How to Access That Place Within
Where Wisdom Awaits
We all have a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it,
than any other person can be. ~Jane Austen
This quote from Jane Austen is one I used in Escaping the Chrysalis: Introduction to Gestalt Techniques for Self-Esteem Transformation because it so clearly addresses the truth that we do have our own best answers, once we tune into that inner guidance. To learn to access that place within where wisdom awaits is a super power source.
Along the years, I’ve been asked by clients, “HOW to access” that place within, where all the intuitive wisdom awaits. In a nutshell, the answer is self-awareness. You must learn to trust your inner guidance, and that starts with self-awareness. And second to self-awareness is practice-practice-practice….
In most modern countries, we are not encouraged to daydream or invest time in a meditative state. Yet both Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison did just that. They spent much time in both daydreams and night dreams, and each was served well.
How about you? Do you give yourself permission to daydream or meditate? Do you feel guilty when you take a time out to imagine….
Imagination is about 90% of achievement, so don’t be too quick to judge yourself harshly if you catch yourself daydreaming. I encourage it. In fact, I encourage you to get really good at daydreaming and using your imagination to see your future experience. It’s the other end of the memory spectrum, where we imagineer the future….
Start by being in a place where you can imagine and daydream uninterrupted. Next, take a series of 3 or 4 deep breaths until you settle into a comfortable place. It may be helpful to have some aid to focus on, such as a candle light, but it is not necessary. Personally, I like to place an eye pillow over my eyes to softly block the light as I step deeper and deeper into my imagination.
Once here, I begin to clearly define my future as I see it to be. I add a lot of detail, from the environment, to the scents, to the feeling of the temperature on my skin. If I am in need of an answer to a problem, I allow the picture of a successful outcome to surface. I feel the emotional charge of being in this setting, and I observe how I feel inside, as I am here, in this imagineered future. I stay here for anywhere between 10 to 90 minutes, until I am sufficiently saturated with the imagined life.
I like to really soak in the entire experience, to be able to continue to pull up the vision long after the eye pillow is removed. And since this is a meditative daydream, I am free to make changes at any time, or to completely create another imagined experience. Many solutions to enormous challenges have come from just such a practice.
Here’s something that I find to be extremely rewarding: If just before falling to sleep, I imagineer a scene, complete with scents, sensations, visuals, and placing me in that setting, my subconscious mind runs with it as I fall into sleep. The result is a collection of truly fabulous dreams as I sleep, and some pretty miraculous solutions and manifestations.
Speaking of manifestations, this process of imagining, of connecting with the intuitive wisdom within, seems to have a time bending effect, bringing to fruition the results that would presumably take much longer to bring about. It’s not a guarantee, but is something I’ve observed in my own manifestations. It seems to me, the more time I spend in meditation, in envisioning my life on my terms, the more that life reveals itself. It’s like magic. And maybe that’s the point. WE are magic, if we learn to tune into that place where wisdom awaits, and to perfect our connection, and fully trust our inner wisdom to provide the best answers and guidance.
Try it, and share your results with me in the comments section below.
Learn more about Jane Austen: http://www.janeausten.org/