INTUITION OR INSPIRATION?

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INTUITION AND INSPIRATION

WHAT ARE THEY, AND WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

What is intuition; what is inspiration? And, what are the differences? undefinedIt might seem we know, but how well do we understand and appreciate what these words mean in our daily lives?

Interestingly, both words begin with the prefix ‘in,’ meaning they relate to the inward ‘soul’ qualities of what we experience as expressions of human consciousness. It seems that the greater our conscious awareness, the more they find expression in our lives. An enlightened person will likely live a highly intuitive and inspired life, allowing for a more meaningful, purposeful life. 

Intuition and inspiration don’t exist in different silos but emanate out of the substratum of shared consciousness. Here they dwell together in the highest recesses of our divinity. Often, in our experiences, they remain entwined. Meaning, an inspired person will generally be intuitive, just as an intuitive person will often be inspired, but not always. 

From what I’ve observed, it seems that those who are never inspired or pay attention to their intuition are dull people that lack character, not knowing who they are or what they’re here for. This unfortunate state of existence has consequences since, as Socrates stated: “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Also, the ancient dictum, Know Thyself, predates Greek philosophy back to the earliest days in Egyptian civilization affirms that knowing ourselves is foundational to life. Not exercising our most rarified human qualities of inspiration and intuition means we are less soulful than we could be and even less intuitive than many animals. 

Let’s take a closer look at what these words mean. Intuition has to do with inner knowingness, that is, knowing beyond what could rationally be understood or analyzed. We just know that we know we know. This sensing can sometimes be felt as a prompt to do something we don’t know about to avoid danger. Or it might be a nudge to do something less reactive, yet a call to take action. The Latin root word of intuition is tuition, meaning not education fees, but the idea of looking after, caring for, watching over, protection, guardianship," Indeed, our intuition does all this for us when we are open to its instruction.

Einstein once said: The only real valuable thing is intuition. I would agree that intuition is valuable; however, it’s not the only thing. Vision, inspiration and service are also crucial for life.  

Related to Einstein's view of intuition, physicist Max Planck stated: Science…means unresting endeavour and continually progressing development toward an aim which poetic intuition may apprehend, but the intellect can never fully grasp… new scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however, organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.

Sometimes we experience intuition and inspiration at the same time, complementing and encouraging the features of the other. Yet, they are not the same thing. Generally, the experience of intuition is a lot quieter, deeper, more mysterious and perhaps at times, even a bit miraculous. 

Intuition might come in times of reflection or meditation when all the chatter in our minds doesn’t interfere with its inward prompt. Generally, we can hear what our intuition has to say when we are most aware and not overridden by the distractions of our ego-minds, which remain confused and fearful about most everything. (See previous posts on the ego: The Ego Mask

 https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/the-ego-mask 

However, intuition can also come to us when we are in the flow of being busy and productive. That's when we go with our gut instinct without reflecting on what to do. We do it not because we have figured things out but because we know what’s right.

Let’s now look at what inspiration means and then compare the qualities of intuition and inspiration.

Inspiration means to be ‘in-spirited’ with what might be or could be but is not yet. It could be like a revelation of something we failed to appreciate in the past but now causes our spirit to soar. Often music will do this. In any case, it means to live in the spirit, at least for the moment. That which is highest in us, that being our godhood. (By the way, did you know that both New and Old Testaments, i.e. Jewish and Christian, suggest we are ‘gods,’ in Psalms 82:6 and John 10:34.) 

As with intuition, inspiration works best when we calibrate at a high frequency/vibe of consciousness. In fact, that’s probably the only time we can be either. Only when we put our fears aside is it possible to live truly. See the previous post: 

 Raise your Vibe https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/a-higher-vibe

Inspiration is seldom just passive but calls us to creativity. We are inspired to do something… write a poem, redecorate the house, create a new business. In this sense, inspiration motivates us to bring something new into our lives and that of the world, whether through scientific or artistic endeavour. Most inventions or innovations are a result of first being inspired to create what wasn’t there before. 

Generally, inspiration has to do with what we first envision in our mind’s eye; that which we wish to manifest. It’s a call to bring the vision into being from what is within our imagination to the outer world of material manifestation. This call might be to create a new relationship, a family, a new business, art, music, crafts, a trip somewhere, a project, further education, a relocation, etc. See the post on Creativity. https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/creating-creativity 

What, then, causes us to be inspired? That is, what underlies our vision that evokes what we wish to bring into form? I suppose it could be any number of things such as love, joy, courage, religion, service, sharing, abundance, victory, humanitarian ideals. It might include all those things presented to us at various times in life. What is common to all is that they all uplift us, causing us to go beyond our old norms of mediocrity and limited expectations. Like intuition, inspiration has nothing to do with disempowerment, victimhood, entitlement or feeling sorry for ourselves. Both are empowering, quickening and enlivening.

