The Art of Intuition


We can all pick up on others moods, especially if it’s someone we know well. At some point too we have all probably felt unsure about someone, what they were saying just didn’t ‘feel’ right. Intuition is an ‘inner knowing’ that isn’t necessarily logical or rational. At its deepest level, it is to know the truth of something or to be able to understand something deeply.

There are three levels of intuition, each going deeper than the previous one. These are every-day intuition, accurate intuition and benevolent intuition. The first is to have a ‘feeling’ about something. The second is to accurately tune into what that something is really about. However the ego self that ‘I am intuitive’ tends to get in the way here. The third is to be able to deeply understand the truth of something. Here there is no ego or judgement, there is just kindness and compassion. 

How can we develop benevolent intuition? This is achieved through the power of silence. First we need to step back and create a respectful space between our self and the other person or situation. Next, let the mind become still and silent. Create a peaceful state of being inside. Then just observe. Don’t judge, stay neutral, and see what is. Today we are very geared up to go out and find the solution, when sometimes all we need to do is become silent and let the solution come to us.

Besides being intuitive about others and situations, how about becoming intuitive about ourselves? We can intuit ourselves with benevolent intuition.

First, use it to enquire. Why am I doing what I am doing? Where am I going with this? Does my behaviour match my beliefs or words? Do I say one thing and do another? What is this situation really trying to teach me? Why has this person come into my life? It may be, for example, that I am surrounded by bossy people because I need to learn to be assertive.

In this, it is also important to appreciate. It may be that we have teachers, be they people or situations, that we don’t like so much. When we appreciate we become students from victims, and this allows us to learn from them. The result may not have been what I wanted, what have I learned. Success isn’t always about the result, a more true measure is contentment’s thermometer.

Second, to intuit yourself. Who are you? What are your original qualities and authentic values? Take one, such as, ‘I am peace’ and then affirm and re-affirm this. We need to educate our mind to sit still with just one thought and go deep into that thought. This acts like a key. There is no battling in this, just accept it and be fully there in that thought. 

Benevolent intuition allows us to intuit ourselves and situations as they really are. It enables us to ‘see’ what we need to do and what is needed and to respond positively. Be silent and intuit.

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