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Birthing the Heart: The Intuitive Heart

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2014-06-03
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



It is difficult to speak about the Intuitive Heart because it is an intrinsic part of ourselves that cannot be known prior to its arrival. In other words it is not conjured up by thought or derived from emotions, rather it is a knowing coming from the whole of the situation. To think about it is to distort it. In Buddhism we speak about Clear Comprehension which is this “whole knowing.” Usually we see only where our attention is directed, but when we are sufficiently quiet, there is a sensing that is more complete and full than the sensing of any particular sense organ. Often the intuitive is a sensing beyond the data, a kind of knowing whose origin will always be a mystery because it does not rest on mental processing. We can approximate its location by saying that this intuitive sensing lives within presence.


Go outdoors and open the senses to the sights, sounds, and smells of the environment. Watch how your personal narrative forms around this sense data (my flowers look so good this time of year, I wonder if this runny nose is the beginning of a cold or just allergies…). Work with the phrase, “Add nothing to this experience.” Do not add any thought or conditioned response, not even interpretation; just let each experience be exactly as it is. Relax with each presentation and feel the space that holds the senses and allow presence to arise. Notice that movement still happens but does not seem to come from thought. The intuitive lives within this presence.


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