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Dec 14 2001 Osho Insights for a New Way of Living
Intuition deals with the difference between the intellectual, logical mind and the more encompassing realm of spirit. Logic is how the mind knows reality, intuition is how the spirit experiences reality. Osho's discussion of these matters is wonderfully lucid, occasionally funny, and thoroughly engrossing.

All people have a natural capacity for intuition, but often social conditioning and formal education work against it. People are taught to ignore their instincts rather than to understand and use them as a foundation for individual growth and development-and in the process they undermine the very roots of the innate wisdom that is meant to flower into intuition.

In this volume, Osho pinpoints exactly what intuition is and gives guidelines for how to identify its functioning in others and ourselves. You will learn to distinguish between genuine intuitive insight and the "wishful thinking" that can often lead to mistaken choices and unwanted consequences. Includes many specific exercises and meditations designed to nourish and support each individual's natural intuitive gifts.

OSHO challenges readers to examine and break free of the conditioned belief systems and prejudices that limit their capacity to experience life in all its richness. He has been described by the Sunday Times of London as one of the "1000 Makers of the 20th Century" and by Sunday Mid-Day (India) as one of the ten people-along with Gandhi, Nehru, and Buddha-who have changed the destiny of India. More than a decade after his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to expand, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world.

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Osho is one of the most provocative and inspiring spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world. He is the author of many books, including Love, Freedom, Aloneness; The Book of Secrets; and Innocence, Knowledge, and Wonder.

