To observe intuitively is to observe without preconditions. To this end it is necessary to prevent the logical mind from interfering with observation. Logic adds bias to what we observe, and if we begin with a theory, all further observation will be conducted through the framework of that theory. Genuine empirical observation requires no theory. Francis Bacon, the father of empirical science, was quite clear about the limiting effect of logic on scientific observation.

In the East, where logic is less dominant, there is the word ‘tathata’ which means ‘suchness’, and refers to the Zen practice of directing the mind to observing an object without any accompanying thought. To see the ‘suchness’ of something is to see into its essential nature. This is intuitive observation.

Intuitive observation can be applied to people, to events, to nature, or even to our own inner life. If we prevent the logical mind from dominating our thoughts, intuitive insights will arise, provided we are suitably patient. The more practised we become at this, the more readily we will hear the intuitive mind when it speaks. Invention, insight and inspiration all come from the intuitive mind.