In this day and age we have so much information at our finger tips. Anything we want to know is available on the internet whenever we choose to access it. Sometimes the quality of the information or the reliability of a source can be a problem, but basically it’s all there.
Everyone knows everything or can know everything if they choose. I love these times! I’ve always been a sponge for knowledge, for details and for answering my own questions as they arise. I remember the day I joined the library when I was a little girl and how exciting it was to go to the travelling library which visited our town every week to choose a few books. Even as young as 10 years old I loved biographies and autobiographies – I guess I’ve just always wanted to know about people. When television started to show more and more documentaries I was in my element. I’m mad about history and archaeology – I wanted to be an archaeologist but I ended up as a homeopath which in many ways is pretty similar!
It’s great that people can take responsibility for their lives, find out about health, look at different diets and have health news at their fingertips, but the thing I’ve noticed creeping in alongside this mass of knowledge is fear! Fear and anxiety! A kind of OCD energy that doesn’t allow us to trust anyone, which causes us to question the information we are given and to live in a state of hypervigilance.
Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with questions. I always have lots. But sometimes it feels like people can’t trust any of the information they receive. They don’t know which way to turn and they seem frozen in indecision which is an unhealthy and unproductive way to live your life.
I’m not sure if this is because we are subjected to so much news so often or whether it’s because there are so many disturbing stories on the internet and on facebook. Perhaps its that we are so overloaded with information we actually can’t sift through it to find what is of value; we can’t assimilate it all so it hovers as a mass of energy that is troubling and sometimes negative. We don’t actually know what to do with it.
It’s all very well having this mass of information available to us but we need to know what to do with it. We need to work out how to turn it off if we want to, how to use it productively, how to access it without it causing us fear and anxiety.
I often say to Dean that I would love to disconnect from the internet, not have a computer at all and spend my life in the garden, but that’s not a reality for me because I do love information and technology. I love that feeling of being connected to so many people when I want to be and being able to answer any question I can ever ask immediately. I’ve never yet googled something and got nothing!
But we do need to be able to step back – or maybe step forwards – and step into wisdom.
We can’t just “know” stuff. We need to “know” what to do with what we know. We need to sift through it and let go of what is incorrect, lacks real value or doesn’t serve any purpose to us.
There are many definitions of wisdom on the internet. Here are just a few –
• Urban Dictionary: Wisdom is knowing what you know as well as what you don’t know. Wisdom is not simply knowing what to do, but doing it.
• Wikipedia: Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight.
• www.thefreedictionary.com: Common sense; good judgment: “It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things”.
My definition which relates to living in the technological 21st Century would be this:
To know when you’ve researched enough to have the answer; to know when the answer is within you because of the amount of information you have but also because of your innate common sense and life experience; to trust that the answer is right and to not get upset when you weren’t as wise as you thought.
We used to say wisdom came with age and certainly menopause has always been seen as a rite of passage for a woman, a stepping into wisdom – a time to become the wise woman. Possibly menopause coincided with the children being grown up and having left home and a woman having time to think clearly. It was also likely to have been a time when a woman passed on her knowledge and life experience to her own children – a sharing of wisdom. And while there is such a thing as “male menopause”, we don’t have to wait for menopause to access our wisdom.
So what of “common sense”? There is again a wealth of definitions on the internet as well! My favourite is this:
Common sense is a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things, which is shared by (“common to”) nearly all people, and can be reasonably expected of nearly all people without any need for debate.
All of the definitions imply that this basic ability is within us all and one of the definitions actually says you need to be “level headed”.
These days our lives seem to be speeding up and wisdom can come to us early. If you want to look at life from a spiritual perspective, some of the young people I meet seem to be so wise already and I imagine they have reincarnated with the wisdom of many lives. On the other hand it may be that they have been born into a world that they are well suited to, understand and can cope with. They are not as affected by the energy of our times and therefore are more able to be “level headed”, size up a situation and make a sound and prudent judgement based on their common sense.
So undoubtedly what we do need in order to step into wisdom is the space to do it. We need to be able to cut ourselves off from the information overload, at times from technology and most of all from the noise and hustle/bustle of our world . . . to just sit in a quiet space. How can we possibly connect with our wisdom when we are overstimulated and hypervigilant for so many of our waking hours.
Meditation and mindfulness have certainly become very popular in recent times and this is where many of us can find that space to access our wisdom and find ourselves. Meditation works for many people and brings great peace, insight and wisdom.
I’m not a meditator in the traditional sense! I tried for many years and I’d make excuses for why I couldn’t sit quietly for more than five seconds, but in my wisdom I realised that we can all meditate in a way that suits us. My meditation space is my garden. If I’m stressed or I’ve had a very busy week in the clinic I go out and weed or dig or plant something and I come back in centred, refreshed and often with amazing insight into something I’ve been struggling with.
I know some people love to cook, listen to music or take a walk. I do think this space needs to be a space that is not shared. We need to learn to be alone with ourselves and to feel comfortable with ourselves. Constant noise, technology and socialising can be a distraction and an avoidance technique for not looking at what needs to be looked at.
We all need to find our own space.
We all need our own space for clarity of mind.
If we are a parent we need our own space even more and making time for ourselves is vital to being effective in our role. All too often these days we say “we don’t have time”, but some things need to have a space in our lives or we find ourselves stagnating, confused and living in fear and anxiety.
Make some time to find your space, to find yourself and step boldly into your wisdom today.
Melanie Creedy is a UK trained and Australian Registered Homeopath (AROH). She is currently Vice President and Professional Development Coordinator of the Australian Homoeopathic Association. Melanie has used homeopathy for 30 years and has been in practice since 1998. For many years she ran The Children’s Ear Clinic in Western Australian, but since her tree change to Tasmania, has a special interest in women’s and children’s health generally and helping individuals manage their journey on the spiritual path with homeopathy and her range of essences.
Melanie has developed her own methods of dealing with complex cases over the years and offers distance consultations via phone and skype to allow people Australia-wide to access her services.
Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies. The information provided in this blog does not constitute medical advice but is for information only. If in doubt as to the appropriateness of a suggestion or treatment seek advice from your homeopath.