Intuition, sometimes called a ‘hunch’, is a source of information. It is a rather unreliable source of information, not because of the limitations of intuition as an instrument, but because of the inability of the average level of human consciousness to use it effectively, and to repose in it the trust that it deserves. Sri Aurobindo expresses in beautiful poetry the human tendency to mistrust intuition.
Even if thou rain down intuition’s rays, The mind of man will think it earth’s own gleam …….
—– Savitri, Book 7, Canto 4
The truth behind a intuition often becomes apparent to us in retrospect, and leads to expressions such as ‘I always knew it’ or ‘I told you so’. Intuitions often come to us in dreams, and may let us peep into the future. Such dreams come true more often than would be probable purely by chance. Parapsychologists, who investigate such phenomena, are now being looked upon with greater respect than in the past.
Intuition follows a route quite different from that of the intellect. The intellect depends on reason, and moves systematically from step to step. Intuition is a sort of revelation —— it gets the complete information, all at once and all of a sudden, without having to go through the process of reasoning.
Although doctors do not like to admit it, they depend a good deal on intuition for making a diagnosis. The diagnosis is generally made within the first few minutes by intuition., and then reasons are found to justify that diagnosis, and reject the alternatives. That is what makes the diagnosis of a doctor better than that made by a computer, although the computer uses the same data, and applies logic to it more ruthlessly than the doctor. In fact, all original thinking and scientific breakthroughs have an intuitive element.
What is the source of information obtained intuitively ? The information seems to come from a vast pool of timeless knowledge. Is this pool within us, or outside us ? This question is pointless because this pool is not limited by space. At the level of this pool , we are all inter-connected, and therefore the source may even be ‘somebody else’. In short, intuition lets us tap a little deeper into the universal consciousness of the Divine, the Spirit of which is all-pervasive. Intuition gives us access to a layer of reality deeper than that accessible to the mind.
Gary Zukav, like Sri Aurobindo, believes that we are on the threshold of a major evolutionary breakthrough. He describes the process as evolving from five-sensory human beings to multi-sensory human beings. According to him, the experiences of a multi-sensory human are less limited than those of a five-sensory human.
Just as education can enhance the abilities of the intellect, intuition can also be made more productive and reliable. To make the best use of our intuitive abilities, first, we should be ready to believe that there is a source of information higher than the mind. Secondly, we should pay heed to intuitions when they speak to us. Finally, we should live a life guided by our deepest Self, or the psychic being. Such a life is one which is full of love and compassion, a life which looks beyond our little self. Such a life is an outer expression of the oneness that underlies the apparent multiplicity of creation. Hence, this life also strengthens intuition, which is a consequence of the same oneness.
————— Ramesh Bijlani.