Spiritual Mentoring: The “I-Know” Mind
The “I-know” mind is a huge topic.
If you think you know all there is to know about a person or topic, then the mind is closed. That is all you will look for. You are shut off from receiving intuitive information.
You will not receive any more understanding about the world, about others, about your self because you have decided you know. You have decided they or it is a certain way and that is the way it is for you.
Consider noticing your “I-know” mind. Consider noticing the lens you place in front of what is happening in this moment by standing back from assumptions. Just be. Just look. Just experience. So much more will be revealed to you when you do.
This is another wee post on a mentoring topic. If you need assistance with seeing the lenses you place in front of your mind about your self or others or things of the world, that is the role I serve as a mentor.
Peace to you.
Hello. I am Ellen Sutherland and here we are, being spiritual.
The “I-know” mind. The “I-know” mind is talked about in spiritual circles. If you are new to this (spirituality), it will likely sound strange, and if you are in spiritual circles, this will be “old hat.” “Old hat” is a dangerous state to put your self in. Because that means you think you know. You are in “I-know” mind.
If you think you know about a topic, then the mind is closed, and you cannot receive inner help or for those of you that do not believe in inner help, you cannot receive intuitive information. You cannot receive any more understanding in the world, in the situations in the world, because you have decided it is a certain way and that’s the way it is (for you.) that is the way it looks to you.
The “I-know” mind is a huge topic. It really is something I work with a lot. I work with it in myself, in my relationship here in my home…in my relationship with my family.
We learn something and it is a quality or the way of mind that when it learns something it keeps that data, (or situation) encapsulated in an understanding. So, a tree looks like that – I am looking out the window at one. It also looks like a Christmas tree and also looks like a palm tree does. We have all this data in our minds that recognizes what a tree is. We actually do the same sort of thing with everything. A chair looks like this and we have a variety of expressions of what a chair is or a couch, a carpet, or a house. We can have many varieties of something but we recognize what they are and we have a whole story about them – what that means (to us).
We do that same thing most particularly with people. Our family members, most specifically our personal relationships, our friendships, that whole group that we know, we have past information about. When you walk up to your mom or your sister or your beloved partner, when you walk up to them, the whole story from your “I-know” mind, that whole story looks at them and has all this data and memory. It looks at them and says, “You are this.” There you go. There is your “I-know” mind at work.
I would just like you to think about how that way of being can trip you up in spiritual life. How can you be unconditional with someone, how can you even move toward unconditional love –and I know that you may feel that is way down the road for most of us – to be totally, absolutely love, yet we are moving toward it, and want to move toward it. How can you be that with someone you have decided did this to you, is like this, only thinks this way, only does this. Each idea you hold of a person, then boxes them in in your “I-know” mind.
I do a lot of work with my self and others around “I-know” mind because it is the major thing that trips up people other than forgiveness. It is the major thing that trips us up. If you decide that you know something, if you decide that something is the way you think it is you are boxed in. Sit down and listen to the news, for example, from front end to back end…international and local news, sports, even the weather…you will see that you hold all sorts of concepts for all those details. They are impersonal details. They are not about your life. They are about your world. They are about your weather. They are about your sports…sports may be a big deal to you. They are about your local news and local politics. They are not your personal world, yet you hold all sorts of very specific understandings/beliefs about them. That is a lens that is so “normal” and held through “I-know” mind, so “normal” that you do not even notice it is there. I invite you to notice and my work is, what I do in mentoring is to help you take that lens off and lay it down as many times as possible. It just automatically comes back up as a quality of our mind. It is the way our mind works.
Still and all, the learning to take that lens of “I-know” mind off – “I know who you are mom. I’ve known you for all these years. You are a certain way and you act a certain (predictable) way. If I say this, you will do that.” That is what “I-know” mind does. If you want to open your heart to mom, if you want to see her differently, you need to take that lens off, lay it down and open your heart without judging her without thinking you know who she is and just speak from your heart to her. Extend love to her. It is an amazing experience and really fun. Wow. Doing this you discover who people are. (You discover) people you boxed in. Thy never showing that side of them, because on some level they know you cannot see them, even if they were brave enough to be love.) Take that lens off. (Doing so) you open your heart, you stop assuming you know what is going to happen, and your world changes.
Consider it. If you cannot work it out for yourself, give me a call and talk to me. I am very happy to do some sessions with you, even if you do not want long term mentoring. We will work out some of this “I-know” mind stuff from all of the issues that comes about.
Peace to you.