“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.)