If great ideas actually did follow inexorably from piling up facts through reason and experimentation, as the orthodox model suggests, then all it would take to walk away with history’s prizes would be to show up in the right place at the right time, like the millionth customer to enter a supermarket. Nothing but chance would distinguish the geniuses we venerate, the ones who looked at the same facts everyone else had looked at and thought what no one else had ever thought. But, as the philosopher of science Karl Popper says, ‘There is no such thing as a logical method of having new ideas, or a logical reconstruction of this process. Every discovery contains an irrational element or a creative intuition.’ The very essence of breakthroughs is that they defy conventional assumptions. They go beyond anything we have any logical or factual reason to accept. The general relativity theory, for example, was born when Einstein had what he called ‘the happiest thought of my life.’ He realized that a person falling from a roof was both at rest and in motion at the same time. What could be more illogical? Years later, when the theory was proven, it started to seem logical because our assumptions about space and time had been transformed, thanks to Einstein’s intuition……Philip Goldberg
when we suddenly connect deep within our wholeness, we are gently led away from intellectual striving and knowingness…..this is the intuitive journey, complete with body wisdom that either reinforces values or whispers of new curiosities…..
Spiritual intuition is associated with mystical experience, and at this level intuition is ‘pure.’ Pure, spiritual intuition is distinguished from other forms by its independence from sensations, feelings, and thoughts. In a discussion of intuition in spiritual psychosynthesis, Assagioli considers intuition as an independent psychological function which is ‘synthetic’ in that it apprehends the totality of a given situation or psychological reality. Assagioli says, ‘Only intuition gives true psychological understanding both of oneself and others.’ In its purest manifestation, Assagioli maintains, intuition is devoid of feeling, and as a normal function of the human psyche, it can be activated simply by eliminating the various obstacles to its unfolding. James Bugenthal equates this knowledge with man’s experience of his own being and says, ‘Man knows God in his deepest intuitions about his own nature.’ Dr. Bugenthal describes the inward vision through which man discovers his nature as a creative process that does more than observe what is already at hand, bringing into being fresh possibilities. Among these fresh possibilities is the potential for transcending duality and personal separateness. Spiritual intuition as a holistic perception of reality transcends rational, dualistic ways of knowing and gives the individual a direct transpersonal experience of the underlying oneness of life. Ken Wilbur writes, ‘If we are to know Reality in its fullness and wholeness, if we are to stop eluding and escaping ourselves in the very act of trying to find ourselves, if we are to enter the concrete actuality of the territory and cease being confused by the maps that invariably own their owners, then we will have to relinquish the dualistic-symbolic mode of knowing that rends the fabric of Reality in the very attempt to grasp it. In a word, we will have to move from the dimness of twilight (dualistic) knowledge to the brilliance of daybreak (intuitive) knowledge- ‘if we are to know Reality, it is to the second mode of knowing that we must eventually turn.’ Enough it is now to know that we possess this daybreak knowledge; more than enough it will be when at last we succeed in fully awakening it.’……Frances Vaughan
The soul, then, as being immortal, and having been born again many times, and having seen all things that exist, whether in this world or in the world below, has knowledge of them all; and it is no wonder that she would be able to call to remembrance all that she ever knew- for all inquiry and all learning is but recollection….Socrates