The Benefits of Saying ‘I Don’t Know’

We are so used to operating from the ego rather than the heart or soul or wisdom that saying the words ‘I don’t know’ to ourselves can seem disconcerting or disorientating.

We have tricked ourselves into believing that we must have answers immediately and that we must find solutions straight away to be safe in life.

This gets us into some difficult thinking because any time we feel pressured into something, we lose sight of our ability to think clearly and we look for answers in a limited state of mind.

Saying I don’t know when we have an issue that needs our attention releases us from the confines of the ego and our current thinking and allows us to surrender to something greater than our identity. It lets us give up the desire to think about every thought that appears in our minds and instead become more meditative.

As we know, meditation helps us to fall out of the ego and into clarity, wisdom or truth. When we understand and recognise that we don’t always know the answer from ego, we stop looking towards thinking that is defined by identity and open up to guidance that comes from wellbeing.

As a rule we have been taught that saying I don’t know makes us vulnerable to attack or judgement. We have come to believe that unless we have solutions for everything that comes along to challenge us, we are unprepared, failing, unworthy or bad at life.

But no one is an expert at life. Yes, we experience insight and enlightenment and growth but that never ends as we come across new opportunities for learning and evolution every day. When we ‘know’ everything or claim to, no matter what the impetus, we say stuck in old patterns of behaviour and living that prevent us from learning more and evolving past what we are certain is true about life.

When we operate consistently from the ego, from the identity created in response to the need to feel safe, we lose our ability to surrender to the spiritual and the healthy psychological states that result from our doing so. Saying I don’t know lets us move past what we ‘know’ in order to explore a far more intelligent and capable wisdom that lies before, beneath and beyond identity.

This isn’t to demonise the ego but rather to encourage us to look beyond it; to look past the known to what greater intelligence and knowledge is available to us.

We do have access to guidance and answers and intelligence. We have within us insight and clarity and mental health. We can address situations with solutions and helpful action. And sometimes getting there requires us to say I don’t know from the ego so that we fall out of it and it’s tired thinking into the space where truth resides and a loving intelligent energy is ready to guide us.