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Intuition
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When the body functions spontaneously, that is called instinct. When the soul functions spontaneously, that is called intuition. They are alike and yet far away from each other. Instinct is of the body--the gross; and intuition is of the soul--the subtle. And between the two is the mind, the expert, which never functions spontaneously. Mind means knowledge. Knowledge can never be spontaneous. Instinct is deeper than intellect and intuition is higher than intellect. Both are beyond the intellect, and both are good.
HEAD, HEART, AND BEING
Your individuality can be divided--just for the purpose of understanding it; otherwise there is no division. It is one single unity, whole: the head, the heart, and the being.
Intellect is the functioning of the head, instinct is the functioning of your body, and intuition is the functioning of your heart. And behind these three is your being, whose only quality is witnessing.
The head only thinks; hence it never comes to any conclusion. It is verbal, linguistic, logical, but because it has no roots in reality, thousands of years of philosophical thinking have not given us a single conclusion. Philosophy has been the greatest exercise in futility Intellect is very clever in creating questions and then creating answers, and then out of those answers, more questions and more answers. It can make palaces of words, systems of theories, but they are all just hot air.
The body cannot rely on your intellect, because the body has to live. That's why all essential functions of the body are in the hands of instinct--for example, breathing, heartbeat, digestion of your food, circulation of the blood. A thousand and one processes are going on inside your body in which you have no part at all. And it is good that nature has given body its own wisdom. Otherwise, if your intellect were to take care of the body, life would have been impossible! Because sometimes you may forget to breathe--at least in the night, how will you breathe while you are asleep? You are already so confused just with thoughts; in this confusion, who will take care about the blood circulation, whether the right amount of oxygen is reaching your cells or not? Whether the food that you are eating is being analyzed into its basic constituents, and those basic constituents are sent where they are needed? And this whole, tremendous amount of work is done by instinct. You are not needed. You can remain in a coma; still the body will continue to work.
Nature has given all essential functions of your body to instinct, and it has left all that makes your life meaningful ... because just to exist, just to survive, has no meaning. To give meaning to your life, existence has given intuition to your heart. Out of your intuition arises the possibility of art, of aesthetics, of love, of friendship--all kinds of creativity are intuitive.
Intellect has its use, but by some misfortune it has become the master of your whole being. That has created immense troubles in the world.
But the marketplace does not need your intuition. It does not deal in love, in your sensibilities; it deals with solid and mundane things. For that, your intellect--which is the most superficial part--functions. Intellect is for the mundane life with others in the marketplace, in the world, to make you capable of functioning. It is mathematics, it is geography, it is history, it is chemistry--all science and all technology are created by your intellect. Your logic and your geometry are useful--but the intellect is blind. It simply goes on creating things, but it does not know whether they are being used for destruction or for creation. A nuclear war will be a war created by intellect.
Intellect has its use, but by some misfortune it has become the master of your whole being. That has created immense troubles in the world.
The master is hidden behind these three: the body, the mind, the heart. The master is hidden behind all these three--that is your being. But you never go inward; all your roads go outward,all your senses go outward. All your achievements are out there in the world.
Intellect is useful in the world, and all your educational systems are techniques to avoid the heart and take your energy directly to your head. The heart can create troubles for the head--the heart knows nothing of logic. The heart has a totally different center of functioning, and that is intuition. It knows love, but love is not a commodity of any use in the world. It knows beauty, but what are you going to do with beauty in the marketplace?
Nobody wants his or her children to become musicians or painters or dancers. Everybody wants them to be doctors, engineers, scientists, because those professions pay.
The people of the heart--the painters, the poets, the musicians, the dancers, the actors--are all irrational. They create great beauty, they are great lovers, but they are absolutely unfit in a society that is arranged by the head. Your artists are thought by your society to be almost outcast, a little bit crazy, an insane type of people. Nobody wants his or her children to become musicians or painters or dancers. Everybody wants them to be doctors, engineers, scientists, because those professions pay. Painting, poetry, dance, are dangerous, risky--you may end up just a beggar on the street, playing on your flute.
The heart has been denied--and by the way, it will be useful to remember that the denial of the heart has been the denial of the woman. And unless the heart is accepted, the woman cannotbe accepted. Unless the heart has the same opportunity to grow as the head, the woman cannot have liberation. The woman is heart and the man is head. The distinction is clear.
Instinct, nature has taken in its own hands. And whenever you interfere with instinct, you create perversions. All the religions have been doing that; every religion has been interfering with the body--and the body is absolutely innocent, it has never done anything wrong. If you accept the body in its absolute naturalness, it will help you tremendously. It will help your heart, nourish your heart. It will help your intelligence to become sharper, because the nourishment for the intellect comes from the body, nourishment to the heart comes from the body. And if your head, your heart, and your body are all in a symphony, then to find your being is the easiest thing in the world. But because they are in conflict, your whole life goes on being wasted in that conflict, conflict between instinct and intellect and intuition.
I am not against anything. I am only against disharmony, and because your head is creating the most inharmonious situation, I want your head to be put in its right place. It is a servant, not a master.
A wise person creates a harmony between the head, the heart, and the body. In this harmony comes the revelation of the source of one's life, the very center, the soul. And that is the greatest ecstasy possible--not only to human beings but in this whole universe, nothing more is possible.
I am not against anything. I am only against disharmony, and because your head is creating the most inharmonious situation, I want your head to be put in its right place. It is a servant, not a master. As a servant it is great, helpful.
A Dublin milkman has just finished his delivery, so he parks his horse and cart outside the pub and goes in for a drink. Refreshed after an hour, he comes out to find his horse painted bright green. Angry, he strides back into the pub and demands, "Which of you just painted my horse green?"
A seven-foot Irish giant stands up and, towering over him, says, "I did. Want to do something about it?"
The milkman gives a sickly grin and says, "I just came in to tell you, the first coat is dry!"
Intellect is helpful! In some situations you will be in need of intellect--but only as a servant, not as a master.
PAST PRESENT, AND FUTURE
You have a past and you have a present and you have a future. Instinct is what belongs to your animal past. It is very old, solid; it is the inheritance of millions of years. And when I say it is animal-like, I am not condemning it. With the word animal the priests of all religions have associated some condemnation--but I am simply stating a fact, with no condemnation at all. Our past was an animal past. We have passed through all kinds of animals; our evolutionhas been from fish up to man, passing through all the species of animals. It has been a long, long journey to arrive at mankind.
Intellect is human. It is our present. That's how we function, through intellect. All our sciences, all our businesses, all our professions, whatever is going on in the world--our politics, our religion, our philosophy--they are all based on intellect. Intellect is human.
Instinct is almost infallible because it is so old, so ripe, so mature. Your eyes are blinking--are you doing it? They go on doing it by themselves--this is instinct. Your heart is beating, your breathing is going in and out; it is not up to your intellect to look after all these essential things of life. They are in the hands of instinct because instinct is absolutely infallible. It never forgets to breathe, it never forgets anything.
Your heart is beating, your breathing is going in and out--all these essential things of life are in the hands of instinct because instinct is absolutely infallible. It never forgets anything.
The intellect is fallible because it is new, a recent arrival. It is just groping in the dark, still trying to find out what it is and where it belongs. And because it does not have roots in experience, it substitutes experience with beliefs, philosoph...

