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Intuition, Visions and Prophecy Essay

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Intuition, Visions and Prophecy

Clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience. All of these terms relate to the basic notion of intuition. While many assume that the brain's main purpose is to serve only as a location to store factual information, new research proves otherwise. "While the major division in the brain is that of the cerebral hemispheres . . . sections of the left hemisphere . . . is useful for . . . the rest function for parallel operation, which underlies spatial abilities and intuition." (Ornstein, 138) Intuition, also known as insight or consciousness, has been referred to as "clear seeing, clear vision, clear hearing and clear sensing." (Pohle, Selover) This notion of the ability to experience…show more content…

As time progressed, more questions of the origins of vision of the past and future were considered and studied, especially with regard to religion. King Solomon, a figure in Judaic history, supposedly had special knowledge because of his "command over, and communion with, dark forces led by the demon Asmodeus." (Roland, 20) He also supposedly had magical powers, which were a part of his knowledge of the Kabbalah, "the mystical aspect of Judaism." (Roland, 20) He wrote thousands of proverbs expressing his religious visions during his time which were incredibly influential. The Middle East also had a mystifying ancient history involving prophecy. Zoroaster, born in Afghanistan, is considered to be "the first prophet in history and certainly the first to preach a monotheistic belief." (Roland, 22)

As man became more knowledgeable about prophets and his own inner wisdom, fascination with visions increased. Specifically, there was, and still is, a desire to learn how to rekindle one's own intuition for practical use. According to Robert Ornstein, author of The Evolution of Consciousness, the key to adjusting our thoughts is to create "conscious control" and to simply "shift the mind into place." He says that we possess a "third kind of evolution" that allows us to have conscious selection and from there, we can further

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I believe in intuition — that feeling you have about something or someone, without knowing quite why. Intuition is defined as “knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes.” I’m not sure if that’s a fair assessment; it suggests that intuition is irrational.

As a Latina, I come from a culture that acknowledges the supernatural and is rooted in indigenous traditions aligned closely with nature. I grew up with a grandmother who administered herbal home remedies, and applied concoctions like olive oil and salt to bumps on the head. She also listened as we retold our dreams, helping to decipher their meanings. The passing of a loved one was always less surprising after dreaming of doves.

I’m only recently learning to trust my intuition again. Over a decade ago, I purposefully made the investment in an MBA to develop my analytical skills. By graduation, I had learned the process of being rational. My first job post-MBA was as an analyst. As my career progressed, so did the analytics. I began to believe less in my intuition. Budgets, metrics, research and ratios: my form of expression became much more calculated.

All of which served me well until I became executive director of a cultural arts center promoting Chicano, Latino and indigenous culture. Every day I was with artists who wholly embraced intuition as a driving force for their creativity — and cultura as a way to express it, be it through Danza Azteca Flor y Canto, or teatro.

About the same time, I found myself drawn to anything with the shape or image of a lizard. When buying inventory for the centro, I always selected products with lizards — and they sold well. I figured I was simply making good retail choices, but a community elder suggested the lizard may be my totem. She told me the lizard is associated with the dream life, and that individuals with a lizard totem should listen to their own intuition over anyone else’s. A lizard’s tail will detach from the body, literally leaving behind a part of itself in order to survive. The elder suggested that what I needed to lose was my “corporate”-ness.

It seems I had come full circle.

The lizard brought me back around to counting on my intuition as much as the numbers. And just as I listened to my grandmother and mother conversing about their dreams and intuition, so do my children. They know that what they’re feeling can be trusted in making decisions and judgments. And they’re comfortable sharing their dreams with us. So I believe in intuition. For me, it feels like the right thing to do.

Cynthia Sommer lives in Folsom, California. She is vice president of marketing for PRIDE Industries, a non-profit employer of people with disabilities. Sommer is active in community service, and teaches business and marketing courses at local colleges.

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