What do you understand when you hear or use the word “Intuition”? When do you say: “My intuition told me so.” ? Do you mean your gut, your mind, your inner knowing …? Where does it come from?
Many Masters of Consciousness of our days teach us that emotions and actions are always preceded by a thought.
I have always been in doubt of that. Why? Because I sometimes sense or feel something that cannot have been preceded by a thought; at least not by a conscious thought. This is what I call “intuition”.
For example: When I chose a place to live, I go inside and “know” whether I like it or not. It goes in fractions of a second. Whatever it is that gives me the information, I don’t know. All I know is that my perception is not preceded by a thought. I feel good or not good. I like it or dislike it. And this knowing is in my body. I call this perception “intuition”. When I chose a book, I sometimes go with the title or even with the cover. Something of what I see triggers a good or bad feeling, which again I call intuition. I believe that “intuition” is based on learned experiences, conscious, unconscious or subconscious. When I chose a book by the cover there must be a stored register of covers in my brain to which I relate what I see and my body reacts.
Do you have examples of this kind? It would be interesting to exchange our ideas about “intuition”. Do you believe that thought always precedes inner knowing?
Wikipedia says about Intuition: [It is] a phenomenon of the mind, describes the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason. The word “intuition” comes from Latin verb intueri translated as consider or from late middle English word intuit, “to contemplate”. (Wikipedia)
In Dictionary.com we can read about “intuition”
- direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
- a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
- a keen and quick insight.
- the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.
To “contemplate” and to “consider” are expressions that I link to the mind. Both words indicate a process and duration. Yet, when I have intuitive insights, they occur suddenly or spontaneously without what I would call “consideration”.
“Intuition” still gives us riddles, because it is linked to the subconscious mind. And “sub”-conscious means below/besides/above?? the conscious mind. And therefore not necessarily linked to a thought.
“Intuition” is very likely based on our life experiences and life’s learning. We have experienced what feels good and what feels bad to us. But when it occurs, it is sudden.
Some call it also “gut” instinct. So there is “gut” and “instinct”. This is quite confusing again.
I know for myself that I can rely on my intuition. I just need to listen to it. In other words, I can rely on my sudden knowing based on my experiences. I can detect danger in the same way.
Kelly Turner, PhD, wrote a book about cancer survivors and intuition.
“RADICAL REMISSION – surviving cancer against all odds.”
Almost every Radical Remission cancer survivor I’ve studied used their intuition to help make decisions related to their healing process. Research on intuition and following your ‘gut’ instinct may explain why.
If the subject interests you, have a look at:
I like the fact that we don’t know. This keeps us humble and curious. What do you think?