FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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[Addressed to William H Kautz, Director of CAI]

Q: How do you define intuition?

A: In simplest terms, intuition is the human capacity for bringing information and knowledge into your mind without the use of rational thinking or reasoning, your five senses or ordinary memory. This is a definition by exclusion, what intuition is not, but it will do for the moment.  Intuition can also be defined by its salient properties and features. Intuition is the mental faculty that underlies many other common but unexplained human behaviors and makes them possible. These include ordinary serendipities, some of greatest scientific breakthroughs, our richest dreams, many mysterious medical diagnoses, psychic phenomena such as telepathy and clairvoyance as studied by parapsychologists and the unusual insights that can occur during near-death experiences. Intuition is the common thread that runs through these examples of the anomalous reception into the conscious mind of totally new information without apparent cause. Read on…

Q: Intuition seems like a very flaky and unreliable quirk of mind. Does it really exist as a legitimate human capacity, as you indicate, one we might trust and use intentionally?

A: Yes, intuition is a real human faculty, as legitimate and universal as are those of intelligence, imagination, language and rational thinking. Intuition appears to be unreliable only when it is not developed and used, just like the others. We know it really exists because we all use it daily, though we usually mistakenly credit its results to rational thinking. Less intellectually oriented societies display intuition more openly than do we Westerners. Research in transpersonal psychology and parapsychology have provided abundant and specific evidence that intuition is a natural and universal human capacity. Moreover, it can be intentionally awakened, enhanced and utilized by anyone who wishes to do so. Read on…

Q: How did you get started on your long journey with intuition and its applications?

A: Like almost everyone I was drawn when young to explore new experiences and ideas. As my reasoning mind came into gear I became hesitant from a fear of the consequences that might follow if I probed too deeply into my own mind, but we all take encouragement from others and I was no exception. I know now that we humans learn much more from direct personal experiments and experience than from rational thought, formal education and factual reading. They all play their part, of course, but the interest and willingness to step beyond such intellectual activity is what allows life to move forward.  Read on…

Q: How is that a straight scientist working on the first electronic computers became transplanted into such a subjective domain of research as the study of human intuition?

A: I can tell you the wake-up story about what happened to me at the age of forty-five, while playing the all too familiar role of a happily married family man with four children, employed as a budding engineer/scientist at a leading research institution and blessed with a linear and practical mentality which would not tolerate any irresponsible new-age nonsense. But the truth is, I came into life with a strong desire to understand how knowledge enters the mind, takes root and then moves out into society. I also had a built-in urge to discover my personal identity, who I am, and to participate in Western man’s discovery of his own greater identity, his consciousness. The early years of preparation fit unknowingly but perfectly into this life scenario. Read on…

Q: What is this organization “CAI” and what did it do?

A: Most of the findings reported here were obtained at the Center for Applied Intuition (CAI), a San Francisco nonprofit organization that functioned actively from 1977 to 1993, then less actively up to the present time while waiting for confirmations of newly acquired information. CAI conducted exploratory research on intuition and its applications in various specialized fields, in the workplace, in personal development and in relationships. Most of CAI’s programs relied upon a team of about ten “expert intuitives,” individuals who had chosen to develop their natural intuitive abilities into refined and usable skills. Read on…

Q: Who are these expert intuitives whom you say are able to bring forth new, accurate and useful information?

A: They are ordinary individuals by common standards, relatively inconspicuous and usually modest about their intuitive abilities. They are distinguished only in that they chose to enhance this natural intuitive capacity which we all possess, so that it could be put it to responsible use. They have much to tell us about their exceptional work, and especially how it benefited their lives and aided others. They also describe how other persons could do the same if they chose. Read on…

Q: Suppose I want to develop my intuition into a useful skill. What is involved and how do I begin?

A: Intuition is more learnable than teachable. The task calls more for independent individual effort rather than reading a book, attending a class or receiving instruction from a teacher, though all can help, of course. The only essential requirements are your desire, willingness and intention (decision) to explore this usually hidden, inner part of your mind and become intimate with what it has to offer. This is no different than the motivation that inspires one to leave the security of a childhood home and go into business for himself, to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or to learn how to play the violin: an independent decision that comes from inside oneself rather than from an external source or pressure.  Read on…

Q: Is intuitive information always true? How can I know if it’s correct and can be trusted?

