A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.”~Oliver Wendall Holmes

I’ve always loved searching for insight particularly in the area of psychology and philosophy…and this interest began during my first year of college when it became clear to me that I had not only psychological problems but also had no meaningful philosophy of life…and so this journey began in my freshman year of college when I read the complete works of Sigmund Freud thinking a man of his brilliance would give me the understanding I wanted so much.

Over the years I studied many different schools of thought because I assumed by accumulating information it would bring me the knowledge I was seeking. When I was in my mid twenties, I would take the summers off and become a beachcomber on the some of the beautiful beaches of Southern California.

On one of my strolls along the water edge,while in a state of deep despair about what I had learned,I hopelessly let go of all my seeking and then instantly like a bolt of lighting I became aware through insight what I now look back as the most significant experience of my life…essentially,I discovered the potential awareness of a deeper subconscious intelligence and it became a primary interest as well as determining my life style and value system.

I became fascinated with the experience of insight which is a way of knowing and occurs beyond our control and coming from the deeper levels of our subconscious mind…I fell in love with this process and in my own mind tried to define it.

People have often referred to insight as an experience of “eureka” or “aha!”…some of the characteristics of this process is the determination to find a solution to a problem and the willingness to give all of one’s energy to find its understanding…after much frustration and disappointment the search ends and suddenly an answer may suddenly in a flash of inspiration, appear out of thin air,seemingly coming from nowhere.

Currently,I believe the process occurs when the conscious mind becomes exhausted with its analytical and focused thinking… and so gives up on the thought process…allowing the search to finally move over to the subconscious …when this happens the problem is looked upon in a new way creating the surprising insight.

Perhaps a simple example in which we all have experienced is the struggle of trying to recollect a forgotten name…and find when we give up in frustration,the name flows up into our awareness…and this sudden response I believe comes from our subconscious wisdom.

Related Pages:
Right Brain Wisdom
Innovative Thinking
Value of Adversity


2 Responses

  1. Pam,

    “Only when I am me, to the bone, to my core, to my instinct is when I am free.”

    Beautifully said !!!


  2. I live my life like this, trusting the subconscious insight and I find myself misunderstood and questioned, catalogued as one who doesn’t fit in a ‘structured’ reality. I manage, but I have to say it is one bumpy road this one of complete awareness. Still, the times I have tried to fit and live and be grateful I have failed. Only when I am me, to the bone, to my core, to my instinct is when I am free.
    Thank you

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