You have probably had the experience many times of having an intuition, not following it, and later finding out that your intuition was absolutely spot on, and you could kick yourself for not following it.
For example, you may have had the experience when dating. You met somebody and they were so hot but there was this quiet little inner voice that told you “Don’t go there! This is going to be a disaster!” and you said “No, he or she is so hot, really perfect, wonderful, I want to go there!”, and in six months you really regret it. “Oh my God, I really wish I would’ve listened to my intuition!” I’m sure you can relate to that or many other ways in which you have not trusted and acted on your intuition.
What is intuition and can we improve our ability to access it, and rely on it? The answer is: Yes, we can!
Intuition is a form of knowing, but it is something that occurs first in the body and then in the mind. In order to understand this we have to examine how we experience things with our senses.
There are two aspects to sensory experiences.
- Physical senses
- Subtle senses
Physical Senses –
We experience things in the material world with our physical senses. We are most familiar with our physical senses as they are housed in the body and we all know our five sensory organs of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell because we are using them all the time.
Subtle Senses –
There is another aspect of sensing that is highly relevant to the development of Precision Intuition which is called the subtle senses. We sense things with the subtle senses, which are the aspects of sensing that are independent of the body’s sensory organs.
The subtle senses are the aspect of our awareness that makes it possible for the physical sensory mechanisms to work. For example, if you’re hearing sounds the phenomena of hearing is occurring in your consciousness. The vibrations of the sound are being transmitted through the air from where ever they originate and they are being converted into electrical impulses by the mechanisms of the ear and brain and then the phenomena of hearing occurs in our consciousness.
Interestingly, it is important to recognize that it is also quite possible to hear things without the use of the ears. For example, if you are reading the words of this eBook silently you are not using your ears to hear those words. You are simply hearing the words in your awareness.
Thoughts are experiences of hearing without the use of the ears. We’re hearing the thoughts directly in our consciousness. It seems that the phenomenon of sensing is an innate aspect of consciousness or awareness itself. And it is not just hearing. When we see things in our “mind’s eye” we are not using our eyes and yet we are seeing things in our awareness. Each sense has a physical organ of sensing and a subtle sense at it’s basis.
We normally distinguish the five senses from one another because we have five sensory organs and the sensory organs are sensitive to different frequency ranges of vibrating energy. But at the level of the subtle senses we don’t have this separation created by the different sensory organs. This causes the distinction between them to be less and they are more of a continuum. We can have experiences that seem to be a blending of seeing and feeling for example.
Most people are of course very familiar with the physical senses as we are using them constantly all day long. And the use of the physical senses provides experiences that are somehow “louder” or more “real” than the experiences that we have with our subtle senses.
So we are also using our subtle senses all the time too but we are not normally as conscious of them as we are of our experiences via the physical senses. We use them all the time but the intensity and richness of the input of data from the physical senses dominates our experience of life so most people don’t pay that much attention to the subtle senses or even think about them.
The distinction that’s important is that we have the experience of “knowing” something because we directly experience it. The experience appears to be happening through our gross physical senses but the organs of sensing are only our input mechanisms. The actually experiences happen in our consciousness. It is the subtle senses that make this possible. So we are really using them all the time too.
Direct experience is very distinct from intellectual understanding. Intellectual understanding is thoughts about experiences, not direct experiences themselves.
So knowing happens through direct experience. And direct experience is actually occurring via the subtle senses either with or without the involvement of the physical sensory organs.
In order to understand how to develop Precision Intuition this distinction between knowing through direct experience and intellectually understanding something is essential.
Knowing is something that happens through direct experience. For example you can’t know what a strawberry tastes like without taking a bite. We can talk about the taste of the strawberry all day long, sweet, tart, juicy, little crunchy seeds, etc., but until you actually have tasted one, you don’t really know what a strawberry tastes like. Direct experience of something is the foundation for understanding it.
Understanding things happens by putting order to the experience, categorizing it and comparing it to other experiences and connecting the verbal description of the experience with the direct experience itself or the memory of that experience.
