Archive for February, 2010
What is Intuition?
Intuitive abilities are universal. The ‘sixth sense’ is as inherent in the human species as hearing, smelling, seeing, etc. And like its fellow senses, is expressed at greater or lesser strength within each individual. One person identifies with a keen sense of smell or keen eyesight, another with an extraordinary sense of hearing. So too, intuition varies in strength from person to person. I prefer the word intuition to psychic primarily because of the unsavory connotation implied by the contemporary use of the word psychic. More often than not, it is a catch-all phrase for charlatans. This is not meant to imply that all people who call themselves psychics are scam artists. But in a field with an intangible product so impossible to regulate, there are many who prey on a fearful and vulnerable clientele.
Although I prefer to use the word intuition as applied to myself and my professional practice, there are places where the word psychic is wholly applicable – as in defining various abilities subsumed under the following major headings. The most common and familiar of these being clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience.
Basically this means, ‘seeing’, ‘hearing’ and ‘feeling’ beyond the normal range of the senses. They are often considered supernatural abilities. Now supernatural is defined, in part, as being above or beyond the laws of nature. Advances in quantum physics demonstrate that beyond the fundamental laws of nature, there are laws of creativity which by their very nature preclude consistently predictable energetic responses or ‘results’. And which might, at times, be called supernatural.
Because intuition is as inherent to human beings as love or faith, it is a natural, not a supernatural function. It is our perceptions based on superstition and scientific empiricism that cast these abilities into a pit of skeptic derision.
Reflect for a moment on your own experience. Focus on the small, repetitive occurrences. For example, you have been thinking of a certain person, usually a friend or relative, and then ‘out-of-the-blue’ they contact you or you ‘just happen’ to run into them. You purchase some item at the store and you’re not sure why, like paper towels for instance. Later you discover that you are out of paper towels. The phone rings and you ‘just know’ that it’s your Aunt Martha; and you’re right. This list goes on and on.
We take so many of these day-to-day experiences for granted that we lose sight of their origin in our intuition. Additionally, when such premonitions are of a darker nature, we are often disturbed by them, and like a bad dream, we push them aside.
As humans, we fear what we cannot understand; often turning to skepticism and ridicule as a way of making ourselves more comfortable. I invite you to take a fresh look at your intuition!