What is Intuition
Q: Does everyone have an intuitive ability?
Yes. Everyone is born with an active intuitive awareness, otherwise know as the instinct for survival. Because this is essentially an unused sense, which is typically not valued or is feared, most parents teach it out of their children at a very early age.
Q: Are you saying that intuition is nothing more than a glorified survival instinct?
Intuition is a refined version, yes. Before the modern age when humans were on an even playing field with all other animals, the instinct for survival was extremely heightened and developed. This was as necessary a sense as any other. And because it was used as much as seeing or hearing, it was a dependably reliable means of acquiring information for everyone.
Q: How was it used then?
In much the same way that any pack or herd animal uses it today: for telepathic distance communication, for locating animals and water, to know which plants were edible, to sense changing weather patterns, to sense and respond to impending danger, and to identify friend and foe.
Q: When did people with intuitive abilities start getting singled out for praise or scorn?
As humans developed the ability to build lasting shelters and learned how to cultivate food, their sense of security and safety grew, and their sense of vulnerability lessened. They no longer had the need to know beyond what the five senses could tell them, and so the sixth sense quickly started going dormant in most people.
As settlements grew and became widespread, people continued to move further away from the need for intuition. Only a few people here and there retained their intuitive sense.
While humans were still fairly close to their primitive past, intuitive people were valued and became the Oracles, Shamans, and Medicine people. As societies moved further away from a natural way of life, exposure to people who had these abilities diminished or disappeared. Add burgeoning religions to this mix, where only saints or devils could have this ability, and it’s not hard to understand how persecution of people with these “unusual” abilities arose.
While an intuitive person today is not commonly in danger of being persecuted, s/he is still usually looked at askance and considered an oddity, a curiosity, or a fraud. Though as people continue to progress spiritually, there is a rekindled interest in intuition. This is because intuition and spirituality are deeply entwined. You cannot pursue one without running into the other.
Q: What exactly is intuition?
It is the spontaneous knowing of something that one has no way of consciously knowing. Or so it appears to one who’s intuition is dormant. It often just looks like a neat parlor trick.
To one who’s intuition is awake, it’s the ability to use all of one’s clear senses (or as many as are clear) to look at the larger patterns (energy fields) that are in play and to be able to interpret and apply that information in much the same way that a creative person is able to make connections in leaps and bounds.
Q: How can we develop our intuition?
It is already developed; you already have it. There is not a person alive who has not had an intuitive experience. Most people choose to repress and/or ignore these when they happen. The problem is in the definition of what you believe intuition to be.
Q: What do most people think it is?
Most believe that only the most extreme examples of intuition—visions, predicting the future, reading minds—qualify. To a large extent, intuition is very subtle, more like a hunch or gut feeling unaccompanied by bells and whistles.
The intuition that most people think of when that word is used is someone who has the ability to see pictures in their minds of events along any timeline: past, present, or future. So when people want to know about intuition, what they really want to know is where do these pictures come from, and why are some people able to see them when most other people cannot, because this is the general understanding of intuition. People are much less aware that intuition can be experienced through any one of the senses, or multiple senses, or all senses. The more refined a person’s intuition, the clearer the senses, the more they receive information on all levels.
When people ask to develop intuition, what they are asking is how can they see these pictures in their heads. The answer is that not everyone will see pictures. How you normally receive information will influence the way you receive intuition.
If you are not a visual person, meaning you don’t think in images, then it’s not likely that you will see intuition in images. It’s more likely that you will hear words in your head telling you this or that is going to happen. Or you will feel it in the stomach or the chest. People who receive information in this way usually have good intuition but a strong intellect that wants to override the intuitive self, not allowing it to come to the conscious level in words or images. But they do not know how to prevent the solar plexus from receiving the shock of information, so the stomach and/or the chest tightens as the information comes in because