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Osho are you looking for? July 5 2003
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I can't say in a thousand words what Osho means to me. I would say that Osho is a being that touches the unbelievable.
What you must understand is that Osho talks to a multitude of different kinds of minds and so it is difficult to say which book on him is a good start.
In some readings he explains is approach and methods, in others he just brainwash all your assumptions and false beliefs.
In this book he uncovers the secrets of being born as someone that needs intuition as a way to unlock the confusing tricks of our mind and knowledge.
In other books he talks on intimacy, courage, old religions, traditions and ways of knowledge and plainly explains how to step into the unkown.
And the unkown is not the unknowable, you have to set your mind and your thoughts in a way that whatever you will ever know is mental and cognitive. You are the necessary bondage and the unique reality. And Osho ultimatly makes you think and act for yourself out of inner freedom. You can find it to have more weight or more lightness but the BEING is the same, and his words just make you cool down to abundance.
It makes you think in so many different ways and also gives place to an essence that is not the ego, the false personality produced by external circunstances. In spite of ego he lifts you alone with existence and with your uniqueness and inner freedom.
Celebrate light! Dance with Life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intuition is not something that you buy ready-made April 30 2002
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To have intuition you have to move into a higher level of consciousness and sensitivity. Otherwise, if you are half-sleep as the mayority of people are, it is impossible to understand intuition. Osho is very clear stating that intuition is not an intellectual pursuit or intellectual analysis made with your mind. You have to move beyond the mind, to the "witnessing consciusness" to contact a higher dimension. You cannot buy a book on intuition and expect to have it after you finish reading it. We in the West want everyting ready-made instant coffee. Intuition does not work that way. Osho tells us like it is and I am sorry if somebody is hurt.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book March 1 2002
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I do not recommend this book to anyone. Osho's views on reality are absurd. Some of the things he says sound like they come out of skeptic magazine. If you're on a spiritual path and you're already dealing with doubt do not read this book!
Osho's views don't carry a feeling of hope and love with them but have more of an egotistical ring.
Who set this man up to be a Guru? He's not.
I'll be using the book as kindling as I cuddle up in front of the fire reading a worth while book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still grateful for this life-changing book after 5 years Nov. 7 2008
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I thought I would mention that it has been over 5 years since I first read this book, since that would likely be relevant to those reading this review. But I know that the transformation I experienced from reading this book, and my gratefulness for it, will be with me forever.

This book was my first introduction to Osho. A freshman in college at the time, I was in the midst of a serious spiritual exploration. I had recently read a number of books from the Conversations With God series, which are amazing, but which were ironically acting as a sort of dogma for me. I went around preaching the lessons from those books (overtly or otherwise) and was totally convinced that I was on the spiritual path that was right for me -- and even, dare I say, that I had at least some of the "answers." But there was something about those books that bothered me -- if having a conversation with God was something we were all supposed to be able to experience, why wasn't I experiencing it, and why didn't I feel the books were helping me to do so (in spite of their insistence that this was possible)?

I had no idea that I had become closed-minded, and that Conversations With God was serving as a religion for me--one that taught love and moved far beyond conventional religion--but a religion that was nonetheless limiting.

This book blew me away. After reading it cover to cover, I realized what truth is really about. Our ideas about what truth is, our prior beliefs, the entirety of what our culture teaches us about spirituality--are all irrelevant if they are not grounded in actual awareness and experience. This "idea" is much harder to grasp than it seems. I don't think anything else at the time could have managed to break me out of my way of thinking. I thought I was open to any and all spiritual ideas. It was only Osho who truly opened my mind, heart, and being. If you organize your life around a set of intellectual beliefs, however uplifting, this book will set you free and put you back in touch with your heart, and your intuition.

