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..:: Intuition ::..


Alan Schneider


             The relationship between the Soul and God is always the one of greatest importance for human beings, and almost never the one that gets the priority of our attention! This is due in large part to the difficulty in attaining a clear perception of first, the Soul, and then God, in our waking consciousness, distracted as we are by the great din of the senses and material confusion on the Physical Plane.  This difficulty can be reduced to one consideration – both the Soul and the Logos must be perceived intuitively in the realms where they exist – beyond the ego, senses, and physical experience occurring on the Physical Plane. Intuition has been called “The Voice of the Soul”. How does this voice speak to us, and how does it differ from the many other “voices” that register in our consciousness? How can intuition be recognized?  

            Well, to begin with, intuition is definitely not the voice of logic. Logic is purely analytical, grounded in the evidence provided by the physical senses, and has developed to serve the ego as its primary function in existence. Logical thought is the mechanism through which we attempt to gain a superficial understanding of the Physical Plane of Manifestation, customarily for the purposes of manipulating subsequent events. Logic manifests in successively higher stages on the first three Chakras of the Chakra System.  At the level of Muladhara, it functions as a survival mechanism. Concerning Svadhisthana, it assists us in seeking a mate, or mates, perhaps only in the service of Left Hand Tantra (superficial sexuality), and hopefully in more authentic and sincere partner searches that ultimately result in the creation of a loving marriage and family.  At the level of Manipura, logic assists our career evolution and socio-economic development, sometimes appropriately through well-earned and deserved promotion, and often through deception and the negative manipulation of the social system around us. Logic is fundamentally amoral, as is the ego it serves, and this is why it has no function beyond Manipura. 

            And Intuition is also not the voice of physically grounded, that is, physiological, emotional response. Such responses include anger, fear, remorse, depression, joy, ecstasy, passion, and other major mood and mind sets. As pleasant or unpleasant as these states of organismic arousal may be, they are definitely not properly intuitive in character – no appreciable enhancement of perception is present.  Although intuition may be associated with emotion, it is not emotional per se. The plain fact is that powerful emotional states can and will interfere with intuitive perception. 

            As we Ascend to the level of Anahata, the Heart Chakra, and the Seat of the Soul, another mechanism of knowing becomes assessable – this mechanism is intuitionthis  is where intuitive perception comes into play in consciousness. Why? Because specifically at this level of spiritual development we have begun to know the Logos through the Soul, and the Logos is the source of all higher perception, including intuition. Personal human intuition is about learning to directly recognize and respond to the wishes and messages of God, as opposed to listening and responding to the wishes and messages of the ego. This frequently becomes the subject of a life (and lives) long battle within consciousness, and the remainder of this essay will suggest ways of distinguishing between (among?), the self-oriented voices of personal involvement, and the intuitive Voice of the Great Self.           

            Now, the Voice of Intuition is not quite the same thing as the Still, Small Voice of the Conscience, although they can occur simultaneously regarding an issue.  The function of the Conscience, which also resides within the Heart Chakra, functions as a moral compass for subsequent action – the voice of Intuition describes the spiritual essence of a condition as the best measure of possible subsequent action.  Sometimes, these are functionally the same message – at others, they may differ markedly. Intuition is about knowing the Truth – Conscience is about responding to the Truth. Without good intuitive perception, the best intentions of the Conscience can still result in a journey down the proverbial Road to Hell for the ignorant and ill-informed. 

            How can we know and acknowledge the Intuitive Voice of the Soul? Clearly, in part (as has been described thus far in this essay) by knowing what voice it is not. It is not the voice of logic. It is not the voice of emotion. It is not even the voice of conscience. Although it is not a feeling, it is still “felt“ (i.e. experienced) and sensed in consciousness. And although it is not a still, small voice, it does tend to be quiet, and reside in the background of conscious perception. This essay is also about bringing the intuitive voice out of that background, and into the foreground, of conscious perception, and of making it the first process of understanding and action. So, understanding what is not the intuitive voice is certainly very helpful! 

            Intuitive perception is enhanced by meditation, and the other processes that tend to develop a quite internal condition of consciousness. A mind full of noise is not well suited to recognizing the Truth! I firmly believe, based upon decades of experience and experimentation,  that intuition is the perception of the Logos emerging into individual human experience through the portal of the Soul, and meditation opens that portal.  The high fidelity perception of the many layers of the human Aura is only possible from the level of Anahata onward and upward, and that mode of perception is a significant element of intuitive knowledge.  What we experience intuitively is the spiritual vibration of the Aura resonating in our field of consciousness.  In a word, what we experience intuitively is the Soul of another person or condition, its spiritual essence, radiating in the Cosmic Mind of the Logos.  Intuition is Soul-to-Soul direct spiritual communication. This process is not rational, or even necessarily sane per se, but nonetheless remains the essence of knowledge existing beyond tangible information and mental data processing.  

            If I am feeling stressed out, irrationally prejudiced, emotionally imbalanced, attracted to something or someone for personal motives, or feeling pressured to avoid something or someone for other personal motives, these factors are danger signals from the point of view of achieving valid intuitive perception – they will individually or collectively almost certainly distort, invalidate, interfere with, or outright block my intuition and intuitive perception.  And analysis is another counterproductive process here. If I find myself excessively analyzing and thinking about my motives for the experience of a given perception, this will effectively obscure its intuitive validity.  Now, this does not mean that I should not think before I act.  Action is another matter entirely, and at the very least, the Voice of the Conscience should be given heed, not to mention simple common sense. Thoughtless action always creates more Karma on the Physical Plane, while thoughtful action, particularly under Divine inspiration, releases Karma through Dharma. This includes communication – one should not always voice one’s legitimate intuitive concerns in social settings – but one should always maintain them in awareness until a Divinely inspired  mode of action can be determined. If such a course remains obscure, it is probably better to do nothing, or as little as possible, in the mean time. Regardless of these additional considerations, spontaneous intuitive perception should always be the mode of choice among all the possible mental means of experiencing the world. If one is in honest error in a given instance of intuition, the Divine Light will reveal this to the Soul when the time is right, and no harm will be done, provided, of course, that the admonitions regarding our actions and their consequences noted here are taken to Heart by the Spiritual Student.  

            God is Universal Creation, sustained in Divine Love, and expressed as Divine Light. The Soul is the human expression of that Divine Manifestation, vibrating in the Heart, and physically expressed in conjunction with the lower three Chakras beneath the Heart that we experience as the body and senses on the Physical Plane.  The ego is the mental focus of existence on the Physical Plane, and serves us well as a pilot mechanism there, but the Truth of Consciousness can only be known and communicated through the Soul and as intuitive expression. How do I know there is a God? Because I climbed up beyond my mind to the top of Mount Kailasa, and met Him there, seated in Divine Meditation, and, when I returned, He came back with me. How do I know there is a Soul within me? Because I feel the Love of God in my Heart, and experience the Light of Intuitive Knowledge there as well.  

            The faculty of intuition is indispensable in all spiritual inquiry. Without this “knowing beyond knowledge” we are limited to the impressions of our senses, and interpretations of our egos, and these cannot provide the answers to the genuinely important questions of life that we all long to know – why am I here, what is my destiny, and most importantly, am  I really alone? Once the capacity for intuitive perception has been developed using the guidelines suggested here, it can be used to build a spiritual edifice within consciousness that will reach beyond our wildest fantasies to a region of Truth that is still more wonderful and exotic.  


                                                                                   - With Love, Alan -

                                                                 (Copyright 2009, by Alan Schneider)


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