Whether you’re consciously aware of it or not, you’re always connected to the intelligence that flows through everything.The same unknowable intelligence that makes the sun shine and enables plants to turn carbon dioxide into oxygen and sends monarch butterflies south in winter also flows through you. This intelligence, which we can call nature or the universe or the Force, is available to anyone, anywhere, in any given moment.
As humans, with big, problem-solving brains, we like to plan. We like to know what’s going to happen and plan accordingly. We like to feel as though we are in control. And very often when we are in the unknown, we are uncomfortable.
Wisdom lives in the present
The irony is that it is in the unknown where we are often met with wisdom.
When we know (or think we know) what’s going to happen, we have no need to rely on the wisdom that we have access to in every moment. But when the unexpected happens, that’s when we can reach for, and always rely on, wisdom to guide us.
I had a good example of this recently when my computer’s motherboard crapped out. When I received the diagnosis, I called the computer company to talk to them about whether they would cover the cost to replace this vital piece of computer hardware. The reason I was intent on them paying for the replacement was that I had paid to replace the motherboard just 10 months earlier. It didn’t seem right to me that I should have to do it again so soon.
The answer from the computer company was no. The previous motherboard had a 90-day warranty. “We’re very sorry, Ms. Amor,” came the answer, “there’s nothing we can do.” There were legal issues involved, they explained; one customer can’t be treated differently than another, hence the need for strict policies about repair and replacement.
I understood, but in this case the answer didn’t seem right to me. Or fair. But I didn’t know what to do about the answer I’d received. The rep I’d spoken to was very helpful and dug into the company policies, going above and beyond what he was probably required by his job. But still the answer was no.
Set it down
So I left the issue alone. I was upset and just let myself feel that, knowing it would pass. The next morning I woke feeling calmer, but no less clear about what to do.
I started my day and did what I’ve learned to do since discovering the three principles. I think it was in Michael Neil’s book SuperCoach where he says, “When you don’t know what to do, do nothing.”
That’s what I did.
I went along with my day, not really thinking about the computer issue, even though it was a big deal in the life of this online entrepreneur. Without my computer, I’m not able to work. I knew that if I left the issue alone, and didn’t stir it up with lots of thinking, that an answer about what to do would come to me.
The intelligence that flows through everything would inform me about what I should do.
And it did.
Just about lunchtime, on the day after I’d received the computer diagnosis, I got an inclination to send an email to the rep I’d spoken to the day before. So I did that, outlining the reasons I didn’t accept that paying to replace a motherboard after 10 months was fair or right. I was calm and polite in my email, but also firm.
As I pressed send, I also knew something else. If this idea didn’t work, then something else would occur to me. Wisdom would arise and suggest what I could do at the next step. And the next.
Happily, for this story, my email did convince the computer company to take another look at my case and decide they would be able to pay for the motherboard. Problem solved.
Trusting in wisdom
Before I learned about the three principles, this type of situation would have had me feeling extremely stressed, vulnerable, and panicky. And all those churned up thoughts and feelings would have likely led me to make some bad decisions during such a computer failure: things like perhaps getting impatient or even rude with the rep who was trying to help me, or lashing out at those close to me, simply because I didn’t know what to do and I was worried about that.
Thankfully I have learned that wisdom is always, always available to us. We are made of the same atoms and energy that everything is made of. I was blind to this until it was pointed out to me. Now that I know it, it seems so obvious, and I can’t believe I didn’t see it myself ages ago.
Your access to wisdom
When you have a problem or a worry, what’s your usual response to that? Does it involve overthinking or fearful thinking? My responses to problems sure did!
I invite you to wait for wisdom the next time you have a problem to solve. It doesn’t have to be a big problem; anything you’re uncertain about works. Especially if you feel stuck or if the solutions you’ve tried for this problem in the past haven’t worked. Try setting the problem down and waiting.
Wisdom and insight are infinitely creative. I bet you’ll be surprised by the answers that arise. And if the first thing doesn’t work, wait and try the next idea that comes along.Do you have an example where you’ve remembered to access wisdom to solve a problem? Please leave your thoughts below and join the conversation.