Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
             23 January, 2021
 

    
Category:  Articles » Reference & Education » Philosophy

 

Book Review - Connections - The Five Threads of Intuitive Wisdom

Popularity:
         Views: 1541
2009-01-14 06:58:03     
Article by Henry Reed

Someone once asked Edgar Cayce if others could do what he did, and he answered, "Yes, if you are willing to pay the price." For some, this referred to the material sacrifices Mr. Cayce and his family made to pursue his work. Yet there is another level of meaning to his reply. Many of his statements about intuitive or psychic development pointed to the necessity for personal transformation, not merely the learning of a technique. One could learn the technique of automatic writing, for example, and produce works of wonder. Although Mr. Cayce acknowledged that automatic writing was a valid channel for bringing in new truths, he consistently advised people away from it and toward the alternative, alternative, inspirational writing. This latter method requires, however, more than learning the trick of getting your hand to write while you're not paying attention. It requires one to learn how to enter into the consciousness of an ideal, and then surrender to the flow of that awareness as it moves into the writing phase. The caterpillar doesn't become a butterfly by pasting on wings, but rather by allowing itself to melt into liquid which then crystallizes as a butterfly.

I've given students a taste of this kind of transformation through dance. Typically I use Cayce's favorite music for harmonizing, Strauss's "Blue Danube Waltz." Don't try to "do a dance," I suggest," but rather allow the music to dance you!" It is a fun way to explore the difference between making an effort to perform a trick and to enter into the mystery of oneness. In her book Connections: The Five Threads of Intuitive Wisdom (Tarcher/Penguin), Gabrielle Roth presents a similar self-transformational approach to intuition. The author, an artist of the dance and a respected exemplar of someone living the intuitive life, shares personal stories of her struggles, transformations, and discoveries. There is another life to live, more real than what typically passes for living, and there's a divine human being ready to live that alternative life, she writes, provided we can escape the addiction to the consciousness of the separate self that must be in control.

"To fully realize our intuitive abilities," she writes, "we need to be instinctive, intimate, intent, integral, and inspired. Each of these energies is a facet of intuition, our connection to the divine force that moves all things. The problem happens when we stop trusting its supreme intelligence, intelligence, when we allow our intuition to be overwhelmed and diminished by the loud, reactive defensive voices of the ego."

By instinctive, she means the wisdom of the body. A good example is the way the body can naturally move to music if it's allowed. Wisdom can emerge from the dance, as you can discover for yourself. When you are troubled by a situation and don't know what to do, if meditation doesn't help, try dancing! When you sit back down, exhausted and spent, you may be surprised to find that you now know how to move past your predicament.

By intimacy, she means the momentary dissolving of boundaries that create separations between ourselves and the life around us. Learning to listen, to experience a heart connection with other life forms, is a form of cooperation with life that supports intuitive awareness.

By intent, she means the ability to embrace change, even chaos, while knowing intuitively that one has an inner connection with one's destiny that will shake off potential mistakes and alert one to the symbolic cues life uses to call us forward.

By integrity, she doesn't mean being right or good, but rather she asks that we be real, authentic, not weakened by contradictions, but strengthened by the paradoxes we can accept. It's not about what we say, but what we are aware of within. Being honest with ourselves, having the innocence of a pure heart, gives us courage to trust intuition rather than doubt it and suspect it of personal contamination.

By inspiration, she means the intuition of Spirit. It is the ability to allow life to breathe you, to move you along your natural path of soul expression. Everyone has a purpose, a calling, a destiny. With intention we can set an ideal, and then allow the Spirit of Life to move us toward the fulfillment of that ideal. Very often life will take us to a new level of awareness, to an even greater ideal, provided we are willing to be moved. Once again, dancing to inspirational music is often a great awakener, a wonderful meditation on being moved by Spirit.

Gabrielle Roth's personal confessions - exuberant, earthy, wild, sensitive - of her experience with intuition echo the description of the spiritual path described in both idealized and practical terms by Edgar Cayce. More than learning intuitive skills, the goal is personal tr ansformation that allows one to "express the face" of the Creator in one's own individual manner.

