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Jeffrey Mishlove Interviews

Helen Palmer

(Digest by Debbi Leighton)

In an interview on Cultivating and Applying Intuition conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove for his television series, Thinking Allowed, Helen Palmer, was asked to describe situations where practical use of intuition would be useful and also her thoughts on the ethics of using a spiritual tool in a materialistic world.

She begins the interview explaining that her technique in teaching people to use intuition in practical settings is exactly the same used in all her classes. She involves the various traditions that describe the different practices of focusing or emptying the mind. She teaches what she considers historical, traditional focusing mental practices by which she states, "very ordinary people like you and I are able to tap into what seem, at first, like extraordinary abilities. It's not a big-deal state of mind, it's a very available state of mind." She describes a situation where using intuitives in a business setting doesn't always work well because the intuitives don't like using specifics or don't have the language available to them while the scientists or engineers who have the experience tend to use their own projections therefore the information doesn't get processed correctly. She thinks that using teams of people from both sides would be a solution to that problem.

Many of her students are clinicians working in the field of psychology. They sometimes find it difficult to separate what the client actually needs and desires from their own projections or biases based on dealing with so many people with similar problems. Another large group of students are artists. They come seeking a way of maintaining the altered state that enables their art to come from their inner self rather than allowing the mind to direct the action through the thinking state. Another example she gives of a practical application is a student who is also a teacher who is training people to work in third world countries. She feels that by giving her students intuitive training, they'll be able to differentiate between a false empathy and a truthful empathy or impression.

Ms. Palmer feels that intuition is something that should be and is used by people in very normal circumstances every day, but she is split on the idea of teaching groups, such as business people, to use their intuition in order to further the greed and selfishness which is what business in a materialistic world relies upon. Her answer to this very ethical dilemma is, "you can't stop the teachings because we're alerted now to how to use the mind, what the functions are. There's no way of stopping the flood of teaching." She feels that she's in a position to, "shape (the teaching) with a kind of basis of ethical framework, and a very interesting set of warnings, which I feel protect the teachings from falling into too much disarray." Another point she makes is that if the ego is involved, then the ability will fade away and since purely selfish motives need to have the ego in order to function, the problem of unethical use of intuitive ability may not even be possible over a long period of time.

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