A baffled medical specialist came looking for me at the hospital coffee shop to demand, in my mid-sip: “You’re a mystic … what’s your intuition on this?”
My emergency room had been visited by doctors and many nurses ever since my admission. They wanted to examine the gyrating blood pressure monitor above my bed. Apparently the chaos of my pulse was not connected to any mental or physical symptoms. They repeatedly asked me if I was alright. I said I was.
Someone told me the medical staff and nurses crowded in to add the experience to their professional education …
However, the heart specialist was finding it difficult to establish a professionally safe, defensible medical reason to keep me hospitalised with a portable monitor as I was by then – or should he risk sending me home without diagnosis or treatment?
He waited for my answer, so I said: “Send me home. Have me checked out regularly.”
So he did. I’m fine. As I intuited, the pulse irregularities appear to have been just a delayed settling down of the system after a previous surgical procedure to eradicate cholesterol build up. I am not a young chicken …
This incident got me thinking about the intuition mystics are said to have.
I think intuition is a human word describing how mystics see widely experienced things humans also see but don’t notice, that intuition is “an ineffable conscious experience, as distinct from any physical or computational process*”. Intuition seems as common to humans, as their blindness to it.
Is intuition a largely veiled part of ordinary human evolution, Reality at work, starting with the animals that seem to have an abundance of basic survival intuition, whereas most humans are biased against anything not widely experienced or accepted by their cultures – collective blindness?
Will intuition generally develop through basic intelligence, to full blown attributes of intuitive observation, conclusion, action and communication? Will languages die? Is this intuitive process part of the evolutionary process?
Are mystics the only ones currently developed enough to use intuition as part of their daily lives?
As mystics know, in Reality, in which all things are perfect, there are no names or languages. Could this mean intuition is the language of Reality?
Is intuition the human ‘eureka’ principle, those sudden, logically and intellectually unsupported sudden scientific discoveries we hear so much about?
Is intuition the human word to describe the ineffable experience of MER? Mystics would say partly, yes, because any experience, particularly the experience of the Mystic Experience of Reality, is the beginning of all wisdom.
*Wordweb dictionary for ‘ineffability’.
Intuition gives us insight into Reality beyond daily “realities.” It is not a mental conception or sensory perception.
When nurses sees the readout of my EKG they goes running for the doctor. When technicians give me an echo cardiogram they ask if I am having chest pains. When cardiologists see the results of both they recommend surgery.
The diagnosis is “severe left ventricular dysfunction” which I have known about since 1958. There have never been any symptoms of any kind: no shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, heartbeats palpitations, dizziness, or fainting.
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Whoops! They go (not goes). Are mystics’ bodies as strange as their minds?