Intuition: Reason based on knowing
What is Intuition? Where did it start? What does it look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? Why is it there? I kept asking these questions until I was able to comprehend an answer.
What is intuition? According to Wikipedia: Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason. According to me: You just know that you know that you know. You can’t really explain why you know you should make a certain decision … you just know you should … you just “have a feeling.” Intuition defies reasoning. There are times a person will place a bet, go into a certain building, go down a certain street, say no to a proposal, or follow a dream even though the cold hard facts indicate it is not the decision you should make. You may get laughed at, ridiculed, scorned by others and sometimes even by yourself for not making your decision based on the “facts” of the matter.
Intuition is never wrong. As I look back on my life, I know that each decision or event that occurred in a negative manner was accompanied by a “gut feeling” to do the opposite in the first place. Intuition is a communication from your spiritual self to your human self, letting you know what would be your next best action.
Where did it start? Intuition is a “never beginning/never ending knowing.” As humans, it is hard to imagine something never beginning. Everything physical has a beginning … or so it seems? Then again, think about it. What came first, the chicken or the egg? The mighty oak tree came from an acorn. But where did the acorn come from? And so it goes …
Were Adam and Eve the first humans? Possibly, but where did they come from.? There are a lot of opinions on that but there is one thing everybody agrees on: they didn’t just appear from nothing. Some say they came from primates while others say they came from God. I am confident there are even more theories out there but those are the two I am familiar with.
So where did the primates come from? When did God start? Can any of us picture the beginning? What we do know is that all forms of animal have instinct. We’re not so sure about plants, but there is research being done to answer that very question.
The amoeba instinctively nourished itself. I don’t think it was something inside that told it to eat and then told it what to eat, but an urge of some sort was there. It was automatic, spontaneous, without thought, involuntary and the next right action for the little amoeba to take and make its life comfortable. Could it be that ‘instinct’ is ‘pre-choice intuition?’ Yes, it could be. Both instinct and intuition are inner knowing. One causes an involuntary action and the other allows for choice in action. Although it has evolved over time, inner knowing has always been and always will be. It is the God Energy within all, including plants and stones.
Why is it there? Intuition is a tool for all Human Beings to use as a guide in taking the next action. Because God is all there is, it makes sense that in whatever form God has manifested, God would have a way for that manifestation to know how to proceed. As man evolved into a thinking and choosing being, some of the instinct went from an involuntary action to a voluntary action based on inner knowledge. When the action is voluntary, the inner knowing is called intuition.
It seems to have taken a long time for us to be able to hear or feel intuition. It’s because we were so used to the involuntary instinct that we didn’t pay attention when the change came. Over time, we are becoming more aware of the inner messages and are experiencing the different result of following the intuitive lead instead of reasoning-around-it. Trial and error; “Today I listened to that inner knowing because yesterday I didn’t and I got stuck in a traffic jam.”
More and more we are testing the result of following intuition. More and more we are realizing that intuition is a very powerful tool in knowing what next action will result in a peaceful and harmonious outcome for us in any given situation.
What does it look like, sound like, feel like? Physically speaking, intuition is not perceptible by the basic 5 senses. It is a sense that I can only describe as a knowing. There is a controversy surrounding intuition because intuition cannot be detected on a monitor the way seeing, feeling, smelling, hearing and tasting can be, therefore, scientifically speaking, it doesn’t really exist. Even if it does exist, it is irrational and therefore irrelevant.
The rule used to be: All action ought to be preceded by reasoning based on physical experience and ‘accepted logic.’ It was that ‘accepted logic’ that determined our intuition was not real. Fortunately, that is changing. Science is reevaluating its stand on intuition. Knowing is a sensation of right action but the sensation cannot be measured on a machine or, as I see it, the machine has just not been discovered yet that can measure it.
Why is it important in the life of a person? It is a given that intuition is very important in any person. It is there for a reason and that is to guide the person into the next right action. We tend to realize our knowing after the fact. We often say something like, “I had a feeling I should have or shouldn’t have…” When we follow our intuition before the event, the result is a comfortable experience. Most of the time, we are not aware of the disaster we staved off because we followed our intuition, but I am sure there is always a less desirable outcome to any action that was contrary to that inner knowing. Intuition is in each and every person and is there for them to use. There are no exceptions and therefore it is an important feature in every human being.
Intuition is Omniscience uncovered.
Cheryl Gleghorn grew up in Milwaukee, WI where she attended St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. The second of eight children, she started learning early on the power of love and compassion. Spirituality was her calling. Because of her affiliation with a marketing group while in her early twenties, she was introduced to the world of self-help and positive thinking … which led to the notion that there was probably a connection to God somewhere in all of that.
In 1996, Cheryl found Science of Mind; A faith, a philosophy, and a way of life. This is the connection to God she was looking for. This movement was started by Dr Ernest Holmes in the early part of the twentieth century… In 2002, after several years of study, she became a licensed practitioner under the umbrella of United Church of Religious Science (later- Centers for Spiritual Living).
Today she attends the Center for Spiritual Living in Bradenton, FL.
Cheryl teaches this philosophy, does spiritual coaching, gives prayer support, leads meditation and facilitates visioning groups.