One reviewer said she thought this book was awful because she was struggling with her faith, and the book only made her doubts greater. But that is the whole point of Osho--to make you question everything until you are truly free to see the truth for yourself, without all of that so-called "knowledge" from the past clouding your vision.

To be more specific, this book changed my life in part because it made me realize that my real passion is music. So, instead of continuing to move in the direction of a career in web development, where music would have been relegated to just a hobby, I switched my major to a degree that also included music, and now I am enrolled in a masters program in music composition. I will always be grateful for Osho, who I feel pushed me in this direction at a young age, rather than just being another person who sacrificed his dreams for the sake of practical and monetary concerns. Anyone who wants to live their dreams more fully would benefit from reading this book.

More importantly, this book opened me up to the whole world of Osho, which is truly vast--I am sure there is a gem for everyone somewhere in his works. I have to issue a caveat--you should be careful not to read Osho too literally. The important thing is the message.

In spite of (or perhaps because of) being a book about moving beyond the intellect, "Intuition" revolutionized my whole way of thinking. I have come to the point where I don't even believe anything that Osho says unless it rings true in my own experience--and that is really saying something.

We live in a world where people will hate--or even kill--as a result of a belief that is not even authentically their own; one that they learned from a book, or from their religion or culture (atheists are not excluded from this, by the way). I now see the world more clearly than ever before. And on every level, Osho has helped put me in contact with a much deeper wisdom within myself than I had ever known before--my own.

It is for this wisdom that I am truly grateful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intuition is not something that you buy ready-made April 30 2002
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To have intuition you have to move into a higher level of consciousness and sensitivity. Otherwise, if you are half-sleep as the mayority of people are, it is impossible to understand intuition. Osho is very clear stating that intuition is not an intellectual pursuit or intellectual analysis made with your mind. You have to move beyond the mind, to the "witnessing consciusness" to contact a higher dimension. You cannot buy a book on intuition and expect to have it after you finish reading it. We in the West want everyting ready-made instant coffee. Intuition does not work that way. Osho tells us like it is and I am sorry if somebody is hurt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intuition April 1 2008
By Ron Rasmussen - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read Osho books back to back and am amazed that his teachings never overlap - his thoughts are fresh - his message clearly stated. I find it very difficult to stop reading Osho.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Osho Books June 21 2009
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This is one of my favorite Osho books. There are modern day best sellers out there like the relatively new book BLINK that touch on similar concepts of learning how to use your "hunch". But this book was written long before that, and I believe more concisely and bluntly challenges the way we sometimes think. I like his stories on why many of us fail to get in touch with our power of intuition and his suggestions on what we can do to connect with this ability.

I'm still balancing the art of when to use my intuition and when to use my logic. But I've learned to pay close attention to those random moments when I felt a hunch or just had a strong feeling about something. I hope to be in closer touch with my power of intuition, but I also know, that immaturely following the path of intuition can also lead you astray, as you are then controlled by potentially your ego or your fear or your desire, which can disguise themselves as intuition.

So it's a journey, and I'm glad that Osho was able to shed some light on this ancient art of "knowing" which seems to have been repressed in our modern world. I am still on my journey, but I believe books like this help me move forward in the direction of finding that authentic guide within me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intuition is merely giving ourselves back our own authority Aug. 10 2009
By Daniel M. Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
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Many of us have been taught not to trust our own powers of discernment. If we did, our powers of Intuition would be much more accute.

What's "right" according to someone else may not be right for us. We need to retrain ourselves how to "inquire within". OSHO trusted his own insights since he was a child and told his followers to do likewise...even if they were in disagreement with OSHO's!

The Real Voice Of Authority comes from Inside - not outside and I know of no one who asserts this fact more vehemently than OSHO. He is also very easy to read and has a way of cutting through and dispelling all the bologna that has been conditioned into us by clearly exposing the flaws and falsity of our conditioned beliefs which clouds the Realness of our Essential Nature - a Realness that can be directly recognized once we start trusting in our Intuition.
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