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3 Values towards Intuition: Openness, Reverence and Wonder
“Wonder and soften and open. Be moved in the direction of mystery.”
Intuition is probably one of the fruits of the practice of mindful awareness that you will eventually come to notice in yourself. There are useful insights available only to intuitive thinking that are not accessible to analytical thinking. (Definitions of intuition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intuition_(philosophy), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intuition_(psychology) ) A common example would be when all the needed data for decision-making is not available. An example is provided in latter sections.
3 Values from Developing Mindful Awareness
Some of the values you may notice developing during the practice of mindful awareness are:
1. Openness – “Hold an open house in your heart for all people and all things. Practice empathy with others and receptiveness toward the universe.”
An example, while driving in moderate traffic, would be to keep in mind, 'Wonder and soften and open. … The way clears with the looking.' The thought is just a reminder for us to be open to whatever or however the Event (that is, traffic) unfolds ahead of us. We then notice that as we open to the event or situation, an avenue of passage is presented to us where once we thought the traffic was simply unwieldy.
Being alert and attentive are companions of openness.
2. Reverence – “Practice reverence for life. The sacred is in, with, and under all the things of the world. Respond with appropriate respect and awe.” This is very much in line with ideas in Reviving the Sacred: A Poem and other articles where we mentioned that everything has a soul; for example, that even an Event has a soul.
3. Wonder – “Cultivate a vibrant curiosity and welcome the reports of your senses. The world is alive and moving toward you with rare epiphanies and wonderful surprises. Remember you are standing on holy ground.”
The opposite would be the mindset that says one already knows everything, which shuts one’s mind to the awareness of minor nuances that represent blessings from the Divine.
Every day is a brand new gift. Even chance meetings are divinely destined.
- Quoted text from: http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/features.php?id=15309
If we really think about relationships, it looks more like a chicken-and-the-egg thing: mindfulness first followed by developing these three values? Or these three first followed by mindfulness? They somehow seem to have a quality of mutuality in terms of their timing of arising in our experience.
Once we have come to truly realize that everything has a soul and learned to be mindful (that is, practicing openness, reverence and wonder) or stay fully present to the soul of Moment, Intuition develops on its own accord. Being still with whatever or whoever we are experiencing the present Event with, Event reveals its own mystery.
Developing intuition then is not a contrived process but the moment’s gift---the moment or Event revealing its mystery to us.
The second element, an important element in the practice of 4Rs, is Refrain. We need to refrain from our habitual behavior, in particular judging anything as good or bad, favorable or unfavorable.
It seems that taking a judgmental attitude can hinder intuitive abilities. A study of intuitives cited in Laura Day’s book, “Practical Intuition”, illustrates the point:
The group of intuitives were tasked with forecasting the price of silver for a certain businessman whose identity they were not familiar with. For a lengthy period of time, the group was consistently able to forecast the price movement, garnering a perfect 1000 intuition index.
Finally, the group was introduced to the businessman and the meeting turned out to be “dislike at first sight”, as per Day’s statement.
After that meeting, in particular, having obtained judgment of “dislike” for the businessman, the group continued to forecast for the “disliked” businessman, with their intuition index going down, until finally, after a few weeks, they garnered a “perfect” zero.
Practicing reverence, we understand that everything, every person, every event, has a soul and a purpose in the grand scheme of things that is ordered according to the Divine’s master plan. We acknowledge the complexity of the interplay of the Everything in this grand scheme and realize how miniscule our cognitive grasp of the overall picture is.
So then we know, truly we are not in a position to judge.
Wonder and soften and open. Gently follow the moment as it reveals its mystery.