Intuition and the Creation of a Better World


Abdi, M.H.

Intuition [in the Islamic view] is usually translated as wahi. It is the mode of revelation through a mysterious faculty different from mind; yet it comes through mindless mind. The knowledge which intuition obtains comes as a result of a mysterious identification of the consciousness with the unseen worlds. These worlds are made up of luminous matter called nur, existing in sheaths within sheaths, nurun ala nur. Man is connected with all these worlds.


Bailey, Alice

it is the intuition which reveals true Being and which induces a state of spiritual perception.

Alice Bailey, Glamour: A World Problem, p. 241

Carr, H. Wildon

Intuition is the apprehension by the mind of reality directly as it is and not under the form of a perception or conception, (nor as an idea or object of the reason), all of which by contrast are intellectual apprehension.

H. Wildon Carr, Philosophy of Change, p. 21

Coelho, Paulo

The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it's all written there.

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist, p. 76

Heidenreich, Alfred

... Steiner ... gradually developed the three forms of Higher Knowledge which he called Imagination: a higher seeing of the spiritual world in revealing images; Inspiration: a higher hearing of the spiritual world, through which it reveals its creative forces and its creative order; Intuition: the stage at which an intuitive penetration into the sphere of Spiritual Beings becomes possible.

Alfred Heidenreich, 'Introduction' to Occult Mysteries of Antiquity and Christianity as Mystical Fact, by Rudolf Steiner, p. 25

Hillman, James

The traditional mode of perceiving the invisible is intuition. Intuition also includes what I have called mythic sensibility, for when a myth strikes us, it seems true and gives sudden insight.

In psychology intuition means "direct and unmediated knowledge", "immediate or innate apprehension of a complex group of data". (1) Intuition is both thoughtless and also not a feeling state; it is a clear, quick, and full apprehension, "the significant feature being the immediacy of the process". (2) Intuitions "occur to a person without any known process of cogitation or reflective thinking" (3).

Another important characteristic of intuition is the way it works. It does not expand slowly as a gradual suffusion of mood; nor does it advance by thought, step by step; nor does it come to its insight by a careful examination of sensate details that compose the whole object before me. As I said, intuition is clear, quick, and full. Like a revelation it comes all at once, and fast. It is quite independent of time – just as myths are timeless, and fall apart when we ask of them temporal questions such as "When did this occur?" "What is the origin?" "Did the myth develop?" "Are there no new myths?" "Don't they result from historical events?" And so on.

James Hillman, The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling, pp. 97-99,(1) & (3) H.B. & A.C. English, A Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychological and Analytical Terms (2) H.C. Warren, ed., Dictionary of Psychology

Humphreys, Christmas

It will be found ... that the emotion, like every aspect of the one life-force, is dual in manifestation, the lower aspect reflecting kama, sensuous desire, while the higher emotions reflect the faculty of spiritual knowledge, generally called intuition.

Christmas Humphreys, Concentration and Meditation, pp. 126-127

Intuition Magazine Online

In recent years, the subject of intuition has emerged from obscurity. Intuition is increasingly recognized as a natural mental faculty, a key element in the creative process, a means of discovery, problem solving, and decision making. Once considered the province of a gifted few, it is now recognized as an innate capacity available to everyone – not a rare, accidental talent, but a natural skill anyone can cultivate. A key ingredient in what we call genius, it is also an important tool when applied to everyday life.

Intuition Magazine Online

Jacka, Judy

Intuition is the clothing of divine ideas with the subtlest of form so that the human mind can, if stretched sufficiently, just reach that light which gives insight. Intuition can also be known as pure reason: the use of the mind untrammeled by material considerations or trappings.

Such freedom and insight give us that understanding which is known as pure love or wisdom, and this enables us to take true action.

Judy Jacka, Meditation the Most Natural Therapy, p. 59

Oxford Dictionary

Intuition n. 1 immediate apprehension by the mind without reasoning. 2 immediate apprehension by a sense. 3 immediate insight.

Concise Oxford Dictionary


Knowledge has three degrees – opinion, science, and illumination. The means or instrument of the first is sense; of the second, dialectic; of the third, intuition. This last is absolute knowledge founded on the identity of the mind knowing with the object known.


Steiner, Rudolf

In contrast to perceptual content, which is given to us from without, thought content appears from within. We shall call the form in which thought content arises "intuition." Intuition is to thinking as observation is to perceiving. Intuition and observation are our two sources of knowledge. We remain alienated from an object in the observed world as long as we do not have within us the corresponding intuition, which supplies the piece of reality missing from the percept. Full reality remains closed off to anyone without the ability to find intuitions corresponding to things. Just as a color-blind person sees only shades of brilliance without hues, a person without intuition observes only unconnected perceptual fragments.

Rudolf Steiner, Start Now: A Book of Soul and Spiritual Exercises. SteinerBooks, Great Barrington, MA, 2004, p. 71

Noddings, Nel & Shore, Paul J.

An intuitive mode that is intellectually oriented is characteristically directed toward understanding or insight. This orientation is contrasted with analytic modes, which are product-goal oriented. The methods we use in an intuitive mode are selected with the hope of reaching a deeper understanding of the situation we are in. Even the algorithms we use are applied heuristically. If this is the right method, we say, then we shall arrive at the right answer. If the result is unsatisfactory, we discard the algorithm as inappropriate. If the result is satisfactory, we still return to the original situation to reflect on the source of this satisfaction. Why did it work? Will it work again? With what limitations? The quest is for meaning, understanding, enlightenment. Success in an analytic mode is realized in an answer: a proof, a numerical result, a sustained hypothesis, a finished poem. Success in an intuitive mode is realized in seeing, creating a picture in our minds, understanding.

Nel Noddings & Paul J. Shore, Awakening the Inner Eye: Intuition in Education. New York, Teachers College Press, 1984. Pp. 80 - 81

Barrett, Richard

Emotional intelligence can be defined as the ability to sense, understand, and effectively apply the power and insight of emotions as a source of information, connection, and influence. Emotional intelligence is feedback from the heart based on feelings and intuition. Intuition is the direct perception of truth independent of the reasoning process. Mental intelligence is feedback from the head based on reasoning and logic.

Richard Barrett, Liberating the Corporate Soul: Building a Visionary Organization. Boston, Butterworth Heinmann, 1998 , p. 10

Martin, Charles R.

Intuition [a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator drawing on Jung’s theory of psychological types] : Paying the most attention to impressions or the meaning and patterns of the information I get. I would rather learn by thinking a problem through than by hands-on experience. I’m interested in new things and what might be possible, so that I think more about the future than the past. I like to work with symbols or abstract theories, even if I don’t know how I will use them. I remember events more as an impression of what it was like than as actual facts or details of what happened.

Charles R. Martin, adapted from Looking at Type: The Fundamentals (CAPT 1997), from :

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