The following experiential wisdom-based articles shares how you connect and guidelines in how you live from your inner wisdom in various aspects of your life.
Thinking creates reality. This is why you do not want to use the absolute thought process of wisdom to determine what activities you can do to live wisely.
The deepest part of your being wants you to use the most highly developed part of your humanity. A new logic system, a balanced way of thinking, and an integrative mindset allows you to effectively assess, analyze and make decisions on how you can live wisely in your daily life. The both-and perspective of an integrated mindset allows you to use your intellect (your head) to connect with the core of your being, your inner wisdom. A virtuous feedback system is created when you apply your intellectual abilities to connect with the core of your being which in turn expands your consciousness to a higher level. A balanced, being way of thinking is the thought process of wisdom which helps you have an interconnected way of knowing.
The following 12 steps apply a wisdom-based thought process. They also help you counterbalance two cognitive biases which can cause you to make bad choices. The first is Overconfidence Bias which can cause you to overlook or underestimate negatives. You counterbalance this by always looking at the downsides. The second is Confirmation Bias which is the unconscious tendency to weigh information more heavily to confirm our beliefs. You counterbalance this by always considering different alternatives and options.
Center on the core of your being
Create an alternative by thinking of an exact opposite idea to what first comes to mind
Look at both the upsides and downsides for the two alternatives
Brainstorm a number of options in between the two alternatives
Consider both the positive and negative aspects of your options
Choose your top option
Envision a scenario for your top
Visualize both the upsides and downsides of the
Make your final decision
Create a tactical plan for how you will implement your final decesion
Set a review date to determine if your decision is working or not
An inherent aspect of your being human is to create which is why it is a fundamental need of wisdom. Your inherent uniqueness provides creativity with the individual richness to express itself. For many of us, openness and expressions of joyful creation had been buried under the conditioning of being inauthentic, being taught to always be in control, and to stifle our natural spontaneity and creative expression. Being instilled with the fear of being ridiculed or avoiding at all costs ever being thought of as a “flake” is responsible for many of us losing our connection with our inner creativity.
Creativity is another beneficial effect of being connected with, and living from, your Authentic Self. The good news about creativity is that you do not have to relearn how to be creative since it is a natural part of who you really are. Your inherent uniqueness provides the springboard for creativity. The universe, and everything in it, is synonymous with creation. This is confirmed by Webster’s Dictionary which defines creativity as: “to cause to come into existence, bring into being . . . ” The universe is the context for creation, while your life is the contextual canvas upon which the ultimate mystery of creation unfolds.
The creative evolutionary process is responsible for the big story of creation and for the story of your life. This is based on a recent discovery of science that the creation of the universe is not a onetime event since it is still expanding and evolving in an ongoing process known as cosmogenesis. This very second, the universe is expanding, putting you at the leading edge of creation. A way to help you visualize this fact is for you to imagine your life as a drop of water in a huge moving wave with nothing before it.
Every time that you are creative, you become a participant in the very process of creation. When you are creative, your life becomes a vehicle for helping the evolutionary process of creation to flow in your life. The creative nature of your Authentic Self insures that you will be able to find creative new ideas for how you can live a wisdom–based life.
When you reconnect with, and live from, the core of your being, you allow “unconscious competence” to flow into your life. In professional sports this is referred to as the “zone of optimal functioning” which athletes experience when they are centered somewhere between being “pumped-up” and calming down at any given time. When you are in your zone, you will be calm and confident and your innate abilities will be realized.
Genuine concern and compassion for people in need are a natural inclination of a wise person. The importance of doing activities that give back is based on the fact that we are not isolated and disconnected from each other, since we all have the same essence, belong to the same human species, and exist in the same universe. Giving back activities are practical applications of the Golden Rule: “Do unto others, what you would want them to do unto you.” You will experience joy and satisfaction when you do activities that help others, since they resonate with the core of your being.
Being actively involved in helping others creates balance in your life since these activities provide a sense of personal meaning and happiness. There is a correlation between increasing your sense of well-being and being concerned about the well-being of others. The more you do for others, the more you strengthen your relationship with wisdom. Also, activities that give back reinforce your self- image of significance by making a significant difference in the lives of other people.
The motivation to give back comes from the very nature and goal of self-transcendence which is to contribute something of value to others. This results in the desire to leave a legacy in the lives of other people which allows you to experience concrete meaning in your life. An additional benefit of doing activities that give back is the creation of social connections to a community of like-minded, caring people. This has an enriching, rippling effect which makes the world a better place.
4 Ways to Give Back
Many of us spend much of our time and energy working, which is why having an authenticity-based work environment is so important. Fulfillment is experienced when your work supports the emergence of your Authentic Self. When what you do to make money is in congruence with your core values and who you really are, your work becomes meaningful.
