Let Your Wisdom Come Through

I’ve noticed that when I’m getting close to some kind of major insight — some piece of wisdom about myself or my life that I very much need in order to move forward — I usually become resistant to receiving it. That is, I have a hard time allowing myself to be in “receptive” mode, where I can access the insight, and I crank up my activities.

My latest way of distracting myself is by playing Galaga. If you were also a kid in the ’80s, you might remember this was an Atari arcade game that came out around 1981. I’ve been playing it on my TV, for old timesake, remembering how much fun it was to shoot rows of insect-like creatures who rain fire on me.

It’s fine, and joyful, to play Galaga when I’m not using it to distract myself from something else. But lately I’ve noticed I’ve been intending to write in my journal around 9 p.m. or so, when I suddenly think to myself, I’ll just play Galaga for a few minutes and then I’ll write.

Only I end up playing Galaga for two hours, and then I’m very sleepy and the journaling doesn’t get done.

And the reason my journal has been calling to me — in that subtle, quiet voice it has — is because it’s time for some wisdom to come through. And the way that often happens for me is through journaling.

But I’m not letting it come through. I’m distracting myself, and not just with Galaga. And I’ve been feeling distanced from myself, agitated, even kinda hostile and angry with myself.

If history is any indicator, there’s a very good chance that when I actually sit down with my journal for a good amount of time and let whatever wants to come up come up, come out, move through me, I will feel a hell of a lot better. What I’ve learned is that the bigger the insight that’s ready to come up, the more I avoid being open to receiving it.

Why? Because it isn’t necessarily easy to sit still, to write, to be, and get in touch with whatever it is. There’s usually some scary stuff hanging around the insight, protecting it, and I need to chip away at that — or, even better, be very gentle with the scary stuff and let it know it’s okay to unclench itself from my newborn insight and deliver the insight into my arms.

Eventually, I know I will step away from the Galaga game and be with whatever it is that wants me to know it. And I also know, if history is any indicator, that it is better if I can do this sooner rather than later. Though I am aware, too, with deep certainty, that the wisdom that wants to come through always arrives at the perfect moment: when I am ready for it.

Do you find yourself avoiding opening up to your insights, getting quiet enough to hear them? What allows you to listen? I’d love to hear how this process works for you.

4 thoughts on “Let Your Wisdom Come Through

  1. Love what you point to about wisdom arriving at the perfect moment – when you’re ready for it.

    Being on vacation is a great way to make myself ready to receive wisdom, I find 🙂


  2. Jill,
    I appreciate your honesty and forthrightness in sharing how you have put off journaling to delay the wisdom that comes to the surface. Timing is everything, and when we gives ourselves time to ready ourselves for that wisdom, things fall into place more readily.

    I have chosen your post, Let Your Wisdom Come Through, for the #JournalChat Pick of the Day for all things journaling on Twitter. I will post a link on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, my website and blog, Refresh with Dawn Herring, and in Refresh Journal which you can sign up for here: http://www.refreshwithdawnherring.blogspot.com/.

    You’re also welcome to join us for #JournalChat Live on Twitter on Thursdays at 4 CST/2 PST. This week our topic is on using our journals to discover/uncover our talents.

    Thanks again for sharing such a personal inside view of your experience with letting the wisdom come through journaling.

    Be refreshed,
    Dawn Herring
    JournalWriter Freelance
    Host of #JournalChat Live and Links Edition


    • Thank you so much, Dawn, I’m glad my post resonated for you and I really appreciate you making it your Pick of the Day! Journaling is such a worthwhile endeavor and it’s terrific that you are giving it its due! Very cool. Thanks again and I will definitely be checking out your site and JournalChat. 🙂


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