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Our conversations in #SpiritChat have covered various topics related to intuition – the mind and the spirit, inner peace and the spirit and equanimity and the spirit, to name a few. We all may have our own perspective on the role of intuition in our lives, and some of us may use a lot more of it on a regular basis than others.

So, what is intuition? One classic dictionary definition is –

the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning… intuition

Reasoning

Yes. Conscious reasoning. The part of our mind which engages the intellect in analysis – to reason about things that defy reason in many instances. Our abilities to reason, to discern, to discriminate as human beings are perhaps what separate us from “lower” life-forms – but too much engagement with the conscious mind can also be detrimental to our ability to use our instinct, to our inherent ability to understand, to our intuition.

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We all know about our five physical senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. They connect us with the external world. We also know about some of our inner senses like kindness, empathy, sympathy, trust and many more. Intuition is one of these valuable inner senses. Perhaps the most valuable senses of them all, because it can serve as a guide in decision-making when we may doubt the abilities of our external senses. Another wonderful thing about intuition is that we can grow it, make it stronger over time, with spiritual practice like meditation, and regular evaluation of the results that came from us making intuition-based (instead of reasoning-based) decisions.

Albert Einstein perhaps said it best in the context of why we need to appreciate the gift of intuition…

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
― Albert Einstein

As we approach the end of the year, and look back on the major decisions that we made this year, we may benefit from asking – how did our intuitive decisions fare versus our rational decisions? Did we actively grow our intuitive abilities? How can we grow our intuition? What role do our related inner senses of empathy and trust play in our use of intuition? Where does intuition really come from, and in what form?

I leave you with a quote to contemplate on – it best describes the relationship between belief and intuition. I also invite you to join us in the #SpiritChat community in a discussion about intuition on Sunday, December 9th 2012 at 9am ET / 2pm GMT.

“Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you for reading – Be well!

Kumud

Update: Here is the html Transcript for the chat. Here is the pdf version for download. Also see the questions asked during the live chat on our topic of Intuition. Thank you – may we discover the power of our Intuition!

Q1. It isn't easy. But how would you define the concept of intuition? #SpiritChat 

Q2. What interferes with us using our intuition more frequently?  #SpiritChat 

Q3. We've all heard - Follow your heart. But is it good advice? Is there a better alternative? #SpiritChat

Q4. What can we learn about intuition from children? What can we teach them about it? #SpiritChat 

Q5. Einstein: Society honors the rational mind more than the intuitive. Agree? Why or why not? #SpiritChat 

Q6. Joy. Faith. Light. Intuition. And the connection is...? #SpiritChat  
 
Q7. From this day forward, I will develop and use my intuition to... #SpiritChat