To provide some examples of inspiration and intuition used in the context of dialogues, I have selected various quotes from my six, yet unpublished, books in the Elysium’s Passage novel series.

The following excerpts are not organized, except for being in the chronological order of the chapters of the six books. 

 

Book One, The Ascent 

Chapter 9

‘The mind gives form to the thoughts that are first inspired by the heart… that’s why when you finally listened to your heart, you booked your flight and ascended here so your mind may conjoin with your heart. The mind could never have done that on its own in the Lowlands. To inwardly ascend, you needed to be inspired by the vision in your heart; otherwise, you would still be mindlessly wandering about in the Lowland’s ruts.

Chapter 12

 Ultimately, it will be your choice; the mind won’t surrender its power until it realises it requires the services of the heart. This is why the mind needs to listen to the heart’s inner knowing, which, in turn, serves the mind with its inspired guidance.

 

Book Two, The Summit

Chapter 1 

Only advanced physicists who move beyond the limitations of the brain’s intellect into intuitive realms of enlightenment with a broad understanding of the cosmos will be prepared to challenge the imposed strictures of materialist doctrine.’ 
 

Chapter 3

‘In fact, anyone can intuit higher dimensions of orphic time since knowingness is implicit in the soul’s greater awareness. It’s only a question of accessing what is already there.

... the numinous can sometimes inspire knowingness, or what has been referred to as the gnosis.[1] This knowingness depends on the ability to perceive the divine Presence. That’s the only way the numinous can be intuited. No words can speak for it; what is says, it says without words.’ 

‘I’m a philosopher, Mo, and even I don’t get what you’re saying.’

‘Don’t you remember what Pascal said about this in his Pensées?’[2] 

‘I only read selections as a weapon to quote against my thesis advisor.’ 

‘Then let me put it this way. The numinous can only be intuited by the heart since there are no cognitive words to describe what can only be inwardly discerned. That’s why mystics remain silent. Their minds have nothing to say. While they cannot apprehend the numinous, they can be apprehended by it. After that, they are able to speak, but only with their hearts.

‘Although finite man can never comprehend the infinite Source, still he can access its Presence through the portals of his heart, from which essence-being is derived. What comparison can the finite have with the infinite?[3] There is none, and yet union remains since the finite dwells within the Infinite Source from which it exists. 

Chapter 4

‘The terms belief and faith,’ he said, ‘are often assumed to mean the same thing when in actuality, they’re not. Belief is a passive mental construct often related to the ego-mind, while faith is more orientated to the promptings of the heart. That’s why beliefs are so often wrong; they trust the mind yet seldom rely on the heart’s intuitive wisdom. 

‘Unfortunately, there remains a bias among many philosophers and scientists who assume only the mind knows anything worth knowing. And yet, that too is a belief, not a truth, even if they don’t recognize this. If they did, the world would be a much different place.’  

‘It’s never a case of being just the heart or just the mind, rather, the union of both. That’s wholeheartedness, and therefore, wisdom. Union of the mind with the heart makes the mind more rational, not less, and the heart more intuitive, not less. That’s why the best bridges are often the most beautiful, just as the best poems often have the best structure.’

‘By listening to the inner prompt of your heart,’ Mo said, ‘you will intuitively recognize what you’re looking for, rather than just relying on your mind’s analysis.’

‘How can I know what I’m looking for? After years of keeping my heart closed and my zipper open, I still hadn’t figured that out. I’m still not sure what to look for in a relationship.’

Chapter 5

Whenever I tried to systematize the universe, they insisted these were mere constructs of linear thought that makes things seem separate when they’re not. At a deeper level, they suggested everything remains entangled in a whole. In as much as this Oneness is intuited, it is possible to be enlightened.

‘Unfortunately, the mind keeps getting in the way of inward knowing because it can only outwardly examine itself. That’s why schools of analytical psychology invariably fail, and ashrams of inward contemplation succeed.’

 ‘There are no words to describe what’s indescribable,’ Eli said. ‘Knowing yourself can only be intuited from the inside out. Only the heart knows since it’s one with its divine essence. When you know your heart, you will know you. 

Chapter 7

‘As you’ve heard us say many times, this must be discovered, not learned. There is no work involved. When it happens, be it in an epiphany or any other circumstance, it will come effortlessly. As with enlightenment, you need only become aware of what your hidden knowingness has always known and intuited.

