The Dance Between Fear & Intuition

Bevin Niemann-Cortez
4 min readMar 19, 2022

We cannot talk about intuition without addressing the elephant in the room — fear.

Fear is a primal emotion, activated by the primitive part of our brain and our body, to ensure our survival. No one likes being in the energy of fear, however, none of us would be here right now, if it weren’t for fear.

Somewhere down the line, if our ancestors ran away or defended themselves, saved their own life by making a reactionary decision, which allowed them to live on, procreate then viola, here we are!

One of the top questions I’ve been asked is, how can I tell the difference between fear and true inner knowing?

My pat answer used to be fear makes your mind and body contract and intuition allows your mind and body to expand. Sounds good right?

I’ve come to understand that’s only partially correct. Because sometimes we receive an intuitive download that feels downright scary.

Like when I received the nudge that it was time to leave certain relationships, jobs or even move across the United States to a new place, where I had no family or friends.

I knew it was time to make a change and yet, I still felt a deep fear of the unknown. I still wondered with regret, if I made the ‘right choice’.

This may sound like an unpopular opinion, but intuition (higher wisdom, Divine guidance) and fear go hand in hand.

Fear is the realm of our ego personality. The very human part of us that does everything possible to maintain the status quo to survive, even if those choices are not in our best long-term interest.

Inner knowing is the realm of the soul. Our innate compass, continuously pointing us towards experiences and choices that will help us to evolve, in the most expansive way possible in this lifetime.

Evolution can be scary. The unknown creates a vibration of worry and often, an attempt to control the outcome. Yes, we are powerful manifestors, AND we are co-creating with almost 8 billion other humans. There are a lot of unknowns.

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Bevin Niemann-Cortez

Social-Emotional Healer | Sacred Space Designer | Budding Herbalist