For many years I was an almost obsessive consumer and user of self-help, psychology and business success material.
I was always looking for ideas. Ideas that could help me become a better person, get better results and live a good life.
What I was learning was helpful (kind of).
But why did I feel the need to keep devouring more and more of it? What was I really looking for?
After coming across the 3 Principles understanding it dawned on me that what I was doing was putting my time, money and energy into other people’s wisdom.
And I hadn’t realised how much all this consumption was stifling the flow of my own innate wisdom. Somewhere along the way, I’d forgotten to trust my own inner voice.
The 3 Principles points to the fact that we all have an infinite capacity for ideas, insights and new thinking. We all have access to a well that will never run dry.
We’re only ever stuck if we think we are.
When we over-think, get tense or anxious we can easily forget to look inside, not outside. We forget or don’t trust that the thinking we need will come to us.
The thing about other people’s wisdom is that it is what was right for them, in their life, at that particular time.
Why would it be right for us? How could it be?
A client recently shared with me a story about a close family member whose life seems to be a constant struggle, often lurching from one crisis to the next.
He said he could see exactly what their problem was and had often given them well-meaning advice.
I asked how long he’d been doing this and how many times his advice had been taken?
He said 17 years and never! We chuckled about that one.
Think of a challenge or area of your life that seems difficult. Something on which you’d like to get a new perspective, a better feeling or the perfect solution.
It seems so simple, but as soon as we see what we are experiencing is thought rather than circumstances then our mind will naturally clear.
We are then so much better placed to get the thinking that we need and allowing life to come to us rather than trying to chase it down.