We don't receive wisdom;
we must discover it for ourselves
after a journey that no one
can take for us
or spare us.
- Marcel Proust
Our culture abounds with experts: in the arena of the inner world, there are spiritual and psychological teachers, self-help books, TED talks, webinars and workshops. They often suggest that you can have the life you desire if you follow their wisdom and advice. There is certainly an allure to the hint or implication of a magic wand that will solve your problems!
In fact, there is valuable guidance and information to be gleaned from all of the above resources. Yet the journey is still uniquely yours. Just as you have a fingerprint that is not duplicated, so the journey to wisdom and to fully inhabiting your own life is also unique. Certainly there are templates and models of growth and change that are universal. Yet, the unique combination of nature and nurture that makes you YOU, also means that your path to self-discovery and wisdom also has its own healing symbols, twists and turns, your own demons to face, as well as making peace with yourself, your life and others in a way that resonates with who you are.
Psychotherapy ( and therapists), in the best of circumstances, will NOT tell you what to do! Therapy will provide you with a safe place to be curious and honest about your life, your inner world and your path. The therapist can help you learn more about yourself, your patterns, your hopes and desires as well as the obstacles that stand in your way. But the transformative process and path to wisdom is uniquely yours!
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2/11/2019 04:44:24 am
From my slant, inner wisdom is a gut feeling. It is a hunch, an instinct, an inner knowing. I don't think it is a magic switch that a person can turn on when he necessitates counsel. Well, your inner wisdom is nothing but your intuitive mind that tells your logical mind where to look next. As all of us are born with intuition, so we all have an inner wisdom. A few people can tap into the intuition more easily than others. But I would like to tell that the more an individual practices it, the better he will be.
2/12/2019 02:09:52 pm
absolutely Buck! The more you pay attention to your intuition, and learn to differentiate it from fear speaking to you, the "wiser" you become! Thank you for your comment.
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Peggy Handler, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Francisco's Noe Valley