by Dianne J. Shaver, M. A.,
What I’ve come to understand is that all humans are flawed and are always in the process of learning and growing. And, there is nothing wrong in not knowing, not understanding. We can always learn. However, the big, huge, enormous fact is at some point we have to begin to trust ourselves, our understandings, our insights and our take on things. Having said that, at the same time we have to know that all of those things will change as our understanding and insights deepen as they will if we remain open to our growth.
If you begin to trust yourself by which I mean if you let your own knowing from deep within you be what guides your life and not what the “experts” say is true about all people and you are open to constant learning about yourself and life you are clearly now crazy, dumb or weird. You are a work in process just like everyone else.
It’s important to distinguish between knowledge, intelligence and wisdom. For the most part we live in a world that prizes knowledge- the accumulation of facts. We measure intelligence by how many of those facts we know in varied subjects. We confuse knowledge with wisdom. Wisdom is something that is inside all of us. It is the ability to sense what is true and what is not. It is not measurable by an IQ test. It comes from that part of ourselves that is all knowing, all sensing. It is connected to that which I call The Universe or Source and others call God. It is that part of us that is part of That. It is never wrong because it comes from a place far beyond facts, data, and information. It is the part of ourselves that most of us are raised not to trust. We are a culture focused on data. In data we trust might be the credo of our culture. Because of that we are missing what is real, enduring and life-enhancing.
My wish is that as you begin to look at those things which are true for you and begin to trust them beyond mere data. I hope that you begin to look at yourself, your life, and life itself in a new way. That you become brave enough to live from your own wisdom no matter what facts are staring you in the face or the data that has been gathered to substantiate those “facts.” Then you will be free and you will begin to really know yourself. Life will have an ease that has been missing, a sense of purpose and direction. At that moment you have so much to share with the world whether it be directly or indirectly. You will make a difference.