BOOKS Cal­gary na­tive taps into our in­tel­li­gence

Au­thor calls book a ‘user’s man­ual’ for in­tu­ition

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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.”

New World Li­brary

Si­mone Wright’s book starts in the mid­dle of a Cal­gary crime scene.

First In­tel­li­gence

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