Intuition and the Creation of a Better World

Deikman, Arthur

The ordinary man is said to suffer from confusion or ‘sleep’ because of his tendency to use his customary thought patterns and perceptions to try to understand the meaning of his life and reach fulfillment. Consequently his experience of reality is constricted, and dangerously so, because he tends to be unaware of it. Sufis assert that the awakening of man’s latent perceptual capacity (intuition), is not only crucial for his happiness but is the principle goal of his current phase of existence - it is man’s evolutionary task. ...Ordinary intuition ... is considered by the Sufis to be a lower-level imitation of the superior form of intuition with which Sufism is concerned.

Arthur Deikman, 'Sufism and Psychiatry', Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases (1977). Cited in Frances E. Vaughan, Awakening Intuition. Anchor, 1979, p. 178

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