Intuition is perhaps the most central of spiritual values. I was reading a piece about a college graduate business man who was into reiki and such. Why was he doing all that? Because he wanted to get in touch with a wisdom beyond intelligence.
The fact is that our culture stimulates thinking. We learn by heart, reason, searching facts etc. We pass exams, measure all that can be measured and so forth. However useful all that is – at a certain point one can’t avoid the insight that all that thinking doesn’t lead to wisdom. Voor spiritual balance you need intuition too.
By the way, intuition without reason is just as out of whack as the opposite. I was very happy to read in a Rudolf Steiner biography that he thought training in mathematics was important. A spiritual researcher needed to be able to think rationally too, he said.
I’m still reading Consciousness, an introduction, by Susan Blackmore. She says about intuition that it is the result of hard mental work. Great scientists come to a new insight have been at the subject for a long time. But the insight that turns their world around comes to them while they cross the street, in the shower, or whatever: in some way the brain recombines what it knows into a totally new idea. The central question is: is that a contribution by some cosmic field, or ‘just’ the result of processes in the brain?
And if it’s the latter, does that explain other forms of intuition as well?