Thoughts on Intuition

I have always ascribed great importance to intuition.  It’s far more important in life than people realize.

To me, intuition is a ‘sense’ of things that is not based in observation, experience, or reasoning in any way.  Typically, it is automatic and appears ‘as if out of nowhere’.  This often gives it a ‘mystical’ quality.  Often, we don’t find out its truth until that truth has happened.  Then we are often amazed by it, assuming we noticed it.

I have always felt that intuition is needed in everyday life, that if we didn’t have it, we’d be hitting into walls and have great difficulty being able to do anything.  This means that most intuition goes by unnoticed.  The intuition we notice is the more ‘dramatic’ versions or the ones that ‘stun’ us.  But these, by no means, is the entirety of it all.

Intuition implies a deeper ‘mystical-like’ ability that is seldomed acknowledged (at least to the scientific minded people).  To me, there is all sorts of evidence of this.  Do you think that all peoples viewpoints are based in observation, experience, and deductive reasoning?  There is definately a ‘deeper knowledge’ to things.  I tend to believe that this ‘deeper knowledge’, which creates intuition, is used in conjunction with other knowledge (such as gained from experience) so that it becomes blended into these other forms of knowledge.   As a result, it is hard to say what knowledge comes from where.  What you may think is a knowledge based in reasoning may, in actuality, be an intuition displayed through reasoned thought.  There are a number of reasons for this blending of intuition with other forms of knowledge:

  • The fact that ‘deeper knowldedge’ comes from within us.  It originates from our depths, from our deeper self.  Other forms of knowledge originate from the external self and is usually a reaction to external events.  Since life is based in ‘external events’ interior senses are usually given a ‘backburner’ quality for most people.  This creates a condition where the intuition must use the external self to express itself and, since the external self is dealing with external knowledge, it becomes blended with it.  It’s sort of like if you have a smaller dirty river flowing into a larger river with clear water then the water downstream will be clear with a little bit of dirt in it. In the same way, with intuition, externally based viewpoints will be affected by intuition to a point.
  • The deeper self also entails a specific way of interpreting the world that is not conducive to the real world.  In many ways, these two selfs are complete opposites.  Part of the conflict we have in life is the conflict between our deeper and external selfs.  We need to reconcile their differences as, many times, they do not work together.  In some sense, they are like two different worlds.  Again, since the external world takes a precedance in life, any deeper knowledge only ‘colors’ that external world interpretation.

It appears that intuition cannot be willed to happen.  It is so deep that our external self seems incapable of ‘contacting’ it.  This means that intuition cannot be developed, teached, or influenced.  In general, a person seems more intuitive because they allow their external self to ‘relax’ and so allow the deeper intuitive impulses to surface.  People are more intuitive because they allow intuition to happen, basically.

Because of the ‘uncanny’ nature of intuition there is a tendency to ascribe too much to it.  I’ve seen people make it out as some sort of ‘magical’ quality and ability, which I don’t believe it is.  A good example of this is the myth of womens intuition.

When I was a kid I used to always hear of womens intuition.  It was treated like it was some sort of magical thing.  Naturally, I used to think females had this ‘uncanny’ sense of things.  As I grew up I found this was not true.  In fact, I have seen no evidence of a real womens intuition.  I’ve seen no demonstration of any ‘magical’ or ‘amazing’ quality in females interpretations of things.  I have not even heard the words ‘womens intuition’ stated since the 80’s or early 90’s.  It seems to of disappeared.  There are a number of reasons for this:

  • What I saw of womens intuition seems to based in a time when females took care of the home and everyone in it.  This created a need in the female to ‘read’ people.  My observation was that what was often called womens intuition was really just their ‘reading’ of people.  It appeared ‘magical’ to the guys who could not understand it, as they were living a whole different life situation . . . as a worker living under totally different conditions (and if you look closely you’ll find that the males had an ‘uncanny’ understanding of life at work as well).  Since the female no longer does this, womens intuition has all but disappeared.  My observation is that females, nowadays, are poor at ‘reading’ people anymore.
  • The males tended to put the female on a pedastal, as if they were godesses, so that if they did anything fantastic, like display an amazing intuition, the guys turned them into saints.  I have seen this many times and it was this that actually started me on questioning womens intuition.  This would imply that the myth of womens intuition is actually a creation of the male which, I feel, it is.

