Two Methods For Enhancing the Action and Power of Intuition

Recognizing the importance of enhancing the action of intuition, the seeker is confronted with the practical question as to how this can be accomplished. The seeker does not have direct control over the play of intuition, but he may, through adoption of appropriate practices, find ways to both enhance its action and allow it to operate with less admixture, dilution or deformation from the mental consciousness.

Sri Aurobindo notes: “It appears at once that there are two necessary lines of progress which we must follow, and the first is to extend the action of the intuition and make it more constant, more persistent and regular and all-embracing until it is so intimate and normal to our being that it can take up all the action now done by the ordinary mind and assume its place in the whole system. This cannot wholly be done so long as the ordinary mind continues to assert its power of independent action and intervention or its habit of seizing on the light of the intuition and manipulating it for its own purposes. The higher mentality cannot be complete or secure so long as the inferior intelligence is able to deform it or even to bring in any of its own intermixture.”

The question then arises as to how this can be accomplished: “And either then we must silence altogether the intellect and the intellectual will and the other inferior activities and leave room only for the intuitive action or we must lay hold on and transform the lower action by the constant pressure of the intuition. Or else there must be an alternation and combination of the two methods if that be the most natural way or at all possible.”

Given the habitual reliance on the rational intellect and the normal mental processes, both of these alternatives pose some serious difficulties. Sri Aurobindo notes that the actual yogic process may wind up utilizing each of these methods at various times and under varying circumstances. “And when we learn to insist on no particular method as exclusively the right one and leave the whole movement to a greater guidance, we find that the divine Lord of the Yoga commissions his Shakti to use one or the other at different times and all in combination according to the need and turn of the being and the nature.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection, Chapter 20, The Intuitive Mind, pg. 772