“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.”
~Dr. Jonas Salk, (1914–1995)
by Linda Pendleton
Intuition is defined as the ability to perceive or know things without conscious reasoning; immediate apprehension or understanding. It is your inner voice, or psychic awareness, your spontaneous knowing.
We have all been given a gift of innate intuition. Although we all have intuition, Western society often invalidates it by telling us to use logic and ignore our original, independent source of knowledge. Women are generally considered to be more intuitive than men but men also follow their gut-feeling.
Men, often being more analytical and left-brain, seem to be satisfied with the idea that they followed a hunch rather than a fuller definition of intuitive feelings. All in all, it is the same thing—intuition, gut feeling, hunch—and we all have it to some degree or another. And everyone can develop their own intuitive abilities to a greater extent.
Your intuition, or gut feeling, is a valuable asset. It’s your sixth sense. This sixth sense relies on your five senses, your intellect, and your emotions, and works in conjunction with some or all of these senses. We are all familiar with the five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. And we accept those senses without question. Yet intuition is not always accepted as a natural human function.
But it is a natural function because within the hemispheres of the human brain, the non-verbal right brain is our seat of creativity, inspiration and intuition. It produces metaphor, imagery, music and sexuality. It is also spiritual, imaginative, artistic, holistic and non-linear, attuned to feelings and emotions, the source of dream images. The logical left hemisphere is responsible for speech, language skills and mathematics. It is analytical, linear, literal, its information processed sequentially.
In many cultures, including those of most indigenousness cultures, intuition is respected and honored as a normal and natural aspect of life. In many cases, these cultures have a profound interconnectedness to nature and the universal creative force and they have learned to trust and follow their inner wisdom. Fortunately, Western culture is coming around to a more accepting attitude about the part intuition plays in our daily lives, and that may partly be due to the media presenting stories of how intuition may have saved someone’s life or removed them from danger.
But until our educational system allows for more creative direction, our young children may continue to be diverted and robbed of their natural intuitive ability. We all have an intuitive voice within us, and it needs to be honored.
Intuition can be a guiding force in our daily lives if we learn to trust and acknowledge it. Intuition is considered by many to include messages from our spirit guides or angels. This is one way they communicate with us. They send us information, such as guidance or warnings, in this manner.
How often have you been encouraged to ignore your intuition and to rely on your left-brain, that analytical side?
Were you ever told a strong feeling you had about something or someone was “just your imagination” only to learn later your feeling was correct?
By now, many of us have learned it is important to pay attention to our intuition and not set it aside. Those of us who are mothers have often learned our intuition may be right-on when it comes to our young children.
We may know when something is wrong—such as a medical condition of a family member, yet we hear the doctor say, It’s nothing, when indeed, it is something. Many of us have experienced this and hopefully were able to make a difference in the outcome of an illness or treatment.
You may be using your intuition in more ways than you might realize.
How often have you thought about an old friend and within hours, or even minutes, receive a phone call or letter from that friend? Do you often know who is calling when your phone rings?
Have you ever had a feeling, a warning, not to walk into an elevator or down an alleyway? Have you ever known something was wrong with a family member who was out of your presence, even thousands of miles away? Have you had a gut feeling about a decision you’ve had to make?
As we learn to accept and trust our inner-voice, to enhance and develop our natural intuition, we discover how enormous the benefits can be. By using our intuition to tune into our inner voice, our inner wisdom, and the wisdom of the universe, our lives will be better, and as a result our spirits grow and evolve.
Intuition can be used to help you in all aspects of your life:
In business and career
To alert you to potential danger
Help you to make wise choices
Enable you to connect with your inner wisdom
Eliminate fear and worry
Prepare you for the future
Enable you to help others
Enhance your soul growth
Give you greater peace of mind
The imagination is a powerful creative force and it springs from the self, although it may be stimulated from outside. The ancient Greeks identified nine goddesses in the heavens (Muses) who presided over literature and the arts and sciences. Many inventors, artists, writers, musicians, scientists, and others, realize their ideas come to them from beyond themselves, often it comes through in day and/or night dreams, meditations, or by spontaneous thought.
Have you ever thought about the word “inspire” or “inspiration?” It means to “breathe in spirit.”
Is there really any difference between intuition and inspiration? Does it often come from spirit? — From your higher self? — From the universal consciousness? Are we guided, given information from the other side? Does it often come to us even without our asking?
There are many levels of intuition. Often one’s psychic ability, or knowingness, is a blend of one or more of the five senses with the sixth sense. For instance, you could have vivid dreams or visions, and at times, hear the voice of a departed loved one call out your name. This would be clairvoyance, clear seeing, and clairaudience, clear hearing.
People often have experiences of smell, such as the aroma of roses in the room in the dead of winter, or the strong fragrance of after shave, the same fragrance your father always used before his death. Have you ever experienced any smells out of the ordinary, at a time when there was not the physical presence of the object? Have you heard your name called out in the distinct voice of a deceased loved one, such as your grandmother? These types of experiences are common occurrences.
One of the classic types of intuitive abilities is Clairvoyance. Clairvoyance is defined as clear sight, or clear seeing beyond the physical. Clairvoyance would include visions, seeing images in the mind, seeing angels, seeing apparitions, seeing deceased loved one. This can include precognition, such as visions, or vivid dreams. With a clairvoyant gift or ability, spirit shows you symbols, objects, scenes, visual mental images. The message they are conveying may be literally, or may be symbolic.
