Do You have Inner Wisdom?

Do you feel like you’re connected to an inner sense of what is right for you?  Do you feel like you can trust yourself when making decisions and acting on your priorities?

Trauma and crisis often interfere with our connection to our internal sense of knowing.  But, if you feel disconnected from your inner sense of self, it may be for much more mundane reasons.  We live in a culture that values the ability to get more done in less time and believes that the way to achieve this is to do more things at once.  However, according to a 2002 FAA study, multi-tasking tends to result in difficulties in filtering out irrelevant information and in remembering details.

When people multi-task, the demands they place on themselves exceed their abilities.  The end result is an inability to be fully aware of what’s going on in and around you.  The result is decreased self perception and insight.

We all have an inner wisdom; it's that inner sense of knowing just the right solution to a difficult problem, the ability to make an unpopular decision because it’s the right fit for you.  Unfortunately, times of feeling truly centered and in touch with what we, as individuals, need are sometimes elusive.

We might have slowly drifted from our center to find that we’re far from a sense of wellness.  Or we might have lost connection during a time of difficulty or pain, leaving us unable to make a big decision from a place of self knowledge.  When called upon to act, we can’t connect to that sense of self that guides us in our personal best direction.

There is no magic answer to rediscovering that sense of inner wisdom.  However, studies of mindfulness continue to find that the practice of focusing on just one thing leads to a greater sense of self and coherence.  Mindfulness means to simply experience the moment while excluding worries, self-doubts, and distractions.  It is to focus on the current moment without judgment: to simply observe both internal and external events.

Greater observation leads to increased information and an increased self perception.  This, in turn, can result in a re-connection to our sense of inner wisdom.

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  4. Yes, I believe I have wisdom, and have always had that calm core inside (and my faith) no matter how much trauma I went through: childhood of physical, verbal and molestation, no father, abusive mother, extreme poverty…..marriage to an abuser for 31 years and then spiritual abuse from a church who voted me out of membership because I got a divorce and let the abuser stay in my house for awhile.

    I won a scholarship at age 61, because of what I wrote about my life. I’ve written my memoir and a poetry book: Sanctuary of the Soul….I cannot believe my endorsements: Elie Weisel, Nikki Giovanni, Alice Miller, Wayne Dyer (14 in all).

    I wrote a paper regarding a subject I am passionate about: (Verbal Abuse): Society’s Hidden “Pandemic”: Verbal Aggression; Precursor to Physical Violence and a Form of Biochemical Assault and have submitted it to a journal. I am amazed…it is under review. I never stop speaking up, because i believe we are all here to make a difference. Kind Regards, Allison

    I think my Ph.D. is in common sense.

  5. Hello Christy,

    I find that my sense of inner self is stronger because of early childhood trauma. In a time when external “stimuli” were anything but positive, I knew I was worthy to myself. Also, I knew that decisions I made (age 5: not to have children; age 8: teach myself rather than depend on teachers or others; age 13: start teaching others who, like me, had met challenging learning environments for which neither I nor they had been prepared) were, as you say, unpopular yet right for me.

    Some say this is “hyper-sensitivity” and see it as a disadvantage or obstacle to being strong. I see this as a source of energy I share with those around me when appropriate, or when called upon to support them, and me.

  6. I believe that I too have ‘inner wisdom’…. and that I’ve always had it. My childhood was one of some insecurities because of frequent moves…and a few incidents I’d rather not go into….. but most everything that happened to me, hasn’t left me scarred for life because of it… I just wouldn’t let any of it get the best of me.

    I’ve tried to instill this, by my example and words and advice, in my 3 children and feel that I’ve succeeded with 2 of them.

    I’m now facing the biggest challenge of my own life, though, after the very recent death of my dear husband and life-long friend, of 47 years…. and feel vulnerable, insecure and very defensive for the first time ever.

    I’m sure that I’ll eventually be able to deal with this personal loss in a rational manner, but the over-whelming sadness and lonliness is just about paralyzing at times, right now.

    I’m praying for that ‘internal wisdom’ to guide me through this very emotional time, so that life will one day be enjoyable again… and I truly believe that it will be so.

    1. Thanks for reading the blog. It sounds like you’ve managed to maintain that sense of inner self through trauma and difficult times. Prayer and going through (rather than avoiding) emotional times are great ways to keep connected to that inner wisdom.

  7. Its reassuring to hear that choosing to mindfulness over multi-tasking guides us to inner wisdom, much more important long-term to our health. This world we live in seems to reward “how much you get done” rather than the process, discovery, insight…we all have a choice to slow down and notice or stick with the grind…I’m trying to let go of the fear that drives me to act rather than react…inner wisdom requires some reflection and self-trust…thank you for reminding me

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