Having used the word divine as a verb this morning, I began thinking about how that use of the word related to its use as a noun and as an adjective. Surely, I thought, they must come from the same root which would suggest they would have similar meanings and interpretations.
- Adjective – Of, from, or like God or a god; Having the nature of or being a deity; Of, relating to, emanating from, or being the expression of a deity
- Noun – A cleric or theologian.
- Verb – Discover (something) by guesswork or intuition: “his brother divined his ulterior motives”; To know by inspiration, intuition, or reflection.
Source: The Free Dictionary
I think it’s interesting that as a verb, the word divine with discovering something by intuition while as an adjective or a noun it relates to God or being god-like and someone who one assumes to be “in touch” with god such as a cleric, a theologian or a priest. Taking the meanings together, it occurs to me that intuition is a god-like quality or having the quality of being in touch with the Divine.
With this in mind, why do Western religions tell us to shun and distrust our intuition and our natural instincts, and to regard them as inevitably evil? Our intuition and natural instincts are actually our connection to the Divine, to God, or to the Supreme Consciousness.
It seems to me that Western religion, as it is commonly taught and practiced, may actually be an obstacle to this connection. I often suspect that this may be deliberate in order for clerics and various religious hierarchies to maintain their power and control over their congregations. If one learns to recognize and listen to the divinity within oneself then he or she just might discover they don’t need the clerics or the hierarchy to find bliss, salvation, inner peace, or God.