“Knowledge is power,” said Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. But, what is knowledge and what type of power does it wield in your life? Have you consciously thought about the things you “know” and where that knowledge comes from? There are things we are told, taught and read about that we adopt as fact. At times we observe certain cause and effect results from which we base conclusions. Then there is information that isn’t based on scientific proof or logical reason—we just feel it to be true. Einstein said, “The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery,” and knowledge and solutions come from “a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will…you don’t know how or why?” Yet, when we don’t take the time to acknowledge our intuitive feelings and we haven’t been encouraged to value such intangible perceptions, we tend to dismiss their merit and risk suppressing a priceless resource and sacrificing our power.
Plato defined knowledge as a “justified true belief.” Do you believe that your inherent wisdom is justification enough to warrant expression and action? This doesn’t mean that you should go around making bold declarations based solely on your subjective opinion without considering the impact—because with power comes responsibility. It is up to you to develop and use the power of your inner-wisdom.
First, believe that your capacity for knowing is much deeper than your cognitive brain (and if you don’t believe…pretend, just in case you are wrong.)
Second, think of a time or times when you listened to your intuition and when you didn’t. What were the results?
Third, take a few moments to contemplate a situation or relationship in your life, and invite your unconscious to weigh in on what is happening, what it means to you and what could happen next. What new attitudes or information appear?
- Keep track of your feelings. Be remaining conscious of your mood, responses and attitudes.
- Name your feelings. By identifying or even personifying your emotions, they evolve from something that controls you, to sources of information that you can use.
- Own your feelings. If you have an idea or a an instinct to take action, take responsibility for whether you act on it or not.
- Want your feelings. Even if you aren’t pleased with what you are feeling, greet such feelings as opportunities not obstacles. Consider that possibility that sadness, depression and fear are contributing to your knowledge about yourself and the situation you are in.