Re: thought or intuition?
Jun 06, 1998 07:00 PM
by Dallas TenBroeck
June 6th 1998
"Manas" the Mind uses reason to work logically from premises to
conclusions. This is different from instinct. A higher "gift"
active in man is intuition. It KNOWS, and it does not depend on
reason or instinct. It is allied to the superior spiritual
principles and is in effect that Wisdom that is everyone's
Intuition is direct cognition and comprehension. Everyone has
this power operating to some degree. The bar to our frequent use
of it is our tendency to depend on our reasoning powers. Those
are usually based on superficial and incomplete knowledge. and
as we may not know all the facts intellect alone, can mislead.
We sometimes call our reason "common knowledge." But this is
based largely on the information acquired by our personality of
this life-time in its relation to what it remembers and to our
everyday world. It seldom takes into account the spiritual
nature of Man -- the Real Thinker and Seer.
Theosophy offers a knowledge of the Spiritual aspect of our life.
Not only should our thinking be based as far as we can upon this
knowledge of the spiritual Self that we are in our essential
part, but we have to look on ourselves as Immortals who are
constantly experiencing through our personality the realities of
our everyday life. We live with others and they with us. The
relationship in its entirety is called Karma -- the laws of
interaction and of cooperation. without them we could not live
If we carefully examine our lives and thoughts we will soon find
that we are the immortal and CHANGELESS THINKER. We witness the
passing scene as we might a play in which we participate -- the
acts are the changing expressions of other conscious beings, and
of our own consciousness. We can penetrate beyond and all
appearances to the core, the essence of the spiritual nature of
any being, be it an "atom," a human, or a solar system. It is a
sense that probes the reason for its existence, for its presence,
and for our present relation to it. It assumes that the same
Laws pertain to it as to ourselves and that there is a uniform
balance, a dynamic harmony in nature which adjusts apparent
Let us start with the idea that everything we see (externally) is
the expression of an interior Spiritual presence. All
expressions are then from "within-outward." Our "inner sight"
gives us access to anything in nature, a full comprehension of
its value and purpose. it is not a reasoning from premises to
conclusions but a direct and instantaneous cognition of all the
facts and factors as well as their contingent expressions on all
the planes of being.
To perfect this divine faculty the aspirant can be neither
attached to , nor disturbed by external stimuli or desires of any
kind. He applies a knowledge of what living the higher life
implies. A Master of Wisdom once wrote: "The more unselfishly
one works for his fellow men, and divests himself of the
illusionary sense of personal isolation, the more he is free from
Maya (illusion), and the nearer he approaches Divinity."
In all Theosophic teaching there is an endeavor to raise the
intuition by presenting universal principles, processes and
analogies. If those are recognized and applied each one can
secure consistent answers to his questions. "As above, so
> Date: Friday, June 05, 1998 8:09 PM
> From: "Pam Giese" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: thought or intuition?
>> Thoa Tran wrote:
>> > I think of intuition as more than animal instinct. To me,
>> > (as far as mating, gathering food, and other common survival
>> > involves a built in practical mechanism.
>> > Intuition, which helps in finding
>> > solutions to complex questions and helps us connect to other
>> > involve a deeper source. It feels to me like a point of
contact to the
>> > knowing All. SNIP >
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