Intuition rises from the depths of the human heart. It has
two aspects: one is dependent upon an outer impression, and
the other is independent of any outer impression. The former
is called impression, and the latter intuition. Intuition is
a fine faculty. As it comes by responsiveness, it is a feminine
faculty. Woman, therefore, is more intuitive by nature than
Often one says 'This person gives me such and such an impression,'
but there is no reason to prove it. One is perhaps not capable
of finding any reason to prove it, nevertheless one's impression
is right. There are some people who are naturally intuitive.
For someone who is intuitive, it is not necessary to wait until
he, so to speak, finds a person out. All he needs is one moment.
As soon as his eyes fall upon the person, this instantly gives
rise to an impression, which is the former kind of intuition.
Someone with a fine mind and with a still mind generally has
intuition. Someone with a gross mind and a restless mind lacks
Intuition is a super sense. It may be called a sixth sense.
It is the essence of all senses. When a person says he sensed
something, it does not mean that there were objective reasons
to prove that it was so. It means that, without any outer reasons
or objective signs, he has sensed it.
Intuition that is independent of impressions is of a still
deeper nature, for it comes before one wishes to begin a thing
and so one knows what will come out of it. Before the beginning
of an enterprise, one senses the result of it. Intuition is
sometimes a kind of inner guidance, and sometimes it is a kind
of warning from within.
How does one perceive intuition? It is first expressed in
the language of feeling. That feeling, spreading within the
horizon of the mind, shapes itself and becomes more narrative
of its idea. Then the mind turns it into a form, and then language
interprets it. Therefore, it is the feeling heart to which intuition
In order to become clear so that it can be distinguished,
intuition turns into three different conditions – into a feeling,
into an imagination, or into a phrase. The person who hears
the voice of intuition, even when it is in its first process
of development, is more capable of perceiving intuition and
it is he who may be called intuitive. Another person distinguishes
it when it expresses itself in the realm of thought. Then there
is a third person who can only distinguish his intuition when
it is manifest in the form of a phrase.
It is the kind person, the loving person, the pure-hearted
person, the person of goodwill, who is intuitive. Intuition
has nothing to do with learning. An unlettered person can be
much more intuitive than one who is most qualified, for intuition
lies in another domain of knowledge and comes from quite another
Very often, an intuitive person makes a mistake in catching
the right intuition, for the intuition comes from one side while
his mind reacts from the other side, and he does not know which
is which. If he takes the action of his mind for intuition,
and is once disappointed, then he loses faith in himself. So,
naturally, he no longer gives thought to intuition, and that
faculty diminishes in him more and more every day. To catch
an intuition is the most difficult thing, for in a moment's
time, both are working – intuition on the one hand, and mind
on the other. It is as if two ends of a stick placed in the
center upon another stick were to move up and down, and one
did not notice which end rose first and which end rose after.
Therefore, one needs to take a very keen notice of the actions
of the mind, and this ability is gained by a thorough practice
of concentration. One must be able to look at one's mind just
as at a slate placed before one. While looking at it, one must
be able to shut oneself off from all sides, fixing one's mind
solely upon one's inner being. By developing concentration,
by stilling the mind, one can be tuned to the pitch that is
necessary to perceive intuition.
If one has once been disappointed in perceiving one's intuition,
then one must not lose courage, one must go on following it
even if it continues to be a mistake. If one continually follows
one's intuition, then one will come to the right perception
The dream is another wonder, a phenomenon of the mind. In
the dream, it is not only imagination and thought that work,
but also intuition. Intuitions that arise in the waking state
arise in the dream state and become clearer, for at that time
a person is naturally more concentrated, his eyes being closed
to the outer world. However then, also there is the same problem
– no sooner has intuition risen from the depths than imagination
rises from the surface, and one does not know which is which.
That is why many dreams are confused. A part of the dream is
expressive of some truth, and a part of the dream is confused.
There is no dream that has no meaning. If the dream has nothing
to do with intuition, then it is a purely automatic activity
of all that the mind has gone through in one's work during the
day. The same activity goes on automatically, just like a moving
picture before one. Yet, even behind that there is a meaning,
for nothing is projected on the curtain of the mind that does
not take root in the soil of the heart, producing similar flowers
and fruits. If, in the dream, intuition is working, then the
dream is narrative of something in the past, present or future.