A: No, it is not always true when it comes through someone else, such as an expert intuitive, and no more true than new information from any source. Many who should know say that intuitive information is inherently true at its source and when first received into the mind, before it is “thought about,” put into words and conveyed to listeners. This property makes it especially valuable to the intuitive who receives it, which may be oneself, but when shared with others it should always be verified by independent means. Only then can it be trusted to be accurate and applied to a particular purpose. Errors can arise as it is passes through the intuitive’s mind into speech, then on to the listener who must interpret it, and eventually to the ultimate user. Scientific methods, tests and experiments can sometimes be used for verification, but there is no commonly accepted, universal standard of “truth” by which to judge the accuracy and value of new intuitive information, aside from the very personal one just mentioned.  Read on…

Q: How was CAI able to apply intuitive inquiry to real-world problems?

A: CAI focussed on ten subject areas for extensive inquiry and possible application. They covered a broad range from theoretical to practical, narrow and specialized to general public interest, historical to contemporary and whose significance varied from short- to long-range. Information in some areas could be verified while others held no hope of ever being confirmed despite their apparent usefulness. Direct practical applications must wait until verifications can be carried out to render them more credible, and these are often complex and expensive with few opportunities. In four major areas confirmations were carried out 20 to 30 years after they were received, showing that the method of intuitive inquiry can be highly accurate and useful. Intuitive counseling and commercial consulting required no separate verification and could be confirmed directly from client responses. These too were very successful. Read on…

Q: I’m not so interested in these applications and validations. Can I not use intuition to enlarge my understanding of myself, learn where I am headed and discover the purpose of my life?

A: Absolutely, and this application of intuition appears to be the greatest of all. You are not alone in your search for capable intuitives have supported these personal attempts as their primary purpose for thousands of years, in every major culture and still today under various names. The rituals, words, practices, credibility and means of access to intuitive knowledge have changed many times, but the beneficial flow of personal information has always been available when those seeking it are truly ready and ask for it. Even better, you may obtain the answers you want by yourself without tracking down an outside intuitive. This is always possible because all the resources and knowledge you need for your self-inquiry are already hidden in your own mind, readily available, ready to serve you and with rather little effort. Read on…

Q: One thing I know—I don’t want some know-it-all psychic telling me what is right, what I should think and do, and what’s going to happen to me next month. Are your expert intuitives any different?

A: They certainly are. No competent and responsible intuitive, including the expert intuitives at CAI, will ever give commands or make unasked for predictions, even if asked.  The intuitive’s sole task is to enhance and expand your awareness and your potential, never to control or interfere with your choices or individual process. A qualified intuitive will offer opportunities from which you may choose, and may describe the consequences to follow whatever choices you make. They will never transgress these choices, your thoughts or your future; you are fully responsible for them and their effects. Moreover, they will respect your capabilities and limitations and never give you information you cannot handle, any more than loving parents would do to their growing child.  Read on…

Q: Are there any conditions on working with an intuitive if I want to obtain accurate, complete and reliable information?

A: Only that the intuitive should be expert, the questioning should be clear, unambiguous and follow CAI’s inquiry protocol, the inquiry should have a positive purpose (not just curiosity or making money at gambling, say) and the consequences of your inquiry should be harmless. The first three are solely under your control. The last may involve outcomes you cannot foresee so you must be prepared to take the risk for unexpected complications. Read on…

Q. How can it be that such a universal and powerful mental capacity as intuition is not already well recognized and taught in the disciplines of science and psychology?

A. The answer lies not in a weakness of intuition but in the barriers set up, mainly by science, which ignores and devalues subjective processes such as intuition. Science associates intuition with past superstitions it has struggled for centuries to overcome. This barrier exists despite the important role intuition has played in scientific creativity and other fields. Psychology, which has its roots in medical science and psychiatry, acknowledges human subjectivity but only within the limited scope of these established disciplines, not as a factor in its research or when building up broad and reliable sources of knowledge. Exceptions are transpersonal psychology and parapsychology, in which subfields some progress has been made in recent years. Read on…

Q: Can intuition be employed to predict the future?

A: Yes, but legitimately only when it does not violate the inquirer’s or another’s freedom of choice, or when the information might be harmful. Most persons seeking predictions do so out of selfish desires, fear, insecurity or to try manipulate someone through privileged foreknowledge. Intuition may be employed for identifying future opportunities to which a person (or a group) may respond, along with the consequences of pursuing them, but no competent intuitive would ever prescribe what must happen to a person as if there was no choice. This guideline covers mundane predictions such as earthquakes, the weather, stock market, new technological developments and social and political events, and includes the individual responses to these events when they are part of the prediction itself. All such intuitive predictions have been found to be possible and accurate when these conditions are satisfied. Read on…

[updated 4/3/2017]

Last modified: April 3, 2017