Your natural knowing is what you know without having to be told or taught. In other words, it is what you already know. It is knowing that is built into you from the moment of birth. It comes in four closely interrelated forms. They are so interconnected that they literally flow into each other. That said, I think it is helpful to make some distinctions between them. Although there is still no widely accepted language for them, you will probably recognise them as:
Normal awareness – your five senses and your whole-body sense
Your intuition – i.e. knowing without knowing how you know. This is very common and very undervalued
Your other senses – there are quite a lot of them, and they include your inbuilt sense of quality, your sense of health, your sense of right and wrong, your sense of survival, and your sense of time
Your inner voice – clearly, this is a form of intuition. Specifically, it tells you what you should and should not do in any given situation
Your higher knowing – this gives you direct access to “spiritual” dimensions, beyond the range of science and beyond the range of the physical senses
Intuition is the term we use when we know something without knowing how we know. I devoted a whole chapter to this in my book Full Spectrum Intelligence (Changemakers Books: 2014). I noted that there is much we can do to raise the level of our intuition and make it work usefully for us in our everyday lives. Arguably, the most effective thing we can do is to allow intuition into our lives, rather than doubting it, editing it, or blocking it out altogether. In keeping with the spirit of these papers, I hardly need add that intuition automatically increases when we are more natural!
In my book I also devoted a chapter to “your other senses”. I wrote that these qualified as senses on two counts: we are born with them; and they give us direct access to particular aspects of the world. Suffice to say that when the full range of our other senses is working well, this gives us access to a lot of very useful knowledge. At times this knowledge can be life-changing, and even life-saving. As always, the more natural we are, the better our other senses function.
The other term for our “inner voice” gives the game away. It is the French word for “consciousness”. Of course, we are speaking here about our “conscience”. The more conscious we are, the more likely we are to be in touch with our inner voice. However, it is one thing to be aware of something. It is quite another thing to act on that awareness. People’s response to their awareness of climate change and other big issues immediately springs to mind! Yet the fact is that all of us have our inner voice. It is constantly speaking to us, especially when we are in life-turning moments. I will stick my neck out here, and say that the more naturally human we are, the more likely we are to be hearing, and acting on, our inner voice.
Finally, our higher knowing. This is probably the least known and least valued form of our natural knowing. This is arguably because we live in the “scientific age”, in which science has become both the dominant body of knowledge as well as the preferred way of acquiring knowledge. And while it is true that science has given us much to be thankful for, this comes at an increasingly high price, on two counts: first, it perpetuates the current global paradigm, modernity, which is long past its sell-by date; and second, it pushes other important forms of knowing and knowledge to the margins, or even out of sight. In any event, I believe that all of us are born with the faculty of higher knowing. Potentially, all of us can have direct access to “spiritual” dimensions. If we made the time and effort to reawaken our higher knowing, we would soon discover that science gives us only part of the picture, the physical/material part. And we would discover that the spiritual part is very different indeed.
So, why is natural knowing not better known, not more highly valued, and not more widely practised? There are many reasons. I would just like to explore one them here – our modern obsession with the need for evidence and certainty.
We live in very risk-averse times. It was not always like this. In my childhood in the 1950’s, I walked alone, in all weathers, over a mile to school from the age of 5. At weekends and during the holidays, I was left to my own devices. I was often away from the house all day, and my parents hardly batted an eyelid if I came home with cuts and bruises. Our equipment was minimal. For example, as a rock climber all I needed was a rope and pair of good boots. These days climbers are almost invisible under all their equipment. People even wear helmets to ski and to cycle! Most children are ferried to school, often very short distances, and sometimes in monster cars. Injuries are over-dramatised, and people are encouraged to avoid, or minimise all risks. The spice and juice have been removed from life! To crown it all, we have reached the point where students ban certain speakers lest they get offended. Bizarre, I know, but true. In such a risk-averse climate, where everything has to be safe and certain, reliance on one’s inchoate natural knowing has become almost blasphemous. It is little wonder that the militant atheists are making so much headway, and that scientism continues to be so prominent.
I could easily go on at length about this, but I hope that I have made my point. We live in very mistrustful times, and this shows in all kinds of ways, not least in our unwillingness to trust ourselves and our natural knowing. We have become too reliant on “experts” and technology and wandered far from our natural path.
I said that I would end by talking about the vastness of the knowledge available to us via our natural knowing. Perhaps I don’t need to say much after all. Perhaps it is a case of res ipsa loquitur (“the thing speaks for itself”). I certainly hope so.