Words of Wisdom

Jan 26th, 2013 | By | Category: News & Articles

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The Wise Old Owl

I’m sure we all know the saying “a wise old owl”. This nocturnal bird has long been associated with wisdom – from ancient times in Greek mythology it was linked with Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, to modern times in the Harry Potter series, the students at Hogwarts had owls as their sage companions.

The owl’s ability to see and hunt at night has given them their reputation for being wise and otherworldly.

What is Wisdom?

When researching the meaning of wisdom, I found it had the following qualities:

  •    intelligence and knowledge·
  •    an ability to learn from experience
  •    an understanding of human nature
  •    emotional resiliency
  •    humility
  •    openness
  •    superior judgement and problem-solving skills

Wisdom Through The Ages

Wisdom has always been a quality that has been respected.  Wise people in every culture have been revered and sought out for advice.

Confucius said:
“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. “

Socrates and Plato believed that philosophy was the love of wisdom.

Socrates is famously quoted as saying:
“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realise how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”

He also said,
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

I believe this is so true; the most unwise people I have met in my life are the ones who think they know everything.  There is always more to learn and I don’t think we should ever stop learning.

Do We Get Wiser With Age?

Psychologists have done studies that show that wisdom does not depend on age; disputing the popular belief that we get wiser as we get older.

Hopefully wisdom does come from life experience. We can learn from our mistakes and do things differently than we have before.  But it is not necessarily always the case.  Sometimes we keep doing the same things and getting the same results (Einstein’s definition of insanity).

I’m sure we all know some children who are very wise and some elderly people who are very unwise The expression‘out of the mouths of babes’ is so true, as is ‘there’s no fool like an old fool’.

I believe that true wisdom comes from an ability to reflect on your own behaviour and to see how it has impacted your life and the lives of others, and the world.

Are You In Touch With Your Inner Wisdom?

in our modern world we have been taught to look outside of ourselves for all the answers, thus giving our power away to someone or something else.  We are conditioned to be victims.  But we can take our own power back by listening to our own wisdom.

We have so much wisdom inside of us.  This can be empowering and perhaps also a little bit daunting when we realise that we have all the answers within us.  It requires some adjustments in our thinking and behaviour.  But it is exciting to think we can have more control over our own lives.

The Wisdom Of the Body

If we pay attention to our bodies they will tell us what we need physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Whether you call it your gut feeling or your intuition you just need to pay attention and follow it’s guidance.

If we have a physical pain or discomfort in our body it is telling us something is wrong and needs attention.

Likewise, if we are not happy our emotions are telling us that we need to do something to change our situation.

Abraham-Hicks tells us that there are no good or bad emotions, there are just signals that we are off track to give us an opportunity to do something to bring us back to a state of balance.

Listening to Your Body

A practice that kinesiologists use when you need to make a decision about something is to ask yourself a question and see if your body expands or contracts to find the right answer for you.

For example: “Should I take this job?”  Does your body feel light and expanded?  Then the answer is yes.

Or does your body feel heavy and contracted?  Then the answer is no.

If you pay attention then you will always find the right answer inside of you and you won’t have to always ask other people for their advice, because you already know what is right for you – no-one else can tell you what is best for you and your life.

Tuning into Your Inner Wisdom

Meditation is a wonderful practice to tune into the inner wisdom of your body.  It allows you to have the quiet time and space to witness your thoughts, the feelings in your body, and your emotions.  If you listen to your own inner world you will know what to do – you can’t go wrong.

Aristotle said: “Be still and know.”

If you compare the quiet, peaceful knowing of your higher self to the noisy, compelling pull of your ego, you can feel the difference in your body and mind.

I read something from Wayne Dyer the other day. He said that your life is the result of the choices you have made and nothing more, which means that you and only you are responsible for the life you are living.  It requires that you own everything in your life – the results you want and those that you don’t.

I read a quote by Rumi.
“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

It is actually a relief to discover that we can’t change anyone else – only ourselves.

When I realised this it was liberating because I gave up trying to get other people to behave the way I wanted and started to focus on my own behaviour.

And the amazing thing is that when you start to change, it is inevitable that the people around you start to change as well.

Would You Like to Tap Into Your Wisdom?

If you are ready to make some different choices and some changes in your life, tapping is a great tool to begin to make those changes and to take back your power.  It helps us to tune into our inner knowing and to begin to listen to our body and our intuition.

We can then begin to release what we don’t want in our lives anymore and to change our beliefs that have held us back and stopped us from living the lives we want.

If you would like to tap into your inner wisdom please get in touch, I would love to hear from you.

 

Book for a session with Kate at the Crows Nest clinic, phone or Skype.

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