: a way of behaving, thinking, or feeling that is not learned
: a natural desire or tendency that makes you want to act in a particular way
: something you know without learning it or thinking about it
: a natural ability
Instinct (n.): early 15th century, “a prompting” (a sense now obsolete), from Old French instinct (14c.) or directly from Latin instinctus “instigation, impulse, inspiration,” noun use of past participle of instinguere “to incite, impel,” from in– “into, in, on, upon” + stinguere “prick, goad,” from Proto-Indo-European steig– “to prick, stick, pierce” (related to: stick).
Meaning “animal faculty of intuitive perception” is from mid-15th century, from notion of “natural prompting.” General sense of “natural tendency” is first recorded in 1560s.
“In art as in love, instinct is enough.”
Anatole France (1844-1924, born Jacques Anatole Thibault, French prolific poet, journalist, novelist, and writer “in the mainstream of French classicism,” received The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921.)
“There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.”
Malcolm Gladwell (b. 1953, Canadian journalist, bestselling author, and speaker; most famous for writing: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Outliers, The Tipping Point, and David and Goliath)
“Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.”
Agatha Christie (1890-1976, Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, British writer, wrote 66 detective novels, 14 short story collections, and the long-running play, "The Mousetrap.")
“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.”
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962, German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter, best known for writing Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game; recipient of The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946)
“Every time I've done something that doesn't feel right, it's ended up not being right.”
Mario Cuomo (1932-2015, three-term governor of New York from 1983 through 1994, “… a compelling public presence, a forceful defense of liberalism…” New York Times, Jan. 1, 2015)
“It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built up upon a renunciation of instinct....”
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis)
“To run with the wolf was to run in the shadows, the dark ray of life, survival and instinct. A fierceness that was both proud and lonely, a tearing, a howling, a hunger and thirst. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst. A strength that would die fighting, kicking, screaming, that wouldn't stop until the last breath had been wrung from its body. The will to take one's place in the world. To say 'I am here.' To say 'I am.’ ”
O.R. Melling (also known as G.V. Whelan, author of several fantasy novels, aimed at adults and young adults, which contain stories mostly written around Irish and Celtic folklore, faeries in particular.)
“ ‘Can we account for instinct?' said Monte Cristo. 'Are there not some places where we seem to breathe sadness? — why, we cannot tell. It is a chain of recollections — an idea which carries you back to other times, to other places — which, very likely, have no connection with the present time and place.’”
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870, celebrated French author best known for his historical adventure novels, The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo)
“In art as in love, instinct is enough.”
— Anatole France
Intuition is heart-centered mystical knowing and so are instincts except they are often prompted by the sharp physical inklings of our bodies, sometimes emotional charges emitted from our gut and stomach regions.
There’s a mysterious fine line between intuition and instincts, and they can either work alone or together.
As we open to more of our God-given abilities and integrate them as trusted parts of our inner being we can then create our lives with greater awareness, confidence, and joy.
Our intuitive and instinctual gifts can be great diving boards to our vast imagination, keys to unlock doors that can access the secret rooms in our soul.
In order to get to this crucial spiritual tipping point, we must continue to evolve our love for Life in delightful anticipation of new possibilities, in whatever forms those may be.
Our instincts can be signals for us to surrender and let go of limiting thought-patterns and perhaps instantaneously create new paradigms in our individual and collective lives.
All of us, no matter what cultural station or social status, are privileged to have these magnificent lives, and enough instinctual and intuitive wisdom to navigate our lives joyously.
Stay curious, my friends.
Much Love, Tonya