Intuition

                                                                       Intuition.

 

“Intuition is a strange thing – you can’t brush it aside, and you can’t explain it either”, Agata Kristi.

 

These words say almost everything than can be said about intuition.

And, truth be told, it is hard to find a single person who has never once come into contact with this mysterious phenomenon; who hasn’t read in the life story of heroes about that sudden saving decision based on intuition; or who hasn’t heard stories about it from other people. A premonition, a hunch, a weak, barely audible jolt in the chest or a flash of illumination, insight, divine providence – intuition manifests itself in different ways.

Here we can also mention great discoveries that were for some reason accomplished mostly in dreams, as well as the sudden comprehension of the balance of forces on the battlefield by a tired commander in brief moments of oblivion, and the unexpected solution to a problem coming just before dawn to a haggard student.

And it is also true that to the arrogant, confused or unstable mind the voice of intuition is almost inaudible. That’s why the solution always comes in those moments when our logical center, our vigilant censor, our great verifier without which rational life is impossible, is at its weakest.

Still, if we set ourselves to the task of objectively studying this phenomenon of intuition, we must immediately remove ourselves from present delusions and confusion in terms.

Newton’s universal gravitation, Mendeleev’s periodic table and Butlerov’s structure of matter – all these discoveries were preceded by stressful, preparatory intellectual labor. The brain gave its bearer only the final result in the form of illumination, a sudden comprehension of the whole, fragments of which had been forming for a long time.

And yet none of these phenomena has anything to do with intuition.

In our case we will be investigating “pure” intuition, i.e. a decision not encumbered by prior knowledge.

For intuition is when you know, even if you don’t know anything.

 

Once, probably when he was in his later years, Herodotus said these sad words, “No one can be considered happy while they’re alive.”  This is true – no matter how happy, rich or successful a person is, sooner or later he’ll reach old age and with it will come unavoidable illnesses, suffering and the fear of death.

Then again, everyone has the right to live out the other part of life as well in this light-filled, wonderful and harsh world, the part of life that is young, glowing, foolish, reckless, hot-blooded, never once thinking about death.

Life stretches out before us, we can model it in our minds so that we can later build it, striving and overcoming;  we believe that we can create it with our minds, will, knowledge, and just a bit of luck… proud, we ask for only a little bit of luck.

And from time to time good luck comes knocking on everyone’s door, but its soft knock is heard only by a select few. It comes to your doorstep, asks to be let in almost in a whisper… And so it is that it is not Fortune who is blind, but us, hounded by everyday life, who are almost deaf to her call.

At the same time, real life demonstrates an unquestionable truth: people can be divided into the fortunate, less fortunate and completely miserable. What is behind this, what determines a person’s success? Fate? The stars?

Or a set of intrinsic qualities, abilities with the help of which we choose certain ways of responding, certain actions? Obviously, the faculty of logical analysis, the algorithm of our thinking and our unbalanced nature are critical in our selection of actions and successful adaptation to the world around us.

And yet it sometimes seems that lucky people have something else as well. Once in a while you’ll look at one and realize that he is neither smarter nor more diligent than others, but everything he tries his hand at turns out right. This is about them, about the fortunate, about whom the rest coined this phrase in order to justify themselves: “that person was born in a shirt”.

So what helps fortunate people be more successful than others, and does that mysterious voice exist, that essence, immeasurable, elusive, not secure in any physical sense, lacking any sort of appearance and capricious in nature?  One thing is certain: that significant, highly important essence is what we call intuition.

Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “There is nothing more contrary to reason and the constancy of nature than an accident.”

The less uncertainty or randomness there is in a person’s life, the better he will be able to program it and his future.

Intuition is one of the most important mechanisms for verifying the constant stream of information that reaches us.

 

                                                             Us and our brain.

 

People rarely think about what “I” means, about how thinking, perception and emotions are possible, and how they function at all. On the other hand, all of these questions are extremely difficult for scientists to answer. Chief among them is how the physical gives birth to the psychological. Scientists have named this section of human science the mind-body problem. And to what extremes have these thinkers not gone in trying to solve this problem! One of these extremes is called vulgar materialism. Its followers claim that the brain secretes thoughts the same way the liver secretes bile. At the opposite end of the spectrum we can find the idealists. They reject the brain’s supreme authority since, according to their view, our feelings, concerns and other psychological phenomena are in fact attributes of the soul. They refuse to deal with the fact that even the slightest injury to the brain leads to irreversible psychological changes. Between these two extremes we find mild materialism, which claims the following: "The mind is the product of highly organized matter”.

That sounds reassuring, but just as unclear.

But enough about those scientists. They finally tripped on this particular problem: “What’s it like to be a bat?” i.e. how can we describe the subjective world of a creature who perceives objective reality by means of sonar? They came to the agreement that consciousness has properties that cannot be explained in physical terms.  That’s what they decided.

We, however, are interested only in those things that can reach cognition, empirically and on a daily basis.

 

Is it possible to develop intuition? How is this done and what do I need to know to do it?

 

Going back to the brain, if you ask anyone where intuition has its lair, which organ is responsible for its well-being and successful residence in our bodies, the majority would, of course, intuitively answer that it is the brain. And they would be right. At the same time, many would, without hesitation, answer that the chief opponent of intuition, its chief aggressor, is the mind. And they would be right too. It follows that intuition is heard best when our mind is silent.

We should also point out that in our world no action is possible without using energy, and intuition, as any practitioner will quickly become convinced, is a highly energy-consuming process.

How can we ensure the presence of these two necessary conditions for improving the manifestation of intuition? For example, how do we silence our minds, that constant censor, striving to take control of everything, negating all things illogical, previously unknown or impractical in actuality? Anyone who has ever once in their life faced the monstrous task of being told not to think about a white monkey will immediately reply that direct regulation of the thinking process is impossible.

“It is impossible to command our thinking to slow down,” is something that practically any professional psychologist will confirm. And yet means of regulating the psychological process known as “thinking” do exist; moreover, absolutely every healthy person is capable of mastering these practices in a minimal period of time – just a few days.

 

                                                                      The Triad.

 

Thinking, the speech-regulating apparatus and emotions – this is an unbreakable, tightly interconnected triad that forms the core of human mental activity.

The illness known as schizophrenia is nothing more than the disintegration of that triad (schisis – disintegration, splitting).

But if that triad is so tightly interlinked, is there then no possibility to influence it through one of its members? As we determined earlier, we cannot deliberately regulate our thinking. We know from our everyday experience that emotions are also essentially beyond our control – we sometimes tell ourselves in vain to be calm, level-headed…

But, as it turns out, the Achilles heel of the triad is… the speech-regulating apparatus!

Sure enough, we can adjust our muscles! Having read this far, dear reader, do not change anything in the position of your body, close your eyes and carefully begin to relax your muscles – shoulder muscles, back muscles, leg muscles… You will quickly become convinced that an enormous number of muscles are in a state of tension without any need – they were not involved in maintaining your seated position and were burning up your energy for nothing.

 

                                                                      Energy.

 

We mentioned earlier that any psychological act requires a supply of energy. We also said that intuition is a highly energy-consuming process. How do we provide the energy for that process and make it an apparent, productive and even beloved and reliable means to achieve our goals?

We know how to do it reliably and are willing to make this knowledge available to all, to give it to everyone, and in so doing provide everyone with another life.

 

The lesson by Victor I. Petrik.