Intellect and Intuition

Our education system is mostly geared to education of the intellect, the understanding of the outer of things, the material, the objective, that which is of the left brain. So we live dominated by materialistic concerns. At its culmination the intellect takes us to realms of abstract thought, science and technology and all their wonders.

But in this process we are losing touch with the inner of things,  and the interconnectedness of all things, empathy for fellow humans, animals, nature, that which is of the right brain. The media increasingly press upon us the results of this dysfunction,  an outer merely reflecting that depopulated inner.

What that inner connection can give is direct perception of the essence of things unmediated by language – people,  situations,  even past and future. This is the realm of intuition, creativity. The more we are receptive to intuition the more we become what is our true essence, rather than following taught conditioning. The more we forget the concerns of ego and act in empathy with all.

Of course this does not mean rejecting the glory of the intellect, but restoring the intuition to its rightful place.

This is the raising of consciousness that humanity needs.

Some relevant quotes

Western academia knows how to develop and foster intellect but not intuition. Those in the creative arts are more aware of what intuition is and how it can be developed. This is ironic since many of the greatest scientists such as the physicists Einstein, Bohr and Feynman were more intuitive geniuses than intellectual ones.

Intuition is a pattern recognition process. It senses when many pieces fit together to form a coherent whole not unlike facial recognition in which many features combine to form the face of someone familiar. Carl Jung saw intuition and sensation as opposite sides of the same coin.

http://www.mtnmath.com/expt72h/node10.html

Intuition is to thinking as observation is to perceiving. Intuition and observation are our two sources of knowledge. We remain alienated from an object in the observed world as long as we do not have within us the corresponding intuition, which supplies the piece of reality missing from the percept.

Rudolf Steiner, Start Now: A Book of Soul and Spiritual Exercises

Quotes from World Goodwill website

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