BOOKS Calgary native taps into our intelligence
Author calls book a ‘user’s manual’ for intuition
Author Simone Wright was used to talking to audiences, even skeptics, about what she calls “first intelligence” — an innate intuition she claims is hardwired into all of our DNA.
But she admits it was a tough crowd three years ago, when the Calgary Police Service organized a three-day seminar for roughly two-dozen of its investigators. The idea was not only to teach how to focus that inherent intuition on solving crimes but also to come up with a sensible way of articulating it. How do you describe it in more practical terms than “gut instinct” or “Spideysenses” should it ever need to be explained in court?
But, no matter how down-toearth the explanation, it’s going to come across as just a touch flaky to the uninitiated.
“It was terrifying,” says Wright, a former Calgarian who now lives in Los Angeles. “It was inspiring and it was nerve-racking. I had 22 cops from different departments with hundreds of years of law enforcement between them. It was great to see light bulbs go off.
“You can’t go into a room full of cops and talk magic, you have to be practical,” she adds.
A professional artist and onetime actress, Wright has developed a side career as what she calls an “intuitive consultant.” It has culminated in her first published book, First Intelligence: Using Science & Spirit of Intuition (New World Library, 256 pages), which outlines the approach she has taken when advising everyone from athletes, CEOs and entrepreneurs about accessing, sharpening and trusting our “highest wisdom.”
She calls it a “user’s manual” for intuition and it unfolds not unlike a self-help book, complete with chapter subtitles such as “the language of the heart,” “expanding the senses” and “the superconscious mind.” She describes the latter as “our infinite, higher-dimensional awareness that both holds and is the origin of all creation — the codes and energies for all things that have ever existed or ever will exist.” So skeptics can be forgiven for assuming she is talking about something otherworldly or even psychic, terms that tends to get the Spidey-senses of doubters ringing full blast.
“Psychic ability is certainly a tiny aspect of intuition,” Wright explains. “But intuition is a broader picture. Intuition is creativity, intuition is knowing what to say in the right moment to somebody who might need to hear something. It’s a visionary ability, the idea that you can come up with a solution that maybe nobody else has come up with. I don’t like to use the term psychic ability because it has so many negative connotations. There are those who run with the psychic ball and that’s where they like to go and like to use it in that paranormal way. I like to use it in a normal way.”
Fair enough, Simone Wright but it’s safe New World Library to say that some of the more intriguing parts of the book deal directly with Wright’s less-than-normal, autobiographical experiences with it. Growing in Haysboro in the 1970s, she said she had experiences that could be described as psychic or paranormal. In the preface, she talks about her first “intuitive experience” where, as a seven-year-old, she was able to see her dying father as “transparent” and was later visited by him in the form of a “bright fog” at the foot of her bed.
“As a kid it freaked me out,” she said. “It worried me. It concerned me and so I didn’t use it. I didn’t use it to my detriment. It caused me problems when I didn’t use it. It was important to say ‘I’m a normal girl. I was raised in Calgary. I went to the Stampede. I watched Flames games. I’m a normal person. So there has to be an explanation of this. I know I’m not the only person who has this skill set. So let’s figure it out.’ That really was why I wrote the book, to reverse-engineer it. You’ve got this tool. This is how you use it.”
So Wright brings it down to earth, offering ways that intuition can be used to build success in personal and business enterprises by allowing it to guide us to perform and think better on all levels. But she admits that there is always interest from people about how she has used intuition to help solve crimes. It is a very slim part of what she does and she doesn’t particularly like that aspect of it, suggesting it’s both emotionally and physically draining. Nevertheless, she starts the book in the middle of a Calgary crime scene. She doesn’t mention the city or get too specific about the details, but to anyone familiar with the case it’s clear she is talking about the 2009 New Year’s Day triple gang-slaying at Bolsa restaurant. In the book, she visits the scene of the crime and sees it take place like a “movie in her head.” It’s all very convincing. But she was not a part of the formal investigation. It was more of a litmus test of sorts for Wright, leading to that three-day seminar.
The purpose of the training was to teach officers how to use their intuition not only to help solve crime but also to communicate more effectively with witnesses, entertain new theories about criminal and victim behaviour and to reduce stress. No one was sitting in front of Ouiji Boards, stresses Det. Mike Saunders of the Calgary Police Service, who organized the seminar.
“It’s not crystals and voodoo dolls and smudge pots that allows this to work,” says Saunders, who also provides a supportive blurb for the book’s back cover. “It’s something we all possess to varying degrees and it can be something that you can develop. It’s a muscle and as you exercise that and apply that and use it, it’s going to get stronger and more valid for you.”
Still, no matter how practical its presentation, Wright acknowledges there will always be skeptics. The former Bishop Grandin High School student grew up Catholic and said talking about her heightened “intuition” was greatly frowned upon.
“It was never accepted as I was growing up, especially in school,” she said.
“It’s accepted now more with my friends. Even the people I grew up with. Now that I’ve sort of come out of the closet and writing books and helping cops and all this other stuff, they’ll say ‘I didn’t know this about you.’ I hid it for a long time. My friends are accepting of it and some of my other friends are accepting of it with their tongue firmly planted in their cheek. That’s OK. I understand. Even with teaching the cops, there were some who were resistant. That’s fine. It’s not my job to convert anybody.”
Simone Wright’s book starts in the middle of a Calgary crime scene.