What is intuition, anyway? Mirriam-Webster describes it as “Quick and ready insight, immediate apprehension or cognition, the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought.”
In other words, knowing without knowing how we know.
In the first part of this lesson, I’ll give you my own particular definition of intuition, which is broader and more potentially life-transforming than what you may have seen before.
In the second part I’ll explain how—like a river—your inner wisdom has its own inherent direction and flow, and all you have to do is follow it.
Many think of intuition as something rare or specialized, something only certain people have access to, or a power that only shows up in times of great need. A special kind of sixth sense or psychic ability, or a fluke of divine intervention.
In his wonderful documentary, PGS: Intuition is Your Personal Guidance System, filmmaker Bill Bennett tells a dramatic story. He is driving his car to the airport and approaching an intersection when he hears a voice in his head telling him to stop. He is surprised by the inner voice—he’s never experienced anything like it before—but he is running late and the light is green, so he ignores the voice and keeps going. Then he hears the voice again, louder this time, repeating “STOP!” He slams on the brakes just in time to miss a semi truck speeding through the intersection against the light, avoiding a fatal crash by inches. Intuition has literally saved his life.
We have all heard stories like this, or read about them. Someone has a sudden flash of knowing or an undeniable gut feeling or even a dream that helps them make a life-changing decision or avoid danger. Someone feels compelled at the last minute not to take a certain flight, or to take a strange new route home, or to get tested for a particular illness despite having no symptoms. Then the flight crashes, or the love of one’s life appears, or the doctor cures the disease just in time.
I am fascinated by these stories. I love the way they defy logic, and the way they point to the idea of a pattern or plan for our lives, a greater force stepping in or emerging from inside us when the time is right.
But intuition is more ordinary and broader in scope that the spine-tingling stories we sometimes hear—and in my opinion, that’s actually even more exciting. The awesome truth is, each and every one of us is intuitive. Each and every one of us has a wellspring of reliable guidance and wisdom inside us that we can tap into, starting right now.
TRY IT: Sit quietly for a few minutes, letting your mind relax and your breathing slow down. Then pose a question silently within yourself. Not a question about what’s going to happen—we’re not looking for predictions here—but rather, a more open-ended question, like “What do I need to know right now?” Just see what happens, what you feel, what you notice, if anything.
Best of all, intuition has a power that goes far beyond our ability to make good decisions in the external world, however helpful and even life-saving that ability might be. Tapping into our intuition can actually set us on a course of what I call Personal Mastery, a life-changing process of deep inner alignment with ourselves and our lives that can bring us into greater ease, self-knowledge peace, acceptance, faith, and joy than we ever thought possible.
Wait a minute, you might be saying. Connecting with intuition can do all that?
Absolutely it can, if we let it. Intuition can do all that, because we are innately wired for inner knowing and deep spiritual connection. We are Divinely designed to drop down into ourselves, to discover who we really are, to relax into the flow of our lives, and to fully live out our higher purpose, one step at a time.
I’m not saying total transformation can happen overnight. But I do sincerely believe that making an intuitive connection sets in motion within us a powerful process of positive change.
It just requires some basic understanding and a few tools to get started!
As we’ve seen, intuition can show up as a flash of insight or knowing at just the right moment. But more than that, it can be a way of living.
Living from intuition means learning to regularly connect to that part of ourselves that knows and sees more than our conscious minds. Whether you want to call that higher wisdom or inner knowing, it’s all about aligning with ourselves in a deep way and learning to trust that we know our own answers.
You can see intuition as a spiritual force, but you don’t have to. It works either way. The one thing it does require is a level of surrender, the ability to let go of conscious reasoning and say yes to a feeling, a sense, a nudge, that your mind may not fully understand.
For years, I’ve used the metaphor of a river to talk about intuition. Rivers are watery—representing mystery and the unconscious, a level deeper than the mind—and they FLOW. They have a direction, a current, an unstoppable force. We can navigate them to a degree, but mostly the river carries us the way it wants to go.
Intuition is like that, too.
Someone once called intuition “the current that knows the way.” For me, that definition is perfect, because it suggests the direction, ease, relaxation, and flow inherent in connecting with our inner knowing. Intuition is not about “figuring it out.” It’s about, as my own Guides put it so many years ago, listening and letting go.
So what IS that inner current, anyway? Where does it come from? And how do we connect to it?
That’s what we’re going to be exploring for the remainder of this course.
Many people think of intuition as something rare or specialized, but it is actually much more ordinary and innate than that. We are each wired for intuitive and spiritual connection, with a “river” of inner knowing that can be accessed and followed, leading us into the sense of ease, flow, self-knowledge and true purpose that I call Personal Mastery.
Use your workbook pages or a separate notebook or journal to reflect on the following questions in writing: