The Wiser Self


“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”  ~ William Shakespeare

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”  ~ Aristotle

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens”  ~ Jimmy Hendrix

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”  ~ Confucius

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”  ~ Paulo Coelho

*** “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”  ~ Lao Tzu

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”  ~ Carl Jung

*** “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”  ~ Joseph Campbell

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”  ~ Socrates

from the Desk of MarDrag:

For this post, first, let’s address what unique beings we humans are. We truly are distinctive characters, each individual in our own right, no two exactly the same. We have the ability to feel, to act, to think and to reason. We have the capacity to excel in ways no other creature can. We are such multi-layered, many faceted beings, like a prism hanging in a ray of sun, all our aspects and features glittering and reflecting, shaping us to make up a whole person. We have a powerful brain full of knowledge, a conscious and sub-conscious mind available for us to use and explore.

As we peel back the layers of our self, we discover…or uncover….the facets of our inner being that have been hidden or submerged or that we may not have been aware of. One of those facets or aspects of ourselves is called “The Wiser Self”.

I am quite sure you have all heard the terms “inner voice”, or “my gut tells me”, or “my intuition”. (I spoke briefly about this in the post “Those Voices In My Head”). We are all mostly aware of this inner voice that speaks to us when we are faced with decisions, choices or mode of behavior. Depending on how in touch we are with ourselves, at times we will listen to that voice and take heed of what it says, while at other times, especially if its advice is contrary to what we want to do (or are not sure of), we will justify not listening to it, and act as if it does not exist. This inner voice, this intuition, comes from this facet of ourselves, this “Wiser Self”. Some of you may be familiar also with the term “Higher Self”, which is speaking of the same thing.

This “Wiser Self” is on a higher plain than our mundane, every day self. There is a greater part of ourselves than the one we and others see on a daily basis. There is an “all knowing” part of our mind and our deepest soul. If we are truly honest with ourselves, we can admit that there is a truly intelligent, wise, astute, clever and sensible part of us that we don’t allow to operate a good deal of the time, or, that we don’t allow ourselves to trust.

How often do we give over to the Wiser voice, our gut feeling, our true intuition, freely and without hesitation? And how often do we make justifications, trying to outwit that voice and make a case for our doing the thing we know is not, or are not sure, is the best choice for us? It is a common thing, something we all do, whether it be consciously or unconsciously.

Even though we know that voice is from the Wiser or Higher part of ourselves, we struggle with listening to it because we tend not to trust ourselves…and we think that if we keep our focus on our daily conscious mind, we can work things out in the way we want to see rather than what is best for us or the way it is meant to be.

Truthfully, we should be integrating our “Higher Self” to make it a vital essential part of our being, melded with all the other layers of who we are, and make it a fundamental, critical and indispensable part of our lives.

Our “Wiser Self” has always been there, is always there, ready to inform and guide us, it never leaves us. It is fiercely loyal, a staunch supporter and wants only what is best for us. And knows what is best. Better than our mundane selves do. For it carries within it “infinite intelligence”.

While we walk this walk, our “Higher and Wiser Self” is riding right along with us, ready and able to steer us in the right direction…in fact will always point us in the right direction because it sees the bigger picture that we can not see and has the advantage of the innate wisdom and insight stored there ready for us to access. It is also connected to the divine spirit of whatever higher power we aspire to. It is that part of us that is the receptor of the divine energy, the God energy, the Great Spirit, the Goddess, (however you define it) that we all pray to and implore to answer our prayers. It is the link to a higher consciousness, that greater part of ourselves that rises out of the mundane physical and reaches the spiritual realm. Here, there is infinite intelligence, not hindered by mental chatter and customary influence, but intelligence that rises above that chatter into the clarity of the divine, the all knowing state. Here, it is possible to access infinite intelligence and link with it, bond with it, make it a part of our everyday self. There is that higher part of us that is ultimately smarter about us than we give it credit for, or trust.

Sometimes, it is difficult to rise above the circumstances in our lives and allow the “Wiser Self” to be present. At times we are too weary, or sad, depressed, weighed down by the burden of the pebbles we carry and mired in daily life, or we think “what is the use”? Here is a way to change that.

Think of your life like it is a car. It has wheels for movement, mirrors to see forward and back, and windows for clarity. You are in the driver’s seat, gripping the steering wheel. But, you are not sure what direction to take, or what to do about a situation in your life, or even just life in general.  So, ask your “Wiser Self” to take over. Slide into the passenger seat and allow your “Wiser Self” to take the steering wheel and choose the direction. Slide out of the way and let your Wise, all-knowing self have a voice. And trust and listen to that intuitive voice.

The “Wiser or Higher Self” will always guide us in the right direction because it carries infinite intelligence with it and it always has our best interest uppermost in its intentions. We need not fear, at all, where it will take us. We can relax, and let it fulfill its purpose. We need to make a commitment to listen to its voice, even if our conscious mind fights it, and it may at first, because it is used to having all the power. But the more we listen, the stronger the voice of the “Wiser Self” will become, and the better we will feel about our lives as we see ourselves adjusting to the direction we are meant to go. And we will no longer attempt to justify not listening, because it will become instinct, and we will be so much happier with ourselves and the results we will see in our mood, behavior and everyday lives. We will be empowered with our own wisdom.


(P.S. There is an actual meditation I have written about “The Steering Wheel and The Wiser Self”. If anyone is interested in knowing more about it, or getting help with it, let me know in the comments or at the contact information on my contact page above.)

8 comments on “The Wiser Self

  1. good morning 🙂

    this is very intense and lots to think about. i love the quotes and your words of wisdom.

    there are two things i pray for, besides to keep my family and friends healthy. i pray to have peace and wisdom. i want to be conent with my life, myself. i also want to learn, take my experinces and turn them into lassons. i hope i am getting wiser with time and i know i have more peace as time goes by. thanks for the blog about wisdome and finding it within ourselves and letting our higher self guide us.

  2. I confess, I just skimmed this one but I’m late and tired and ready for bed! I’ll return first thing in the a.m. with a cup of coffee and fresh brain cells 🙂

  3. Oh. Wow. That was excellent MarDrag! And also something I’m “working on”. Love the car analogy, I’ll have to try thinking of it that way.

    I’d love to read your Steering Wheel meditation – if it doesn’t tax my poor lil brain to much, lol.

    • LOL! Your “poor lil brain” sounds big and strong to me!! 😛

      I would love to share the meditation with you. It is really simple and easy. My email address is on the contact page above. Email me and I will send it to you. It is from a book of meditations I wrote and hope to get published one day.

  4. Mardrag, I would really love to learn the meditation.

    As I read through this post (and more than once as I often do), I was almost dumbfounded by the way this resonated within me. There have been a few times that your post spoke directly to my heart. I am not exaggerating and it’s almost eerie.

    This strange crossroads that I am on has been going on for nearly this whole year. I have been grappling with listening to my wiser self. It’s a very strange situation to be in. One the one hand, I think that I know what I need to do which I realize now is my wiser self trying to lead the way. But on the other hand, I let my fears, worrys and self doubt talk me out of it. This conundrum has only left me feeling stuck. It’s strange to be going through this at this point in my life, but I suppose if good things come from it then it doesn’t matter when or how I got here.

    This gave me a lot to think about. Thanks so much.

    • You are so welcome dear Boobah! It is interesting how some of you have said some of these posts speak directly to you. I love it! I get the feeling to write certain ones at certain times and I believe I pick up “messages” about what people need to hear.

      Having said that….I understand completely where you are at. I have been there. That is actually why I wrote this meditation. (I have written a book of various meditations I hope to have published some day). It is, indeed, an odd place to be. BUT, know that when this time comes as it has for you, it always comes at the perfect time….when you are able to handle it and/or get what you need to help you through it. So, this is the moment for you. No one wants to stay stuck in life. Your Wiser Self is nudging you!

      So, I do not want to “post” the meditation here, so go up to my contact page and email me….we can talk about it there. It is very simple and easy to do. I check my emails daily, so I will get back to you as soon as I can.

      I look forward to hearing from you! I know this will help you! 🙂

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