Ian Parkin is the author of this post.
Why Do We Have Intuition?
The reason we have intuition is to guide, protect, and inform us. I think intuitive guidance is like having a Psychic Satnav for decision making. When you come to a fork in the road (life path), your insight can point the way without you having any logical data at hand. (A tough call for the analytical minded person who fully relies on research and conscious awareness). Intuition is also like a support system there to protect you. I think my protective insight is like having an extra-sensory radar pinging out energy and receiving positive or negative responses from what enters your field. Information received through your intuition does not come from logical evidence or learned responses so you may not intellectually understand what is coming your way. But you can most certainly make faster, more accurate and more confident decisions when you are able to find your inner knowing.
What Is Intuition?
We live at a time when the capacity to hear Spirit’s voice talk within heart and unconscious mind has become greater, due to the intensification of light within the physical plane. As a result, even for those who have wandered far away from a spiritual path, the way back is more possible than ever before. All most of us need is a wish to return, and to provide some time and attention, to the little voice of inner knowing that you may have previously rejected.
This inner knowing is what we call intuition. It takes place in silence and in the presence of inspiration that arrives from another level, often by asking and waiting. Though some intuitive perceptions are primarily focused within the human plane, for example, knowing someone so well that we can anticipate how they might react to something or what they might do, the kind of insight that may be called ‘higher intuition’ comes in different patterns of thought. It is the voice of understanding that translates messages from the level of the soul where Divine truth, light, and wisdom can be heard.
There doesn’t have to be a great difference between human instinct and higher intuition. And yet, for many there remains a large gap – a rational thinking space that makes it more difficult processing the words that are being whispered to and from the soul. To bridge this gap in real ways, mind and heart must be willing and there needs to be at least the beginning of trust in one’s capacity ‘to know’.
Intuition does not need to be taught; it needs to be allowed. It is a capacity that has always been within us in a dormant state, waiting for us to turn towards it, as a flower turns to the sun. We can start with a small willingness to 'know’ more of truth, light, and wisdom as it applies to our own life and to the lives of those we love. We can begin to affirm to have the obstacles removed that cloud understanding or diminish the psychology to trust your intuition when making decisions.
A desire to contact higher truth has been found to help open the doors to inner knowing, especially when such desire is accompanied by a willingness to receive and to pay attention to what has been heard or sensed. There are people who ‘know’ things who don’t believe what their inner senses tell them. They invalidate and reject the experiences they feel or believe. This choice begins to close the doors to higher perception as it gives more power to fear; fear of being wrong, fear of being different, fear of needing to change one’s life based on what is heard. To open the doors to intuition and to keep them open, we need to be willing to listen and know, and you need to be willing to trust your gut.
Trust is not a simple thing, for it often involves a reevaluation of how we have lived our lives over the years. It may be that life has compelled us to be more practical, more focused on logic and the daily tasks of living and providing for others. Or it may be that in past experience we have made mistakes concerning who or what to trust. It also may be that we have forgotten that we have the capacity to feel more, to sense more, or to be more open to life on every level. Trust involves not just a willingness to receive something from another level of our being. It also involves a willingness to believe in our own capacity to flow with life and work to change what needs to be changed on the outside or on the inside to do so.
There are many who know a great deal about this process but are afraid to let themselves recognize this because of where it might take them. This fear must be let go of to open the doors further to intuition and to the greater perception of light and truth.
Especially today, when there are so many great issues before us as a collective humanity, and so many actions taken that can have a profound effect on all of humankind, it’s especially important that we reclaim our ability to know and to trust the gut feeling that give rise to intuitions. To do otherwise leaves us in the precarious position of having no knowledge of what or who to believe, not knowing which direction to go in, in terms of making the world a better place and relieving the immense suffering that currently exists. Without access to the deeper intuitive emotions that are part of us, we live at the mercy of public opinion rather than in the presence of truth.
For reasons that are both personal and are simply part of being human, it is essential, now, for us to open to the light that is present so that we can participate more fully in the collective life of humanity, as well as, in the circumstances of our own lives. It is time to allow our inner senses to awaken and to become the light-filled beings that we are. The interesting time we are in asks this of us, and for each of us, our heart allows this of us so that we can begin to solve the problems and challenges that are immediately before us.
Begin with a good practice of meditation and follow that with a period of silence and emptiness in which you do not know and wait to be shown; then make yourself ready to become a vessel of truth and light. It is best to keep a journal for your hunches. Take notes on the gut feelings that accompany the emotional images, and jot down what happens when you make a decision to take action on what feels right while going forward. The recognition of these insightful gifts may not happen immediately, but it will happen, and all of life celebrates when one who has left the path of recognizing their Divine self begins to tread the path of return.
I’m no expert on the science behind intuition but I guess if there were processes to study and measure intuition, they could show results as an IIQ - Intuitive Intelligence Quotient. (??/10). Brain researchers may see that a muggle, who has no idea of the magic within them, would probably score an IIQ of 0 to 2 out of 10. Whereas a professional psychic like myself, working in the business of using of their intuition, should score a 7 to 10 out of 10. You could learn to measure your own IIQ with the Zener’s ESP cards mentioned in this article.