By Pamela Wells
If what you were taught to believe doesn’t support you being an empowered and active participant in your life, it may be a good time for you to open your mind to a bigger and more expansive way of seeing the world.
The more you empower yourself with self-knowledge, the more you engage in intuitive learning, the more you will increase your connection to the Divine.
Begin by asking if you have transcended your culture’s racial, sexual, economic and religious limitations? Have you ever wished you were more like someone else? Are you completely truthful with yourself at all times? Do you ever look back on your life and wish it had been different but you were afraid to change? Are you using your gifts and talents?
If you were to trace the origins of your own beliefs and values, you would find that your family indoctrinated you with their particular way of perceiving things. This is necessary because children need to be given a safe container in order to make meaningful connections. If you were raised in a loving, safe environment you may have little reason to question your inherited belief’s and values. If you were raised in an unstable family environment, you may spend your lifetime reconstructing a safe and meaningful worldview. In either case, if what you were told doesn’t fit who you are, you can at any moment, expand your perception where everything is possible.
Increasing Self Knowledge Empowers You
You may think you were born knowing who you are but unfortunately self-knowledge is not inherent to your personality or character. Rather, you must choose to have an ongoing dialogue with yourself to clarify and verify what your culture, family and other people have told you. So, the first step to increasing your connection with the Divine is to begin having an honest dialogue with yourself. “To thine own self be true” (Shakespeare) means “do not decieve yourself.”
This is one of the main reason’s connecting with God is so difficult because without complete honesty, it will be difficult to receive transcendent (universal) knowledge. You need enough self-esteem to want to hear and to act on the intuitive knowledge you receive.
The second reason connecting with God is so difficult is any limiting belief that “God is out there somewhere” and can only be contacted by someone with special power. This simply isn’t true. What IS true is you already have the ability to directly dialogue with God if you have the courage to sincerely engage.
If you are an extrovert, self-reflection may be more challenging for you then if you are an introvert. Extroverts and introverts have very different pathways in their brains for processing and responding to information. Extroverts learn about themselves through the “world out there” and introvert’s learn about themselves through the “world in here”. So even if you prefer spending most of your time fully engaged and interacting with others, you can still connect with the Divine if you are willing to make the time to tune-in.
Tuning-In to a More Expansive Well of Knowledge
Very little is taught using right brain, intuitive processes where you tune-in your own inner voice of guidance and turn off your thinking mind. Contemplative practice, creative arts and exercise can help you focus your attention inward and take you “beyond the veil”. The “veil” is everything that obscures what you intuitively know, value and believe. The veil represents any negative teachings that increase your fear and shame and prevent you from learning. As well as any limiting beliefs that you never questioned because you were told, “This is the way things are”. When you go beyond the veil you enter into a more expansive well of knowledge.
How much extra-sensory information you receive through intuitive learning, seeing (clairvoyant), hearing (clairaudient) or feeling (clairessant) is a result of getting beyond your thinking mind’s need to find a logical answer.
Even now, a part of you already knows God is ever changing and never changing, everything and nothing, full and empty and always a mystery. Intuitive knowledge is wisdom that helps you live a more congruent, joy-filled life.
Wisdom Helps You Align Your Outer and Inner Life
So what is wisdom? Wisdom is a special kind of knowledge that is both transcendent and transpersonal. Wisdom is not widely valued or taught nor is it accessible through left-brain, interactive learning. Without wisdom, you will never fully understand yourself or the world.
To get beyond your thinking mind, you need only to alter your perceptions temporarily, sharpen your inward focus and then allow the answers to unfold within you. This refocusing of your awareness will strengthen your unique way of being in the world and help you make sense of it all. It will also bring about practical solutions and “a-ha” moments to everyday problems.
Whenever you are ready, universal wisdom is inside of you and not somewhere out there. The more you empower yourself with self-knowledge, the more you engage in intuitive learning, the more you will increase your connection to the Divine.
Here are some steps to help you increase your wisdom:
1. Make time to get to know yourself without the good opinions of other people. Start something you always wanted to do. Read two self-help books.
2. Meditate, pray, walk and be with nature (including domestic pets), exercise, dance, sing, act, create art and music.
3. Say this affirmation: “Give me discernment and wisdom so that I may understand myself better and increase my connection with God.”
4. Try inward thinking exercises like this: Watch an apple (or any other seeding plant) fall, and then wait to see it eventually sprout. By narrowing your focus on this one cycle for a few minutes each day, you align your consciousness with the life, death and rebirth process–one of the most complex mysteries of the universe. Further meditate upon the meaning of this process.
A Final Exercise For Increasing Your Connection With the Divine
You have direct access to divine at all times, so you can always ask, “What do I need to know about______(fill in the blank)? And then open your inner seeing, hearing and feeling to receive the answer. You may not always like the answer but know that living in a place that is aligned with your highest truth, will bring more clarity, meaning and joy to your every day life.
I want to beg you, as much as I can,
to be patient toward all that is unresolved
in your heart and to try to love the questions
themselves like locked rooms and like books
that are written in a very foreign tongue.
Do not seek the answers, which cannot
be given you because you would not be able
to live them.
And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps you will then gradually,
without noticing it, live along
some distant day into the answer.
–Rainer Maria Rilke