Wisdom provides a deeper perspective to making money by creating the realization that what you earn has a positive reinforcing effect on your sense of self-value. Also, your self-image is enhanced by a personal sense of importance and a manifestation of meaning in your work environment.
When you know that what you are doing is helping to achieve your life’s destiny, work takes on a whole new satisfying dimension. It also provides the context for you to be a model for co- workers of what it is like to be an authentic person.
Wisdom-based work also provides the opportunity for you to apply newly discovered abilities, talents and gifts that were previously hidden.
Wisdom enhances your effectiveness and productivity by freeing up a tremendous amount of new energy that was previously needed to maintain and support a false façade and keep negativity repressed.
Wisdom has us ask ourselves the following questions:
9 Guidelines for Making Money Wisely
Your home is the context which should provide a nurturing environment for your inner wisdom f to flourish in your daily life.The more loving your home environment is, the more wisdom can manifest itself. A home environment provides a safe place for you to connect with, and live from, your wise self. It also becomes a place which gives you the freedom to be totally yourself and seek refuge from the inauthenticity of the world. The more you foster an atmosphere of well-being in your home life, the more the core of your being can express itself. The more loving your relationships are at home, the more you create a conducive environment for extending love beyond the confines of your home. By making your home conducive to living a wisdom-based life, you also create a contented home environment which establishes a peaceful oasis that you can retreat to from the world.
Four Wisdom Guidelines:
Determine what activities you can do with your family members that would enhance their expereincing wisdom counterbalance the inauthenticity that prevails in the current imbalanced
Conditioning by your parents had a major impact on the degree that you are connected or disconnected from the essence of who you really are and its associated inner wisdom. By reconnecting to your original self, you become aware of old toxic assumptions, limiting beliefs and negative images that you were conditioned into which allows you to counterbalance them. It also helps you realize that the critical voices that you hear in your head are not real, but are simply old projections of your parents which you accepted as being true when you were an open, loving and transparent child. You can let go of, and move beyond, the old negative parental influences that have prevented you from being free to be your true self when you decide not to identify with them anymore.
Help your adult children/grandchildren avoid a Quarter-Life Crisis which according to LinkedIn research, 75% of 25-33year olds have experienced. Literature suggests that a key challenge faced by people between 18 and 35 is identity confusion. Helping your children and grandchildren connect to their inner wisdom of who they really are helps them avoid internal conflict and uncertainty which greatly reduces their chances of developing addictive behaviors.
By becoming a role model of wisdom for your family, you are making the world a better place. As you live and act from your inner wisdom, your life becomes a beacon of light in the dark world of illusion and the falsity of inauthenticity. All that is wrong with the world such as war, inequality, injustice intolerance, etc. is generated from negativity that is denied and repressed.
Re-centering your life on the core of your being adds a new dimension of presence to your relationships with members of your family. Genuine communication is also established which builds a solid foundation that transcends misunderstandings or hurt feelings from the past.
When you help family members discover and live from their Authentic Selves, you are presenting them with a gift of genuine happiness and success. You are doing your family members a great service by brainstorming and deciding what you can do to help them discover and connect with who they really are so they will know what they really want to do with the rest of their lives.
5 Guidelines for Living Wisely with Family Members
The models for relationships that exist in our culture are inherently imbalanced and inauthentic, characterized by antagonism, defensiveness, manipulation and the lack of connections.
Wisdom-based people have an ability to make connections with other people. Authenticity adds a new depth to social relations. By creating the ability to let go of emotional baggage and being open and honest in your personal conversations, you will be able to communicate to the core of another person. Often a mutual authenticity relationship is created. If you feel attractive because you are being authentic, other people can sense that and will want to connect to you, since they become authentically engaged with the attractiveness of your True Self.
A genuine style of communication makes it much easier to make new friends and deepen existing relationships by a willingness to share. Studies have also shown that authentic people find it easier to let go of distractions and focus intently on conversations, because they are genuinely interested in what the other person has to say.
5 Ways to Build Wisdom-Based Friendships
Your home is the context which should provide a nurturing environment for your Authentic Self to flourish in your daily life. The more loving your home environment is, the more your Authentic Self can manifest itself.
A home environment provides a safe place for you to connect with, and live from, your Authentic Self. It also becomes a place which gives you the freedom to be totally yourself and seek refuge from the inauthenticity of the world.
The more you foster an atmosphere of well-being in your home life, the more the core of your being can express itself. The more loving your relationships are at home, the more you create a conducive environment for extending love beyond the confines of your home.
By making your home conducive to living from your Authentic Self, you also create a contented home environment which establishes a peaceful oasis that you can retreat to from the world.
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