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Random Courting the Flame Fact:
Today’s fact is historical in nature. At one point in Courting the Flame, leading lady Gracie Clarke reminisces about visiting Sturbridge, Massachusetts as a child. Sturbridge is home to the Old Sturbridge Village, the Northeast’s largest outdoor museum highlighting what life was like in rural New England circa 1830. Gracie never imagined herself revisiting Sturbridge as an adult, at least not accompanied by worldly cityite Michael Turner, proprietor of Turner’s Gallery of Fine Arts. The idea seemed completely preposterous. Oh so she thought…
Diana DeCameron Tidbit:
Today’s topic? Intuition—that instinctive bit of awareness most of us experience without having a shred of evidence to support our gut feelings or hunches. Now, I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but I consider myself to be quite intuitive, at least when it comes to reading people. For me, the experience is most palpable the first time I interact with someone. In my world, most people give off a very discernible vibe or energy. Open yourself up to it, and you’d be amazed just how much you can learn about someone from the energy they cart around with them.
Some people’s energies wash across me like a warm summer breeze and I think, Wow! Now that’s a good egg. I really need to spend some more time around that person. A smile usually follows. Other people’s energies seem dark and overbearing at first, causing me to step back from them. The more time I spend around them, however, observing them more closely from afar, the more I find that my initial interpretation was way off. I like to refer to these individuals as the “smoke screeners”. I have to admit, they are the individuals I find most intriguing to be around. They’re not always the easiest to hang out with, mind you. Oftentimes, I’m met with, “How can you stand to be around (fill in the blank)?” And my answer is always the same. “Because there’s a spark in there. I can see it. It’s just trying to find its way out and I, for one, would really like to be there when it does.”
But then there’s the other end of the spectrum, those individuals whose energy levels are sooooo dark, they stop me dead in my tracks, causing my skin to crawl and my eyes to twitch. I can think of three very unsettling encounters that I’ve experienced just recently. One of which was at the checkout line of a grocery store. As I waited to checkout the items in my shopping cart, I noticed a man standing behind me with two items in his hands. Feeling guilty I said, “If that’s all you have, you’re more than welcome to go ahead of me.” He turned to face me and we locked eyes for only a second or two as he nodded thank you and moved ahead. Instantly, the hairs on the back of my neck stood on end and I backed away from him. No part of his outward appearance shouted, Warning! Warning!! As a matter of fact, he appeared to be a well-dressed, middle-aged man, polite enough, but all the same…scary as hell! That’s when the little voice inside my head screamed, Step away, Diana. Step away—RIGHT NOW! After he left, I threw my items on the counter and hightailed it out to my car. I packed up my trunk in a frenzied state and then sped away, checking and rechecking my rearview mirror all the way home. It was a very unsettling experience, but indeed…quite real.
I’d like to say that my intuitiveness is fail proof, but that would simply be a lie. Throughout the years, there have been quite a few individuals who’ve pulled the proverbial wool over my eyes. My initial take on them was that they were “good eggs” based upon what I perceived to be positive energy levels, but as time went on their true selves eventually surfaced, a pill that's always difficult to swallow.
Part of the problem may be my innate desire to find some level of “good” in all people. I know, I know. I’ve already had numerous friends and family counsel me on my very noble yet unrealistic expectations for humanity. What can I say? (Shoulder shrug) I’m a hopeless optimist…but surely I’m not the only one. (Shakes head) See? There I go again. Seriously, though…I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic of intuition? Does it exist? Are you also someone who hears little voices inside your head urging you or warning you against certain activities and/or individuals? If so, I’d really love to hear from you. This is definitely a phenomena that I'd like to delve more deeply into. Call it research...or therapy, LOL.
More Random Facts and Tidbits to come. Oh…and to anyone who’s read Courting the Flame and is courageous enough to share your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you. Anonymous reviews are fine. Feel free to leave your ratings/comments wherever you feel most comfortable. For the most part, Courting the Flame is now available wherever e-books are sold.
Until we meet again, make it a great week!
Oh...and more Facts and Tidbits to come.