Habit of Happiness 9 – Trusting Our Feelings; the Bridge between Intellect and Intuition

From our e-book “Filling our Life with Celebration”

Bad events may be blessings

Osho taught that our feeling is the bridge between our intuition and intellect. Intuition cannot be described intellectually because it is beyond intellect. We can only give approximate descriptions such as “gut-feelings”, “sixth sense” or that something or someone “just don’t feel right”; but we cannot explain it. Most people will say, “I cannot explain it; it just don’t feel right” or “I just have a bad feeling about this”.

We often trust our feelings when we meet someone new. We can often sense if someone is kind or ‘bad’ especially if their energies are extreme. A person who is compassionate and loving will make us feel at ease with them and spending just a few minutes with them would leave us feeling uplifted.

When shopping for a new home, some of us would rely more on our feelings compared to our intellect to decide on which property to purchase. Even if a property looks great and is within our budget, we may decide not to proceed if it feels cold and unwelcoming. When we start to trust our feelings over our intellect, we start to rely on our intuition to guide us. When we do so, our problems get solved on their own accord and we seem to get ‘luckier’. This is the ‘Law of Least Effort‘ introduced by Deepak Chopra:

The fourth spiritual law of success is the Law of Least Effort. This law is based on the fact that nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease and abandoned care-freeness. This is the principle of least action, of no resistance. This is, therefore, the principle of harmony and love. When we learn this lesson from nature, we easily fulfill our desires.

In Vedic Science, the age-old philosophy of India, this principle is known as the principle of economy of effort, or “do less and accomplish more.” Ultimately you come to the state where you do nothing and accomplish everything. This means that there is just a faint idea, and then the manifestation of the idea comes about effortlessly. What is commonly called a
“miracle” is actually an expression of the Law of Least Effort.

Nature’s intelligence functions effortlessly, frictionlessly, spontaneously. It is non-linear; it is intuitive, holistic, and nourishing. And when you are in harmony with nature, when you are established in the knowledge of your true Self, you can make use of the Law of Least Effort.”

In order to allow the Divine to guide us, we must truly surrender to the Divine. We must accept whatever path the Divine leads us on. We cannot just expect the Divine to grant us whatever that our ego thinks is best. We do not know what is best for us due to our limited knowledge and understanding. What seems bad at the present may actually turn out to be a blessing. The financial crisis which started in 2008 is a good example. Many people in the West lost their jobs. Some started their own business after failing to get a decent job. Many ended up with successful businesses plus an added bonus; they enjoyed what they do.

When we pray to the Divine, we leave the specifics to the Divine. We must be willing to accept whatever outcome, even those which may seem bad. When we do so, we remove fear and worry from our minds. Surrender and Acceptance is a potent antidote for fear and worry and they leave our mind peaceful and free.

Deepak Chopra also wrote:

Least effort is expended when your actions are motivated by love, because nature is held together by the energy of love. When you seek power and control over other people, you waste energy. When you seek money or power for the sake of the ego, you spend energy chasing the illusion of happiness instead of enjoying happiness in the moment. When you seek money for personal gain only, you cut off the flow of energy to yourself, and interfere with the expression of nature’s intelligence. But when your actions are motivated by love, there is no waste of energy. When your actions are motivated by love, your energy multiplies and accumulates — and the surplus energy you gather and enjoy can be channeled to create anything that you want, including unlimited wealth.

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