By Ron Esposito - October 2014

I have been thinking about intuition and how we “know without knowing how we know”.  It’s like a “cosmic download”.

One of the definitions of intuition is the ability to understand something immediately without the need for conscious reasoning; a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.  Perhaps intuition can be viewed as “direct experience” and a form of omniscience.

The word “intuition” comes from the Latin root “intueri” meaning to look inside or to contemplate; inner perception as real lucidity or understanding usually associated with right brain processes that have brought about innovation in scientific discovery and aesthetic/creative abilities.  Intuition cannot be judged by logical reasoning and is not based on conceptual knowledge. 

Albert Einstein has commented that “the intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift”.

Robert Graves has stated that “intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routing processes of thought and leads straight from the problem to the answer”.

It seems that there is a knowing based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.  Intuition is a keen and quick insight, a “gut” instinct that mirrors omniscience in the ability to have direct perception of truth and fact independent of any reasoning process.

Some salient aspects of intuition are that intuition does not explain (that is mind function); intuition is not compelling (it just presents, we choose to follow or ignore) and intuition feels lighter than thoughts (think on that!).

Here are some tips to develop your intuition:

  1. Listen to the body.  It is one of the three centers of intelligence.  It knows what to do.  Check out “Power vs. Force” by David Hawkins.
  2. Practice self-observation by watching your thoughts and emotions.  Also, practicing non-attachment creates emptiness and interior space that are prerequisites for intuition.
  3. Be present in the moment.  It is where the real action is.
  4. Practice meditation and attention to your breathing.  Are you breathing into your belly?
  5. Practice self-inquiry with a curiosity in regard to our inner processes.  You don’t need to judge.
  6. Trust your inner self.  Doubt is a phantom.
  7. Spend time in nature.  It is perfect as it is.
  8. Find music and literature that uplifts you.
  9. Follow your creative passion and imagination.

Ron Esposito is a certified Life Coach, Enneagram Teacher and is on the faculty of the School of Conscious Living. 




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