Our word intuition comes from the Latin verb intueri, which is translated as consider. The word also derives from the late middle English word intuit, “to contemplate.” Intuition seems to mean different things to different people and has been described in a variety of ways by cultures and traditions through time. Most agree that intuition is a faculty of “mind” that is beyond ordinary logical thinking.
There is an ancient maxim, “Ask, wait, listen, act.” I believe that intuition is the “listen” aspect of this maxim. We ask with our intellect and our thinking mind, but the faculty of intuition requires stillness and receptivity where we open to the wise part of ourselves for an answer or guidance. Intuition functions like an inner teacher, answering questions and offering insight.
Leading-edge quantum physics seems to speak in terms that sound more like the study of consciousness. Every proton in the universe is connected to every other in this quantum reality as we are learning from pioneers such as Nassim Haramein, Director of the Resonance Science Foundation. Therefore, we are connected to everything, and the answers to every question exist in that larger reality. There is a “field,” a nexus of reality that is unity.
Through the process of writing Symbol & Synchronicity, my own intuition offered a way to think of our consciousness. The Greeks used the term psyche to represent the Soul. My intuition offered a visual for how our psyches express. What I was shown in meditation is what we think of as the Soul is like a toroidal hypersphere of photons, spinning at the speed of light. This luminescence projects a portion of its essence into an incarnation, which in turn expresses what has usually been called conscious and sub-conscious. As a result of my vision and ongoing work, I have chosen new terms: self-conscious (the waking state), para-conscious (former subconscious), and meta-conscious (the Soul).
We spend most of the time in the realm of intellect and the self-conscious mind, however, intuition is considered to be a higher function than intellect. The Tibetan Master Djwal Khul, through the writing of Alice Bailey in her book Glamour, A World Problem (1950) remarked, “Development of the intellect is necessary but as a means to an end and one step on the way to a fully awakened and active mental body.” I would add a fully functioning Psyche. Intuition is the Soul’s guidance, coming through the field of para-conscious. As we slowly develop spiritually, our Soul is able to express through our personality and our self-conscious state can act in partnership with what is generally veiled from our ordinary awareness.
And in another of the books from Djwal Khul, From Intellect to Intuition, Bailey writes, “There are many ways in which intuition can be drawn into activity, and one of the most useful and potent is the study and interpretation of symbols. Symbols are the outer and visible forms of the inner spiritual realities, and when the facility in discovering the reality behind any specific form has been gained, that very fact will indicate the awakening of the intuition.“
Learning to understand the meaning of our dreams is enhanced by the faculty of intuition and learning the language of symbols. Without engaging intuition, I believe our dreams remain largely opaque. Like other great teachers, dreams often speak in parables or allegories, which are symbolic stories. These stories and their symbolic content must be translated or decoded as they do not appear as “rational” thoughts but as symbols, and sometimes there are multiple levels of meaning. Dream symbols are a silent and potent language that reaches our self-conscious awareness through the agency of para-consciousness, rising on wings of spirit from the deepest parts of our being as messengers. Intuition is the golden key to unlocking meaning.