: Listening Past Reason into Knowing
Our minds keep us constantly busy with ideas, actions, thoughts, judgments etc. Sometimes knowing what to do is obscured by the thinking and the reasoning why. If we can connect to the part of us that knows, the steps to take next are quite clear.
Connecting to that knowing part involves clearing out the inner and outside clutter so we have a reasonable chance of success.
I teach people to stop tracking information with their heads so that the real information they need to pay attention to is revealed. If the chatter in the mind (and the trying to hold on to and remember things) is the method of operation, then our creativity and inspiration has less opportunity to soar.
People think tracking and reviewing actions is about organization. Really it's about freedom - freedom to create, freedom to hear clearly what your next step is and freedom to listen to what is actually being said.
Most of us listen through our filters and the crowded RAM in our brain and hear only a small percentage of what is truly available to us. Our attention as a result is not often fully here in the moment.
Recently I have noticed myself moving more and more into the present, without memory or thought about what took place even yesterday. It was disconcerting at first until I started relaxing in the joy and freedom that I began to experience. I see it as a letting go of control, a loosening of the tight reigns that hold us to what we think we know instead of listening to what we truly know.
We all can see and hear more clearly what to do if we are willing to let go of what has been draining our attention. Things like:
Fear, anxiety, or upset about things we cannot control
Actions undone and not written down
Withheld truths or secrets from family, co-workers or friends
The mental `trying to figure things out' approach vs. taking some time to listen and observe
Next actions on our lists we never intended to do but keep pretending we will
File drawers, closets, drawers, credenzas, book cases filled with no longer relevant stuff begging to be donated or tossed
Minds filled with unrealized dreams that have not yet made it out of our heads onto paper or declared complete
All of the above are ways we keep ourselves distracted from what is truly going on.
We all know what we personally need to do to bring ourselves current to this moment. If we are willing to take the action and clear the space, we can then move past reason into knowing.
Imagine what is possible when we begin listening past our distractions and reasons and act with the clarity of our real vision.
1.Let go of everything you no longer need in your brain by writing it down and complete only what needs completing. Declare the rest finished.
2.Start paying attention to what is underneath all your reasons...the why or the why not.
3.Let your mind rest by spending some time listening inside without an agenda. Just listen and observe without interpretation or interruption.