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Most healers talk about and use intuition, but really, what is intuition?
The Cambridge English Dictionary's intuition definition is: "an ability to understand or know something immediately based on feelings rather than facts."
Like the Cambridge English Dictionary does, many definitions associate intuition with instinct or feelings, but that's not my experience. My personal intuition definition positions it as a form of knowledge, rather than a feeling or instinct.
However, intuited knowledge is different from learned knowledge (facts), or knowledge derived from processes involving evidence and reasoning (inference).
In my experience, intuition seems to arrive fully formed in my mind. It's not derived from anything, not the result of a process. It's immediate. In fact, it's the immediacy that helps me recognize it. (By the way, I loved learning, study, reasoning and other intellectual pursuits. I just don't consider them to be the only forms of knowledge.)
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the late Middle English word from which "intuition" comes denoted spiritual perception or immediate spiritual communication. That's how it feels to me--that it's coming through me rather than from me. (Although for many people, intuition seems to be an inner voice, and I don't mean to discount that. I'm just describing how it feels to me.)
Here's my personal working definition of intuition:
1) Knowledge, insight, belief, guidance or other material that arrives in a person's awareness without being derived from an obvious external or personal source or process.I encourage anyone interested in intuition, and especially healers, to take some time to think about intuition, how they define it and how it works in their lives.
2) The ability to receive such knowledge into one's awareness.
Here are some ways to tell the difference.
However you answer the question "What is intuition"?, you have it. Everyone does. It's possible that some people naturally have more ability to receive intuitive information, but it's a faculty that we all have to some degree.
How do we access our natural intuitive abilities? By using them. We get more sensitive to them and more able to interpret our own personal symbol system--the unique language of our own intuition--through practice.
So get quiet and listen for your intuition. Watch for it, wait for it. For healers, intuition is crucial, so I strongly encourage you to allow it the time, space and respect to blossom.
You'll find more ideas for developing your intuition here.
It can also be helpful to know what your unique style of intuition is. Learn more about that here.
You may also be interested in these related pages:
Intuitive Healing And How To Use It For Energy Work
Managing A Clairvoyant Gift
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