There is, however, a kind of dream that shows everything
upside-down, just like a mirror that shows a fat person thin
and a thin person fat, a tall person short and a short person
tall. So, there also comes a condition of the mind where everything
shows quite the contrary to what it is. This fault can be traced
as the fault of the mind. The mind has been turned upside-down;
and therefore, all that a person sees looks upside-down, especially
in that dream state. Sometimes this dream shows quite the opposite
to what was, what is, and what is going to be. If a person did
not understand this nature of the dream, then he would interpret
it quite contrarily to its real nature.
There are dreams that may be called visions. They are reflections
– reflections of persons, of their minds, of worlds, of planes
on which the mind has become focused. If the mind is focused
on a certain world, then the dreams are of that world. If a
person is focusing his mind upon himself, then his own thoughts
come to him. If the mind is focused on a certain person, then
that person and what is within him is reflected in the dream.
If the mind is focused on a certain plane of being, then the
conditions of that plane are reflected upon the mind.
The deeper one goes into this subject, the more one finds
that in the understanding of the dream, in its nature, its mystery,
its character, one understands the secret of the whole life.
Question: Could you please tell us about the difference between
impulse and intuition?
Answer: The impulse of an intuitive person is often guided
by intuition; but the impulse of a person who lacks intuition
may come from another direction; it may come from the surface.
Impulse directed by intuition is desirable.
Impulse is just like a little straw floating on the surface
of the water. This straw becomes an impulse when it is pushed
by a wave that is coming from behind. For a right impulse, man
gets credit; for a wrong impulse, he is blamed. Yet, if one
saw what was behind the impulse, one would be slow to express
an opinion on the subject.
Question: How do you explain symbolical dreams?
Answer: The symbolical dream is the working of a subtle mind
and it is a most wonderful working. As subtle as is the mentality,
so subtle is the symbol in which the intuition or the thought
is expressed. Therefore, it has been very easy for the mystics
to see the evolution of a person from his dreams. The subtler
his dreams, the subtler the person is in his evolution. Nevertheless,
the virtue is not only in subtlety; the virtue is in simplicity.
Poets, musicians, thinkers, writers, people of imagination,
have wonderful dreams, and the splendor of their dreams is in
their marvelous symbology.
Question: Is it the study of symbols that develops intuition?
Answer: Not at all. It is intuition that develops insight
Question: Are conditions in dreams the same as the conditions
Question: Are dreams of suffocation, drowning and inability
to walk and speak a result of one's health?
Answer: No, they are results of impressions that have been
held in the mind. It is a kind of psychological disorder of
the mind, a disease of the mind. The mind must be cured from
Question: What about dreams that are inspired by a stimulus
from the physical body, as for instance a dream inspired by
a feeling of pain in the body?
Answer: The mind has a reaction upon the body, and the body
has a reaction upon the mind. Therefore, it is natural that
a bodily disorder may throw its shadow upon the mind and produce
the same disorder in the mind.
Question: What about dreams of flying? Many people say that
they are a bad sign.
Answer: I think this is the most interesting thing in the
world. You do not need airplanes! Dreams of flying have much
to do with biology. Psychologically, they are expressive of
the soul's continual effort of rising above the imprisonment
and limitation that it experiences in this earthly life. Also,
dreams of flying signify a journey awaiting one in the future.
Question: Will you please tell us what makes a person sing
in his sleep?
Answer: The dance of his soul.
Question: What is the condition of the mind of people who
nearly never dream? Are they not imaginative?
Answer: I think that they are better than imaginative – they
are happy! The truth is that either a very advanced person does
not dream much, or a very dense person who never troubles his
brain to think. He is quite happy and content without troubling
to think. He does not have many dreams. Do not think that you
seldom find such souls. You often meet with souls to whom thinking
is a trouble, and they would rather not trouble themselves about
Question: What is the difference between the dream that may
be called a vision, and the real vision?
Answer: Vision is vision. The more one knows reality, the
less one uses the word 'real.' There is one vision that is seen
in the dream, and there is another vision that is seen in a
state of trance, a state between dreaming and wakefulness.