Intuition is "immediate mental apprehension without the intervention of any reasoning process." This definition is insufficient to explain the degrees of intuition as it operates in man. The root of intuition means to consider or to see. When you hear someone say, "Oh, I see!" they have intuited the answer.

Every warm-blooded creature on earth, all mammals, including man, has the faculty of intuition to some degree. In animals, intuition is most recognizable as the defense mechanism, the instinct of flight-or-flight, rooted in self-protection.

Intuition works in man this way, too, and is rooted in the limbic system of the brain (the amygdala, hypothalamus, and thalamus), the seat of the emotions. Your intuition is a baseline perception of your surroundings, the faculty you use to discern the degree of threat in what is present. This is how intuition operates within the appetitive soul or subconscious level mind.

Intuition, as it acts within the rational soul, which corresponds to the waking conscious mind, is best characterized as a form of super-fast thinking. Regular linear thinking is slow, like plodding along through a-b-c-d-e-f-g, whereas intuition makes leaps from a to m to z and conscious mind then performs the needed deduction.

Intuition is an instant apprehension which arrives though the super-conscious mind of the Oversoul. In one blinding flash of Light, the answer is wholly accessible. This describes illumination, which can come only through Oversoul and super-conscious mind. It is absolute "knowing" without suspicion or rationalization.

Intuition is the soul faculty most closely aligned with the protective Love principle; intuition is knowing through love. Intuition is an abstract principle, a law of being, and a mental and spiritual faculty.

Edna Lister on Intuition

Intuition, which is seeing with the eyes of mind, is glorious and superb. What you see or notice acts upon your physical vision. If you see an empty purse or wallet, your sense of spiritual sight has sprung a leak, and your good sense runs out! When you look into the glory at the heart of the Light, you are invincible. – Edna Lister, Possibilities, December 13, 1934.

Spiritual seeing is an apperception beyond physical sight. Apperception is defined as "conscious perception with full awareness." Spiritual seeing progresses from perception to intuition and apperception. – Edna Lister, The Single Vision, January 30, 1935.

You can hear intuition speak to you when you are open to the Light above. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, July 8, 1940.

Intuition and illumination are above believing and knowing. – Edna Lister, The Chalice, July 6, 1941.

You must test all impulses or what you think is intuition. If you have a flash of vision, immediately go up in consciousness and ask the Father if it is "yes." He sends you back, usually two or three times to check and see that it is no illusion. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 3, 1942.

Spiritual seeing is first a "sense of knowing," which is purely spiritual intuition. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 29, 1942.

As Light enters the head, it illumines the optic chiasm of the thalamus at the floor of the third ventricle of the brain. As the Light metaphysically activates these physical structures, it becomes spiritual intuition in the pituitary gland and illumination in the pineal body. – Edna Lister, The Trinities of Creation, March 17, 1945.

Personality uses illumination, intuition, and expression, which you access through praise, and in no other way. – Edna Lister, Illumination and Comprehension, December 9, 1945.

Intuition is perfect hearing and doing of the law, hearing the voice and knowing. – Edna Lister, Awakening to Understanding, October 27, 1946.

With the first marriage of the Lamb, the mating of desire and will, will becomes illumination, seated in the pineal body, and desire becomes the seat of intuition in the pituitary gland. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 9, 1946.

From soul consciousness, you surrender to God's desire for you, which is love, imagination that builds energy, and His will, which is wisdom. Then the pineal body and pituitary gland open to illumination and intuition. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 13, 1947.

Light can lead you to the high place, but you cannot enter therein without intuition and illumination supreme. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 13, 1947.

Your Oversoul has never left God. It is your all-seeing eye of intuition. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 10, 1949.

Separate your subconscious hunches from super-conscious intuition to clarify your thinking. Let Oversoul illumination cleanse your intuition, which is God speaking to you. – Edna Lister, And It Came to Pass, September 10, 1950.

In humanity, wisdom and love express as will and desire. Desire, expressing as love, opens the pituitary to intuition. Will, expressing as wisdom, opens the pituitary to illumination. Thus, desire, added to will, becomes the creator's "I AM" consciousness. – Edna Lister, What I Do Have, I Give, October 1, 1950.

Illumination and intuition form the Oversoul's "I AM" consciousness. – Edna Lister, My Soul Has Wings, December 3, 1950.

God bestows your credits as intuition and illumination when you love Him and magnify His name. – Edna Lister, Rewards for Service, July 15, 1951.

