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By Nikita Mor
What is our intuition?
Our intuition is commonly known as an inner sense of knowing without the need for proof, conscious reasoning or evidence. Its interpretation varies according to psychologists, scientists and philosophers as to whether it signifies our emotional intelligence, subconscious mind, personal truth, instinctual belief, unconscious cognition or all of the above.
Carl Jung differentiated the four psychological types or cognitive functions as Thinking, Feeling, Sensing, and Intuition. He describes intuition as an ‘irrational function’ or ‘perception via unconscious’. Up until the 1990’s we were taught, that the brain sends most of signals, issues commands and information to the heart. However, new research has revealed that our heart possesses a consciousness or heart-brain of its own through an intrinsic nervous system. It sends signals to the brain as well, such that they are constantly responding to each other.
The capacity of our heart-brain can be measured by our empathy or intuitive intelligence. Our emotional intelligence can also be comprised into four different empathy types. Our intellectual empathy is how we recognize and perceive emotions in others, and our emotional empathy is how we react and respond to them. Our somatic or physical empathy is how in touch we are with our physical bodies. It consists of biological instincts conditioned from our fear responses, our thoughts and feelings manifested as sensations. If we are to consider our intuition from a spiritual context, our intuition can be regarded as our spiritual empathy.
Why is our intuition important?
Carl Jung proposed four different stages of mental maturity as Athlete, Warrior, Statement and Spirit. New age spirituality has also categorized four similar ages of soul maturity i.e. Infant, Baby, Young and Old Soul. Astrology has also split our personality types into Air, Water, Earth and Fire.
If we are to consider our spiritual evolution from the standpoint of these four stages, developing and cultivating our intuition symbolizes self-actualization and self-transcendence of the highest order. As we progress from the Athlete Stage to the Spirit Stage, our need for societal approval through external validation and ego-centric behaviors decreases.
Our happiness becomes controllable and dependent on internal factors as opposed to external factors. We stop chasing being perfect and superficial, and start focusing on being more conscious and authentic.
How can we cultivate our intuition?
We can learn to cultivate our intuition by firstly understanding that our emotions, sensations and thoughts are not our intuition. If we are to consider the holographic nature of our universe, we are currently functioning in an illusory 2D reality. We are living in a world of dualities. This duality is the nature of the ego. As long as we think in dichotomies such as good/bad, love/hate, pain/pleasure, we will continue to vacillate between the extremes of dualities without achieving equilibrium. In order to go beyond duality, we need to understand the cyclic nature of personal growth. In Eastern philosophy, the forces of Yin and Yang energies are cyclically harmonious. If we keep fluctuating from left to right, we will never ascend.
Carl Jung states that our intuition is strongly opposed by sensation, and less opposed by thinking and feeling. In order to ascend to 4D reality, we need to go beyond thinking, sensing and feeling, and into the realm of spiritual intuition. As explained by physicist, Noel Huntley, there are both vertical and horizontal dualities, which cut across each other to form a 4D reality. He explains that in order to transcend to the constructive polarities, we need to reach a balance or a midpoint to eliminate the negative dualities.
We can do this by consciously developing our self-awareness through self-management, stabilizing our emotions by increasing our empathy, accepting the subjectivity of the human mind, and honoring our mind and body connection such that we are able to get in touch with our inner voice or intuition.
Freedom or self-transcendence is not about the immediate gratification of our ego-driven desires and selfish impulses; it is about the disciplined and habitual commitment to increasing our consciousness towards an inner state of controlled coherence and sustained stability, through a strong sense of inner self worth.
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