Intuition, Visions and Prophecy
Clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience. All of these terms relate to the basic notion of intuition. While many assume that the brain's main purpose is to serve only as a location to store factual information, new research proves otherwise. "While the major division in the brain is that of the cerebral hemispheres . . . sections of the left hemisphere . . . is useful for . . . the rest function for parallel operation, which underlies spatial abilities and intuition." (Ornstein, 138) Intuition, also known as insight or consciousness, has been referred to as "clear seeing, clear vision, clear hearing and clear sensing." (Pohle, Selover) This notion of the ability to experience or "feel" something before or if it actually occurs dates back to ancient Egypt. "Many still believe that the . . . symbols of this ancient civilization are charged with magical properties and that their presence will aid them in their own psychic quest . . ." (Roland, 10) Many of the structures that they created were ornately decorated with their "knowledge . . . [to ensure] . . . perpetual fulfillment." The wisdom of ancient Egypt was only the beginning of vision and intuition. Today, intuition is still a part of modern life, even helping professionals better serve customers.
Intuition can also span into the realm of visions and prophecy. There were several cultures other than the ancient Egyptians that had a complex record of their visions and mystical beliefs. The ancient Greeks believed in a strong connection between gods in mythology and spirituality. In one work, Hermeticum, there are lengthy discussions between students and teachers where God is spoken of in visions. It was believed that one of the characters, Poimandres, experienced a vision of God, or "a holy Word." (Roland, 19) However, there are other societies that discount this belief.
As time progressed, more questions of the origins of vision of the past and future were considered and studied, especially with regard to religion. King Solomon, a figure in Judaic history, supposedly had special knowledge because of his "command over, and communion with, dark forces led by the demon Asmodeus." (Roland, 20) He also supposedly had magical powers, which were a part of his knowledge of the Kabbalah, "the mystical aspect of Judaism." (Roland, 20) He wrote thousands of proverbs expressing his religious visions during his time which were incredibly influential. The Middle East also had a mystifying ancient history involving prophecy. Zoroaster, born in Afghanistan, is considered to be "the first prophet in history and certainly the first to preach a monotheistic belief." (Roland, 22)
As man became more knowledgeable about prophets and his own inner wisdom, fascination with visions increased. Specifically, there was, and still is, a desire to learn how to rekindle...