• How does one learn to tap into their inner wisdom?

    How does anyone even know what that is?  Or even whether it matters whether we connect with our inner wisdom or not.  It may even sound a bit nonsensical or mystical and could even have an irrational ring to it.

    The great thinker and scientist Albert Einstein recognised it. He has been widely quoted as saying, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

    Valuing and nurturing one’s intuition, or the inner wisdom we each possess, may not make a lot of sense at first. There would be no surprise if we thought about it with our rational mind – “I’ve gotten by so far – what makes you think I need it? Besides I don’t have time to waste on me!  That would be selfish, navel-gazing, indulgent and just not right.”  

    Really? There may possibly be nothing more useful than to honour the sacred gift of our intuition.

    Have you noticed that the people who we generally admire are happy people? When we are around them things look brighter in the world and its problems seems to shrink. There is laughter and lightness in the air.

    I wonder whether our best gift to life would be to be one of those happy persons who naturally spread joy. But what is one to do if this does not come naturally?

    Our conditioning teaches us to conform to certain learned notions of social rightness. Usually this is someone else’s notion and is what they believe is best for us to do with our life.  Do we try to meet their standards and live up to their expectations in our desire to fit right in? Maybe we do that because fitting in means we become better liked and accepted.

    In our childhood, our efforts ‘to please’ and ‘fit in’ inadvertently planted the seeds of our future frustrations. We may start to question what exactly is “right” especially if, as can and does happen, it does not ring true with the stirrings of our inner wisdom questioning the rational mind.

    We do however, continue to question with that same childlike innocence which ironically helped us to form our opinions of the world, and so we end up in a sort of limbo; a state of uncertainty whilst we assess the pull of our intuition over our rational mind. Many of us are coerced, by various means, to believe that we ‘need’ training on “how to be”, way beyond our formative childhood.

    And then there’s our education system which places a strong emphasis on fact-based knowledge over subjective interpretation That can be most confusing when we become aware that facts aren’t always factual. The push for fact-based knowledge causes us to second guess our intuition. 

    How odd that because of this controlling system most of us are educated to not believe in ourselves.  

    The “self-help” industry makes billions out of this conflict; by knowing that people accept the strange belief that when they do not know something, there will be an expert who can sell them the answer. Great numbers of people have become further weakened by believing that there is someone wiser who can tell them how to be. 

    All the advice in the world will not actually match your own honest living experiences. You are unique and wonderful, and your living experience counts for something. It has formed you and is why you do things your way.

    Even when we legitimately want to consult someone for advice, it should not be forgotten that it is us who is doing the assessing of that advice. We are the ones deciding whether it works or not. Our instinctive sense already knows whether it is right, but our weakened self-belief refuses at times to listen. The voice of authority can be foreboding and difficult to refute. This is because we have become fearful of our subjective powers, and sadly this often happens. We doubt ourselves.

    Happily, not everyone wants to mould us to their purpose. A respectful coach or mentor will never tell us, either subtly or overtly, what to do. They will simply provide a perspective to stimulate our intuition. And then, probably unconsciously, we invoke a universal principle to test the perspective that was provided. And that principle is that Life is the only lesson and your experience is the only teacher. We test advice against our experience, our own vast experience.

    After all we are a part of a magical and mysterious humanity that has been given the gift of having, loving, creating and experiencing this Life. There are endless ways for each person to taste it. But if we don’t experience it, it is not real, unless we have forgotten how to believe in ourselves.

    That is why one needs to engage in a certain amount of introspection to entice our intuition from the back blocks of our minds. We need to test it out without the fear that we might not be conforming to someone else’s notions of what is “right” for us to think and feel.  Those same fears were probably what sent it scurrying out of view in the first place. 

    When people meet in an open forum of trust and respect they can give and receive that which is ‘most right’ at the same time. When the intuitive mind is given the freedom to appear, a new-found sensitivity often accompanies it.

    Being sensitive to what is important to someone whose story one has just heard can foster friendship whilst they solve a minor relationship problem they’re having. Just by being centred, and a willing sounding board, we can help another person reach clarity about their business goal; or just “be around’ to encourage and applaud someone who gets an incredibly creative insight about how to overcome their current roadblock.

    And at the same time, because there is a spirit of sharing, we work out what we need to do to free up our own intuitive mind so we can pursue a dream that we always wanted. By being connected to our inner wisdom a sort of magic occurs.

    Amazing things happen when people meet with the desire to tap into their inner wisdom. It’s amazing how quickly strangers can become friends when they share important stuff.

    Notwithstanding Einstein’s contribution, there’s a fair swag of literature that suggests that we all have a little voice inside of us that represents the real us after we strip away all the programming by society, family, peers and media etc.

    In the enduring words of Lao -Tzu in the 6th Century BC

    “At the centre of your being you have the answer; 
    you know who you are and you know what you want.”

    There are techniques on offer as to how to hear that little voice. It all begins with us wanting to hear it.