Sometimes called sixth sense. Inner promptings. Still small voice. Gut feeling. Hunch. Seeing or knowing with the Mind as opposed to seeing with the five physical senses. Knowing without limitations or constraints of Time and Space.
QUESTION: "Ever since studying "THE DIVINE ILIAD" and "GOD WILL WORK WITH YOU BUT NOT FOR YOU," I have had strange mental happenings such as I never knew before. Suddenly something I never knew before comes like a flash and when I am compelled to write it down, I am surprised for I never knew such things before. I write them down with that wonderful feeling which must be the ecstasy you speak of. I am wondering if some 'voice' is trying to speak through me. Please explain it. Is that what is meant by being 'occult'? My writings are not 'automatic, for I know what I am writing.'
ANSWER: No, there is nothing 'occult,' about it, nor is there any other voice than your own - which is God's - trying to speak through you. What is happening is that you are beginning to think from the divine Source of your Self - which is from your Consciousness. Knowledge comes to you in timeless flashes when you think inwardly toward the Light of Consciousness rather than outwardly toward the senses. Inspiration comes that way - and great inspiration is always accompanied by the ecstasy of the God-nature.
The geniuses in all of the arts know that ecstasy and seek it constantly in order to interpret God's rhythms as they resound from the silence
of our cosmic heartbeat.
What you are doing by your meditation over God's words is unfolding your own genius. All geniuses are cosmic thinkers. As this new thinking increases in its intensity, you will find that quality which is known as intuition increasing in its intensity. Intuition is a cosmic quality which is unfolding in the human race. It is one step of spiritual unfolding beyond our present stage. It is one way in which God speaks to man. It is a timeless and wordless communication of the universal Mind to the universal Mind in the unfolding of Creation.
You are a part of the unfolding of Creation. Your destiny is an integral part of that unfolding. Intuition is Mind unfolding desire of Mind. Just as inspiration is a Mind-awareness of idea, so is intuition a Mind-awareness of one’s plan of action concerning the destiny of that idea.
How often we have felt intuition telling us what to do or what not to do. It is as though God holds up His hand and says "Do this" or "Do not do that." Instinct is the earliest stage of God's communication with animal life, just as vibration is His way of communication with lesser forms.
Do not be surprised, therefore, when your inner thinking toward the Light causes the Light to respond to your desire to be guided by the Light of inner knowing. [Home Study Course, Unit 12, Lesson 48, pages 910-911]
"But instinct is something which transcends knowledge. We have, undoubtedly, certain finer fibers that enable us to perceive truths when logical deduction, or any other willful effort of the brain, is futile." [Nikola Tesla, My Inventions]
"For being a 'sensitive' and capable of the interpretations of the emotions of others is not easy, yet it must not be abused; else there may come those experiences in which there may arise many misunderstandings - and gossip is never kind!" [Cayce 1406-1]
"The more and more each is impelled by that which is intuitive, or the relying upon the soul force within, the greater, the farther, the deeper, the broader, the more constructive may be the result." Cayce (792-2)
"The earth and the fullness...is His and with thy trust wholly in Him as thy guide, through prayerful meditations as to choices to be taken here, and not just hunches but rather as with the voice within, there is little that this entity may not accomplish." Cayce (5368-1)
Q - "Give detailed instructions for developing the intuitive sense."
A - "Trust more and more upon that which may be from within. Or, this is a very common - but very definite - manner to develop: On any question that arises, ask the mental self - get the answer, yes or no. Rest on that. Do not act immediately (if you would develop the intuitive influences). Then, in meditation or prayer, when looking within self, ask - is this yes or no? The answer is intuitive development." Cayce (282-4)
"Depend more upon the intuitive forces from within and not harken so much to that of outside influences - but learn to listen to that still small voice from within, remembering as the lesson as was given, not in the storm, the lightning, nor in any of the loud noises as are made to attract man, but rather in the still small voice from within does the impelling influence come to life in an individual that gives for that which must be the basis of human endeavor; for without the ability to constantly hold before self the ideal as is attempted to be accomplished, man becomes one as adrift, pulled hither and yon by the various calls and cries of those who would give of this world's pleasure in fame, fortune, or what not. Let these be the outcome of a life spent in listening to the divine from within, and not the purpose of the life." Cayce (239-1)
"No soul or individual enters without opportunities. And the choice is ever latent within self and the power, the ability to do things, be things, to accept things, is with the individual." [Cayce 3226-1]
One has to follow his own instinct. They have to be understood, these two words: instinct and intuition. Instinct is unconscious nature and intuition is conscious nature. First your instinct has to be freed from all the fetters of principles, dogmas, right and wrong, morality and immorality. Instinct, completely natural, has tremendous beauty. That is the beauty you see in the animals. A deer just jumping, running, has a certain beauty which man has lost. His jumping and running has a grace that comes from instinct. He is not jumping and running, it is nature jumping and running through him. He is just instrumental.
This is the first step towards ultimate freedom, that your instinct should be allowed all growth possible. And alongside, you should continue to meditate, because meditation is not a program. Meditation is just a method of becoming aware of what is happening to you. No disturbance, no judgment, just watching what is happening in you. If you go on watching your instincts and their growth, a moment comes when your instincts start changing into intuition.
The word is very significant. We are given tuition everywhere. That tuition is to repress your intuition. In the schools, in the colleges, in the universities, you are given tuition. It means something from the outside being forced upon you, and intuition means something coming from your innermost core. If you are unconscious, then it will remain instinct. If you are conscious, then instinct plus awareness is equal to intuition. Then for the first time you have found your Master within yourself. intuition is your Master, your real university. And now you don't need any scripture, you don't need any guide. Your inner light is enough to lead you to the ultimate goal of enlightenment. [Osho]
Manly Palmer Hall
"The heart and mind must be brought into perfect equilibrium before true thinking or true spirituality can be attained. The highest function of the mind is reason; the highest function of the heart is intuition, a sensing process not necessitating the normal working of the mind.” [Manly Palmer Hall, Melchizedek and the Mystery of Fire]
Interpreting Cosmic Guidance
"One can go astray in interpreting cosmic messages when we insist upon interpreting them in the light of our personal preferences or biases. A cosmic impression, the voice of the inner self, as we all know, may be contrary at times to what the decisions of our reason would ordinarily be. If we, therefore, seek to alter the intuitive impression which always comes to us without the labored processes of our reasoning, we most assuredly affect detrimentally the cosmic impressions."
[Ralph Maxwell Lewis, F.R.C., Mental Alchemy]
Mind to Mind
Still Small Voice
1.17 - Cultivating Stillness