Tapping Into Your Inner Wisdom
By Diana Rankin, M.A.

At the deepest levels of ourselves, we are wise. When we listen to our inner wisdom, we know how to create good and enriched lives and to be of service to all humanity. When we follow the urgings of our inner voice, we flow through life with grace and awareness of our surroundings. We live a life of balance and harmony, a life of purpose and meaning, a life filled with the deepest desires of our hearts. We live a life where we seldom need leave our place of peace and contentment, where even the most stressful circumstances can knock us off center only for a short while, and where we no longer get caught up in the drama of others or that of our own making.

Inner wisdom often comes to us unannounced and uncalled in whispers that may guide us in a direction other than we had planned, but in a direction that takes us to the higher plane of our goals. It seldom screams at us to listen, instead it comes from the unobtrusive depths of our own inner world where order and balance are the natural state of our humanness. It whispers guidance to us in subtle stirrings urging us to stop and listen, paying heed to our own feelings and intuitions. Following the inner guidance given in the privacy of our own minds—once quieted and reprogrammed to hear—is a choice that requires of us confidence in ourselves, trust in the wisdom we are receiving, and practice in order to know if this wisdom is coming from the local, human nature, or from that highest wisdom of our deeper nature that moves through our human selves.

One of the strongest practices for tapping into your inner wisdom is to journal. My own journaling dates back many years. As a child being raised alone by older grandparents, I needed a quiet way to express my feelings. I began to journal. At the time, I did not understand why my older brother got to live with our mother in the exciting city while I had to stay behind in the solitary country. Only as an adult can I appreciate what a gift my upbringing truly was. Somewhere in time, those early journals have been lost, yet I do have ninety once-blank books, full of my struggles and growth that have moved with me from Ohio to a California and back.

          Seldom far from reach, my journal travels with me every day and everywhere. A journal that stays behind is less useful than one that travels with us, allowing us to record those moments of realization, or the wisdom that comes while writing an e-mail to a friend, later to be printed and cut and pasted into the journal pages; or to record the celebrations, the frustrations, the questions, the ups and downs of our day. In is within the ordinariness of our everyday lives that we often find the most profound wisdom. I frequently take out my journal in restaurants while waiting to be served, or for a few moments between clients in my office, on airplanes and in airports, or while waiting for a friend at a coffee house.

          Writing at times during the day is not a substitute for beginning and ending your day with journaling, but an addition to. Journaling should be a part of our daily ritual. I like to journal right after my morning meditation and again in the evening. Your journal is also a welcome companion during sleepless hours. I can still hear the wisdom of my mother saying, “When you wake in the middle of the night, it is time given to you to talk with God.”

          Fill your journal with thoughts, feelings, drawings, pieces of this and that. If you have trouble getting started writing, begin with the words Thank you. In the morning, I may give thanks for the day, for the blessings of my life, for my well-being and that of my four-legged children. I ask for guidance for the day, for the ways I can better live my life and the ways I can be of service to the world. In the evening, I review my day, give thanks for the blessings of the day, write about the upsets, celebrate the joys and accomplishments, and apprise how I might handle a situation differently, or congratulate myself for having done a good job.

          Use your journals for contemplative writing. The spiritual purpose of contemplation is to achieve a closer union with Spirit. Did not all of us as children spend time in contemplation of the stars on a warm, summer evening? The future scientist, perhaps, wondered about the makeup of the stars; the poet about who might live in such a bright, far-off place; the sailor about the guidance stars provide the wayfarer.

          As a psychic reader, I have many clients who ask me of their mission in life. It is not for me to tell another of their mission, but to give tools and guidance in which they can find their own way. Contemplation of the story we have thus far lived holds the answer to the purpose and mission of our lives. Merely asking ourselves the question, “How am I to be in the world today?” then contemplating the answer, opens us to realizing our true potential.

          Contemplation of the smallest details of our lives, allows us to find meaning in the most mundane. Who among us has not experienced being lost in the beauty of the colors in soap bubbles while washing dishes, or the harmonious singing of tree frogs on the first warm night of spring? Whether using a single word, a Zen Koan, the stars, or the most ordinary of our everyday lives, contemplation allows us to touch that place beyond the ordinary; it gives to us the mystical connection. Journaling our contemplation allows us to have a recording of the wisdom given to us and helps put words to that which often has no words. Although the mystical experience truly cannot be communicated, journaling can help us understand our process to the mystical. In the words, we can find solace to help ourselves and perhaps to ease another’s way as we independently travel similar paths.

          As keepers and creators of our world, we have a responsibility to look within and to heal with love those pockets of anger, fear, hurt, resentment, jealously, and other non-life affirming emotions. In doing so, we help to heal the anger and grief of Virginia Tech, the anguish of Iraq, and the smoldering fires within ourselves and Earth and all her people.

Occasionally take one of your journals off the shelf and read it months or years after you’ve completed the last page. Doing so will amaze you with your own inner wisdom. It may also delight and surprise you. I already know the story of the woman who wrote my journals. Still, I find myself cheering her on during the difficult times and congratulating her during the peak times. Sometimes her life seems mundane and ordinary; other times I am amazed by her, by the whisperings and wisdoms of her inner world.

We are each wise; we each have a rich and profound inner world. It is within the very willingness to go within, to travel the labyrinth of the inner world, and seek our own counsel that we find the valuable and varied depths of our own greatness.       

Diana Rankin, the author of 23 Days/A Celtic Journey, is a gifted psychic medium, radio personality, internationally known speaker and storyteller, writer and poet, and workshop leader and university instructor. She can be seen the first Friday of every month at Gentle Wind in Columbus where she holds Sacred Circle. Diana can be reached at www.dianarankin.com or by calling 937-593-6500.