Book Review: The Art of Intuition
I AM NOT A SCIENTIST, but I am convinced that the greater your empathy and the higher your spiritual development, the more intuitive experiences you will have, until such things become so ordinary that you hardly notice them anymore. No longer rare and dramatic, they fall like soft rain into your lives, brushing aside all logical consciousness.
-The Art of Intuition, by Sophy Burnham
I just finished a great book, The Art of Intuition, by Sophy Burnham, the best selling author of, A book of Angels. What a phenomenal book. I loved every second of it. I have never heard of Burnham before, but after reading this book I will have to read her others.
Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be Intuitive or to give a reading or to have any extrasensory experience? Then this book is for you. Story after story, the author gives us an up close and personal view of Intuition. She explains that she was once a skeptic, until there was too much evidence to disprove Intuition.
The Art of Intuition, isn’t just another collection of the run-of-the-mill stories and exercise you find in similar books. This book is a cohesive collection of stories, about the author’s personal experiences and the experiences of others who she has encountered. Along with exercises and techniques that have worked for her. She teaches you through recounting her own journey… which makes for a much more interesting read.
This book covers many areas of Intuition, Psychic Abilities, and Extrasensory Awareness. There is a chapter dedicated to Animal Communication. Burns talks extensively about energy and energy healing, chakras and the power of thoughts, saying, “It is one of the laws of the Universe that you don’t really have to do anything. Just notice what you want and watch it rush into your arms.” She even gives some fascinating information about Remote Viewing and PSI in chapter twelve.
Burnham does a great job of giving proof for what she believes. She gave numerous scientific, psychological, metaphysical and health related studies to prove her points. And the most fascinating was in chapter three, Studies and Skeptics, in which she explained that studies show most human beings experience some physical sensation or change, a few seconds before an event takes place. The implication being that, even if we aren’t conscious of precognitive awareness, our bodies are.
The Art of Intuition, is a book for beginners and the seasoned alike. This book really instills the fact that, Intuition isn’t really something you learn, but something you remember. And Burnham gives many opportunities and angles for you to learn your own unique language to speak to the Universe. She explains, in order to develop Intuition, “You need the simplicity of the child-mind”. Stressing that the goal of developing Intuition, should really be the goal to become more spiritual because as you become more spiritual your Intuition can do nothing but grow and expand.
The number of authors and authorities in the field that she referenced was amazing, though at times it was a bit laborious to read all the research she collected, but it added to my list of books to read! I think this is a great plus for people who are healthy skeptics or who really want a well rounded view of the subject.
My favorite portion of the book has to be chapter sixteen and seventeen, Perceiving and Receiving, in which Burnham talks about giving readings for others, her own personal experience with it and some things to be mindful of when giving or getting a reading. Even as an Intuitive Reader, I love hearing other Readers talk about exactly how they do what they do and why. It’s a great walk-in-your-shoes sort of feeling and I find it extremely insightful.
Chapter sixteen and seventeen is a must read for anyone who is interested in a reading, but doesn’t really practice the metaphysical arts or Intuition. It gives a clear picture about the ethics and intricacies of readings. Her condor and honesty are brilliant about the process, saying, “Sometimes I feel I am merely dipping into the client’s history in some mysterious fashion that I don’t understand myself…giving a reading is an imprecise skill. You see through the glass darkly, snatching moments of illumination before the mist roll in and boundaries close.”
In Chapter seventeen, she shared some wonderful information hat every client should know, some of it is the stuff that you don’t know how to say to your clients and other bits of it you may have never thought of. Burnham stresses the need to be respectful as a client, to your reader. She also makes it clear that, “the trust or skepticism of a client also affects a psychic who is giving a reading”.
There was one paragraph that really bothered me and sort of un-did some of the good that I thought she had done. Burnham said, “Spirits, ghost, devas, pookas, and poltergeists–the superstition of it all! On one level I find these things revolting. Soon we’ll be back in pagan times, when every tree and stump and spring and rocky cliff was thought to harbor its own god.” Why would this revolt someone who wrote a book on Angels? I almost felt like she was trying to establish more credibility with the more skeptical readers. Do you feel that everything has a life force?
As an artist, student, reader and creative person, I crave new energy and new experiences and I love to get a first hand look at people’s lives and how they do what they do best. This book really gave me that. Burnham made Intuition seem easy, natural and second nature, all of which it is… and to see it through her eyes was very refreshing.
I would highly recommend this book. You will absolutely find many shining diamonds of wisdom and information. The Art of Intuition has wonderful rhythm and balance and pulls you straight through to the end. It gives you a great behind the scenes look at Intuition and I would even recommend it as a reference.
© Shaheen Miro 7/11/2012