Intuition

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Intuition… what is it? Google responds this way:

“The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.”

Conscious reasoning is what we teach in schools. The systems we have in place, the governmental bodies as well as the general rules we live by as a society, value reason. I think this desire to live by conscious reasoning comes from a fear of making a mistake. It is a fear that some wrong action could take place, if reasoning of a conscious nature did not take place. (Deciding whether a concept like racial profiling is an act of conscious reasoning or intuition is an interesting debate to be had for a more controversial moment in the history of social justice.) My argument is that conscious reasoning limits the faculties we have as human beings.

A climate that teaches only to reason and do so consciously, fails to acknowledge that we do not always know when our reason is sound or that we are thinking consciously. For example, is a Canadian’s hatred for Donald Trump, who is a politician for another country, reasonable? In terms of conscious thinking, if have you ever consumed an entire bag of chips and wondered where it went, you have partaken in a laps in conscious thinking. This attitude towards conscious reasoning does something to deny the power and benefits of intuition.

We should teach students what intuition is and how to use it. It plays a powerful role in learning how to dream. Intuition is the key to dreaming. It is a guide that draws an individual to one type of learning or another. Without this skill, students will find it hard to dream effectively. There will be no invisible force drawing a learner to information or if that force is there, the student wont know how to listen to that information. This is why it is imperative to teach about and how to use intuition in order to use dreaming in the classroom.