Conscious mind governs reasoning, comparison, deduction, induction, and synthesis, the faculties you use to lift the unconscious. When these faculties fade out, you reach a place of silvery fields called "the burning sands of the desert." To cross its barren loneliness, you must lift, lift, lift your so-called treasures of darkness and "make the crooked places straight." The way to cross the desert lies just above waking consciousness in super-conscious intuition. – Edna Lister, Creative Mind in Three Phases, June 29, 1952.

Declare, "I am obedient to 'I AM' consciousness as intuition and illumination." Listen for the Voice, loud and clear or "still and small" but the Voice that speaks as intuition or conscience. – Edna Lister, Acceptance and Obedience, June 21, 1953.

Love is both intuition and desire. When Love is ascending, it exalts intuition and lifts desire. – Edna Lister, Love Wins, October 18, 1953.

Love's capacity, as intuition, is determined by its quality, thin and weak or rich and strong. We refer to love as "mother's milk" and the "milk of human kindness," but milk separates into degrees, skim milk, cream and butter. – Edna Lister, Love Wins, October 18, 1953.

You express love by giving, not things but by the self you give up to God. You can always give the world compassion and understanding, knowing when and what to give through your intuition. – Edna Lister, Love Wins, October 18, 1953.

Let soul vision guard your life as intuition and illumination interpret what you hear. Christ consciousness always guides you through intuition and illumination. – Edna Lister, Your Life's Plan, May 16, 1954.

Apperception enters through the crown of the head when you live ruled fully by intuition and illumination. – Edna Lister, The Golden Silence, June 18, 1954.

When intuition opens, you can get lost in phenomena. – Edna Lister, Seven Degrees in the Great Pyramid, November 30, 1954.

The Elect may know, through intuitive knowledge, when to gird their loins for initiation. When you remain high in consciousness and love enough, you know through spiritual intuition, not as a subconscious hunch. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 12, 1956.

Intuition and illumination are the higher soul octaves of logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 22, 1956.

Illumination and intuition are your precision instruments, your production tools. Desire, your emotional life, thinking, and imagination are your power tools. – Edna Lister, The Life: Your Practice, October 28, 1956.

God created us to express Light through intuition and illumination. – Edna Lister, The Light: Your Expression, November 4, 1956.

You use the faculty of intuition to uncover your soul memory records. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 26, 1956.

The spiritual senses are desire, will, intuition, illumination and aspiration. – Edna Lister, The Brain: Our Servant, October 8, 1957.

Desire must fill the pituitary gland to spark intuition, and will must fill the pineal body for illumination. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 21, 1958.

The proportion of intuition to illumination is three to one, three measures of intuition to one of illumination. – Edna Lister, Revelation: Four Horsemen and Six Seals, April 29, 1958.

The pure faith of Oversoul "I AM" consciousness will possess you after you lift the subconscious mind, and mate selfish desires and will to illumination and intuition. Intuition and illumination form little "eyes of the Lord" for spiritual seeing, like wings of whirling white Light above your physical eyes. – Edna Lister, Manifestation, May 24, 1959.

Turn your brain cells up to hear God, not the world. Intuition interprets the vibration into words when you listen with the ears of Mind. – Edna Lister, Desire Is Your Glory, June 14, 1959.

When you are "open and waiting" for the right answer, but cannot think it, you receive the answer under intuition and illumination. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 14, 1959.

Super-conscious mind functions as the faculties of intuition and illumination. – Edna Lister, What Is Healing, May 17, 1960.

The five physical senses (hearing, seeing, speech, feeling, tasting) form the basis of the faculty of intuition. – Edna Lister, Is it Right to Ask for Myself, June 14, 1960.

Understanding, intuition and illumination are spiritual faculties or soul capacities, both of which depend on how greatly the individual expressed through the soul in past ages. – Edna Lister, Is it Right to Ask for Myself, June 14, 1960.

The power of intuition from the heart of Being ignites inspiration and causes the mental faculties to look up in fervent enthusiasm and expectancy. – Edna Lister, Is Faith Enough, June 21, 1960.

Intuition awakens as you apply the mental faculties of logic, reason, discrimination, discretion and discernment. – Edna Lister, How Do I Wait Upon the Lord, June 28, 1960.

