A small part of it is seen above the water. Most of it is submerged and we do not see it. Now imagine that this iceberg is our mind and it is thinking. We can see the thoughts that are above the sea level, but many more thoughts are going on all the time in the submerged part and we do not know what they are. Now imagine that the sea can think too. Maybe not in words but in another way it thinks. Maybe it will be more telling to say that the sea knows and responds to everything. Since the sea touches all the icebergs it knows all of them and what they all think. It also knows how all the icebergs were created, how they started and how they developed to be the way they are now. It knows how they influence each other and what happens as a result of these influences. It knows who is happy and what happens to the iceberg when it becomes happy. The sea is peaceful, powerful and full of potential. All the icebergs are made of its waters. It can flow and it can freeze. It has everything in it and it is happy. It never feels lack. The sea is happiness itself.
Where does the iceberg get its shape? The shape is made from its thoughts. If the thoughts keep changing, the shape changes with them. If the thoughts repeat themselves many times, the shape of the iceberg remains the same. But there are always small changes and these add up to a small constant change.
In the submerged part there are many more thoughts than in the much smaller upper part and they all repeat themselves all the time, and also have small changes all the time. Some of the thought like each other and feel strongly connected. Other thoughts repel each other and don’t want to have anything to do with some other thoughts. These forces create the shape of the underwater part of the iceberg.
The part that is outside has more flexibility. It can imagine, which the underwater side cannot do. It can have outside influences and it can choose. But most of the time, whatever information comes to it, is filtered through the immense network of thoughts in the submerged part. So it ends up only seeing what the underwater network of thoughts allows it to see. And it ends up, in spite of its ability to choose differently, keeping its shape and having small changes, just as the underwater part does.
How’s that for a picture of our mind?
Not perfect, I am sure. But it can help in explaining what intuition is.
Feeling bad is becoming frozen, while everything flows wonderfully in the water around. When we create an inflexible thought pattern, and think it many times, it goes down to the underwater part and freezes there into its shape. When this happens, we feel bad. It indeed becomes the filter through which we will see reality even in the part that is outside of the water. Even in the first moment of forcing the water into a frozen shape, we already feel bad.
When we dissolve a frozen thought, when it turns into water and starts to flow, we feel good. So if we want to feel good, we have to dissolve frozen thought patterns in the submerged part. We have to experience the flow of the water. This is what feels good. Why is that? Because the water is happiness, the water is joy, it is love and playfulness. This is what feels good.
So how do we dissolve thought patterns?
We certainly cannot do this with thoughts. Thoughts are frozen water and you cannot dissolve ice with ice.
The only thing that can dissolve the ice is the water of the sea. If we manage to flow some water through the submerged part of the iceberg, it will melt some of the ice and then some more with every time that we stream water through the iceberg.
This is what the method of Intuition Through Art does. So water, which I also called happiness, joy, love, is also intuition. Intuition is the knowing, which is inseparable from being the water of the sea
How does it work? I’ll have to dedicate another entry to this.