Traveling by Intuition

A big part of how I create and travel involves tapping into energies, these invisible and hard to describe forces that seem to connect my physical self with another realm, a realm that, if I could see it, I imagine would look like strings of energy crisscrossing each other and linking together other, highly focused endpoints, all changing in response to the location, the environment, and the energies of the people who were present.

Trying to describe these invisible forces always conjures up images similar to those neuron maps of the brain and the maps of the Internet, only instead of being fixed and static, they’re alive and moving, constantly changing, like a universe inhaling and exhaling, birthing new galaxies with each breath.

I believe that we all have the ability to feel and sense these energies, to receive their signals and tune into them, to redirect and focus them like a magnifying glass focusing otherwise weak beams of sunlight.

When I travel, I feel the different energies and forces present in each place. But there seems to be a catch: I usually can’t feel or tap into them until I’ve settled down for a few weeks.

When I’m moving from one place to another — flying in an airplane, riding on a train, or doing a road trip — the energy generated by the motion is itself extremely powerful and chaotic. This chaotic energy seems to obscure the more stable energy that I can feel when I stop moving, the energy that I feel when I begin creating within a framework of daily routines.

Whenever someone asks me how I decide where I’m traveling to next, my response is always the same: I travel by intuition. I don’t travel to check off a list of places, or to experience a set of cultures, or to taste different foods. I travel by intuition. But what does that mean? What does it mean to ‘travel by intuition’?

It means that when I connect with the energy of a particular place, I allow myself to linger, to tap into the creative energies and allow them to change me, to give me fuel for creating and contemplating and growing until something (usually my intuition) tells me it’s time to move on. In traveling for the past three years, I’ve recognized that the “time to move on” feeling usually occurs within three months.

I’m convinced that I’m not the only one who taps into these energies and I suspect that various places around the world known for attracting artistic and intellectual types are that way because they’re actually strong sources of this invisible energy, sources that most of these people are unknowingly tapping into by living and working there. I suspect that cities appear where they do for the same reasons.

When I arrived in Tasmania a little over a month ago, I could tell within the first few hours that the energy here was strong. I wasn’t at all surprised when I learned that Tasmania is fast becoming known for attracting artistic types.

However, I was caught off guard when, within the first week of arriving, I felt an unrelenting desire to cancel the rest of my travel plans — a week in Perth and a month in Thailand — to spend more time here in Tasmania.

Now, after spending six months in Australia, I’m preparing to leave to visit family in the United States. I’m thinking about where I’ll go next in January and the only place that keeps calling back to me is Tasmania... and I haven’t even left yet.

Why Tasmania? I’m really not sure. All I can say is that my intuition tells me that I should return, that something says this is where I should be and that this is where I will find the creative energy that I need. Creative energy that I need for what? I’m not sure of that either. That too feels like an invisible force present in my future but undefinable to the present.

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  1. Enjoyed the article, Raam! Am happy to read of your access to intuition and energy – it’s always there, simply a matter, I suppose, of our waking-up somewhat to it and so much more that’s related and which perhaps gets dampered down as we grow from childhood. I have heard over and over about personal experiences and parents’ comments regarding “abilities” and knowledge of children. So awesome! As you reconnect with energy of family and familiar surroundings, “see” what your intuition says regarding your return there. Neat thing about all of this, in this one’s opinion anyway, is that instead of such being nice little every-now-and-then occurrences, one can realize that it happens all of the time: is part and parcel of our existence. Peace.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Ricky. 🙂

      Yes, the energy is always there and we can learn to always be “in tune” with our surroundings, visible or otherwise.

  2. Hey Raam. I’m glad I’ve finally subscribed at least for a few months to get a more in-depth idea of what it is that makes you tick. Also, it’s great to hear you’re feeling a great pull in Tasmania. Must be a great feeling for you.

    I am finally planning a trip back to the Philippines (where I was born and raised) and the pull is finally strong enough to get me back there after 12 whole years. I’m not entirely sure, but I have a feeling I may cry when I finally walk my old stomping grounds in Manila – as different as it all may be.

    I like your description of these threads and energy that make us feel at home in a place. I feel that very strongly here in my neighbourhood in Victoria, BC. I’m surrounded by like-minded people and entrepreneurs and it feels good. And it’s not overwhelming like a metropolis *can* be.

    Cheers Raam. I look forward to a few more months. Travel well so that we keep getting that quality writing!

    • Hey Torbjorn,

      Thank you for your contribution to the Journal. Somehow I missed this comment and only just now discovered it when I came back to re-read my own Journal entry. I needed to be reminded what it was about Tasmania that was pulling me there (I’m preparing to purchase the ticket back and I needed something to remind me why I shouldn’t be second-guessing myself).

      I didn’t realize you were from the Philippines. What a world away you are in Victoria, BC! Both are places I would love to visit. 🙂

      I think one thing I loved about Tasmania was that it was a small island. I could feel that there wasn’t an entire continent of people surrounding me that I could bump into — they had to fly or take a boat to get to me. It’s hard to describe, but I think that contributed to the energy I felt there, this sense of isolation coupled with the powerful energy of nature surrounding me (something like 70% of Tasmania is a National Park).