Intuition might be defined as “knowing something without knowing how you know it, but which always turns out right.” The mind is apparently capable of tapping into a well of knowledge that’s universal, a source that points to truth, which also takes into account the current situation and context. Most people can relate to the experience of hesitating between ratio and gut, and afterwards regretting haven chosen ratio. Time and again, we experience the power of the gut feeling, that is, if the gut feeling originates form a basis of peace and love. This is what is called true intuition.
If we could listen egoless to our intuition, we would realize that the gut feeling is always right. The awkward thing is that intuitive feelings are blurred by ego drives. Since we are all conditioned to listen to the ego’s advice, our intuition seems fragile, hard to notice, and even harder to distinct from other types of thoughts and feelings. The more you are geared towards egoistic thinking, the harder the voice of intuition can be heard. We should therefore realize that intuitive feelings are completely different from impulsive thoughts and feelings, which originate from the limbic system. Such egoistic feelings often turn out wrong.
Intuition training as a healing method boils down to awareness training. Awareness for silence, for thoughts that come and go; awareness for what ‘wants’ to happen; attention for acceptance, for “letting go, letting come”. These are important themes in the reciprocal relationship between patient and practitioner. There is no need to train intuition itself; we train the mind to open up to the intuitive voice, the voice of the higher Self. An effective way to this is the daily practice of mindfulness (to learn to observe the mind), and meditation techniques (to temporarily dampen the stream of ego thoughts).