Using Intuition to Wake Up
When the logical, language-generating mind is ‘foggy’ as mine has been this last week or so, I like to change the focus of attention to my intuition. Intuition is another way of ‘knowing’ or ‘learning something’ that seems to bypass the normal channels of words and logical thinking. It’s easier to access, the more you are willing to drop the “story of me” which could also be described as ‘the thought-feeling complex that makes up the false self.’
The Merriam-Wesbster Dictionary definition of intuition is: “(1) quick and ready insight or (2) (a) immediate apprehension or cognition, (b) knowledge or conviction gained by intuition, (c) the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference.” This useful definition leads you to intuition’s use as an important spiritual tool.
Intuition is most easily accessed for beginners, when you sit in meditation or practice being Present in this moment. As attention is moved away from language to the breath or a mantra, it’s possible to notice certain things, especially with practice. This ‘noticing’ is done by using physical sensations and the resulting intuitions, to give us a felt sense of What Is.
For instance, in meditation, or even when practicing Presence, have you ever attempted to find the spatial boundaries of Awareness? Have you ever noticed that your sense of Time seems to change in meditation? Is Awareness limited by Time? Can you use your intuition to ‘drop into’ the ‘immensity’ of Awareness? Can you use intuition to feel or sense that what is actually looking through your eyes is not the ‘false self’ that chatters in your head? These are some very good uses of intuition and can be quite helpful in helping you to awaken from the slumber of the false self. May all beings who read this awaken in this lifetime: it is possible!