We use the word ‘intuition’ in many different senses. The word has the same root as ‘tuition’, and in the same way as a tutor watches over us as we study, the intuitive mind watches over us as we think and speak and act. When we are about to say something inappropriate, or when we check an irritation, or when we realise a pleasure has become an addiction, it is the intuitive mind watching over us.
The essential elements of intuitive thinking are gut-feeling, direct observation and insight. Gut-feeling appears vague and imprecise, almost instinctive, and yet it informs our most important decisions and judgements in life. Intuitive observation is when we observe without judgement, silently, and without accompanying thought. This can lead to insight, which can occur suddenly and without warning, and in an instant can completely change the way we see a situation.
Intuitive thinking is personal and direct, and can lead to ideas which are unconventional and original. The association between intuition and unconventional ideas has created a stigma which exists even today. This has limited the study of intuition through the fear of being associated with all that is unconventional and unorthodox in society.
Intuition in the West addresses this directly, and covers all aspects of intuition, from its method to its application and its expression in society. The more familiar we are with the intuitive mind, the more clearly we will be able to hear it when it speaks.