Today I want to share with you a very important lesson I have learnt in the last few months – through many books I have read and reflection on personal experience.
So often we look outside of ourselves for answers. On one level this makes sense. If we don’t have an answer, surely someone else must.
However, is that really true? Or, do we already have much of the knowledge we need in order to make the decision that is best for us?
I believe we have access to more answers than we can immediately perceive; however, we block ourselves from this knowledge for various reasons:
- We live too much in our left-brain (logic and reason)
- Monkey-mind: a large amount of mental chatter crowds out beneficial thoughts
- We’ve become disconnected from our reality & spirituality
- Ego: we believe that we already have all the answers and have stopped looking
- Fear: that we might find an answer we don’t like or even that we might find an answer within
Now, I’m not talking about “how-to” problems such as how to use a computer application or learn a language – I’m talking about the really important things in life.
A few of the questions I’ve answered introspectively, through meditation and solitude are:
- How can I use the knowledge I gain from reading, life experiences to have a strong, positive impact on everyone I come across and grow myself in the process? (start
- Should I move back home (Sydney) or London after my 2 years end here in Oman?
- Determining the best course of action in terms of my career.
I’ve received answers to those questions and many more and you can to.
Step 1: Ask the Question
In order to get an answer, you first have to ask a question. The more specific you are the better.
When, at the conscious level, you ask a question, your sub-conscious goes to work. Each night when you sleep, your brain assimilates experiences from the day, and literally re-wires itself. In scientific terms, this is called neuroplasticity.
If you want your brain to provide a solution, you need to give it a question to answer. In time, the answer will appear.
Step 2: Seek the Answer
This is where meditation comes into play. Meditation is a proactive method of seeking an answer. There are many meditations you can use, including:
There are a few keys to gaining answers during meditation:
- Be clear on your intention for your meditation; write it down
- Be in a comfortable position
- Meditate in a room where you don’t normally sleep
- If anything distracting occurs, let it pass and remain relaxed
- When finished, recollect and record your experience
I can’t recommend meditation enough. It is very relaxing, and one of the best ways to reconnect with your spiritual and energetic self, something many have lost touch with.
Step 3: Be Receptive to the Answer
This is the most important, as this is when you will get your answer.
Sometimes the answer may be immediately obvious, such as when you meditate and the solution is provided. Other times it may be more subtle.
Rather than a single cause bringing you a solution, the combination of your experiences will provide an answer. It will appear, in your mind, organically.
After you ask the question, be receptive to the answer. Otherwise, it might pass right in front of your face and you’d never know it.
Keep On Keeping On
I want to reiterate that you should not stop reading books, going to classes and seminars, buying personal development products, and talking with other people. All of that is critically important, and helps to add to the base of knowledge and experience from which you can pull.
What I am saying is that you have more answers within yourself than you know. First you need to ask the question, then seek the answer, and absolutely be receptive to it.
Look without, but never forget to look within too. You might be surprised at how much you find in there.
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