Are You Misunderstood? Great!
I've been listening to my new best friend Wayne Dyer and his lectures on CD recently and have learned so much in such a short amount of time. Check out his newest book Inspiration and you, too, will be sure to learn some new things!
One of the things he was talking about in the CD version of his newest work was how we, as humans, must see the world differently in the morning of our lives than we do at the afternoon and the evening of our lives. We have very different values and worldviews depending upon our age and our wisdom.
As I began to think more about that, I was reminded of one of the first Emerson quotes I memorized back in college. It seems very appropriate in light of Dyer's comment.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little philosophers and statesmen and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today. "Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood." Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood." - Emerson in Self Reliance
Don't give in to conformity if it goes against everything you know to be true for you. I'm learning this from Wayne Dyer - and even more, learning it from myself as I listen to what I know.
Think about how much more effectively we could lead our organizations - our schools, our churches, our governments, our businesses - if we honored the truth as we all KNOW it.
In another fabulous book, The Other 90% (click on the link on the right side of this blog for more information), Robert K. Cooper reminds us that we have three brains in our bodies - our head brain, our heart brain and our gut brain. The trouble, especially in business, is that we've let our head brain rule despite what the other two might be trying to tell us.
Wayne Dyer says the disparity for us is between our belief systems and our true Knowing. Don Miguel Ruiz calls it "domestication." Whatever it is called, I think if we are really honest with ourselves, we do Know what we Know ... we just work so hard to shut it down.
Take a few minutes today and connect with your inner Knowing. Just for today, when you get in your car, turn off the radio and notice what you notice. What are YOU trying to tell YOU?
What distinction have you noticed for yourself between what you BELIEVE and what you KNOW? I can't wait to read all about it!