What is instinct? Is it confidence within, faith throughout, an inherent knowing, or, all of the above? In the natural animal world instinct runs parallel to innate survival. Because of free will and the environment in which we were raised, our species has the ability to mold and formulate our instinctive nature determined by the direction or course of our life experiences.
Embracing the creative life force that is never ending and responding to life’s situations instinctively seems to me an ideal way in which to live. In imagining a handful of people describing “instinct”, how many ways of looking at instinct must there be? The necessity of survival; the success of either intentionally, or innately, to adapt; needing street smarts to survive physically, or mentally; or allowing the creative force, or the Holy Spirit manifesting God’sWill, are examples of different ways of looking at one word.
My view of instinct is to be confident within, to believe in oneself and to believe in a strength of spirit, individual for each and every one of us.
Is there more to the lifeblood of instinct? The thesaurus associates “nature” and “intuition” with the word ”instinct”. Synonyms for “intuition” are sense, gut feeling, impulse, natural feeling, sixth sense. In the thesaurus, “faith” is described as confidence and belief. Synonym for” confidence” is trust, reliance, assurance and conviction. Synonym for “belief” is devotion, loyalty, faithfulness, commitment and dedication.
There are many who feel there is unlimited depth within our instinctive nature forming roots from long ago. My definition of living instinctively is to respond without thought, spontaneously, to believe in the eternal life force of creation and to respond withoutthe notion of fear.
In working through the difficulty in speaking in front of the public I admire and appreciate those who can. In applauding Keith Dameron for his ease and comfort level in using the microphone I asked him how he does it. Dameron answered, “using instinct to just be myself is what works for me”.
I want to thank Keith and his wife Barbara for sharing with me two concepts in which I have enjoyed thinking about. The notion of “A sense of urgency” and the ability to free ourselves and live according to our “instinctive nature” are two of the many life reminders Barbara, laughingly said, “Keith is full of”.
May each of you find a confidence and faith within to greet the day with an embrace and passion and appreciation for all that life has and is giving you.