Henry Reed, Ph.D., is on staff at Atlantic University He has been the prime designer of A.R.E.'s psychic development program, in its various aspects, for the past twenty some years. He is one of the trainers of A.R.E.'s most successful, and long running, psychic training conference, "The Edgar Cayce Legacy: Be Your Own Psychic." He developed A.R.E.'s program of evaluating psychics. He has published scientific articles on his research into intuition and psychic functioning. He is the author of Edgar Cayce on Awakening Your Psychic Powers, Edgar Cayce on Channeling Your Higher Self, and Your Intuitive Heart.

Specialized in: Book Review - Connections - Intuitive Wisdom
URL: https://www.atlantic-university.org
Print article      Bookmark this page
Related Articles 
How To Study And Research Philosophy (Popularity: ): Almost anyone can philosophize with no formal training or experience. It simply consists of questioning and wondering about the foundational aspects of the universe and ourselves, including metaphysics, knowledge, morality, and religion. Nonetheless, if philosophy interests you, you may want to study it and learn more about it, which in turn will improve your philosophical abilities. Let me suggest some ways to study philosophy.School - You can go to school ...
Does the Rain of Benevolence Shower on One and All Alike? (Popularity: ): Knowing can be of two types. There is one kind of knowledge that is rote, memorized; the other is a live-knowing, known from your lived experiences. No memory is required here. Then what you know is true, authentic knowledge. In the former kind, knowledge is a burden, in which there is every possibility that one can drown; it can never make one weightless. Knowing can be a living experience too, ...
The Meaning of Life - What the Earliest Ancient Greek Philosophers Knew (Popularity: ): Over two and a half thousand years ago, at a time when human beings were just beginning to think about the world they lived in, an extraordinary concept was being articulated by the very earliest philosophers of Ancient Greece. Ever since that time this idea has been emphasised by many great philosophers including Socrates, the Buddha, Jesus and Gandhi. Yet we still haven't understood the secret that has the power ...
Gravitation - The Attraction Point is Not There (Popularity: ): The force of gravitation was discovered by Newton along the following line of reasoning: if the Copernicus' System of the World is true, a fact plainly reflected by the astronomical data, then the motion of the Earth around Sun, or of the Moon around Earth, is a circular motion. One of the main facts of experience is that in a circular motion a body experiences a centrifugal force, tending to ...
The Alumni Paint (Popularity: ): There is nothing better than going back towards the roots while, there is nothing worse than cutting off the roots!Nostalgia is normally considered in maroon sense but one of its shades; homesickness is something that crafts a tender heart and high values of association.Association with home, association with family, association with friends and association with the institution; all this is what contributes to making of a unique personality, evolved from ...


Related Business 
Intuitive-Connections Network (Popularity: ): An online magazine for an intuitive learning community inspired by the Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies.
Spiritual Seeker Book Swap, Inc. (Popularity: ): Spiritual Seeker Book Swap enables people from all over the world to share spiritual knowledge and wisdom by trading spiritually educational books with one another for free. The site, which features books on everything from astral travel to psychology to Toltec wisdom, is currently the only one of its kind.
Multi Impex: Rayon Embroidery Threads Supplier (Popularity: ): In order to meet the diverse demands and preferences of fashion industry, we, Multi Impex, commenced our business in the year 1996. We are a prominent name as Manufacturer, Supplier and Exporter of different types of Embroidery Threads. Our range of Embroidery Threads includes Real Gold Zari, Kasab Zari Threads, Zari Threads, Plastic Zari Threads, and Rayon Embroidery Threads.
Simon Macbeth: Book Reviews (Popularity: ): The books' review is a form of literary criticism in which 'Too Tired To Play Games' is analysed based on content, style, and merit. The review can be a primary source opinion piece or summary review.
Intuitive World (Popularity: ): 20 years of experience healing and laughing and loving can help you on your path. Wisdom and healing information so you can help yourself.
yet2.com (Popularity: ): yet2.com is the marketplace for licensable technologies from all over the world. We help you make non-intuitive connections to buyers from places you never thought of looking.
Hispanic American Historial Review (Popularity: ): Quarterly journal of Latin American history. Publishes articles, book reviews, and other features. Includes contact information, submission guidelines, book review guidelines, and subscription information.
The New York Review of Books (Popularity: ): The online version of the biweekly book review and journal of intellectual currents.
Progressions, The Book (Popularity: ): Book topics include stages of human development, integral evolution, a model of the soul, chakras and rays, science and wisdom teachings, and intelligent design.
Vulcan Ears Book Reviews (Popularity: ): Book review site focusing on science fiction, with some fantasy (and the odd computer science book too).