Intuition and the Creation of a Better World

Pineault, Annie

Perhaps the most important distinction between Western thought patterns and First Nations understanding of intuition lies in the latter's rootedness in space and not time. The linear construction that dominates the historical approaches of the Western tradition is not at the center nor is it the focus of Native consciousness. This is not to say that Natives are not aware of the concept of time or that Western traditions ignore space. Yet, it is within this specific cultural difference that I find a starting point from which to begin the journey to my understanding of intuition. ...

Primarily, I believe that the First Nations perspective on intuition is based in the inherent teachings, which are land based and contain the inherent concepts or tools needed to understand the functioning of participating consciousness within a land- based philosophy. These teachings do not question or put forth a tentative ideology that perhaps there is an inherent consciousness. They firmly instill the fact that there is a participating consciousness and that we are a part of it and not separate from it. In the teachings, I recognize and acknowledge my position and how "I walk" on Turtle Island, When I speak about "my walk:' I distinctly wish it to be perceived as the essence of my being and how it interacts with the other forms of consciousness in this measurable plane, which most humans consider to be the interactive world.

Annie Pineault, 'Intuition as Old Growth and Narrative of Self' in Robbie Davis-Floyd & P. Sven Arvidson (eds), Intuition: The Inside Story - Interdisciplinary Perspectives, p. 69

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