Intuition and Reason
1) the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
2) a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.
I was inspired by Dennis' sharing of the intuitive experiences he's been having on this week's episode of The Seiker Podcast. I'm telling you, my friends, we all have these abilities within us. It may take time to hone them and understand them, but we are more than atoms and molecules residing in mathematical equations.
I decided to track down this article (well, actually an email post) from a mail group (remember those) I belonged to in the late 1990s. The 90s was an amazing time of spiritual advancement that was cut short by the low-vibe energy that came after September 11.
For me personally, it was a time when I was in the process understanding that the dogma of reason I'd been infused with throughout my school career was not at odds with our intuitive powers. I'd known this readily as a child, but I was one of those who had it "educated" out of me by the system. My encounters with a few specific people in the mid 90s reignited that interest in me.
Here's the post (the writing is somewhat atrocious) that I send to the PanTheism mail list on January 1, 1998. It shows my own journey back to merging reason and intuition. What was easy for me as a child and today was a struggle for me at that time. You can hear it in my words. If you're at that place in your journey...you've had some experiences logic can't explain...I hope these words will help.
Trust your intuition, my friends. It's not just woo-woo. It's powerful and it's the way beyond the numbers and the logic that have created the world we see around us.
I would like to start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. I suppose such things have no meaning other than as mile posts to entice each of us to take stock of who we are and what progress, or lack thereof, we have made in this past Earth orbit of the Sun. And to consider whether such considerations even find a place in our lives.
Being the famous skeptic I am among those who know me, I am generally someone who, while driven by emotion, needs some kind of evidence to back the things I consider worthy of "belief". This is why I am struck, as this new year dawns, with a growing acceptance of something that is generally seen as the counter-opposite of reason-- INTUITION.
Oh yes, now I call all I hold dear into question. Intuition is a word that for most of my life bred doubt if not outright contempt. There is no scientific or physical evidence, I have always claimed, to its truth. It is based on feelings, and impressions, and plays too much into our willingness accept a step-by-step gradual revelation that allows us to see each step as something we intuited. An ability to say, "Yes that is what I anticipated would happen," to whatever does happen.
I have viewed it as somewhat the equivalent of someone looking into a crystal ball and seeing, "dark clouds on the horizon," and then feeding off the sucker's response to fill in details to the sucker's utter amazement.
However, the past couple of years have slowly, but surely, given me a newfound respect for the art of intuition. It is an art not a science and therefore always suspect according to the aforementioned weaknesses.
I have met a number of people these past two years who have held my feet to the fire on this issue a little and gotten me to do some first-hand "scientific study" of its value and usefulness. I must confess that I have found it a valuable means of "experiencing" my existence and explaining certain aspects of it, as well as understanding my relationship to this universe.
Its results cannot be quantified or described in concrete terms. It lends itself, as it must, to a very subjective interpretation--which I contend is all any of us are, in the final analysis, truly capable of.
The mystic and the scientist, must they be forever at odds? What if a combination of these two systems could be synthesized? Would it not provide a more complete view of the universe, acceptable to a wider part of the human family?
Mysticism, and we cannot escape it, has powerful roots in the Paganism of ancient Europe, from which it seems to me this group could be said to draw much of its historical value of nature and the environment. The ancient Celts had a philosophy that was both mystical and scientific(to its time) in character; as well as a remarkable felicity for the wonder and "magic" of nature.
They held to the idea (as do many Buddhists, Taoists, Native American traditions, and Shintoists) that all in nature was "alive" at some level. Even rocks, and minerals, and space dust. Can we as nearly 21st Century PanScientists deny the implications of modern cosmology, biology, and particle physics? Everything in our physical universe from stars to the flu virus to us is made of the same materials in different combinations. All matter in this universe is truly energy. Whether it is a stationary rock or a cheetah running 70 mph it is "alive". The rock's vibration is simply infinitely slower than that of the cheetah.
For me this "aliveness" in nature is what makes it so special and wonderous to me. It can be proven by scientific theory, though we are not quite there yet; but it can only be "felt" and "experienced" through intuition.
Reason and Intuition. They go hand-in-hand in our experience. One is not superior to the other. They simply fill different roles. Reason need not be subverted by intuition, but reason without intuition is just cold equations. Intuition without reason is just "blind faith" and "fantasy".
Just a New Year's day thought from my keyhole........
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Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. He’s been writing, recording, and using affirmations for 30 years. He's also the author of Anunnaki Awakening. He advocates for the potential of the human race. He's life-long history buff and holds a B.S. in History Education.