Self offers only a very low point of intuition and illumination where one believes a God, a Power may exist. They sit, thinking of statements by the mile while their subconscious mind wanders all over the world without ever leaving the basement of consciousness. No one can ever reach a state of soul ecstasy in such self-centered worship. – Edna Lister, Increase Through High Prayer, July 3, 1960.

In one sense, the entire Book of Genesis is a metaphor. The woman represents love and the emotions. The man represents wisdom and the intellect. The serpent represents the unrestrained emotional and physical desires for pleasure and excess, subtly entwining and enslaving the soul. The "fall," from eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, represents the emotions tempting intellect to misuse the creative fire. When the soul had reached a requisite point of knowledge of good and evil, the right and wrong ways to love, God closed the Garden of Eden. Man climbs in consciousness from lower to upper Egypt, into the Promised Land, and finally into the Garden of Eden. Entering the Garden of Eden describes the soul in its expression beyond self, reaching for the Tree of Life. When humanity could finally tap the Tree of Life, God closed access to the higher creative centers in the head, the doors to intuition and spiritual illumination, so man could not misuse them in service to the self. – Edna Lister, The Tree of Life, October 15, 1961.

Even with the highest intuition in the world, you are apt to grow lukewarm without sufficient fire of desire to ascend. – Edna Lister, Ten Virgins Wise and Foolish, December 16, 1962.

In the Orient, they use the lotus as the symbol of the mental body centers. At birth, the crown lotus is a tight bud, slowly opening in seven-years cycles, until it is full blown in the third cycle, at twenty-one years of age. Usually the eight petals on the left side are open at birth as the love faculty of intuition. Children seem just to "know" and see and hear spiritually. During the second cycle, from age seven through fourteen, the wisdom faculty petals of illumination open on the right side, as the child is gaining knowledge. Under training and discipline of the self, the youth maintains the balance between love and wisdom, intuition and illumination. Then the left eight petals remain open. If the soul falls into self-centered will, the lotus petals gradually close until the soul loses its heavenly contact. – Edna Lister, The Crown of Roses, June 30, 1963.

Vision reveals law, and intuition and illumination interpret what vision grasps from divine Mind. – Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964.

As you turn imagination turns upward and use it as soul vision instead of "thought pictures," it functions as intuition and illumination, which form themselves into comprehension, the combined Wisdom and Love of God in action. – Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964.

A premonition comes from the outer world, but you must live by intuition held in check by soul discipline and illumination. – Edna Lister, The Legend of Isis and Osiris, April 14, 1964.

To discover truth requires that you bring illumination, intuition and cosmic consciousness to bear on each situation to create balance. To slide down the pole from this high state is falling back onto the line of fate or living by appetitive creature nature. Living by human nature is living by creature nature. When you ascend to the Path of Destiny, you function intuition, illumination and cosmic consciousness. Ascension puts you on course to fulfill your mission undisturbed by outer circumstances. Fate, however, entwines you with the past. – Edna Lister, Deity and Divinity, October 6, 1964.

As your awareness increases, it becomes intuition and illumination. – Edna Lister, The Good Shepherd, November 1, 1964.

Illumination plus intuition and common sense gives you a just appraisal. – Edna Lister, How to Make a Just Appraisal, May 14, 1968.

To get more Light and intuition, raise the vibration of your desire. – Edna Lister, Let Your Light So Shine, November 24, 1968.

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Etymology of intuition : Late Latin intuitionem "a looking at, consideration," from Latin intuitus, "look at, consider, watch over."

Intuition is an abstract principle.

Intuition is a law of being.

Intuition is a mental and spiritual faculty.


The supreme task of the physicist is the discovery of the most general elementary laws from which the world-picture can be deduced logically. But there is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance and this Einfuehlung [empathy] is developed by experience. – Albert Einstein, Prologue to Max Planck's Where is Science Going?

Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data. – John Naisbitt as cited in Chang, 2006, 419.

It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover. – Henri Poincare, Science and Method, as translated by Maitland

Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity. – Alan Turing, Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals

. . . One in whom persuasion and belief
Had ripened into faith, and faith become
A passionate intuition; whence the Soul,
Though bound to earth by ties of pity and love,
From all injurious servitude was free.
William Wordsworth, The Excursion, Book Fourth, Despondency Corrected, lines 1293-1297


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Poincare, Henri. "Mathematical Definitions and Education," Science and Method, Part II, Chapter 2. Francis Maitland, translator. London: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1914, 128-129.

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