One of things we explore in Second year is how intuition comes to us. For many people, the way we work with intuition requires a shift in how they may usually speak of intuition.
Some people come into the work highly influenced by Jungian theory wherein Intuition is one of the Four Functions of Consciousness. This type of understanding is found loosely throughout our western culture and is also found in popular Personality analyses like the Myers-Briggs. However, in Deep Imagery, that is not how we view intuition. Steve points out that Jung’s intuition came through Imagery. (see the excerpts from Animals of the Four Windows in this lesson). In our approach, the 4 functions, if you like, are Thinking, Feeling Sensing and Imagery, with Intuition capable of coming through any of those windows.
Additionally, many people prioritize Intuition over and above any other way of knowing. It becomes their “Get out of Jail Free Card.” They use it to excuse what they say or do and to discount other experiences or knowings they have. Or, even to discount and belittle other people’s knowing. Some people use it as an excuse to interfere with other people’s journeys etc. etc. In Second year, we take the work with the ways of knowing and with intuition as a serious exploration so that we don’t use any of our ways of Knowing inappropriately.
The task in Second year, is to get to know how you know. We begin with meeting the animals of the Four Windows. We spend time working with the Animals of Thinking, Feeling, Sensing and Imagery to heal what needs healing. We look for injuries, traumatic experiences and memories that can allow us grow through healing them and which allow our ways of knowing return to their fullest and freeist expression in each of us. We explore the filters and the experiences we carry within each window. We meet with the animals, we invite any split in any specific window of knowing to heal so that the liveness of that way of knowing returns to its natural way of being in us.
In our approach, the mutual participation with the ways of knowing together is important. So we also meet our ways of knowing in council.
Usually, somewhere in this process, people begin to ask or wonder about intuition. Some people bring it in with cultural ideas around intuition, which often include Jungian influences. Some people have landed on their intuition as something primary and valuable because of injury or trauma. “Whatever about thinking or any other way of knowing, I trust my intuition!” It is a sort of secret, untouchable-by-others place for them. So, in second year, you get a chance to meet some of these understandings in yourself that you carry into this work.
Usually, by the time we begin to work with intuition, we have met and worked with the other Animals of Knowing. We have hopefully, healed injuries in Thinking and allowed ourselves begin to meet how beautifully and broadly our own natural thinking works, rather than presuming the thinking we learned in school is our natural thinking.
We have also, hopefully, met with the animal of feeling and come to experience the wonder of knowing energies. Some of those are our internal energies, ones we often call “feelings.” But hopefully, too, we have explored how the window of feeling picks up vibes, knows things that are not immediately available to either thinking or sensing. Have you invited your window of feeling to see? What is that like for you?
What is your knowing through Sensing like? Knowing through sensing is a knowing of the outer. It is concerned with adaptation and survival. It can be immediate. I see a tree. I feel that that pot is hot. This apple is sour. “Through it we know immediately and directly of the existence of the magnificent wonders of the sensed universe and their beauty. The myriad sights and sounds, tastes and smells, soft and tender touch tell us of the infinite diversity of this place to which we are born…It gives us access to those dimensions that we see, hear, smell, taste and touch. It lets us know the immediate objective world.” Animals, p. 7.
Imagery is a knowing that has to do with wholeness and totalities. It has to do with inner rather than outer. Deep imagery necessitates a willingness to discover a world that is not yet known, and to allow our own dimensions to grow larger as a result of interaction with this discovered realm.
Again, the intent is that you have worked with all of these dimensions of your own aliveness and have gotten to know them though meeting the Animals of the Four Windows.
How then do we meet with Intuition?
It can often be very fruitful in this exploration to call the Animals of the Four Windows together and ask them first, if intuition comes in through any of them. Quite often, people do not have a separate animal of intuition. Their intuitive knowing might come though their window of thinking or feeling or even sensing, or like Jung, they might have intuition that comes through Imagery.
If there is a separate animal of intuition, that is, a guide comes to you as your guide to intuition, it is worth checking out which window of knowing it relates to most closely. Do you get intuitive thoughts? Do you experience intuition through the feeling? Does it come in images? Or through your bodily senses?
Or is it more like a depth of knowing that emanates from the harmony of the 4 modes of Knowing?
Or perhaps, your animal of intuition is your guide to the 6th chakra (the third eye guide) or is in someway related to that guide?
As you might begin to see, working with Intuition is a complex. You may have had experiences with an animal of guide already in the training who is also your animal of intuition. So explore what intuition is for you. Distinguish in yourself how it differs, if it differs, from the knowing through feeling or imagery or thinking or sensing.
Hopefully, the next few quotations and writings in this lesson can prompt your explorations to be full and deep and meaningful.