Chapter 9

‘If that sounds too abstract,’ Mo said, ‘it’s because you’re mind is still too dominant to allow the intuitive intelligence of your heart. You need to be aware of the limitations of your mind since there’s still much it can’t understand. As we keep saying, the mind remains confused when it has no spiritual connection to the heart’s divine Source, just as Pascal so clearly stated.’

Chapter 10

 ‘Disoriented or not,’ Mo said, ‘that’s understandable since all experiences of space and time are from what’s beyond the limitations of linear sequences. That’s why intuition is always your best bet rather than trying to intellectually grasp space and time as separate and independent phenomena from within the conscious octave they are perceived.

… this is why time, though it may be quantitatively measured, can no longer be qualitatively intuited other than as an experience in relation to something or someone else. 

 

Book 3, Quantum Leaps

Chapter 2

You just need to have a clear, unambiguous vision of what you plan to manifest since imagination, with willingness, is the creative god-force that inspires the creation of new worlds.

‘Unfortunately, this is very hard for sceptics to understand, even after they pass over to the spirit side. Their mentality is I’ll believe it when I see it. But creativity works in the opposite direction of I’ll see it when I believe it. Do you realise how different the world would be if humanity could come to understand what the sages taught?’

‘Analysing what is, doesn’t inspire what isn’t into existence, and is never sufficient to take the world beyond the old forms. Every great scientist in history who discovered outside the limited parameters of old assumptions was inspired to do so; otherwise, they would have given up long before bringing into existence what they believed they could manifest.’ 

Chapter 9 

In the past, my worldview had been more informed by my intellect rather than my heart’s intuition. After years of being immersed in the world of books and papers, I gave no thought to cultivating the pure affections of my heart.

Chapter 10 

In a sense, the sun is something like an effusion of Elysium’s warmth, which is why we can feel its proton rays in our spirit form. 

‘I’m not sure contemporary science has figured that out yet. As I’ve said countless times, it still gets a lot of things wrong. The problem with science today is not science but the scientists whose minds are not well informed by their heart’s intuition. When scientific enquiry is based solely on the presuppositions of the separated ego-mind, there is no possibility of discovering what’s of ultimate concern. 

Chapter 12

You wouldn’t believe how many eureka moments on earth have come through times of divine inspiration, often in dreams or, as in Einstein’s case, during bubble baths. 

‘Most scientists that are new to Elysium find they need to align their heart and mind before they can understand anything beyond the earth plane. It’s the only way they, or anyone else, can step out of the shadows to exist in Elysium’s light. Until then, they will remain in the dark, so to speak, because they resist the light. Those who stubbornly prefer to remain in the dense clouds of beliefs won’t find a way out of their cellar until they are prepared to release their ego minds to their soul’s heart. For now, their intellects will continue to obstruct views of more rarified planes.  

‘Unfortunately,’ Mo said, ‘many intellectuals who have willingly dwelt in the Flatlands for a long time, have difficulty listening to their hearts. That’s what happens once they get stuck in their mind’s intellect.


Book Four, Surreal Adventures.
  

Chapter 1

Rather than being subservient to the ego imposter that had undermined me for so long with its contrived fears, my divine Self, the real me, would inspire my thoughts. Yet, I realized this might still be a long transition once I returned home. Somehow, I’d have to find a way to gain control of my ego-mind by discovering who I was. But how? 

Chapter 4

‘Well,’ he said, have you noticed how there’s a quality to the whole that transcends the sum of the parts? Mathematics can’t account for this. The sum is the sum, and that’s all there is to it. And yet there is something more to the sum of parts. But since it can’t be seen or measured, it must be intuited beyond the realms of cognition.’ 

Chapter 5

 ‘Perhaps he was only stating what happens to Flatlanders when they lose their vision of the Mountain. Though Einstein wasn’t really in quantum camp of scientists, he understood that when the Flatlanders split everything into parts, they no longer would be able to grasp the mystery the whole inspires. Now, as this trend continues, it’s no wonder much of your scientific world has lost its way by atomizing itself.’[4]

‘This fostered a much greater interpenetration of knowledge among the disciplines, where none remained isolated and fragmented from the whole. They informed the other, and in turn, each received the broadest perspective possible as a result of their intuitive understanding. The understood knowledge was all related in some way, since, as we know, knowledge is never fragmented but entwined in various ways. Back in those days, the thinkers understood the universe was united in the Source of one common Cause.’[5]

 

Book Five, Mystical Romance

Chapter 1

 

Eli said that as we surrender to see with the eyes of divine Vision, our soul intuits the implicit harmonious beauty in the Oneness of all that is.[6] At the time, I thought he was as crazy as Mo, and perhaps he was, but now, so was I. If only I could remain in this state of insane bliss if that’s what this is.

