have to share these sort of things, because they're beyond ridicule.

Sadly, there are probably some in our Government here who would read this and think: "Now there's a guy we could do business with!"

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