When it comes to discerning the difference between the endless chatter of the mind and the gentle whispering of wisdom, we might become concerned with how we can know the difference.
Wisdom, or intuition, is more of a calm knowing; no feeling. An impersonal universal knowledge available to us all that guides us when we allow our minds to get quiet enough to hear it.
Our thoughts about received wisdom create our feelings about it. We may know via wisdom a right decision but have a lot of conflicted thinking about it that causes us question it because it doesn’t fit with our plans or our vision of the future. Alternately we may have so much thinking about a decision that we can’t hear wisdom because the feeling of our thinking is so overwhelming that we are caught in a loop of thought and emotion that sees us running in circles, seemingly without the ability to stop and hear what wisdom has to say.
Wisdom, insight and truth are quiet certainty; knowledge we have before, beneath and beyond our thinking. A feeling of rightness and surety that is really no feeling at all. We can create feelings about this knowledge and do whatever we want with it; we all have experience of having innately known the right choice or course of action and overridden wisdom with mind.
Thoughts carry no feelings without our thoughts about them. This is how wisdom or intuition work, too. Memories, for instance, only create emotions when we start to think about them. This is why we can recall something one week and feel pretty OK about it but the next week get brought to our knees by the same recollection. Then of course we get so agitated about the potential for reliving the unhappy feelings that we associate with the memory that when the neutral thought of it turns up again we start wrestling with it and struggling with it because we haven’t realised it is neutral and have brought about uncomfortable feelings by thinking it is otherwise, only briefly pausing to wonder why the week before the same memory hadn’t really bothered us.
We are the creators of our experience. Our brains even determine the information that our eyes receive based on the set of thoughts and beliefs we most commonly hold about the world. Whether it is wisdom or memory or future expectations, initial thoughts of these are neutral until we have thoughts about them.
Because our thoughts are so often noisy and fast paced, we drown out the quiet murmurings of wisdom or are so busy listening to the mind that we feel conflicted when we do touch base with our intuition. This is why people turn to meditation and yoga and mindfulness, to get in touch with the knowledge within.
We all have access to wisdom. We all have innate knowledge that is wellbeing in action. We can never be disconnected from wisdom or without wisdom or damage wisdom. What we can do is have all types of thoughts and feelings about it but any time we choose to let go of the belief in our thinking and instead drop into a space of knowing, we fall into wisdom and the neutral, safe, healthy guidance it is offering us at all times.