by Thomas Pedroli
Intuition - a special gift – or something you can learn?
Most of us have experienced moments of intense creativity, intelligence and happiness. Usually, those moments came unexpectedly, and were not influenced by the will. When we train our intuition, those moments still may not come from an impulse of will, but will certainly occur more often. There are conditions that can block our intuition. Mentally, this comes from continuous thinking that leaves no gap at all. If there is no gap, nothing really new can occur. Emotionally painful experiences (often, but not necessarily, from early childhood) can generate fear in certain situations, more or less similar to the original one. This fear results in patterns of behavior we would normally want to get rid of, but cannot. In the realm of doing, we create habits, which are things we do again and again in the same way, and therefore, eventually do them without awareness. Habits can make us believe change is not possible.
In everyday life, deep relaxation and a clear awareness are generally considered mutually exclusive. When we relax, we tend to be dreamy, and when we focus, we can easily become too tense in our bodies. In training our intuition, we do what seems very challenging at first; we do both simultaneously. In the many exercises and play that we experience during an Intuitive Pedagogy training, we are given at least two instructions that may seem to contradict each other. For instance, “Focus on your feet, and do something else with your hands.”, or “Be in a natural flowing, and also consciously avoid meeting another person.”, or “Throw a stick precisely by releasing it, but without any effort.” In doing so, we create space for something new and unexpected; we develop intuition.
In Intuitive Pedagogy, we start by working with the body, and by intuitive playing, the body overcomes old reflexes through intensive practice of bilateral exercises, which integrate the left and right sides of the body, hands and feet, left brain and right brain, loud and quiet, fast and slow, etc. First, they seem impossible to integrate, but after playing a while, the impossible becomes possible. One of the wonderful characteristics of this kind of learning, is the intense joy that is often generated. This joy makes it possible to go through, and overcome, hindrances and blocks, that under other circumstances, are just too frightening or difficult to encounter. The playing is done within the community. And it is good to know that sometimes when working on ourselves, we need others. Joyfully practicing in a community opens many doors for development.