The Holy Spirit of Intuition
By Sister Pat Rooks

          Inner wisdom has been called by many names throughout the ages.  Practically speaking I would call it intuition and on a religious level, I would call it the Holy Spirit.  Carolyn Myss says that intuition is neither the ability to engage prophesy nor a means of avoiding financial loss or painful relationships, but that it is actually the ability to use energy data to make decisions in the immediate moment.  Placing too much emphasis on any one way of being or doing this can blind one and lead to debilitating self-importance.  If we place too much emphasis on form, whether this is one form or many, whether it be a technique or belief system, we will miss the direct mystical communion that surpasses all the explanations of the mind   Each of us is called to honor the wisdom of our own process, to maintain a lively balance between the ability to listen and the ability to find our answer and make our decision.

          We can always trust this inner wisdom and hold a personal attitude of positive expectancy.  The decision will always be the right one for us if we consciously choose the best world view, the one that enhances our

experience of interconnectedness, trust, and love.   As we continue to make honest and loving choices, miraculous results occur.  Life will take on new dimensions and we will become more mature and physically healthy.

Life begins to flow naturally with grace and without struggle.  We begin to see good reasons for why things happen. 

          Journaling is one activity that can assist us in this retrospective knowledge that good comes to us from various life events.  As our lives fall into alignment with our inner wisdom, we may notice an increase in coincidences and synchronicities in our lives, affirmations that we are on the right path.  We may see that it takes less time for our insights and wishes to manifest in reality.  Another activity that can assist us in improving this "intuitive muscle" is working with symbols.  Thus, dreams are important as they offer themselves to us.  They can be silent counselors, helping us to get in touch with this inner wisdom as we learn more and more about our motives and our interests. 

          One of my favorite stories is that of Vasalisa, found in Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.  Vasalisa is a story of handing down the blessings of women's power of intuition from mother to

daughter, from one generation to the next.   This great power of intuition is composed of lightning-fast inner seeing, inner hearing, inner sensing and inner knowing.  In the story, intuition is developed by completing certain life tasks.  Thus, as we grow older, our intuition can greatly increase if we have integrated our many life experiences.  And so, I plan on continuing to grow in my ability to trust in this God-given divine connection which gives to my life such peace and joy.


Sister Pat is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur whose charism is showing forth the goodness of God in working in education in peace and justice especially for the poor.  Presently she is ministering in parish religious education.  You can contact her at patricia.rooks@sndden.org.