Another very interesting aspect of the physical senses is that every sense involves a form of touch. The light waves have to touch the retina of the eye in order to be sensed. The sound waves have to touch the ear drum in order for the sounds to be heard, etc. I have heard that in the ancient Vedic literature the sense of touch is considered the “king of the senses” for exactly this reason that every sense involves some form of touch. So in a way we could say that there is only one sense, the sense of touch, which expresses itself in five different ways.
The subtle sense of touch is also permeating all of the subtle senses and in fact it would seem that the subtle sense of touch is really just how our awareness connects us with something. So this is why I said above that the senses are really just attributes of awareness itself.
The reason that understanding the subtle senses is important is because this is the mechanism that we are using when we have an intuition. Intuitive experiences are those that we have when our subtle sense of touch is making us aware of something that we have not yet come into proximity with in time and space.
The subtle senses can experience things that are not right in front of us in the present. They seem to be able to experience things that are distant in either time or space or both. They can bring us awareness of things that exist but they exist at some distance from us in time and space.
When we intuit something we are having an experience of something that already exists but we are not there yet. We have not arrived at the time and place in which this thing is going to physically be experienced with the gross senses. This is why it is an intuition. Intuition is a form of knowing something. And as mentioned above we know things through direct experience. So intuitive knowing is directly experiencing things that have not yet happened but that will happen.
Which brings us to the next interesting point. Physicists say that the mathematics of the past and the future are identical. Then they ask how come we can only remember the past. But I think that we remember the future all the time. However, we are deeply conditioned to negate our remembering of the future. We are also deeply conditioned to not be able to distinguish between remembering the future and just having thoughts that we are making up about the future. Most people can’t make this distinction very clearly and so don’t really know or trust it when they are remembering the future. Because the ability to make this distinction wasn’t there in the past, they had experiences where they thought they had had an intuition, but it was really just a story they had made up in their mind, so it didn’t happen. This lack of ability to make the distinction between remembering the future and having other kinds of thoughts creates doubt and distrust of one’s own thinking. People then discount or doubt their experiences of remembering the future because of this lack of distinction.
This is a part of what keeps people from developing Precision Intuition. But every time we have an intuition, or a desire or a premonition, we are remembering the future.
Sometimes we experience things with the gross physical senses, sometimes just with the subtle senses. But even when we’re experiencing something with the gross senses the subtle senses are the underlying mechanism of being awareness of the experience that is being brought into awareness via the physical sensing mechanism.
In order to upgrade our intuitive knowing so that it becomes really reliable and precise we will need to cultivate a much more clear awareness of the function of the subtle sense of touch. We need to make it more obvious. We have a way of doing that and I’m going to show you how that is done later in this book.
You are going to learn how to use the body and the subtle senses in a special combination to cultivate Precision Intuition. You’ll be using the body and learning how to specifically experience the responses of your muscles to different things that are presented to you. We will present the body with something and then amplify the subtle senses response to it to make it more obvious.
We want to learn how to bring the essence of intuition which is experiential knowing up to the level of the physical senses. This can be done by using certain muscles and testing the muscle’s response to the input. And in fact one of the names for this process is muscle testing.
Muscle testing is a way of amplifying or confirming the subtle sense experiences. Doing this repeatedly cultivates more and more of a sense of familiarity with and trusting of our subtle intuitive knowing/sensing experiences. It bridges the connection between the subtle sense of touch and the physical mechanism of touch.
It’s similar to taking the signal coming into a radio from a distant radio station and running it through an amplifier to make it loud enough that we can hear the music or talking that is being transmitted by the radio station. When the signal comes into the radio it is so weak that we can’t hear it. We have to run it though the amplifier in order to make it strong enough or loud enough that we can hear it with our ears.
This is a useful analogy. The subtle sense of touch would be analogous to the receiver of the radio. Picking up very weak signals with the subtle senses is very similar to picking up the very weak radio signals with the radio’s receiver. Checking the muscle’s response to what we are receiving is like running the incoming signal through an amplifier to make it “louder.”
