Vibe queen gives unexpected answer to burnout

This post was written by Megan on May 7, 2010
Posted Under: burnout and recovery

Sonia Choquette

When picturing the 'vibes' of someone with burnout, it's hard not to think of porridge. Gluggy, week-old, stone-cold porridge.  

You know vibes, don't you? Otherwise known as 'vibrations'.

Human vibrations are mostly accepted in our general society via the comment 'I got a bad vibe from that guy'.

If you say that you got a good vibe from someone, people will probably think you're fresh from the 70's and high on weed. Or perhaps from the sixties, singing 'Good Vibrations' on some fun-lovin' Californian beach.

Wouldn't it be nice…

'Intuition' is a more accepted term these days. Women seem to have cornered the market on intuition. We promote 'women's intuition' as if it's the only kind. News flash: men can have intuition too. Children and animals seem to roll around in the stuff. 


About Sonia Choquette, The Vibe Queen

Sonia Choquette has written a number of books on the topic of vibes and intuition, including: Trust Your Vibes (2004, Hay House), in which she says early in the piece (on page 9):

"We human beings are exhausted these days, and not getting enough rest is death to our vibes. When you look up 'intuition' in the dictionary, you'll notice that one definition is 'to notice' and another is 'to pay attention'. When you're so sleep deprived that it's difficult to focus on what's right in front of your nose, chances are you won't notice much on the subtle psychic plane of energy either…"

In other words, us burnout folk are screwed on all levels of consciousness.


Not the happiest of news, I admit.

But it explains why we feel like idiots most of the time. Burnout sees us stumbling around, trying to do the simplest things and often failing.

And even with toothpicks prising open our eyelids, we still miss what's going on with the people around us.

It's bloody frustrating. We know we're not this stupid. We know we're not this self-centred. Well, not usually.


Sonia has a suggestion, bless her.

Sonia continues further, "…One of the most practical suggestions for activating your sixth sense (intuition) is to 'sleep on it' when looking for guidance. My teacher Charlie Goodman once explained to me that sleep allows the emotions to rest and the spirit to wake up."

Sage advice, but a good night's sleep doesn't stop my dependably foggy brain in the morning. Not like it does for healthy humans. Tragically, not even a week of sleep will do it. God knows, I've attempted the marathon nap challenge – more than once.

The unexpected answer

It's not until close to the end of Sonia's 'Trust Your Vibes' book (way down on page 231) where I see a beacon of light for my intuitive self.

"…As my teacher Dr Tully often said, 'Sometimes the most powerful thing you can do is nothing." What I've humbly come to understand after experiencing 44 years of intuitive living is that just because we're not doing something doesn't mean something isn't being done. Something is being done behind the scenes in the unseen realm, and we need to make room for it."

Nothing? Yep, I can do that.

Is this what burnout might actually be about? 


Explaining this light bulb moment

My thoughts? Maybe intuition is really a nerd-turned-thug.

Whenever I read any introductory material about people with burnout, the inevitable criteria of 'long-term dissatisfaction' tends to crop up. It usually appears after the other inevitable criteria of 'long-term stress'. 

So I'm thinking, maybe…just maybe…with all that stress and dissatisfaction, intuition doesn't get much of a look in. It's pushed into the corner by the elbows of 'I have to do this' and 'I better do that'.  

Intuition is winded from all the shoving. It's spectacles are broken – again. And, after years of bullying, intuition starts to get seriously pissed off. Intuition begins training at the gym and taking boxing classes. 


So what's intuition doing now?

Intuition now has you pinned down so hard you can barely move. It's talking to you but you're having trouble hearing what's it's saying. You're too dazed from that surprise left hook.


What's going to happen?

Intuition knows you will come to your senses in time. All six senses.

Intuition knows that, one day, you will hear what it has to say. And it will keep you pinned down until you get your hearing back. 


Well, okay. It's only a theory. But what do you think? Have you started talking nicely to your intuition? How about listening to it?

Maybe the sooner we rest and listen, the sooner we'll be back on our feet and start speaking articulately about something. What a novel thought.

By the way, thanks for listening. 


This post was written by Megan Hills. Megan is a writer and cartoonist who often turns things she's afraid of into things she can laugh at. She just didn't think she would turn something she's not afraid of (like intuition) into a thug. Find out more about Megan.

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