Rudolf Steiner and his work on Anthroposophy describes in unbelievable depth the development of consciousness for humanity, and our own individual awakening. Steiner's work sought to synthetize science and spirituality, Rosicrucianism and Theosophy, medicine, education and bio-dynamic agriculture. His exploration of the paths of initiation in the ancient mystery schools makes accessible much of that wisdom to the modern reader and seeker of soul development.
Steiner has described the journey from imagination through inspiration and intuition. According to Steiner once we are able to separate from total dominance of ego sensible perception we can creatively allow our new ways of accessing higher knowledge to become more habitual for our everyday lives. Our perceptions will become more reliable rather than based on some one-sided blind spot.
Awakening to Intuitive Consciousness is a journey that builds progressively stage by stage in sophistication and reflects much of the sentiments expressed by Steiner's Anthroposophy. Beginning with simple imaginative witnessing leading to insight, we move to more complex modes of supersensible perception –inspirational knowing and intuition.
As we develop detachment we are able to access our imagination. We cultivate picture building in a controlled way, developing our 'inner eye' that goes beyond what appears on the surface of our lives. Through imagination we free ourselves from our instant judgments about what we are seeing and allow in infinite more possibilities. Through imagination we develop a steady alternative to the reliance on our outer vision and rational interpretation of events.
Inspiration is the next big shift in our capacity for Intuitive Consciousness. Inspiration is the doorway into intuition. The ego will constantly compete to reinstate the 'normal' way that we perceive out of our senses, resisting these more supersensible methods as unreliable or fantastical. A defining characteristic of all the steps along the continuum of developing Intuitive Consciousness is that higher knowledge arrives into us rather than us having to force it to appear. This is especially true for inspirational and intuitive ways of knowing that do not require the activity of imagination to bring about insights.
Intuition is a state of intense clarity. It takes an even higher level of awakening to the mystical than that of imagination, insight and inspiration. We are able to join with the innermost nature of our world. Through intuition we can see and understand at a very deep level of consciousness. It is often initially non-verbal because it is a window into the numinous. Perhaps this is why we commonly hear of people talking about intuitive flashes. They are just that, a flash of clear illumination and a sudden intensity of knowing, hard to pin down into words. Intuition appears in us as a deep sentient experience.