Also with a radio we can filter out everything except one station so that we only hear that station and not all of the signals that the radio is receiving in any given moment. The mechanism that allows us to do that is called a band-pass filter. The band-pass filter is something that allows only a certain range of frequencies through into the amplifier so that none of the other stations are getting amplified, only the one that we want. Without a band-pass filter we would hear all of the stations all at once and would not be able to distinguish anything from the resulting cacophony.
We seem to have a similar mechanism, a kind of band-pass filter function that we have inside of us too. Our internal band-pass filter allows us to amplify solely the particular thing that we want to amplify in order to get a clean, clear, reliable read on it by running it through the process of checking how our muscles respond to it.
As mentioned, this process of using the muscles response to things is called muscle testing. It is also sometimes referred to as muscle checking or kinesiology.
When learned and used properly the regular use of muscle testing will rapidly cultivate an increasing familiarity with and trusting of what it is that you are picking up with your subtle senses. This is the path for developing Precision Intuition.
Precision Intuition requires having all of these mechanisms in place and working properly. Our band-pass filter seems to be our intention to test the body’s response to a specific thing. When we have the intention to test something specific, it is as if that intention is allowing only the body’s response to that particular thing to be “run through” the amplifier of our muscle’s response to it. It’s very similar to the idea of a band-pass filter.
When we say the muscle’s response what we mean is that the muscle either contracts or it doesn’t. This is all that muscles can do, either contract or not contract. And they do that in response to our intention.
For example, if we have the intention to get up and get a glass of water, the muscles respond with a complex set of contractions and non-contractions of different muscle groups that make it possible to stand up, walk to the cupboard and get a glass, fill the glass with water and bring the glass to our mouth to drink the water.
Any robotics engineer can tell you that this is a very complex series of many, many muscles contracting and releasing the contractions in perfect timing to accomplish what seems like a simple act of getting a drink of water.
So the sequence is as follows:
- The subtle sense of touch picks up the signal of what we are intending to test
- Then we have the intention to test that specific thing – this is our band-pass filter function
- Then we have the amplifier effect of using the contracting or not-contracting of the muscle to amplify the subtle signal being picked up by the subtle sense of touch
- This makes it “loud” enough that we can experience it on the level of the gross physical senses.
Learning and using the Precision Intuition Tool (muscle testing) cultivates a great familiarity with the subtle sense of touch. Within a short time of starting to learn muscle testing, you start to feel what the result of the test is going to be even before you actually challenge the muscle to see the amplified response. This rapidly develops a kind of sensitivity to the input that you are getting all the time via the subtle sense of touch.
This can create a problem for some people when they are just learning to do the muscle testing. They can misinterpret the experience of sensing what the result of the test will be before they actually challenge the muscle to get the physical response. The mistake people make is thinking that they are biasing the result of the muscle test.
What’s really happening is that you just begin to feel what the result of the test is going to be before you actually challenge the muscle. Just knowing this usually solves this problem. You aren’t biasing the answer, you are just feeling it before you physically challenge the muscle to see the response.
The reason that this happens is that when you have the intention to do the muscle test, the intention is a pattern of energy. It is not the linear words that describe the intention. That’s just the description not the intention itself. So as soon as you decide to test something you can feel the result of the test because the muscles being to respond to the energy pattern of the intention even before you finish saying or thinking the words that describe it. So you can just relax into the knowledge that you are feeling the result before you actually do the test.
If you don’t think you have a subtle sense of touch just think of experiences like having someone who is upset come into a room that you are in, and without any body language or facial expressions that would tip you off that they are upset you can just feel it anyway. Everyone knows this kind of experience.
Or consider the feeling of loving someone. What is that? It is feeling with the subtle sense of touch a kind of harmony or resonance with the other person. Although we call it having “chemistry” it is actually more of a sensing of harmony or resonance with the person’s energy using the subtle sense of touch.
It seems that the subtle senses are also not limited in time and space like our physical senses are. With the physical senses it takes being in proximity of the object that we are sensing to be able to experience it.
