Intuition: The Soul Voice
To those on the spiritual path, intuition is the faculty which enables us to achieve knowledge of soul truths, of our true nature and of our life. True intuition is in exquisite sympathy with the heartbeat of the Divine, and resides within our deepest nature. It is our soul voice – the voice of silence.
The basic understanding of intuition, defined in various ways by different peoples, is shared across many cultures. It has a long tradition of use in the fields of philosophy, religion, psychology, mathematics, business, linguistics, music, literature and even the sciences. In our contemporary era, however, intuition is often relegated to mere social conditioning or subliminal calculation. Yet, it is the foundation of the faculty that we utilize, and, to the awakened individual, intuition begins and ends with the Divine.
Intuition has had many names throughout human history. Anthropologists tell us of ancient tribes who had awoken to ‘ecstasy’. It is referenced in the Eternal Tao, and in Sufi Islam sacred texts with the Arabic term ma’rifa (Arabic: معرفة, translit. ma‘rifah, lit. 'knowledge'). In Greece, it was referred to as gnosis (Ancient Greek: γνῶσις, translit. gnôsis, lit. 'knowledge'). Hinduism contains references in Sanskrit to jñāna (Sanskrit; Pali: ज्ञान, ñāṇa, lit. 'knowledge'). Many modern-day creeds also evolved out of intuitive experience. Swedenborg’s Church of the New Jerusalem, the Anglosphere’s Spiritualism, and Brazil’s Spiritism are among some movements whose teachings resulted from mental transcommunication (mediumship).
The differing depictions of intuition painted by the various schools of spiritual practice are but the result of cultural projection. It is irrelevant which of these variations we choose to describe the process and the faculty of intuition. Of more importance is that it is accurately comprehended and utilized.
Intuition plays a central and crucial role in genuine spiritual development. For those who are called to the pursuit of sacred truths, intuition is an essential tool for advancement upon the spiritual path. It calls them to wake up, to be aware and conscious, to be “in the now”. Intuition is truly the soul voice, the voice of silence, which may lead one to a direct knowing of the all-knowing wisdom.
Those who would seek to ascend to the pinnacle of spiritual realization will make substantial progress only where conscious and methodical efforts are made to undertake a sustained program of understanding and developing the intuition. In the beginning of this training regime, errors in perception will surely occur. However, with exercise, continual practice, and by relying upon it, intuition can become second nature. It requires commitment on the part of the serious student and a profound knowledge on the part of a skilled teacher. As the strength of the Intuition grows, so does its accuracy and dependability.
Study is unquestionably part of the spiritual path, and while the mind alone may not be able to grasp what the intuition can, intuition awakens the mind so it may have a greater comprehension of truth. It is a tandem relationship. So, too, does this holistic development move us towards balance and wholeness. Healthy mind, body and emotions are necessary to reach the advanced levels of the path, fitting us to receive psychic impressions from without and to transmit one’s own from within.
Over the years, we have met many mediums who, having walked the treadmill of mechanics, now come to us seeking a spiritual path. They have awakened to the soul’s need to expand their knowledge of those sacred principles, which underlie true intuitive work. A deep and abiding focus on understanding and developing the true knowledge of intuition is a prerequisite for effective and meaningful progress along the spiritual path.
Immutable sacred principles await all who journey toward the Knowledge. Such truths cannot be communicated with words. They can be perceived only by means of divine intuition. By this process, the soul grows in insight and wisdom as we approach the ultimate destination – divine union.