Where does wisdom come from?
There are many different sources of wisdom. You can go to authority figures like priests, philosophers and wise elders to consult their wisdom. Or you can connect with your own personal inner wisdom.
This week’s prompt is about learning how to connect with your Higher Self. This aspect of yourself is always “in the Light.” It doesn’t get caught in the human drama of life, always comes from a place of love and appears to take care of you and your needs. You might want to use a different name for it, such as soul, essence, True Self, etc. It’s very different from the lower self, who is reactive, ego-based, selfish and acts from a place of fear.
Read this article about how to have a conversation with your Higher Self to access your inner wisdom. The same method works for having a conversation with any aspect of consciousness. People use it to communicate with their body (or a part of the body, for example if it’s sick), their soul, God/Source, angels and archangels, other non-tangible beings, Mother Earth, guides, divine guidance, Source Energy, Christ/Buddha/other human intercessors and many other forms of life that are wiser and higher consciousness than us.
Read this chapter of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich for how he created a council of “Invisible Counselors” to make wiser decisions. Who would be on your council?
In preparation for the next session, take 15 minutes and try connecting and communicating with your Higher Self.
Discernment in wisdom
Many people access information and inner guidance from a variety of sources these days and call it wisdom. They confuse intuition, fear, gut feelings, instinct, various voices in their head, voices of other people, “messages” coded in their environment, “messages” from birds, feathers, synchronicities and other phenomena and may view any or all of these as containing wisdom. So how do you discern what voice you should listen to?
“Discernment and discrimination mean a power to see what is not evident to the average mind. discernment stresses accuracy (as in reading character or motives or appreciating art) <the discernment to know true friends>. discrimination stresses the power to distinguish and select what is true or appropriate or excellent <the discrimination that develops through listening to a lot of great music>. – From Merriam Webster:
If you can access wisdom from many different sources, several questions arise.
- Is one source wiser than another?
- Do you get a different quality of wisdom if you connect with a different source?
- Where do you source your inner wisdom?
- Can you trust it to be wise?
- How do you discern which source to rely on?
These are serious questions for GameChangers. Which voice do you listen to?
- Identify 3 or more different voices that each of you connect with to source wisdom (see suggestions above).
- As a group, assess and discuss the character and quality of wisdom you receive from different sources. Feel free to experiment with how you do this. You might like to create a group exercise where you all tune into the same source (eg the heart or Buddha or your higher self) and then share and compare what you experienced with each other.
- Some questions to ask:
- Do the different sources each provide a unique quality of wisdom?
- Is there any agreed sense or experience amongst the members of the group about the quality or character of each source?
- Do any of your sources appear to offer a higher level of wisdom than any others?
- Taking turns, each member of the group should then reflect further on the decision you brought to Prompt 4 (for the Clearness Committee).
- Introduce the issue briefly to the rest of the group so they understand the essence of it (max 3 minutes).
- Connect with and consult several different sources of wisdom in relation to your decision. You might do this out loud or silently. The group is there to support you. They may be completely silent or they may ask you a few questions. Keep it contemplative and relaxed.
- Share with the group what you experience.
Note: this is not a repetition of the Clearness Committee. It’s a chance to reflect on your decision further by checking in with more than one source of wisdom and discerning which is giving the most valuable guidance.
Experiment with your own council of “Invisible Counsellors” (the Napoleon Hill reading, above). They can be former great human beings or spiritual non-human beings. Discern whether this is a useful activity for you and which “voices” are most valuable to listen to.
In the light of this new experience, revisit the framework for making wise decisions that you created in week 1. Keep in mind the questions asked in the “Discernment in Wisdom” section above and address them. Revise and update it and create a public post about how to make wise decisions. Share your post on the Gamechangers GO website and also on at least one other platform (your blog, Facebook, Twitter etc). Make sure you think about how to make it relevant to your audience, not just to Gamechangers GO participants.
As suggested in the midterm fundi: connect on Slack with another GameChanger to arrange a 1-1 meeting during the week. You can discuss how is it that you want to change the game, what you need from each other, how you can help each other. You can also discuss specific prompts or posts that you want to go deeper with someone. If this is valuable, we’ll institute this as a weekly requirement. You can connect by Facetime, Google Chat, Skype, or any other video method you choose. If one of the Zoom rooms, is open, you are free to use it.