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Intuition has two essential meanings. The first is from mainstream psychology. The second from the mystery journey.

In psychology, knowing something intuitively means that it has become embedded in your reflexes to the point where you don't have to think about the process of doing it. You've done the activities so many times, adapted them to so many different situations they seem natural or commonsense, effortless effort, or as they say in learning theory - you've become ignorance of your knowledge.

In the community of seekers after mystery, the New Age, intuition is a form of truthful positive paranoia (para~ equals "outside", ~noia equals "knowledge"). That is, intuition represents insights and knowledge you've gained from outside your conscious experience. It comes from the unconscious, the psychic or the spiritual. 

These two meet in a way because often people who believe or seek the latter will attribute insights and knowledge gained from thinking and observation processes which they have been practicing for years to psychic abilities and so open themselves to sceptics' charges of being fraudulent.

Seekers after mystery often also try very hard to find psychic or spiritual explanations for things which have very reasonable physical explanations. While the materially oriented people often seem to miss the miracles, large and small, which are around us. Example: calling something a "coincidence" doesn't explain anything and is not an argument against or for anything, it is simply an observation.

Both approaches to intuition benefit from sensitivity, open-mindedness, and readiness to learn. In the case of the first approach you have to keep developing your knowledge of the area it is being applied to in order for it to become the kind of reflexes psychology calls intuition. In the second we have to open to the inner life as well as being sensitive to the world around us in a more general way. Both sides of these approaches take a warrior's attitude trying to exclude the other when they make a great marriage.



These two approaches marry in the way we touch.

Touch is natural and necessary. There is a building body of scientific evidence as to how important touch is to our development as children and to our psychological health as adults, even affecting our aging process - including how likely we are suffer from various forms of age-related dimentias. See 'Aging with Gracefully' by David Snowdon - at Amazon - for an interesting and exciting study of aging in general and the affect attitudes and life habits on it process.

But how touch is fundamentally conditioned through our early life. Our reactions to it are reflexes which run so deep as to be felt to be primal. Every tradition has taboos about how to touch which are the foundation of the rules for doing it. Attitudes to massage are a great way of exploring these rules. They are also related to how we manage our personal space before touching.

The rules for touching are generally closely and deeply significant to how we measure and experience the spectrum of intimacy -from strangers to lovers.

Touch is one of the two senses that are only experienced with intimacy - taste being the other one. The other three - seeing, hearing and smelling - are designed for us to sense things at a distance so as to detect danger, first and foremost, and avoid it. Of course we can feel things we see hear and smell because of the association they may having sparking memory and imagination.

In this workshop we will be exploring experiential the importance of touch, its affects on our experience of emotions and intimacy and its importance in healing and communication.


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