What is Intuition and how can I develop it?

—E.Y.

Intuition is that directly perceiving faculty of the soul which at once knows the truth about something, without the help of the senses or the mind. Intuition does not depend upon any outside data whatsoever, and can give you knowledge about things which your senses and understanding can never give.

Intuition means “soul-perception.” It shows the difference between true and false reasoning. Errors are made by people who fail to distinguish between a real “hunch” or intuition, and conceptions born of intellect, experience, or blind belief. Without the power of intuition, you cannot possibly know Truth.

Many books and courses of study are prescribed for students in school, but nothing is taught about concentration and the development of the sixth sense — the all-knowing faculty of intuition. Thousands of people make wrong investments and take wrong paths in life because their minds are not scientifically guided by intuition.

Pure reason and calm feeling lead to intuition. Therefore, the first requisite in developing intuition is to calmly reason and calmly feel everything. Intuition is developed by exercising common sense, daily introspection, depth of thought, focused activity, calmness, and, best of all, by meditation and holding to its calm after-effects.

When you have a deep problem to solve, if you can produce a perfect state of calmness in meditation, you will be able to solve it. If you hold onto the calmness that comes after meditation, intuition will guide your reason and you will be guided correctly. Once your intuition is fully developed, you will stand firm in your knowledge even though the heavens and universe rise up against you.

Whenever you want to solve a problem intuitively, first go into meditation. Do not think of your problem during meditation, but meditate until your breath becomes calm and you can feel a sense of calmness filling the inner recesses of your body. At that point ask God to direct your intuition so that you may know what you should do.

First, try to solve simple problems. Then, when your intuition is working infallibly, use it to find solutions to larger problems. For example, suppose you are given two propositions about a business matter. Although both propositions seem very attractive, both cannot be right for you and you are obliged to decide between them. You can decide rightly by using your intuitive sense. Supermen use their intuition in everything they do and thus accomplish the seemingly impossible.

By the development of intuition you can outgrow the law of cause and effect in your own life. Intuition tunes the mental radio so that it can intercept all vibrations of future happenings which otherwise would be deflected by numerous diverse currents.

From Inner Culture, December 1939.