by Kate Becker
Quantum physics defies our physical intuition about how the world is supposed to work. In the quantum world, objects resist such classical banalities as “position” and “speed,” particles are waves and waves are particles, and the act of observing seems to change the system being observed
But what if we could develop a “quantum intuition” that would make this all seem as natural as an apple falling from a tree? Continue reading
By Annie Murphy Paul
Some people think of intuition as a mystical power. Skeptics write it off as a matter of lucky guesswork. But scientists who study the phenomenon say it’s a very real ability that can be identified in lab experiments and visualized on brain scans. Read on for gripping findings about your gut feelings, plus surprising ways to tune in to your body’s signals and tap the inner powers of your mind.
Research shows that our instincts often hit us first on a visceral level, telling us what we need to know well before our consciousness catches up. Here’s what happens when your intuition gets physical. Continue reading
by John Greer
Mystical intuition and insight are the heart of esoteric spirituality—flashes of illumination beyond any practice or effort that show the way to enlightenment and the realization of our true nature. Without these spontaneous openings, mysticism would be just another philosophy of life, attempting by reason to unravel the riddle of human existence. Only with insight can the conundrums of form and emptiness, truth and appearance, mind and matter, find resolution. Through them we gain, in varying degrees, experiential access to the underlying unseen order that is our true source and being.
These intuitions unveil the long-forgotten world that preceded language, those few years of early childhood untouched by the ceaseless cognitive mapping that has subsequently quantified, qualified, and defined every known aspect of what is. Mystical insight is seeing without boundaries or discrimination, seeing with beginner’s mind. It is what the Sufis are pointing to when they speak of discernment through “the eye of the heart.” Abrupt and wordless, these fleeting glimpses of what is bypass the conceptual filters of memories, associations, and learning. They are momentary openings into the way things are, providing a sense of the seamless, unified world in which we are intimately, but unconsciously, embedded. Perhaps you can get a sense of what insights are like from the following two metaphors: dot-to-dot drawings, and sunrise. Continue reading
by Georganne Spruce
“It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.” Jonas Salk
Listening for Intuition’s Wisdom
The longer I live, the more I rely on my intuition. My journals are full of entries describing how I ignored it and the unfortunate consequences I experienced as a result. The most difficult times to follow it are when it advises me to do what I don’t want to do.
In February 2011, writing and working intensely on the computer to set up a blog and learn to use Facebook, I foolishly ignored the warning my intuition was sending me verbally and through the tension building up in my back. I woke up one morning with sciatica down the right side of my body. It was the most intense pain I’d ever experienced. It took about six months to recover with acupuncture to relieve the pain and physical therapy to correct my posture and strengthen my core.
By Helen Fisher
You’re faced with a difficult decision, and suddenly you feel the right answer in your gut. But while intuition may seem to arise from some mysterious inner source, it’s actually a form of unconscious reasoning—one that’s rooted in the way our brains collect and store information.
As you accumulate knowledge—whether it’s about what books your spouse likes or how to play chess—you begin to recognize patterns. Your brain unconsciously organizes these patterns into blocks of information—a process the late social scientist Herbert Simon, PhD, called chunking. Over time your brain chunks and links more and more patterns, then stores these clusters of knowledge in your long-term memory. When you see a tiny detail of a familiar design, you instantly recognize the larger composition—and that’s what we regard as a flash of intuition.
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink, he tells a story about a marble statue that the Getty Museum purchased. Someone brought them a statue that was said to be a very well preserved ancient sculpture. The Getty had scientists do experiments for 14 months to determine if it was authentic. They finally concluded that it was and they purchased it for $10 million. Soon after, various art historians, museum experts and sculpture experts saw the statue and immediately upon seeing it claimed it was a fake. They knew in the “blink of an eye” that it was not authentic. Further research revealed that it was, indeed, a fake.
by John Morton
With intuition, or natural knowing, something goes on inside of us that’s transformational. You may experience it as a realization or a revelation. If you enjoy it and you appreciate it, then that’s an intuitive kind of an experience.
My experience of who we are spiritually is it’s constantly uplifting, clarifying, and illuminating. So as we spiritualize ourselves, something brighter, clearer, and more truthful comes to our awareness. The greater presence of who we are has intuition or natural knowing. So we can come upon that awareness that can’t be fully explained by our personal experience, but we know intuitively.