Ordinary Folk Get Normal Stuff

This past year or so has been filled with stress for most of us. We’ve known fear, worry and confusion and, if you’re like me, you’ve probably felt lost more than once.

How do we navigate times like this?

Well, one way, and the best way I know, is to listen for guidance from what I call Innate Wisdom. In a recent post I talked about sixteen or more different ways to talk about Innate Wisdom, or different words and phrases that people have used to talk about the same concept.

Some of those terms included:

  • Having an “aha” moment.

  • Having a hunch.

  • Feeling a gut instinct.

  • Reading between the lines.

  • Having or receiving an insight.

  • Listening for Gods’ voice/guidance

To name but a few.

I also talked about the advantages of using our innate wisdom as being that we become happier, life becomes easier, and that we get on better with the people around us.

A simple analogy to explain innate wisdom, or whatever you wish to call it, is that it’s like using a Sherpa guide or similar travel escort to get you through or over difficult or unknown territory.

You could “go it alone” but using the guide makes the journey easier and safer.

Becoming aware of your innate wisdom can provide clear guidance even when you least expect it.

What happens when we ignore our innate wisdom?

Who was it that said, “If you keep on doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep on getting what you’re getting”?

Well, I searched the internet for the origins of that quotation and I couldn’t find a single original source. No one, it seems, is credited with first saying this, but doesn’t it make sense?

Doesn’t it sound true?

So, what I’ll be talking about here is “normal stuff” for most ordinary folks – what I often refer to as Level One Players of The Game of Life.

The Game of Life is for those of us who are exploring other, better, ways to live, like I began doing several years ago and continue to do even today. So, if you experience one or more of the following, you might seriously consider this concept of “Inner Wisdom”…

  • You relieve stress by engaging in habits and addictions,
    (including habitual self-depricating thoughts and thought patterns).
    These habits and addictions can often seem harmless, (EG. coffee).

     

  • You don’t know what you want in the long-term. You might have some vague idea about the dreams you want to pursue, but they can wait – for now.

     

  • You do things that you hate doing in order to gain favour and good reputation with others.

     

  • Drama never seems to stop for you. Even when there is no immediate drama for you or those closest to you, you are easily drawn into other peoples’ drama.

     

  • You spend copious amounts of time watching TV or on social media and chat apps.

     

  • You seek validation through connecting with others who share your viewpoint/s, especially during times of conflict or disagreement. You feel “connection” with those who agree with your point of view.

     

  • You’re constantly busy because you rarely ever refuse to take on new tasks and responsibilities, and you feel tired most of the time.

     

  • You deliberately engage in trying to out-do everyone in order to boost your ego and your self-esteem.

     

  • When things go wrong you are always able to find someone else,
    or something to blame, so you never have to accept responsibility for anything.

     

  • You have difficulty sleeping because your mind never seems to stop.

     

  • Others find you difficult to be around because you are often grumpy, irritable and discontent, therefore, you spend a lot of time alone.

     

  • You’re very often the centre of attention because you’re good at turning conversations around to focus on you and your problems.

Question:
Do you recognise yourself in any of these descriptive statements?

Acknowledging and trusting your Innate Wisdom, Higher Power, Gut Instinct, Inner Truth, or whatever term suits you, can open up all manner of possibilities, ease your struggle and give you a sense of freedom.

How do we Trust our Innate Wisdom?

For decades, if not centuries, governments, politicians, law-makers, so-called experts and many others have attempted to offer us security. It rarely, if ever, lasts very long. Also, we have tried to find security for ourselves in material possessions, wealth, or social standing, or perhaps all of the above.

Have you ever tried just trusting that everything will be okay and that things will work out for the greater good?

That’s what it feels like when you trust your Innate Wisdom.

How do we do that?

Here, in more detail, are Five Easy Steps that I skimmed over in a recent Facebook Live Broadcast:

Step One – Willingness

  • First and foremost, you have to be willing to let go of any preconceived ideas.

  • If you identified with any of the descriptions I gave above, doesn’t it seem insane or counterproductive to carry on that way?

  • When you see the insanity in pursuing the same things and, at the same time, expecting different results, you might be willing to try something you’ve never tried before.

Step 2 – Forgetting

  • Forget everything you know, think you know or have been told to believe.

  • This is about getting into a “place of neutrality”.

  • When you let go of your notions of right and wrong and your experiences and judgements about life in general you will be better able to “connect with” your innate wisdom.

  • Meditation is the best way I know to achieve this type of neutrality.

Step 3 – Inquiry

  • The purpose of becoming aware of your innate wisdom is to “see” and “find” what you have never been able to see or know before.

  • So, after becoming quieted, the next thing we need to do is to wait for answers or insights to come to us.

  • Asking questions inwardly or “asking the universe” for solutions can be a good place to start.

Step 4 – Acknowledgement

  • Sometimes the solution to a problem just dawns on you – insight.

  • Sometimes an answer will come in a dream.

  • Other times it might be a “bad feeling” that you can’t explain, or a good one, depending on the circumstances.

Step 5 – Accept and Follow

  • Recognise and accept the sign or insight and follow it.

  • This step is easy to ignore. Following through, even when it seems illogical, is important.

  • Sometimes it can be hearing or reading something that seems to confirm something you were already thinking.

  • Not honouring the sign, solution or confirmation feels like “I should have known” or “I knew it”.

Learning to shut out the “noise of the world” and your own inner “monkey mind” that never seems to stop can take time and quite a bit of practice.

To get started, all you need to do is
ask for a simple piece of guidance on a small issue and wait.

This began for me many years ago, when I got into the habit of saying, to no one or anything in particular, “There’s got to be more to life than this!” Of course, I had no idea what I was doing at the time, (these days I’d say I was “lamenting”).
I’ve known people who have had similar experiences, although their Step 3 – “Inquiry” sounded quite different.

If you follow through on any guidance you feel you received, at some point in the following few days you will be able to discern whether things worked out beneficially for you. With some practice, it won’t be long before you can differentiate between the guidance you receive and all the other noise going on inside and around you.


There will be a supplementary video to accompany this post in our new members area, soon.

If you recognise yourself in any of the descriptive statements in this post, and would like the help of a life coach to move forward, I can be contacted here.

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