Intuition is the ability of a person to acquire knowledge without inference or reason. It is an ability that transcends the logic of our western mindsets, and yet it seems to be such an innate quality of humans across cultural divides, there is clearly something to it.
It is distinct from gut instinct, which is based on prior experiences which your mind-body-nervous system complex remembers. It is more abstract than that. Interestingly, one of the founding fathers of western culture, Plato, considered intuition to be a fundamental knowledge that resides in the soul of reality.
So if such knowledge exists, where have our intuitive capabilities gone? Why is it that if intuition exists, we still find ourselves making poor decisions, and not feeling like we’re not in the right place, or don’t feel like we’re moving in the right direction?
It is because our nervous systems are overwhelmed with noise and clutter. The noise in our nervous system that comes from living a busy, stressful life means that we are subject to so many internal signals that it’s hard to make head or tail of what’s coming through.
In tandem to this, the antennae that is our nervous systems can no longer detect the subtle energy and information that passes through the field of consciousness or indeed the electromagnetic field, and so we find ourselves with very low levels of signal coming through us. It’s like we possess low fidelity instrumentality when we have the potential for high fidelity reception.
The signal is low, the noise is high, and the signal-to-noise ratio is very much against us. If only we could calm down our nervous system so that it could begin processing all of that fundamental knowledge which is available to us.
How does Vedic meditation help?
The first thing that Vedic meditation does is start reducing the noise levels. The power of the mantras is to help de-excite the nervous system and start freeing it from the noise and clutter that prevents us from tuning in.
In addition, the practice of Vedic meditation helps develop our nervous system into a more high fidelity instrument, and we become more attuned to the subtle information passing through the ether.
Vedic meditation is also especially good at freeing our sub-conscious from the programming and patterning that otherwise overrides our instincts and our intuition even when we feel them. This is critical in giving us the confidence and the space to follow the signals that guide us so well and become a more intuitive creature.
The two most effective business tools for twenty-first century executives are meditation and intuition.
Harvard Business School & INSEAD