The Intuitive Sense

Intuition is a spiritual faculty, and does not explain, but simply points the way.

Intuition has been called our "sixth sense" and is often an ability ascribed to women. The English writer D. H. Lawrence believed that the intelligence that "arises out of sex and beauty is intuition," while anthropologist Margaret Mead concluded that feminine intuition was a result of our "age-long training in human relations." I'm not here to debate the existence of an intuitive power - the capacity to know something without rational evidence that proves it to be so - because I know that it exists. So do you. The question that interests me today is: do you use your intuition? Have you learned how to fine-tune the inner instinct that is constantly transmitting signals to you? Think of yourself as a radio. Is your dial set clearly on the intuitive station so that you can receive the information you need when you need it, or are you just picking up static?

Intuition is the subliminal sense Spirit endowed us with to maneuver safely through the maze that is real life. Wild animals rely on their intuition to stay alive; we should rely on ours to thrive. "It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life and if you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct then your life will be safe, expedient and thin," Katherine Butler Hathaway wrote in 1946.

Intuition tries to communicate with us in inventive ways. One way is through what my friend calls "the educated gut," which frequently slaps us to pay attention by triggering a visceral, physical reaction in our bodies. One such intuitive signal is the emotional trembling that accompanies creative discovery or warns us not to take a certain action. Another intuitive message breaks through when we suddenly grasp that to try something new might be delightful; we do so and are surprised by joy. A third intuitive nudge occurs through revelation; the inner knowing that helps us arrive at the right place at the right time so that we can be swept away by the benevolent flow of synchronicity that gets us where we're meant to be as easily as the Universe can arrange it.

Today, go within and seek the wisdom and guidance of your authentic self. That person steadfastly waits to speak to you through the whispers of your imagination and the glimmers of your intuition. But if you want to learn to develop this marvelous power, you must first be willing to take a leap of faith and trust it. Put it to use in little ways. Use it every day, and eventually your sixth sense will flourish and enhance your life the way the other five senses to. William Wordsworth believed that we could all become "one in whom persuasion and belief/ Had ripened into faith, and faith become/ A passionate intuition."

And we can.

-Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance - A Daybook of Comfort and Joy © 1995

The long winter seems to be over, what with the trees all now budding, the fruit trees sending forth their blooms. The mock-cherry sends down a veritable snow-storm of white or pink petals that litter the sidewalk, standing in drifts in the gutters and beside the buildings. Daffodils and tulips nod their heads in agreement, hyacinth stand tall and proud. Birds awaken early and sing until the sun rises. What a wonderful time of year. Easter approaches, and with the reawakening of the land comes the reawakening in our soul.

What the spring season teaches us for its part in the process of decay and renewal cycles is this: Turn over the earth, sow, weed, water and wait. Whatever you sow you will reap. Plant the positive seeds of plenty and abundance will sprout in your garden, and joy of life will be your harvest. Be here. Learn to labor. Learn to wait. Learn to wait expectantly. Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow and mature, and you will be rewarded.



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