The Limits of the Intellect and the Power of Intuition in the Search for Truth

The Limits of the Intellect and the Power of Intuition in the Search for Truth

Last Updated on April 30, 2022 by The Unbounded Thinker

‘You are approaching the universe with a completely wrong instrument; the intellect.’ – Sadhguru, Indian Mystic

According to Google dictionary, the intellect is ‘the faculty of reasoning and understanding objectively, especially with regard to abstract matters.’

I define it as the ‘logical side of intelligence.’

Through science and academic education, modern society has encouraged the over-reliance on the intellect, making us believe that it can help us in the search for Truth.

Little do we know that although the intellect is good at reasoning and solving problems, it’s an unreliable faculty in the search for Truth because it relies on the information we’ve gathered from our senses, which are inaccurate. According to our sense of sight, it’s impossible to see in the dark. However, the owl’s sense of sight allows it to see at night.

The intellect is an unreliable faculty because it relies on the information we’ve gathered in the past. For this reason, it can never help us in the search for Truth because Truth can only be realized by a faculty that’s always in the present moment.

Therefore, although useful, the intellect is limited and it can’t help us gain the wisdom we need to understand the universe. However, the intuition can help us because it gathers information from the past, present, and the future, and as Azriel Reshel puts it, ‘it’s the spark or gateway to higher knowing.’

Intuition enabled ancient men to discover magic, God, and spiritual beings without studying, and it allowed them to understand many truths that were used as the foundation of modern religion and technology.

Thus, we must rely on the intellect when reasoning but rely on the intuition when we want to know what the rational mind can’t understand. The intellect will never help us understand God, the multidimensional-self, spirits, magic, and other esoteric ideas, but the intuition will. You can know everything intuitively, but not through reasoning.

For this reason, we must cultivate our intuitive abilities.

There are many ways of awakening the intuition, but transcending the ego and being in the present moment are the most reliable ways.

May the universe bless you with the wisdom you need to awaken your intuitive abilities.

‘Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion.’  – Steve Jobs, Magnet Entrepreneur


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