What is intuition?

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.….Marcel Proust

Using your intuitive faculty is not something you do; rather it is something you allow to flow through and to you. By stepping aside, that is, by leaving the cognitive mind behind, we allow the divine to flow to and through us. It is an effortless process, one in which there is no mental effort or striving, but instead a flow of the divine.

It is a feminine, receptive process rather than a masculine, assertive process. It is a process of trust, allowing, surrender, receiving, and love rather than a process of force and will.

So, to get in touch with this part of yourself, just sit, quiet your mind and allow yourself to “feel” what is going on. And then, trust your “feel” before you trust your “think.” In this way, you will have engaged the intuitive/heart faculty within you and will have touched into a deep reservoir of information, love, and wisdom that can never be accessed by the mind alone.

To find the Way, close your eyes, listen closely, and attend with your heart.

How to develop your intuition: Anticipation

Learn to anticipate with your intuition what is going to happen next. Don’t guess, in other words; don’t use your mind. Train yourself to learn how to read the energy of a situation or person so you know what will happen next. The more you ask of your intuition, the more you get used to using it to gather the information you want. 

For example, when a person is talking to you, anticipate their next few words, then anticipate their next sentence, and so on. In a given situation, “feel into” how a pattern will unfold before it does. In a supermarket, again “feel into” what aisle a person will turn down or what product they will buy. Always “feel into” how a situation will unfold instead of thinking of how it will. “Feel into” when a driver before you will turn off the road. Pick someone in a mall, at the beach, etc., and anticipate what they will do next.

By constantly going into your intuitive faculty to ask for information about what’s coming next, you train it to “read” the energy patterns of life. Thus, you move from the cognitive mind and guesswork to intuition and feeling. Eventually you will become so accurate at reading patterns that you almost always know what is going to happen before it does. Play with this technique at least ten to fifteen times a day. Let me know how it goes.

The term intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside the province of reason.Carl Jung

Today’s post is the first of seven posts about intuition. Next week we’ll look at more ways to develop this inner capacity.

4 thoughts on “What is intuition?”

  1. It continues to be a journey. I understand much more clearly what this means now, after many years. My thoughts needed to move over to allow for me to feel into and even more so trust that feeling. And now that happens more often, along with the “feeling” of not comprehending/recalling a lot of the spiritual “stuff” I listen to. My take is it is not so important that I recall the thoughts but rather the feeling and the knowing that on some level I have received what’s needed.

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