The word “intuit” and “intuition” are defined in the Oxford Complete Wordfinder as the following: “intuit”...to receive knowledge by direct perception. Intuition is defined as: “immediate apprehension by the mind without reasoning and it is considered immediate insight.”
The following is a list of words that many people may use when trying to explain the experience of “intuition”: instinct, insight, inspiration, sixth sense, extrasensory perception (ESP), premonition, foreboding, hunch, impression, notion, inkling, funny feeling, and sneaking suspicion. The Buddhism word for intuition is “satori” which means “sudden enlightenment.”
Parapsychology research uses the word “psi” which is the knowing and sensing that over extends logic, analysis, and rational thoughts. We know this to be referred to in other terms such as: intuition, ESP, psychic ability, telepathy, clairvoyance, and other descriptions of paranormal intelligence.
Many researchers in various professional fields would like to know how one would get this useful information which seems to bypass the normal cognitive thoughts, perceptions or logic.
There are three ways of “knowing” and sometimes we can get confused about the difference in each one. All of us can receive knowledge that comes from personal life experience.
A traditional counselor or therapist, with personal life experiences known as "knowledge” may have a minimum of intuitive abilities. They would have acquired professional training. They may provide quality counseling BUT may not have the depth of intuitive/psychic experiences to help the client gain deeper insight for greater personal change and development. The professional training along with intuitive/psychic skills are crucial today with the rapid changes and stress experienced in life whether one is the therapist or the client.
The second way of "knowing" is through intuition. One may notice that highly intuitive professional people may call themselves “intuitive counselors, seers, spiritual advisors, medical intuitives, or empathics, etc. Much of this may come about due to the overall social stigma and long history of confusion and fear associated with the word 'psychic' which is a higher level of functioning of the mind beyond the body.”
The third way of "knowing" is that of “psychic.” Just like intuition, the word psychic indicates an ability to bypass the five senses and the psychic "knowing" appears to be a deeper state of the mind with information that seems to come from out of nowhere at odd or unpredictable times with no apparent reason for the timing of the information. It is almost certain to be personally transformative in nature with others. This type of knowledge goes well beyond a traditional counseling session. This can be very transformative and healing for the client. Many times there can be a breakthrough in fewer sessions for the client due to this higher level of knowledge within a session.
Psychic information seems to be more complex and it is very hard to ignore the incoming information whether the details are positive or negative. It is impossible to dismiss it with a logic of the rational mind and yet it provides definite proof of some deep and divine source of inspiration, guidance, and protection.
Intuition has nothing to do with logic but it can work in harmony with logic. Intuition comes through the normal sensory channels of information that one shouldn't be getting because it may be about something or someone other than us, yet we may be affected by this. It is as if our personal boundaries are extended much further away from our physical bodies than we could have imagined. In this energy that flows from our body through space, there is intelligence that vibrates back to our body and mind for our use in a variety of ways. This can be very useful in practical ways. There is a good chance for success in life.
An intuitive counselor is more than the traditional counselor working with personal issues. The intuitive counselor has access to much more detailed information, inspiration, and insight to further assist the client. The client may be interested in learning about intuitive skills to further their personal growth. They become a more independent person in the future as they are able to develop these intuitive skills to more effective levels. This helps the client become more confident in relating to others in ones life.
Intuitive counseling sessions are for helping the client work on specific personal concerns so that a "breakthrough" is possible just as it would be in traditional counseling. The intuitive abilities of the therapist or counselor bring the client to a greater level of insight, inner peace, and sense of direction.