What is the Meaning of Intuitive?
The word intuitive is surrounded by so many interpretations, with concepts that come from old world beliefs, entertainment, and our present-day lives. Our perception of the meaning of the word “intuitive” could easily be rooted in stories, superstitions, interaction with those who offer services that they call “intuitive”, and more recently through influences like the Harry Potter series or the TV shows that have surfaced over the past few years.
The Definition of Intuitive
The best place to start is always at the beginning. We can find the root of intuitive in Latin through the word intuit, the “act of contemplating”, or intueri, which means “to look at”. Delving more deeply into the Latin roots, we find the word tueri, which means to see and protect. There are many other instances of the word Intuitive found in our present day English, here are just a few:
- Intuit – to know directly or without thought, by means of intuition. With this word you’ll also find reference to intuit meaning “coming about in a natural way”, in fact I found this section included in the definition on Dictionary.com: “Pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge”. Isn’t that a kicker – Intuition comes naturally.
- Tuition – this word relates to teachings, or payment for teachings. I love finding this word nestled within the world of intuition, for it clearly indicates to me that it is not just about seeing or feeling, it is about learning as well. Our intuition is an asset for knowledge, not so much in the worldly sense but in making sense within ourselves.
- Intuitively – to know or understand, as in “I knew intuitively”
- Intuent – knowing by intuition. Having a “gut level feeling” is a form of intuition.
I’ve certainly used the word “seen” a lot in this section on intuition. Allow me to clarify that it is not so much about “seeing” like our eyes see, but “perceiving”. Intuitive impressions can come about in images, feelings, and direct knowing. The standard definitions of the word intuition is filled with reference to seeing, but let’s focus on the definition of “seeing” as “awareness, focus, giving attention to”.
A lot of people think that intuition is a special gift that only a few people possess. This is far from the truth. We all have intuition, whether we call it by that name or as a “gut feeling” or “first impression”. Some people are more “focused” on their intuition, by choice, or even just being more open about their impressions.
Is being intuitive or psychic something that has to come naturally, or is it something that can be learned? Being a “natural” isn’t any different than a person being a natural at playing the piano, and another person being more mechanically inclined.
Is intuition something that is meant for ourselves, or meant to share to others?
Is Intuition a Gift?
This is the golden question – is my intuition a gift from God that is meant to be shared? Yes, it is a gift, just as every other ability we possess on a physical and meta-physical level is a gift. Is it something meant to be shared with the world? That is a question only you can answer, for yourself, using your intuition and the ability to know your own answers. Remember that the word does begin with “in”, making it a very personal inward act. No matter how you use your intuition remember the first step is to give to yourself through your gift of intuition.
You’re More Intuitive Than You Thought
Intuition is more than just seeing, it is seeing from a chosen perspective, one that we could view as “protective” but I feel it is more about being in a state that is more open where we do not need to be protective. We live in a world where we learn about presentation, what to show to others for acceptance and self-preservation. In fact, we practice being closed up all the time, but we don’t consciously think about it. Intuition is shifting ourselves by choice into a more energetically open perspective, which means stepping for a moment outside our day-to-day and “learned” viewpoints.
I am amazed by the people who call me for an “intuitive” reading and healing session. At the end of the session they so often say, “wow, thank you”, and they are surprised when I turn it back on them, saying “thank you for allowing me to see you so clearly, for sharing these insights into your soul and soul-purpose”. They come to me already intuitive, with the intent of self-knowing. They present themselves to me on an energetic level through their desire to know themselves, and that makes it easy for me to see them with clarity. I could say that to some degree I simply act as the reflection and the voice for their own intuitive self, making it more of a harmonious sharing rather than me doing something for them.
Can I Become More Intuitive?
Is intuition something that can be learned? No, it really is a natural part of you, something that you already have. But now I also have to answer that question with a resounding “Yes”. You can practice your intuitive skills, and a part of that practice includes clearing yourself of the doubts, fears, as well as the perceptions “gifted” to you by others (which is mostly their fears). Being more intuitive isn’t just flipping a switch, it is something that grows stronger though focus, intent, and practice, and this natural ability can be developed and honored by men and women of any age.
This interpretation of the word “Intuitive” provided by IntuitiveMeaning.com founder Estee Taschereau. © 2015, IntuitiveMeaning.com.
Estee’s greatest love is assisting others shift into the comfort of acceptance and appreciation. This relational, open-hearted energy carries into my many interests: photography, symbiotic gardening, long walks, and enjoying nature. Ready for a shift in your own world? Sessions available by appt.