We’ve grown up in a culture of conditioning. What this entails is that we’re often taught what to think, rather than how to think. And when it comes to the most important issues in life, we’ve become dependent upon others to provide the answers. Whether through religious institutions, educational systems, or basic parenting, we’re often taught to blindly accept ideas upon authority, without the need to truly understanding or even verify the information. We are often discouraged from probing too deeply, either because our questioning is considered taboo or because our teachers simply don’t have the answers. And often they don’t fully understand what they’re teaching us because they’ve learned in much the same way. They’ve simply accepted these ideas, without question, upon the authority of others, and are simply passing it along to us.
But when we talk of insight, what we’re talking about is a deep intuitive understanding which comes not from any external source, but from within. As long as we’re dependent upon others for answers to life’s greatest questions, we won’t truly know the answers. We’ll simply have adopted someone else’s. And how can we ever be certain if what they’ve taught us is accurate?
If we truly want to understand something deeply, we need to examine it for ourselves. We need to trust own observation, our own intuition, our own experience, in order have any real clarity. And this is not merely about intellectual pursuits, but about finding practical solutions to life’s challenges. By understanding ourselves deeply, we can then understand all of the various mechanisms of the mind. We can understand our behavior and emotions, and thereby resolve whatever issues hold us back from living more fully, and more authentically.
Others will often tell us how to live, but without direct personal understanding, we can only imitate, and there is no authenticity in this. We can learn to control our behavior, but that doesn’t resolve the underlying issues that drive the behavior. And it doesn’t resolve whatever suffering or dissatisfaction we may feel in regard to life.
In addition, the more we come to understand ourselves and all of the various mental and emotional mechanisms, the more we understand others. And the more we understand others, the better we can relate. When we understand what drives others to behave in certain ways, we can learn to be more patient, compassionate, empathetic and forgiving, rather than reactive. And this can contribute to a more harmonious way of life for everyone.
When we rely upon others to tell us what to think, what to believe, how to live and so on, we assume that we don’t have the wisdom to know these things for ourselves. We assume that others know better. But the truth is that we all have access to that deeper inner wisdom. We just don’t listen to it. We’ve somehow blocked it out. And perhaps we’ve blocked it by covering it over with the beliefs we’ve accumulated from others over time.
What I am trying to offer here is encouragement; the encouragement to awaken that insight within you. But this isn’t something I can do for you, nor can anyone else. You have to stop being dependent upon everyone else to think on your behalf. You have to stop accepting what others tell you as if it were truth, just because they hold some lofty position, or because it’s tradition or widely-accepted, or whatever the reason may be. And I’m not suggesting that you reject anything either. But think for yourself. Question everything, not in order to negate, but to truly understand.
Learn to discover the answers for yourself, within yourself. Give yourself more credit. If someone else is capable of knowing the answers, why not you? Why should you be any less capable? You have the capacity to reason. You have the capacity to inquire. And whatever inner wisdom is available to others is available to anyone who’s willing to go within and listen. But perhaps you’ve been searching too much outside of yourself for the answers. And so I invite you to awaken insight and inquire within.
Hi. My name is Nada and I’d like to welcome you to Awaken Insight.
Here you will find articles on Spirituality & Conscious Living, Personal Growth, Love & Relationships and other related topics.
I’d like to begin by making it clear that I’m not an expert in these topics. I have no formal training. I belong to no tradition. I have no degrees, certifications or any other academic qualifications.
I’m simply a student of life, continually learning and growing. But I feel compelled to share what I’ve learned along the way.
What I offer are simply my personal observations and insights. And I understand that they may have their limitations, as well as flaws and imperfections. I offer them not in order to provide you with answers, but to encourage you to awaken insight in order to find the answers within yourself. So please don’t simply accept anything I say. Examine it. Question it. Put it to the test.
I offer these insights in the hope of inspiring others, to encourage critical thinking and self-examination, leading to self-reflection and a deeper understanding of one’s self in relation to others and to the world at large.
While some of what I offer may at times sound like advice, the only real advice I give you is that you use your own reason, logic, observation and experience to determine what is useful and practical in your own life.
I echo the words of the Buddha who advised his listeners, “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in traditions simply because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything merely upon the authority of your teachers and elders.” And, the Buddha added, “Don’t even believe what I am telling you, simply upon my own authority. But after mindful observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
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