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THE NATURE OF INTUITION
by Marina Petro

Intuition n. 1 immediate apprehension by the mind without reasoning. 2 immediate apprehension by a sense. 3 immediate insight
Concise Oxford Dictionary


Albert Einstein said, "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." Einstein often credited intuition with greater value than the analytical faculties.


Intuition is the ability to know without rational interference. It speaks to the heart of the matter. It is your birthright, truth detector, buried treasure, life guide and messenger...an integral part of your receptive thought process. You are receiving intuitive impressions all the time. Yes, even in this moment! Impressions coming from your intuition are subtle, rapid-fire, lightning fast, and slip by your overtaxed, analytical, logical, next-step-jumping, poor left brain hemisphere without notice most of the time.


Intuition is a natural function, a skill that can be developed and strengthened. Like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the more it develops. Intuition is subtle and elusive, but always present to communicate its wisdom. Consciously accessing intuition implies becoming aware of what is already there. Paying attention. If you acknowledge your intuition is always present, rather than a sporadic, transcendental event, it becomes much easier to identify its subtle presence.


Intuition follows the flow of your attention and intention. A focused mind will access strong and clear impressions. A scattered mind will produce scattered impressions. When you are focused, your intuition is very present to serve and guide you in greater and more specific ways. When you focus intently on any thing, whatever you are focused on will reveal its nature. The more you keep your attention focused, the more is revealed with deeper and deeper insight.


You can know more about anything; even if you don't know anything about it consciously. In my intuitive/psychic consulting work, I am asked for information and insight into situations clients present to me. With my intention anchored in the desire to provide significant and helpful information, I focus my attention gently and exclusively, on the issue or topic. Almost immediately, I begin to receive pertinent intuitive impressions, which are then communicated to my client.

The keys to consciously access your intuition can be put in a nutshell...they are...


  • Stillness-Quiet the body and mind and anchor yourself in the present.
  • Focus your attention and intention on what it is you want more insight into. Empty the mind of pre-impressions.
  • Receptivity-Maintain an open, receptive state to receive impressions.


The language of intuition is silence. Father Thomas Keating said: "Silence is the language God speaks, and everything else is a bad translation." Intuitive impressions are received through the five inner senses that correspond to the five physical senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. To illustrate this, look at something in the room you're in presently. Now close your eyes and imagine you're seeing it. This is how intuitive/psychic visions and impressions are received-very subtly through your inner sense of sight. Now, imagine you're hearing a friend's voice. This is how auditory intuitive impressions are received and experienced; always subtle and with the inner senses.

Try this exercise I teach in my Master Your Intuition class when you're seeking intuitive insight into someone. Close your eyes and sit quietly the first few times you attempt this. With practice, you will be able to focus on anyone, when you're up and about, and receive impressions easily. Another suggestion: try this with persons you know and with persons you don't know anything about. Happy discoveries...!


1. Sit quietly and close your eyes. Take in a few deep slow breaths and relax.


2. Bring the person you want more insight into your awareness and gently focus on them.


3.Ask your intuition: If this person were an animal, what would (he/she) be? Allow your creative imagination to transform them into the image/impression of an animal.


4. Stay focused on the animal and allow it to reveal it's nature to you. Notice the environment it is in. What is it doing? How is it moving? Ask it to reveal it's nature to you and just continue to observe what emerges in your inner vision. After a while, ask the animal any questions that come to mind. It will respond.


Each impression conveys intuitive insight. This is the language of intuition. If you stay focused and allow the animal to reveal itself, you will come away with understanding and insight that could not have been realized through your ordinary impressions and analytical faculties. This is your intuition communicating. Try this with as many persons as you can. Only with practice and observing differences, can you extract the full benefit and insight this will bring to you.


Marina Petro is a psychic/intuitive consultant, visionary artist and educator. Marina is widely recognized for her gift of precise intuitive insight and clarity. She has maintained a private practice as a psychic/intuitive consultant and directed Intuition Training Seminars since 1977. Former vice-president of Awareness, Inc. of NYC and Connecticut, she has an extensive regional and international clientele. Her original oil paintings and prints are in collections all over the world.