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Intuition: Knowing Beyond Logic Paperback – December 14, 2001
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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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In this book "Intuition", Osho explains how intuition is an intelligence far higher than human thinking. We as humans are constantly thinking. We don't stop. Thinking has become a very strong habit, which is not necessarily bad. But we use it so much that we fail to see reality. Instead, we think up our own reality. Every human alive has his own reality, his own philosophies, his own world.
Osho explains that intuition is an inner and ancient intelligence that every human possesses that is beyond thought. We don't have to do anything to gain it, we already have it. So why aren't we using it? Because we have big egos that get in the way. Our egos are our incessant thinking, our constantly assuming, our fixed ways, our strong stances on anything and everything.
To take full advantage of our intuition we just have to drop our egos. And how do we do that? Osho explains how the only way is to become aware of all our thoughts, actions, motivations, feelings, etc. With only this (awareness) everything falls into place. Awareness strips us of deteriorating qualities. Awareness is the only guide we need. Only then will we see our natural intuition bloom.
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.