The dictionary definition of intution is "quick and ready insight;" and "the act or process of coming to direct knowledge without reasoning or inferring." It is derived from the Latin word "intueri" which means "to see within." It is a way of knowing, of sensing the truth without explanations. Someone my not consider themselves to be particularly spiritual or metaphysically adept yet may be quite good at following their gut instincts. What goes on in front of the veil (in the conscious mind) is mostly about survival and procreation, and not much else, so some would say.
Beyond that, things are a bit more of a mystery, and we deal with it accordingly by lumping things together in fairly broad categories which are treated somewhat totemically. Whatever we don't understand we tend to put on a pedestal, treat as a god or a devil. It can be quite frustrating when we are GETTING the message, but NOT GETTING any logical reasoning along with it. When a person first becomes alert to intuitive messages it may seem disturbing not to understand the importance or unimportance of the messages.
Explanations usually come along with intuitive messages on a "need to know basis." When the bigger, more important messages need to surface, they will, so pay attention! Listen with your heart. We know know that the heart has many more neurons than it would need just for circulation of blood.
By following through on your everyday hunches, you are actually taking test drives, virtually honing in on your listening skills. These skills will serve you well. Everyone is apparently somewhat psychic, but many people just have flabby psychic muscles. Learning to listen to your inner dialog tones and strengthens this muscle. The more you use your intuition the better you get at it. When we choose to ignore our gut instincts, we are only hurting ourselves. The holistic or wholistic movement is about healing this problem.
Listening to your intuition is the essence of art and creativity and soulful living. Intuition is what you use to find the purpose of your life and your place in the world. Once you awaken your inner guide by unlocking the wisdom of your subconscious mind, you already know what to do. Being objective is harder when you are emotionally involved. It is more mature to admit your emotions as a factor than to deny them.
In philosophy, intuition is the power of obtaining knowledge that cannot be acquired either by inference or observation, by reason or experience. As such, intuition is thought of as an original, independent source of knowledge, since it is designed to account for just those kinds of knowledge that other sources do not provide. Knowledge of necessary truths and of moral principles is sometimes explained in this way.
Energy is the essence of all that is. The desk in your room that you see as being solid wood is actually atoms and is not solid at all. In fact it is a great deal more open space than solidity. Our bodies, when broken down to their smallest levels are also energetic frequencies. Even Einstein said that most of his innovation was actually just good guessing. A talent is something that some people are born with while others have to work at it. The greatest artists usually study and imitate the techniques of the ones who came before them. In fact a museum had exactly that as its original purpose. It was intended as a place to learn techniques, inspiration, and intuition.
What is intuition? It is the ability to get a sense, vision or feeling about someone or something. Intuition communicates with us through symbols, feelings and emotions. It usually does not speak to us in clear language. We all have intuition. We are born with it. We use it as children we do not know any better. We go on our instinct or gut. But as we grow older and our rational and reasonable mind develops, we lose touch with our intuition. We ignore it, cast it aside forget about it. But like an out-of-shape muscle, intuition can be strengthened and exercised back into shape.
The easiest method is attention. By focusing on an object, relaxing, and taking deep breaths, we can retrain our minds to let our intuition surface. When we concentrate on a single object, once a day, everyday, and block out our rational mind, we begin the journey to get back in touch with our intuition.. First of all, get comfortable, sit down, relax and take 3-4 deep cleansing breaths. Look at an object in the room, focus, concentrate, block everything else out. Do this as long at least 3-5 minutes.
Now, close you eyes (if you like) and write down or tape record everything that comes to your mind how you are feeling, what you are tasting, noises you are hearing and memories or pictures you visualize. Write everything down, no matter how insignificant. Don't push yourself let the impressions come to you. Write down or tape record your good qualities, strengths, talents, skills, abilities, whatever you enjoy doing - are good at, etc. Try and be as detailed as possible.
For example, you could be a good writer, good listener, perceptive, creative, sensitive, empathic, problem-solver, hard worker, smart, educated, published writer, go-getter with leadership skills, committed. Or maybe you can think "outside of the box", or have computer skills, love children, home and community, and desire to help others, notice when other people are suffering can feel their pain. You might be gentle, kind, giving, knowledgeable, quiet and friendly. Where in your life is harmony? Where is there discord?
There has been a resurgence of interest in intuition and psychic experience in general, and now there are a lot of references in the media. For a while, at the beginning of the Scientific Paradigm, such things tended to be discounted or just swept under the rug. When we turn on the TV we rarely even consider the laws of physics and electronics that cause the TV set to work. When one of our many gadgets or vehicles doesn't perform, we usually just take it to someone who understands more about it than we do. If there is an unsolved mystery, even a stoic detective may now consult a psychic without loosing his job.
There are well know personalities in the media discussing such things regularly, and lots of popular books on related topic. Yes, there is a lot of misinformation and scams galore. Partly due to the fact that the human need for synthesis and interpretation has only increased with the complexity of our lives. Gradually we are accepting that physics and metaphysics have come full circle and arrived at a participatory universe. When we reach the limits of what can be measured and quantified we must turn within and consult our inner resources for guidance and insight. It is well to know something of the skillful means of these principles.
When you listen to your intuition it connects you with a greater knowledge. That part of you has an overview of your life that has your best interest at heart. It can provide an oasis of peace in the midst of chaos, bring you to harmony, help you release negativity, and give you confidence to take action and prepare for change in your life. It also can be a valuable guide as you take steps to create your dreams.