Disturbance in the Force.
According to Webster’s New World Dictionary and Thesaurus, (1996), the word, “Intuition,” means, “n. the immediate knowing of something without the conscious use of reasoning.” I can’t argue with that. The definition seems objective enough that I think all walks of life could agree. However, when it comes to the word, “Divination,” it states (page 179): “n. 1. The practice of trying to foretell the future. 2. Prophecy.”
“Trying?” Ooh, now there’s some tiptoeing on eggshells for ya! If that’s the case, then we humans have been “trying” for thousands of years in every sector of the world very successfully and we still continue to do so. The truth is, “divination” and “intuition” are very related and in a sense, one in the same. I think it’s safe to say, especially in a scholastic volume, the authors like to use care when the root word, “divine” is involved, as it immediately insinuates the word, “God,” which has a surefire affect of getting anyone’s thong in a knot.
But, God had nothing to do with Hans Solo having a “bad feeling” approaching “that small moon,” which would turn out to be a space station of mass destruction.
Nor usually does any other ethereal being, spirit, ghost, guide, angel, Goddess, God, Grand Creator, or Great White Chicken have anything to do with having a song stuck in your head just for you to turn on your iPod shuffle or radio to hear it playing. Every living organism has it; dogs, cats, birds, fish, humans, because it’s part of our internal Survival Kit. Having that weird sense of danger, bad weather, or some other kind of life altering event approaching before our five physical senses registers the fact, gives us time to prepare for change. I even think plant life must has some kind of silent alarm when they’re about to be struck down or peed on…
Intuition is like a muscle: The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. The more you use it, the more you can trust it. The more you trust it, the more valuable it becomes. We were taught to accept the psychic ability as a “gift” because I think there is a comfortable sense of safety to believe that we all don’t have the responsibility to register what can be seen or explained without the naked eye or felt without our skin. However, to have intuition is a birthright, not a privilege.
Maybe the strength of the psyche may be a gift, like the sound of your voice or the size of your boobs. But, all animated creatures of nature are designed to have voices and boobs. I guess you can call us psychics, divinationists, and fortune tellers the “body builders” of Intuition – but don’t think we’re doing anything you couldn’t.
I think because of the notion that the psyche is not a common natural phenomenon, some are very aware that they have it and many others would still rather not talk about it. The conscious practice of using intuition upon command is Divination.
My absolute favorite explanation of divination comes from the movie, “Matrix: Reloaded.” (Not one of my favorite movies, but I digress…) when The Oracle offers Neo a piece of candy:
The Oracle: Candy?
Neo: Do you already know if I’m going to take it?
The Oracle: Wouldn’t be much of an Oracle if I didn’t.
Neo: But if you already know, how can I make a choice?
The Oracle: Because you didn’t come here to make the choice. You’ve already made it. You’re here to try to understand why you made it.
That is Divination. That’s why I and hundreds of others do what we do, casually or professionally. Not so much as to tell you your future, but to make you aware of the patterns of choices you have made, give you a new perspective of your situation, and show you where those patterns will lead if you keep making the same choices.
Whenever a mind is changed, a future is changed.
The cool part is, if every single person in the world decided right now, this minute to accept that they have this tool and started using it on a regular basis as we do, there still would be no threat to our careers. Why? It’s like a car. Every car has the same equipment, but every one of them has an individuality that is unmistakable. And regardless of the thousands of people who know (or think they know) how to drive, they all drive differently with different rules and risks.
I guarantee a cab ride in Flagstaff, Arizona is a very different experience than a ride in Brooklyn, New York! Just so, there are different types of divinationists with different styles using different tools. Some people may be more comfortable getting their information from a stretch limo than a tank. Not everybody can divine for everyone, so it’s great to have choice. How you receive that information is just as important as the information, itself. Giving that information is a huge responsibility that I, like I believe many of us, take very, very seriously – just like your safety in the passenger seat.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of frauds and wolves who take advantage and there always will be. When people ask for a reading, they’re looking for one or more of, what I call, the three “C’s”: Comfort, Clarity, and Confirmation. So, professional or not, one should always assume your client needs something. A true professional service provider will always respect that and a predator will always count on it. What’s the best way to know the difference?
Use your intuition.
February 8, 2011