Intuition is something that is easily understood; yet, it is not simple. To highlight a paradigm. Think of a computer’s ‘intuitive’ interface. It is, indeed, your sixth sense — more than a synonym for being predictive, subconscious, or instructive. It is also not telepathy. Not a dream too, because dreams are not intuitive.
Intuition is more than symbols. It calls for putting it all together: of being objective, shaking it up, about the interconnectedness of things and spirituality. Intuition is also, quite simply, a capacity, something that is within us all, like the aptitude for language, or thinking, or appreciating music. As Laura Day, a renowned ‘intuitionist’ and author of a groundbreaking book, on the subject, puts it, “Intuition can empower you to be productive and active in any situation. With intuition, you’ll be able to reclaim some measure of competence and control over your life. It will improve your decision-making... It should be an integral part of your life, like exercise and meditation. Employing it will open you up and add to the quality of both your thinking and your emotional selves.”
Intuition is not acquired power though. Rather, it’s an integral part of every human being — mental, emotional and psychical — process. Each moment, all of us receive information intuitively. Only thing is we’re somewhat unaware of the process, albeit we all use our intuition in every practical or reasoned decision we make every day — from choices as mundane as what we eat for lunch to what to pursue by way of a career, or whom to marry, all right. The trick is using your intuition more effectively to bringing the unconscious data it supplies to a place where your conscious mind can interpret it.
How do you do it? By knowing how to access and applying it effectively, while learning to understand the information you receive intuitively. This requires structure, yes, just as thinking is improved with the structure that logic provides. The inference is obvious. Whatever native intuitive skills you’ve retained from your childhood, you can expand, like any other skill, with practice. This is simply because when you learn to recognise your intuition, you cultivate awareness and memory. When your eyes encounter a word on the page, for example, it is instantly compared with the tens of thousands of words stored in your memory bank. Along with that word, images and elements stored with it are retrieved by your memory and served to your conscious mind. Your intuition functions in much the same way. It’s just a matter of learning how and where to shift your focus.
Everything you notice is significant. There are no coincidences. The more you think about them, the more it jazzes-up your mind. Everything, therefore, can be interpreted. Even unconsciously. Like meeting your friend, or getting the call for a job interview. You get the point — intuition has to it something more than what meets the eye or ear — it is relying and operating without the ‘safety-net’ of logic, common sense, and sensory experience. It is, therefore, not easy. Yet, its rewards are meaningful and empowering.
Think of yourself as a child. Play the make-believe game. Learn to suspend judgment. Dare to be the devil’s advocate. Deliberate. Label your impressions as you articulate them, into three categories — ‘genuine’ intuitive impressions: ‘imaged’ intuitive impressions; and, ‘interference.’ Use feedback and you’ll discover what were accurate ‘hits,’ or ‘misses.’ This is because gaining conscious control over your intuition is like learning to ride the bicycle — it takes practice to get the hang of things. But, once you have the ‘key,’ it’s not difficult at all.