AA pragmatist might say that intuition is no more than a lucky guess, a feeling based on a pressing hope, a fear, or some other compelling emotion. But those who have mastered it know it to be something far different. Certainly intuition is rooted in an experience of feeling, but never in an emotion. Emotions are often the first barriers to any real intuition, as they all bear a sure charge, some degree of partiality or prejudice—depending largely on whether the emotion is affirming a belief, or if its rising in defense of one. No! —Emotions belong to the realm of the mind, while feelings belong the realm of the heart. 

Likes, dislikes, beliefs, evaluations, and judgments, even trust, are all conjuring’s of the intellect. But intuition, like love or faith, is purely an attribute of the heart. One could easily argue that the heart can’t think—and, they would be right. —But it can know! One might go further to argue that it’s just an organ in your chest, a pump meant solely to stream one’s oxygen rich blood through the body. And again, they would be largely correct. Except, I am not pointing to that heart when referring to intuition. Even though the physical heart might respond actively to the subtle surges of intuition, the heart I’m writing about isn’t in one’s bosom. We have another heart, a spiritual heart known as “the heart within the mind.” Long ago in the esoteric East, this heart was once referred to as the Antahakarana, and long before that it was known as the Ura.

Intuition is, in truth, an offer of the deep inner shine that represents what you already know beyond the limits of time and space. It is your connection to the one Self that bears the one Will, which cycles life through its three phases of creation, existence and destruction.

The Ura was often portrayed metaphorically as a Pushakara, a blue lotus resting in the transcendental epicenter of the mind. The Rishis of old knew this secret, so they learned to speak less of the mind, referring to it as a mere instrument for something greater, something more powerful—something less limited. They came to realize that it is this heart, the Ura, which the principles of the mind are built around, and are in essence designed to serve.

The Ura represents the blue lotus throne of your intuition, through which all of your finest sensibilities arrive and turn into what was once referred to by the ancients as bhasaijya pramana. Bhasaijya pramana are the pure, divinely intended perceptions that rise up through the highly enigmatic transcendental, Vaidurya-blue, healing waters that bear in them the quintessential seed impulses that can, when properly channeled through the human intellect, bring healing order, and renewed balance in this world. It is also the source of all that falls into the category of true intuition. It is this authentic wellspring of potential bearing Indigo waters that the genuine seeker in life searches for when hoping to find true inner guidance. And for this reason, all those who would work for their higher realizations and self-mastery also seek it. It is the Holy Grail, our true spiritual Heart, and the source of all our divine realizations. Often, the most confusing participation with this secret heart is that the mind of the unaware rarely will, but can, and in the end, must serve it. But, the human mind cannot know it directly—in a similar way that they eye cannot see itself. The more one searches for it, the less one is able to find it. The blue lotus Ura can only be acquired through a complete and sincere surrender—but never through pursuit. In order to realize the gifts of this heart, we must first become as innocent as the awe-struck child, let go of all ego-ambition, listen as purely and silent as the snow listens to the touch of sunlight, and then let it do its work without sullying its manifesting flow with the corrupting influences of want or desire.

You might ask, “If the Ura is our quintessential guide, and I shouldn’t desire in my search for guidance or answers, and without that want, how in the end will I come to know where I should go, or where I should live, or what I should do in life?” Asking is one matter, but listening is an altogether different one! We all certainly have our share of desires, lots of them, but we also have our genuine needs—the two may initially appear alike, but for the most part they rarely are. Because we’ve circumstantially come to adapt and form our wants to serve our sense of who we’ve been taught to believe we are, a definable ego self, we diligently gathered up all manner of attachments and aversions to the things we assume we need to sustain that belief. As a result, we might assume we want something, and are therein driven to listen for an outcome that we hope can bring that something to us.

Does this sound familiar? It should; it’s our shared human condition, until one day we come to realize that we’re not whom we’ve imagined we are. Then, if we look closely, it may just dawn on us that what we want may not have anything in common with what we need. It is at this point that our dreams might show its first few cracks to let in the light that leads us to where we’ve lost our ears. Renewed in innocence and listening without prejudice, we might start to hear again, like a sincere child entering the world for the first time. This is where all beings begin to reclaim their intuition.

But how do we know it, how do we recognize it when it starts to fill our minds? Intuition is, in truth, an offer of the deep inner shine that represents what you already know beyond the limits of time and space. It is your connection to the one Self that bears the one Will, which cycles life through its three phases of creation, existence and destruction. It is the whisper of the Ura, revealing to you a partial view of the truth of your existence—like a never-ending story. The Ura is your fractal of the Supreme Heart that drives and maintains this entire universe. It has available to it the greater theater of life, that is designed to have all its parts act in sync and harmony. It knows the truth of you and why you are here. But you cannot hold its breadth in your mind, for it is far too vast in its reach. Instead, you must learn to rely entirely on your ability to feel. Feeling can go where no mind or intellect can. Through feeling purely, without resistance, without effort, without prejudice, we can intuit the stream of light that guides. In letting go, we set ourselves free to hear. —That is the key!

So when a problem arises in your life, don’t shoo it away as something you don’t want. Instead, see it as an invitation, a call to come home to yourself, dressed as a problem. Give it no resistance! Instead, let yourself go completely, and lean into it! Listen like silence listens, but stay persistently and attentively aware in the presence of the problem, no matter if it is pain, illness, despair, or hope. Just hold your problem in your thoughts with as much ease as sunlight bears its weight when illumining a flower—always there, but also weightless. Soon, as you feel yourself sinking deeper into the offer that the problem presents, you’ll start to sense things—luminous bits of your intuitive Ura-feelings emerging. Then let go further, and further, until all your thoughts that have any weight to them have flown by untouched. What will remain at the end is a spark of your inner guidance. Initially, it will arrive as little more than a glimpse of bliss. But the more you capitulate to that bliss feeling, the stronger it will become, until at some unknown moment its currents will transform your last lingering thoughts into realizations. When the right realization appears, you won’t think it, it won’t be in the form of a thought—you will know! Now you’ve found it—your real intuition, offering you the light of the knower, the bhasaijya pramana of your High Self.

Aaravindha Himadra

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