Clairsentience is defined as clear feeling or clear sensing. Someone with this ability is able to experience strong, empathetic feeling and emotions from spirit, or even from living persons. This would include persons who are very sensitive to energies and emotions of other people. Artists and healers of various disciplines often have this ability.
Most of us have experienced being put-off by what seems to be negative energy someone is putting out. We want to remove ourselves from their presence. And if possible, we immediately do so.
Psychic mediums often experience the pain or trauma of death but, with experience, learn to deal with that in their work. They may physically feel the impact within themselves of a blow to the head, for instance, or chest pain from a heart attack. Mediums who work on murder cases have to quickly learn how to experience a traumatic death only momentarily and to let it go just as quickly. Anyone who is a sensitive empath has to learn to channel the feelings but distance themselves and let the impressions flow through them without allowing the feelings to stay present within them. This takes practice, which is very understandable.
We are all affected by the energy of others to some degree. It is great when the energy is uplifting, joyful and beautiful, but not at all pleasant when it is angry, raging, bitter, depressed, or filled with any negativity. So being sensitive to empathic feelings and emotions can be a mixed blessing.
In addition to the four classic types of intuition: Inspirational Thought, Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Clairsentience, along with Clairalience, there are additional subcategories of extra-sensory perception such as Prophetic Dreams, Spiritual Dreams, Automatic Writing, Psychometry, Channeling, Trance Mediumship, Seeing Auras, and Remote Viewing.
Remote viewing was used by the United States Government for many years before being revealed to the public. Stargate, a top-secret psychic espionage program backed by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency was supposedly disbanded in 1995 after being in existence since the early 1970s. Apparently the program was established after the CIA learned several foreign nations, including the Soviets, Chinese, Germans, Israelis, were heavily involved in various aspects of the paranormal.
The military remote viewers were trained under the father of remote viewing, Ingo Swann, and a team of scientist, including Drs. Hal Puthoff, Russell Targ, Charles Tart, and others at the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA., in conjunction with the CIA. Several had psychic ability before undergoing any training. A number of the retired military remote viewers have become consultants in parapsychology and still do remote viewing for agencies, corporations, and individuals.
Pychometry is the ability to read the “history” of an object by holding the object in your hand. Usually small personal objects such as a watch, wallet, ring, keys, or an article of clothing are used.
The term psychometry was coined by Joseph Rodes Buchanan in 1842. Buchanan, an American scientist and researcher, was Dean and Professor at the Eclectic Medical Institute in Covington, Kentucky. He identified psychometry as the “measuring of the soul,” and believed that some type of emanation was thrown off by the human body and objects, and sensitives could feel and interpret those emanations.
Automatic writing is the process, or resulting product, of written or typed material that does not come from the conscious thought of the writer. It is sometimes done in a light trance state, and other times, the writer is aware of his actions, but not controlling the writing hand. For others, the message to be written comes clairaudiently, and is channeled.
One of the most intriguing accounts of a type of automatic writing involves the development of A Course in Miracles, which is said to have been “given” to Helen Schucman by Jesus himself. In 1965, Schucman began to receive a message from an “inner Voice” insisting that she take notes of its message to her. She described the Voice in this way: “It made no sound, but seemed to be giving me a kind of rapid, inner dialogue which I took down in a shorthand notebook. The writing was never automatic. It could be interrupted at any time and later picked up again.”
Precognitive dreams gives you a glimpse into the future, a foreknowing of an event. It is a fairly common psychic phenomenon. These dreams may involve the knowing of upcoming earthquake, a plane crash, or other catastrophic event that occurs a few days after the dream. At other times, the precognitive dream can be much more pleasant. The dreams are normally vivid, and have a special feeling or sense about them, much different than what one would consider a nightmare.
Prophetic or visionary dreams come from the highest level of the soul and normally has to do with spiritual growth. It may contain a universal truth. Ancient prophesies and mystical teachings have come through the visionary consciousness.
A spiritual dream is a vivid dream of a visit or communication from a loved one or a spirit guide. It has an unusual quality to it and leaves a clear impact that communication has taken place. It is not a dream of wishful thinking, but a genuine contact.
An aura is the physical manifestation of the electric energy field surrounding matter. The process of photographing the aura field became known as Kirlian photography, named after Russian scientist and inventor, Seymon Kirlian. Beginning in the 1970s and for several years thereafter, parapsychologist, Dr. Thelma Moss, studied auras and Kirlian photography at the Neuropsychiatric Institute Lab at UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles. Much of the documented lab tests involved plants and the auras surrounding them.
Many people are able to see auras around people, plants, and other objects, and those in the healing fields often use aura reading as a tool for “diagnosing” illness, emotional problems and imbalances within the body. The renowned clairvoyant Edgar Cayce was able to see auras and diagnosis medical conditions.
Channeling is the receiving of messages from the other side through the various classic psychic avenues. In recent years it has gained more attention through various television shows and literature, featuring psychic mediums, such as John Edward, James Van Praagh, Char Margolis, Theresa Caputo and a few other credible mediums.
Intuition, Our Inner Wisdom
By Linda Pendleton
Copyright 2013, Linda Pendleton. All Rights Reserved.