Oddly, I’ve found that females are often poor at any sort of intuition.  They are notorious at misinterpreting the male character and intentions.  They have also done studies that showed that females had a hard time interpreting other females ‘signs’ (that is, they can’t even ‘read’ other females that well).  This does not surprise me.  As I said above, most of womens intuition, I think, was a result of having to be a mother and wife in the home.  All it described was an ability to ‘read’ other people in the house.  This is not intuition, in a pure sense, though it no doubt required it, at least to some extent.

I’ve also seen ‘coincidence’ ascribed to intuition.  In fact, often what is described as an ‘intuitive observation’ is nothing but coincidence.

I’ve often felt that, just in people talking to each other casually, there is a tremendous amount of intuition required.  Even as I watch myself I can see a part of me ‘peering deep’ to read what’s going on.  This suggests that there is a spectrum of association in our association with other people and the world, from our external self to our internal self.  Our whole self is used to ‘read’ the world.  Naturally, we all tend to favor to one side or the other but we all use our whole self to some extent.  We read the ‘obvious’ observation and look for the ‘unobvious’ at the same time, usually without our being aware of it.

It’s always been my opinion that intuititive ‘reading’ of the world is what gives great passion to the world and meaning.  It gives it, like, a soul or a heart.  But this is just a ‘sense’.  This shows that there are actually two forms of intuition:

  1. The intuitive sense.
  2. The intuitive ‘reading’.

The intuitive sense means that someone has an attitude of ‘openness’ to their intuitive sense.  This, by far, is the best form of intuition, in my opinion.  It’s power is that it as if ‘colors’ the world with an intuitive attitude.  The intuitive reading is what I have been describing above, when a person states something and it happens or that they know something that isn’t obvious.  This is what most people associate intuition with.  To me, it is the lesser form as it ‘comes and goes’, its here then gone.  Because of this it has little impact on a persons life.

The intuitive sense, I think, can be learned, at least to a point (whereas I don’t think intuitive reading can).  It requires

  • A ‘listening within’.  This means a silencing of the outer self, a relaxing of it so to speak, so that that the intuitive sense of the deeper self can be felt.
  • An allowing of oneself to be ‘moved’ by the deeper self.
  • A means of expression.  As with many things, I’ve found, things cannot be developed if there is no way its expressed.

This process, though, is a general attitude that a person must practice for years to develop.  It does not happen automatically.  The intuitive sense, also, seldom brings dramatic insights.  Often, it can bring pain and other conflicts, which seems like the opposite.  In reality, this is the ‘inner soul’, so to speak, coming out.  It as if tries to create a transformation of ones self.  What happens is that the intuitive sense is really a way of life, a pattern of living, which requires the self to be transformed-like.  When one stands back and takes a look one can see that almost all forms of ‘healthy living’ involve aspects of developing the intuitive sense.  Religion, various wisdoms, philosophy, etc. all seek to develop this sense in way or another.  It shows that the intuitive sense is associated with living a healthy human life.

Developing this ‘sense’, though, does not mean you will have any ‘uncanny’ knowledge of the world, you will not be able to ‘sense’ a tragedy, or know when someones lying, and so on.  The ‘sense’ is not based on events or happenings but more on the way you live.

Because it ‘colors’ the world it creates a different awareness of the world.  This means it gives a great sense of ‘livingness’.  This is because the intuitive sense is an opening up of ones ‘inner soul’, so to speak.  Not only that, if one is open to the intuitive self it can give a great sense of how to live and be in the world.  In that sense, it can be sort of a guide to tell you what to do and what’s right or wrong (assuming you listen).

Because of this I have always felt that it is a good thing to try and develop the intuitive sense in ones life.

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