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Thinking about being polarized. That can only happen when we cling to a belief even in the face of evidence to the contrary. Taking a position for the sake of having it stops us from learning and growing. And the other part is weighing what really matters in a particular instance. What things are most important in a particular situation? What takes precedence in evaluating everything?
Just because there are several factors involved doesn’t mean they all have equal weight. So, how do you know what is of paramount importance.? What is the best way to ferret out truth? That’s the funny thing. It’s a highly NON-technical skill. It doesn’t depend on the internet, artificial intelligence or sophisticated methods. It’s the oldest thing humans have. It is the most direct way of accessing information. It’s fool-proof. It’s always correct.
The sad thing is, we have been taught to mistrust it. We have been told that “experts” know better about everything than we do. Those in charge know best, or so the story goes. As time goes on we are beginning to see that “the emperor has no clothes.” The experts do not know best. Those in charge have an agenda and it is not for us.
People have forgotten that we are all connected and that what happens to one group will eventually happen to all. No one is exempt despite appearances to the contrary. Those that rely on power always have to watch their back because it’s only a matter of time.
But, going back to what’s important. How we know what the appropriate course of action is? How do we know what we think is best really is? It’s something we have to begin to develop again. Sometimes it’s called our “gut reaction.” But that’s a misnomer because it is not reactive. It is information that comes to us clearly without any emotion attached. If there is emotion then it is not accurate. It is knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that even if it seems strange it is real.
It behooves us to spend time developing this fail-safe faculty we all have. It means choosing it over our rational mind or our emotions. Since we have disregarded it for so long it will take time to cultivate it again. So, we begin with small things. In a situation which doesn’t have great import, ask yourself what is the highest truth in that situation? Wait until it’s clear and free of any emotion or fear. Act on it and see what happens. Sometimes it takes time before we can see the consequences clearly, but we will see it play out to be truth.
Like any muscle it needs strengthening and to be worked constantly. It can become flabby as any muscle when it’s not used. But this is a time when we cannot be without it. When so much is being manipulated it’s the best and most powerful tool we have.
And, maybe that’s why things have gotten so out of hand and driving us back to this very early skill. If things were going smoothly we would just ignore that part of ourselves. There is always a gift in any situation if we look for it. And, that is the gift of this time. We are forced back on ourselves for that inner truth that does not depend on anyone else. Plus, when we act from that basis we can do harm to no one and no thing because it would not put anyone or anything at risk. It is life-enhancing.
Enjoy getting to know the wisest part of you again.
Dianne J. Shaver