Posted by Zenaida
Typical Sunday morning. Got up, drove to church, a little apprehensive because he might be there, but determined to play it cool. Pull into the parking lot, jump out of the car, lock the door, and start walking toward the building.
He is behind me. Didn’t see him or his vehicle, but I know he‘s there walking behind me. I get that sixth sense tingle as my heart starts moving a little faster, so my feet start moving a little faster into the church, and then I turn around to see him walking up to the door with her, as I knew he would be.
This is the most visceral experience I have ever had with intuition. It seems to follow a pattern laid out by Malcolm Gladwell in his book blink. The Getty Center was offered a kouros from the 6th Century B.C., an amazing find. They moved carefully taking the statue on loan and beginning an investigation. According to all objective scientific study, the statue was made from marble that came from a quarry in the right neighborhood, and was old enough to be what it claimed to be. When it was shown to certain members of the board, they found themselves in opposition to the idea of purchasing the statue because “something about it wasn’t right.” The kouros was taken to Greece to be presented to more experts. The opposition was only stronger from these art authorities. After fourteen months of investigation, the Getty staff found that the statue was indeed a fake, something their scientists and lawyers could not tell them was discerned by sculpture experts in the first seconds of seeing the statue not in terms of specific evidence, but by a general and sometimes abstract feeling of aversion to the statue.
Another example comes from the Theory of Thin Slicing, which is illustrated by a psychologist who analyzes marriage relationships by video taping a 15 min. discussion of any topic they felt related to their marriage. By looking at the slightest voice inflections, hidden reactions, and interpretations of dialogue, this man and his staff are able to predict the length of their marriage with an astonishing degree of accuracy. The idea is that our brains take note of small details that come together subconsciously to guide us to a conclusion or decision.
I feel like my uncanny sense of knowing there was someone behind me, that I had not seen, might have been the result of my brain taking note of that person’s car parked a few cars away from mine as I turned to go into the building. So a moment’s notice was enough to tell me he was there, even though I don’t remember seeing the car, him, or his new girlfriend at all.
Is intuition the same as having the Light of Christ, or having the Spirit with us? Intuition is seen as something that can be learned and improved, most often by people who believe in empathic and psychic abilities as well. We are taught that we should seek gifts of the Spirit, that dreams can be sources of revelation. When does intuition become something divinely inspired, and when is it a human resource, and can it be a tool of evil?