…. in the case of mysticism, it’s more like a different octave, forever unapproachable and unknowable by linear scientific methodology. Mysticism is a higher Holon which is capable of including science within its sphere, but science, cannot include mysticism.[7] Yet great scientists can be mystics, and often are. Not because they are great scientists and intellects, but because they are great intuitive souls with expansive mystic understanding with which to understand and contextualize science.

 

Book Six, The Elixir

Chapter 2

They also wanted me to assure you, James, that if your heart remains open when you return you would be led by inner intuitions of divine messages. These might come to you from surprising sources. It could be from a priest, a pimp, a psychic, a bum on the street or, who knows, an investment banker, you just never know. 

As with everything else that lies between heaven and earth, the divine not only inspires and leads but respects the free will decisions of man. In fact, ultimately, nothing can thwart the will of God. However, we sure can delay its implementation if we refuse to cooperate with ‘what’s highest and best.’ 

Chapter 5

I think the best thoughts we have are not from thinking, but from receiving. Thinking processes information that is already there, whereas ‘out of the blue’ thoughts emerge from a field beyond. They are the surprising intuitions, discoveries and flashes of ‘eureka’.

Chapter 9

And since harmony is always an infinite expression of beauty, it is of the latent divine essence that, once inspired, will unfold in accordance with, as Einstein says: “a living spirit” behind it. 

‘Inspired, that’s an interesting word,’ Maria said. ‘I know it means to enliven and to animate. It must come from the root word ‘spirit’, hence to in-spirit. Through the years I spent in Greece, I would often sit in our garden to mediate and always became inspired, as I was in-spirited by the Spirit’s Presence. So, from what I understand, you must be saying is that the equation needs to be in-spirited.’

‘That’s a great point, Maria,’ Jan said; ‘from what I understand, there is no limit to how in-spirited humanity can become, even on earth, as there is no limit to God. They are only bound in their creative expressions by whatever limits to divine inspiration they allow into their lives. Each level of consciousness, or ‘living spirit,’ represents an octave within which exists a range of possibilities capable of appropriating beauty according to its capacity. At some point, a new octave dimension may open up for the recipient when he’s ready to assimilate and actualize its higher vibration within his being. This you experienced James, shortly after arriving here on the mountain. 

Chapter 14

‘Interestingly,’ Jan said, ‘the great Deist philosopher, Thomas Paine in his 19th Century Classic, Age of Reason made a good point when he argued rather cogently that the word prophet really means poet.’ 

I think he had a point; when a poet is spiritually aligned with the heart’s truth, they can inspire the world to see with ‘prophetic’ vision. By awakening the inner wisdom hidden in each soul, the world may enter into the fullness of all it was intended to be. 

ENDNOTES

 

 [1] Gnosis is a feminine Greek noun that means knowing and awareness. Gnostic writings and movements were often considered esoteric and mystical in nature.

[2] Perhaps Mo was alluding to the quote in Pensées: The heart has its reason which reason knows nothing.

[3] As a philosopher, I was most intrigued with this subject, and so it was with great interest I came across a book called The Supreme Identity (1950) by Allan Watts. For anyone interested, it contains a very profound chapter about the infinite and the finite, which draws from various sources such as the ancient Upanishads.  

[4] For more commentary on this, refer to physicist David Bohm’s quotes in Appendix ‘A’ 

[5] An excerpt from A Course of Miracles, states: When vision is denied, confusion of cause and effect becomes inevitable. The purpose now becomes to keep obscure the cause of the effect and make the effect appear as the cause. This seeming independence of effect enables it to stand of itself, and capable of serving as a cause of the events and feeling its maker thinks it causes. (Chapter 21; Reason and Perception, the Responsibility for Sight)

[6] It was some later back home I read an apt description of this experience: True light that makes vision possible is not the light the body’s eyes behold. ACIM

[7] Science is one thing, wisdom is another: Sir Arthur Eddington, British Physicist

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SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES


 
 
This is the first in a series of five Elysium narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips, who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.  

After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.

An engaging and sometimes surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality, and our ultimate destiny. 

The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of adventures.

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"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…."

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"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."

 “N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like, and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."

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“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous, thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”

“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”

“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.

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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES


 
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows: 

THE ASCENT fall 2021

THE SUMMIT fall 2021

QUANTUM LEAPS spring 2022

SURREAL ADVENTURES summer 2022 

MYSTICAL ROMANCE fall 2022

HE ELIXIR fall 2022

THE RETURN sometime in 2023/24

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