Superstitions and Intuition

This is an afterthought from the previous post….

Superstitions involve some beliefs that aren’t logical but yet you believe them to be true. If you observe, that’s the same case with Intuition. In intuition, you know something but may not know how or why.

There are two aspects to such ‘illogical’ beliefs. One is the ability of the mind to believe in it and second is the outcome and the environment. It’s likely that it is the same quality of the mind that believes in superstitions and also intuitive thoughts.

 What distinguishes them is fear

 Fear works in two ways. Fear comes when you already know the outcome of something. Fear restrains you from doing that activity because the outcome is unacceptable/unpleasant/dangerous. This fear is sometimes good because it helps you avoid danger and survive

Fear also works the other way. When the future looks uncertain (or the probability of success is very small), certain blind beliefs could help to reduce the anxiety. In India most superstitious people are film stars, politicians and business men; because all their professions involve a lot of uncertainty.

 But when the uncertainty is acceptable, intuition dawns. In the case of blind superstitions, you are trying to make your uncertain future predictable, while in the case of intuition, you are not conditioned by the fear about the uncertainty.

 If you basically have the quality of blind beliefs, it is likely that you can become very intuitive. It’s said that consciousness exits at three levels: Instinct, Intellect and Intuition. At the level of instinct the thinking is conditioned by fear, at the level of intellect, the thinking is conditioned by intelligence and when these conditioning are removed, you become intuitive.


2 thoughts on “Superstitions and Intuition

  1. erbdex

    “Thus man achieved semi-superiority. But a fear gripped him. The concepts of gravity, storms, earthquakes, natural fires, seasons and death; to name a few. In the past, his consciousness was dormant. Hence these thoughts never bothered him. But now things were different.

    Man since aeons had this fear. The fear of the unknown. Mystery of the darkness on one hand pulled a string in his heart and simultaneously pushed him away. To feed the adjective of ‘The-Master-Species’, he had-to understand things. He ‘did’. And he explained it to the others. These were to become the myths and folklore of our ages.”


    🙂 Nice post.

  2. Sajeev Post author

    Yes, the fear is always there. Only the subject changes. In the stone age man didn’t need to fear a financial downturn or stock market crash.
    The only fear that really is the fear of extinction. All the others are excuses.


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