If we live in New York we aren’t hearing the sounds of someone yelling at the top of their lungs in San Francisco. It’s too far away. And if we can’t touch something with our fingers or skin then we don’t register the physical sense of touch of that thing. Although according to physics we don’t ever actually “touch” something, that is to say nothing ever really “touches” anything else. Atoms of matter are always at a distance from each other. However, when we get close enough the electro-magnetic fields of things in proximity seem to interact in such a way as to provide the experience of what we relate to as physical touching. So it is proximity in time and space that brings about our experiences via the physical senses.
But with the subtle senses we can experience things with which we are not in direct proximity. For example, if you think of your favorite vacation destination (assuming you are not there now while you are reading this) you can see the images of that place in your mind’s eye. You can feel what it feels like to be there. Are these memories pulled up from the archives off of the hard drive that we call the brain? Recent research would indicate that this old concept of how the brain works may not be accurate.
In Lynne McTaggart’s book, The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, she describes a study done with rats in which they were trained to do a certain task. Then the different brain areas of the different rats in the study were selectively destroyed. The purpose of the study was to see if they could locate where in the brain of the rats was the learned behavior information being stored. What they discovered was that no matter which brain area they destroyed that all of the rats could still do the learned behavior. Their conclusion was that the brain is not like a hard drive but more like a high-speed wireless modem that is accessing information from “the Field.”
It may be that a further refinement of this idea would be to say that the brain is perhaps a mechanism that allows for the phenomenon of awareness, and awareness, even in rats, has the innate characteristics of the subtle senses.
The subtle senses maybe the mechanism of our high-speed wireless modem. The brain seems to be the physical mechanism that allows us to be aware. However, the mechanistic or Newtonian world view that sees the brain and the source of consciousness or awareness has it backwards. It is not the chemical and mechanical structures that create consciousness. This view is caused by the limitations of the physical organs of sensing. It assumes that if you cannot perceive something with the physical senses that then it doesn’t exist. But just because you aren’t at the Grand Canyon in Arizona at the moment (assuming that you are not) does that mean that it doesn’t exist? Of course it exists. We are just not proximate to it at the moment.
There is an important distinction lacking when people think that the brain is the source of consciousness.
is a difference between the source of energy and the delivery system of energy. Consider electric power lines for example. The towers and wires make it possible to transport the electricity from one location to another. This is part of the delivery system for electrical energy. But the towers and wires are not the source of the energy. The generators are turned by some other energy source such as water or steam or wind.
We know from physics that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only change in how the energy is expressed. This non-destructibility of energy is because energy is really vibrating awareness and awareness is the essential nature of existence itself. So neither awareness nor energy can be created or destroyed. They simple exist and move back and forth from non-specific awareness/energy into specific patterns of energy that appear in varying, fluctuating expressions as the diversity of everything that we experience in life.
So the body and the brain are not the source of awareness. It’s the other way around. It is awareness that gives life to and animates the body. A dead body has not animation, no life, no awareness. The body is the expression of energy and is a highly specific pattern of energy that is also an energy delivery system, just as the electrical towers and wires are an energy delivery system.
Awareness has the innate characteristic of the subtle senses. Perhaps it is not that the rats were remembering a previous experience from a set of stored impressions. Perhaps they were using the subtle senses to “experience” the way to do the task by “seeing” it or “sensing” it in the time and space in which they experienced it previously.
What we call memory may be actually “seeing” the past rather than pulling up old files from stored information in the brain. The subtle senses are perhaps the mechanism that make it possible to have what we call memory.
It is possible to do the muscle testing procedure on behalf of someone other than yourself. When you have the intention to muscle test on behalf of someone, just by virtue of the intention you are filtering out and allowing only the information about that person to go through the amplifier of your muscle’s response.
With the analogy of the subtle senses as our receiver, the intention as our band-pass filter and the muscle’s response as the amplifier we have the elements that make it possible to muscle test. I’m starting to call muscle testing Precision Intuition as I think it is a more comprehensive and accurate term.
Precision Intuition is also a term that is more consistent with our Human Software Engineering language and will probably be more acceptable in settings like the corporate or military environments.
In the next sections of this book we are going to do two things. First we’ll debug the underlying fears that get in the way of being able to have Precision Intuition. Then you’ll learn how to begin to cultivate the skill of amplifying the intuitive knowing through using the muscles response.
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