Cultivating the intuition is my most consistent and important endeavor, because I truly feel it is the next phase in our evolution as human beings. I’m always attempting to find ways to expand my understanding of this inscrutable gift and therefore how to best nurture and foster it. As I lay in Savasana at the end of my yoga practice, I feel the play between my conscious and unconscious mind and it is in this overlapping that a type of superconscious highway is created, where the intuition can flow. I say overlapping because the superconscious does not exist independently but as a result of the full integration between the conscious, unconscious, and subconscious mind which creates a conduit for the intuition. It is difficult to integrate these aspects of our consciousness, especially considering that our day is so clearly delineated between night and day, dreaming and wakefulness, conscious and unconscious.
So why and how does this overlapping occur? I believe that in a conscious state our mind is mostly limited and confined by logic and reason, it is bound to the physical/material world and, in general, doesn’t attempt to expand beyond those restrictions. Yet when we are sleeping we let the logical part of our brain rest and our consciousness has the ability to roam freely, the usual constraints that are obvious and restrictive to the conscious brain are no longer a factor for the subscious, which is why in dreams logic takes a back seat. This overlapping occurs when you allow the conscious mind to explore this infinite territory. This happens in meditation, in lucid dreaming, and also in what I call, ‘creative flow’. The creative flow occurs when we are so engaged in the creative process that the physical world seems to drop away, time disappears, and you engage in a type of hyper focus that is expansive rather than contracting. Anton Ehrenzweig said it best, “Our attempt at focusing must give way to the vacant all-embracing stare.”
Dada and Surrealism are excellent examples of this overlapping at work within the art and literary world in the beginning of the century. Dada rejected reason and logic, prizing nonsense, irrationality and intuition while Surrealism drew upon the subconscious mind, which wasn’t restricted by reason and logic, to produce surprising, unexpected imagery. In fact, Dadaism which fostered a disregard for societal expectations and therefore limitations a decade earlier was the ancestor for Surrealism’s cerebral and irrational components.
The voice of the intuition is quiet, the more faith and importance you give it the louder it becomes. The intuition becomes stronger as you honor it’s messages by following it’s guidance. In the creative and meditative realms you expand your mental domain, allowing the conscious, unconscious and subconscious mind to coexist and therefore inviting the intuition to flow freely. So listen to the first thing that pops into your head without judging it, engage in the creative process by creating a collage, writing a poem, or simply finding a new way to get home, try to become aware of the ‘chatter of the mind’ and then ask yourself who is the observer and who is the observed? Allow yourself to connect with something bigger than yourself.
T.S.Elliot describes it well in The Four Quartets when he writes,
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.