I came across this article on intuition as I was researching material on the conscience. Sophy Burnham, bestselling author of The Art of Intuition, states that she defines intuition as “the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it,” , it’s different from thinking, it’s different from logic or analysis … It’s a knowing without knowing.” I find myself in complete agreement with her statement.
However, in this article found in the Huffington Post, it further goes on to say that “Cognitive science is beginning to demystify the strong but sometimes inexplicable presence of unconscious reasoning in our lives and thought.” For the born-again-christian and the Spirit filled believers, there is very little mystery as to the “why” of intuition. It comes from within the very human spirit of man.
The “10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently” also says that intuitive people deeply connect with others. It’s called empathic accuracy, a term in psychology that refers to the “seemingly magical ability to map someone’s mental terrain from their words, emotions and body language,” It is in fact referred to “mind reading” and may seem like the stuff of fantasy and pseudo-science. Biblically, we call it discernment through intuition, conscience and communion with God, not mind reading.
Watchman Nee gives us sound advice on the intuitive nature on of man, “Hence the emotion, mind and will remain in a spiritual man but are subject entirely to the guidance of the intuition. The emotion now rejoices solely in what the spirit likes, loves only what the spirit directs, feels merely what the spirit permits. It has become its life: when the spirit stirs, emotion responds.” The intuitive, still small voice, whether it comes from the person themselves or the Holy Spirit comes from within the human spirit.