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Intuition and concepts constitute the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.

Immanuel Kant

Intuition is a means of acquiring information by an inner process other than rational analysis that would use logic to process data from our facts, memories, physical senses, and other input.

It is a process by which the conscious mind is aware of the dynamics of spirit and matter in a situation. In any situation, intuition discerns all dynamic factors.

Intuition has also been called insight, revelation, inspiration, direct apprehension, gut instinct, a flash, a hunch, a premonition, "Eureka" or "Aha," a sixth sense, an inner voice, vibes, a feeling, reading between the lines, red flags, a nagging feeling, sensitivity, ringing true, an educated guess, inner radar, a light coming on and so on.

Intuition communicates with us in various ways.

The four main modes are, mental, emotional, visual, and physical. As we read about these modes, we can ask ourselves whether we experience intuition in some of these ways, we may discover that a sensation that we had ignored is actually one means by which our intuition was relaying messages. These modes correspond to the techniques of design-work: mental intuition corresponds to affirmations, emotional intuition corresponds to energy toning, visual intuition corresponds to directed imagination, physical intuition corresponds to modeling at least to the extent that they both are related to our physical existence.

bulletMental intuition. In mental intuition, we receive input through thoughts. These thoughts can be expressed as individual ideas, or as a recognition of conceptual patterns or relationships as when a concept clicks into place. We experience this type of intuition as a thought that comes out of nowhere, from an intuitive leap.
bulletEmotional intuition. The difference between instinct and emotional intuition is that the cause is not on a physical level such as a reflex reaction. Instead we must interpret the emotion or feeling. We wonder, Why am I uncomfortable? or Why do I have a strange feeling about him? In emotional intuition, we may feel nervousness, emotional turmoil, excitement or depression such as attraction or repulsion, or a sense of vibes regarding a person or object or situation.
bulletVisual intuition. We may experience these images as visions, or sleep time dreams, or daydreams and fantasies, or simple imagination. The images can be literal or symbolic. Visual intuition is particularly important to painters, sculptors, architects, and people like Albert Einstein who developed many of his theories by visualizing light beams and other images.
bulletPhysical intuition. The message is perceived in bodily sensations: a headache or stomach ache, muscular tension or relaxation, a change in heartbeat or respiration, warmth or chills, goose bumps or a shiver, lightness or heaviness, tingling perhaps in our ears, a distortion in our senses such as a darkening or dulling in our eyesight, or sympathy pains as though we are sensing someone else's pain inside of our own body. When we are experiencing physical intuition, we use expressions such as gut instinct and "I feel it in my bones."

Intuition is always accurate.

By definition, intuition is the part of us that perceives our surroundings, as such, this instrument is infallible, just as our eyes are infallible in seeing unless they have a defect. If we receive a message that seems to have originated in our intuition but is incorrect, we will discover that the message actually came from a different source, the possibilities include the following:

bulletWe used analytical thinking instead of intuition. This is a fundamental error. We used one instrument, the intellect when we believed that we were using another, the intuition.
bulletThe source was a dysfunctional design element that had asserted its preferences as in wishful thinking.
bulletWe misinterpreted the message. A vision of the Grim Reaper could be translated as an omen of our impending death, when it instead was referring to the death of someone else, or simply the ending such as a metaphorical death of an aspect of our life such as our marriage.

The source of intuition.

Intuition is the energy that constitutes the infinite intelligence or consciousness of the universe.

bulletIt is awareness. Intuition considers all relevant factors in a situation, even the factors that we do not know consciously.
bulletIt is balance. Intuition is impersonal, it does not favor our advantage at the expense of people around us. If we follow its guidance, we discover that the result is for the best of all. We achieve a win-win situation in which we all gain what is possible and proper for us to gain considering our needs, the available resources, and any limitations that have been created by dysfunctional design elements. Intuition's balance allows us to perform our activities without creating undue animosity and other friction. This type of detached, egoless action has always been recommended by spiritual leaders. The ego is still present as a legitimate representative of our human self and needs, but it does not dominate.
bulletIt is benevolence and love. When our actions are balanced, or non-aggressive, our behavior becomes that of kindness, good heartedness, and harmony. These qualities attract the people and situations in our life that cooperate with us, and support us in our endeavors.

The dynamics of intuition:

Intuition presents realizations without having used individual stages of analysis. These can be used for rational analysis or for the information base from which further intuitive messages arise.

bulletIntuition is not the product of rational analysis. In that linear, step by step analysis, we examine various aspects of a problem. We advance from one point to the next, toward a conclusion. In intuition, the conclusion arises without being preceded by these logical steps. We may have analyzed the problem previously, but the intuition derived idea does not appear as the next step in the analysis. There is an unexplainable leap into a new insight, as the idea comes to us out of the blue, spontaneously, instantly, involuntarily, and effortlessly knowing without knowing how we know, sometimes as if the idea has always existed in its own right and we merely discovered it. The intuition process differs from that of the analysis process, and is non-rational. Our decision to rely on intuition is eminently rational, when we realize that intuition is a way of sensing and deriving a strategy based upon all relevant factors in a given situation. We would be irrational to rely only on logic and reason, because they have limitations. Sometimes our intuition tells us to do something that seems irrational, but the proposal seems irrational only because it is based upon a consideration of factors of which we are unaware. If we comply with intuition's guidance, we discover that the problem is resolved impeccably and to the satisfaction of our rational function. Indeed, intuition and intellect can work in a partnership. Each system contributes, in its own way, to our knowledge and efficiency.
bulletIntuition is a process of communication. It is an accurate representation of infinite intelligence. Intuition is a communication system from the true self to the conscious mind, it communicates in a format that can be understood by our mind. This process is necessary in order for the information to be usable in the human milieu. Intuition is the message that tells mind where to focus its narrow attention, and how to respond to the design situations that it perceives.

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