Intuition: A Different Dimension of Computing

What is intuition and how does it work? Sadhguru looks at this aspect of human intellect and explains where it stands with respect to spirituality.

Question: What is intuition? Can you please explain if it is an aspect of the spiritual path?

Sadhguru: What is intuition? Everything that a human being does is happening from the information that he or she has gathered. Information does not mean you read a book or a newspaper. The five senses constantly gather information through what you see, hear, smell, taste and touch. This continues to happen even when you are fast sleep. Experiments have been done where a person was fast asleep, and ten sentences were spoken to him in a language that he did not even understand. In spite of that, much later, they could hypnotize him and he would speak those ten sentences again. He was not conscious but all of it was recorded as good as on a tape-recorder.

Intuition is not a different dimension of perception, it is just a different dimension of computing.

So there is a phenomenal amount of information that you are not conscious of. Just look at the fact that you can walk. Walking is so simple. But if you analyze the process of what it takes to walk on two legs, it is an extremely complex process. How the weight shifts, what happens in the muscles and how the whole thing happens is a phenomenally complex process. If you have to logically understand this, you will go crazy. You will not get it even if you study it for a lifetime. That’s how complex it is, but all of us can walk. We know this intuitively not intellectually.

A better analogy would be driving. When you were first learning to drive a car, you turned on the ignition, then pressed the clutch, then the first gear, and you slowly released the clutch, but the damn thing would just jump and stop no matter how many times you tried. But now you have been driving for ten years, and you could be talking on your cell phone and still everything happens right. And even today after ten years of driving, if you sit in the car and think, “What should I do properly? First, ignition, then clutch, then first gear, then clutch…” again you won't know how to drive.

If another dimension of perception has to happen, you have to enhance your perception beyond its present boundaries. That’s what spirituality is.

If you go intellectually, for every little thing that you do there are ten steps. Instead of going through these ten steps from one to ten, if you jump, that is what is intuition. But intuition is not a different dimension of perception, it is just a different dimension of computing. You are computing it faster, but still it is the same information. If your brain becomes more intuitive, you can use what you know better. To move from a “dumb” phone to a smart phone and from a smart phone to an iPad, we did not discover anything new. We are just learning to use it better. It is the same thing with your brain when you are intuitive. But that is not another dimension of perception.

If another dimension of perception has to happen, you have to enhance your perception beyond its present boundaries. That’s what spirituality is – to enhance your perception. Essentially, to be spiritual means to go beyond the physical. If a dimension beyond the physical becomes a living reality for you, you are spiritual. When I say physical, it is not just the body and mind. Everything else that you perceive through the five sense organs is physical. If you transcend that, or if your perception transcends the limitations of the five senses, then you are spiritual.

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6 years 7 months ago

Vow, so powerful. Pranam

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6 years 7 months ago

Makes sense.

6 years 7 months ago

dumb phone to an I pad
Yes that what we wanna be
From the realm of senses to the spiritual
Yes, we all want to be set finally free......

6 years 7 months ago

a request & pray for hunger free -- with your grace , if you can make every soul , every human , every creature , every molecule , hunger free ", never feeling hungry and never having desire to eat " " bad evil thoughts free " ,and the natural as were good . it will be very great kindness ,
either may be in any hells or any where ,any parts of earth , molecule.
hunger is a curse ,many and many lifes has been spoiled , destroyed , sent to hells like toilets in many pieces . many quarrels has taken places on the name of spoileing earth

6 years 1 month ago

As We have been massively creating information which seems to be garbage for life then again what we try to project is also next information.We are talking about language through language. We say sense organ are instrumental and we understand it through the same instrument. We talk about the silence creating the vibration of words. We talk in Life Spirituality journey through intuition(inner-tution) but learn it from external books .How is then possible to know our inner-tution reading external tutors?

6 years 1 month ago

Bless me to shed myself completely. I want to revamp my system and senses and this time I should just either become new or simply vanish...this helplessness that holds us from just plunging completely stings worst than anything. master. neither intellect nor intuition. ..neither growth nor anything pour your grace and take me ashore....just take me ashore...Namaskaram

6 years 1 month ago

Tripurantakeshwaraya, I bow down

6 years 1 month ago

I want to buy a new computer without changing my processor. That is intuition. And I don't know it is available free of cost. I know I can buy it from Isha. But I don't know what is the mode of payment.

5 years ago

Then does that mean intuition is a pattern working subconsciously without our conscious effort?? Doesn't it mean or doesn't it has to do anything with receiving messages from spiritual guides??