In thinking, the element is given that binds our individuality into a whole with the cosmos. In sensing and feeling (also perceiving), we are individuals; but when we think, we are the All-One Being that permeates everything ...
Perception is thus nothing finished or closed, but rather one side of total reality. The other side is the concept. The activity of knowledge is the synthesis of percept and concept ...
In contrast to the content of perception, which is given from outside, the content of thinking appears inwardly. The form in which it first appears we want to term intuition. Intuition is to thinking what observation is for perception. Intuition and observation are the sources of our knowledge.
Thus I say here: I want to use intuition as the expression of the form in which spiritual reality, anchored in the content of thinking, appears initially in the human soul, before the soul has become aware that in this inner experience of thought the side of reality not given to perception is contained.
Source: On the Enigmas of the Soul, p. 51
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