Looking for books or movies (fiction) that have a character who is "different" in that they have been prepared (perhaps "predestined"?) to fulfill a purpose that is often misunderstood or ignored by others. They may intuitively know about this purpose from the start, or it might be slowly revealed to them, or it only comes together at the sentinel event; as a result, they may have some quality of "otherness" (as best I can describe it). Some examples below the fold. [more inside]
I'm looking for lessons, exercises or examples of how one can learn to be more vigilant or to improve their situational awareness. I realize some people develop this trait naturally, but are there examples of such things being actively taught? Lessons of a law-enforcement/investigatory nature will be extra helpful, but I'll happily take other examples. [more inside]
I am a writer in several genres, a visual artist,and a photographer. Lately I've been suffering from a terrible case of "analysis paralysis" where I overthink everything and can't make even small decisions about something I'm creating. I have big problems with perfectionism, and I'm far more product-based than I'd like to be. My intuition seems quieter than usual; I'm sure not trusting myself is a major player right now. I'm working on this stuff in therapy, but I wanted to see if anyone here had suggestions as well for overcoming this block. I have found mindfulness meditation and Buddhist perspectives to be helpful and have been trying to incorporate more mindfulness around daily living tasks. I also like Present Perfect by Pavel Somov, a book about using mindfulness to combat perfectionism. But I would like suggestions on other reading or processes or things that might help me get past this. Things designed with creative types in mind would be especially helpful, but I'll take anything.
Guys keep rejecting me; am I hideous? [more inside]
Do you give your SO the benefit of the doubt or do you trust your gut feelings? [more inside]
How can I keep trusting my gut after it turned out to be so wrong? [more inside]
Bizarre behavior in a male acquaintance left me wondering if he's dangerous. Am I overreacting? [more inside]
How does one know that they've found the right partner? I don't have my dream job, apartment, body, city... no aspect of my life is exactly what I dream about. But I'm generally happy with my life and I'm thankful for the good things I have. [more inside]
I lost myself somewhere in the fray - help me draw a map to get myself back. [more inside]
How can I reach potential clients and new avenues for my health business? Would love specific suggestions for online networks, writing and speaking opportunities, and individual consultations. My business revolves around holistic health, life coaching, homeopathy, and intuitive skills. [more inside]
How do you improve your intuition? Is there an equivalent to logic puzzles for developing the ability to think inuitively? Not the "ah ha" type of puzzle like 88 K on a P. Some other structured activity that goes beyond philosophical advice like "listening to your inner dialog." I already believe in intuition; I'm just looking for ways to exercise it.
When is a little knowledge a dangerous thing? [more inside]
Can women sense, on an intuitive level, that they have become pregnant before the normal physical signs of pregnancy are present? [more inside]
What do you do when your spouse/partner/significant other is just being plain weird? Or rather, when (s)he's not being overtly bizarre, but is setting off your spider-sense all the damn time? [more inside] [more inside]