HJ: Intuitive abilities are usually all lumped together, however there are four distinct levels worth noting. Understanding the overlap and differences between these can be highly useful for learning to tune into your intuition if you are just getting started and going even deeper if you are well connected already. Enjoy.
How to Tap Into the 5 Levels of Intuitive Awareness
By Betty Scott, EdD | The Intuitive Self
Levels of Intuitive Awareness
The first time I heard the expression, intuition in the large, was in an interview Jeffrey Mishlove did with Frances Vaughan in the Thinking Allowed series. I also read her Awakening Intuition in which I was intrigued by her discussion of the “Varieties of Intuitive Experience.” The first notion became a central theme in my thinking about intuition and the four varieties were seminal in selecting the Forms of intuition for the Intuitive Experience Journal.
The broad range of intuitive human experiences falls into four distinct levels of awareness: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Although any given experience may have elements of more than one level, experiences are usually easy to categorize according to the level at which they are consciously perceived. For example, mystical experiences are intuitive experiences at the spiritual level, and as such they do not depend on sensory, emotional, or mental cues for their validity. . . .
This has not been the experience my clients and I have had with the Form of an intuitive message. For instance, my spiritual intuitions sometimes come as the words of a poem accompanied by sensations and feelings. Here the experience has elements of all four varieties. The way I can tell it is spiritual and not one or the other three is a sense of the gestalt of the four occurring together such that the other three affirm the spiritual insight. This illustrates how attending to the subtleties of intuitive experience is a demanding and exacting art.
The intuitive experiences defined as inspirational or psychic frequently depend on physical and emotional cues that bring them to conscious awareness. At the physical level a strong body response may be experienced in a situation where there is no reason to think that anything unusual is going on. The kind of jungle awareness which enables primitive people to sense danger when there are no sensory cues of its presence, is a highly developed form of intuition at the physical level. . . .
The cues of intuition on a physical level are not, however, always easy to perceive. Unfortunately, one often fails to acknowledge messages from the body until they become painful. If you are attuned to your body, you will notice your body responding differently to different people and different situations . . . . At times you may feel open, warm, and responsive, and at other times you may feel that you want to close up and withdraw. Learning to trust your bodily responses is part of learning to trust your intuition. . . .
An example of a jungle body response in the urban setting occurred one evening for a client while withdrawing money from an ATM. The hairs stood up on the back of her neck and a shiver ran down her spine. She turned cautiously to find that no one was there. This illustrates how habits of fear may contaminate intuitive sensibility. Most clients I have worked with are not aware of physical feelings in their bodies. During a deep tissue massage exercise, clients are surprised at the painful pressure points they find in the neck area.
On the emotional level, as on the physical level, awakening intuition is inseparable from developing self awareness. On this level intuition comes into consciousness through feelings. Sensitivity to other people’s “vibes” or “vibrations of energy,” instances of immediate liking or disliking with no apparent justification, or a vague sense that one is inexplicably supposed to do something, can be instances of intuition operating on this level. . . .
How you feel about yourself, your relationships, and everything you do is related to how willing you are to take emotional intuitive cues into account when you are making choices. The better you know yourself, the more you can trust your intuition when it attracts you to someone you would like to know better, or warns you not to get involved. . . .
What is commonly called “woman’s intuition” is intuition on the emotional level. There is no evidence that men and women are inherently different in their intuitive capacities, but the popular belief that women are more intuitive than men is related to the fact that women in our society are not taught to repress feelings as much as men. . . . Boys, however, are just as capable as girls when it comes to developing the intuitive function. . . .
In instances of immediate like or dislike, care must be taken to insure shadow projections are not involved. I found that self knowledge was the most important ingredient in successful reconnection with intuitive knowing. The obstacles to intuition can be grouped into four themes: physical tension, fears felt, desires felt and mental chatter. Not only do men have less social permission for being intuitive, they also are not encouraged to be self reflective. We have a double barrier to overcome on our return to The Intuitive Self.
Intuition on the mental level often comes into awareness through images, or what is called “inner vision.” Patterns of order may be perceived where everything at first appears chaotic, or patterns of change may be apprehended intuitively long before the verification process of careful observation is completed. In the West, the intuitive flashes which follow the exhaustive use of logic and reason tend to be more highly valued than other types of intuition, . . .
Intuition on the mental level is operative in the formulation of new theories and hypotheses in any field, for this type of intuition implies an ability to reach accurate conclusions on the basis of limited information. Although all intuition is mental in the sense that it is a function of the mind, intuition on the mental level refers particularly to those aspects of intuition related to thinking. . . .
Work with the Intuitive Experience Journal revealed that the mental level typically expressed itself as words heard in the mind’s ear or images seen in the mind’s eye. This depended somewhat on whether the person had a dominant rational (words) or intuitive (images) style. Some folks think in words, others, in images. In a life dominated by the rational way, my mental experiences came most often as words. The purest form appeared as short poems which needed little or no editing after their original writing.
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 one self and others.” . . .
At this level intuition does not depend on sensing, feeling, or thinking. It is not associated with the body, the emotions, or pattern perception relating to specific problems or situations. Paradoxically, the cues on which intuition depends on other levels are regarded as interference on this level. However, an awareness of how intuition functions on other levels helps to dispel the misconception that intuition as a way of knowing is an all or nothing proposition.
The epiphany of spiritual insight seems to be the most distinctive form of intuition. Although it does not depend on the other three, it often expresses its appearance through them. In my view, separating the spiritual from the physical, emotional and mental aspects of life promotes an ungrounded connection with the Soul. Perhaps the yogin meditating in his or her Himalayan cave can achieve spiritual insight totally devoid of sense, feeling or thinking. But the rest of us should honor the way spirit ceaselessly seeks to manifest in daily life.