“Be observing constantly. Stay open minded. Be eager to learn and improve.”–John Wooden
In many ways unlocking your inner wisdom is a call to connect with the deepest knowledge which resides within, and yet it is simply more than understanding your thoughts or knowing your emotional constitution.
Revealing your inner wisdom beckons you to connect with your heart and mind while your mind is the purveyor of universal intelligence.
As you access your inner wisdom, cultivating open-mindedness becomes an extension of your inner state of being. To reveal your inner wisdom, you must be willing to cultivate a state of open-mindedness, rather than remain ill-informed.
Dogma and rigid thinking lead to intolerance, which in many ways describes the state of the world as it exists. Religious dogma imposes laws and principles which people must abide by to be deemed religious.
Regrettably, if one strays from these principles, religious leaders and followers are quick to chastise them for going against their teachings. Sexual orientation is yet another case of fixed thinking, which gives rise to prejudices, fears and insecurities about other’s lifestyle choices.
It is safe to say that close-mindedness stifles one’s personal growth. I have met numerous people over the years who quite happily exist within their self-contained shells, refusing to maintain an open mind.
In a world full of endless possibilities and infinite potential, I believe open-mindedness is the key to an ever-expanding consciousness.
The following quote by the Buddha echoes this sentiment of openness: “Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.”
Whilst I recognise it is not always easy to be open-minded, especially when our beliefs oppose those of others, we can strive to be tolerant irrespective of our beliefs.
We acquire our beliefs as we mature into adulthood where we begin to associate with like-minded people. As we are presented with a different viewpoint than ours, it can be difficult to accept or at the very least, be open to considering it.
“It is never too late to give up your prejudices”―Henry David Thoreau
You can gain a lot by opening the door to your mind, least of which includes having fewer prejudices, which fosters harmonious relationships. Those who are open-minded are more optimistic and make the most of life, since they carry less stress through their openness to change.
Conversely, I have consulted with a number of people over the years who were fixed in their thoughts and beliefs. Over time and with the willingness to change, they naturally let go of their fixed thinking in place of becoming more open-minded.
For many of them, it was an ideal time to surrender their firmly held beliefs and principles, given that many of these principles were formed long ago and had now constituted their personality. In doing so, they learned to carry less stress and are filled with peace and contentment in their personal and professional lives.
Being close-minded may impose on your personal growth and its associated benefits. Many people are resistant to change, preferring to remain within their comfort zone. Those with a fixed mindset dislike change, since they fear the unknown, of what change might involve.
There is beauty and goodness contained in the world, that we must be willing to step out of our preconceived notions of what is right and wrong in order to experience it. Become like a child by marvelling at the world in awe — consider life through the lens of unlimited potential, conspiring to create a compelling version of life.
Expanding your mind by being open-minded, offers you a gateway to new ideas and beliefs. Although it is easier to remain safe inside secure boxes, venturing outside provides you with wide eyes to see the beauty and creative wonders of the world through spirit.
Do you wish to travel through life being rigid and close-minded or do you desire to experience the richness of life by allowing your mind to expand? See new things? Try new roads?
By surrendering control and letting go of firmly held beliefs, you make room for new ideas which are integrated into your experience. As you surrender control, you experience a positive manner of losing control.
Often, being in control serves you well by being in command of your life’s circumstances, yet it should not impose upon you by producing additional stress. Release a little of your fixed beliefs a little at a time. You do not have to transform yourself overnight. Experience new thoughts and ideas through a renewed and excited open mind.
Similarly, I invite you to change your worldview by viewing humanity through the lens of connectedness. Why must we hold on to the same worldview our entire life? What purpose does it serve other than to keep your thoughts stuck and outdated?
“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.”–Napoleon Hill
The world is constantly changing, owing to the rapidly advancing information age we are living in. As we evolve and gain new experiences, meet new people, learn new skills, our worldview naturally expands to accommodate new thoughts and beliefs.
Whilst it is not necessary to change your beliefs, it is liberating to feel you can if you want, since in doing so a higher level of mental and emotional freedom is attained. Moreover, as you consider new possibilities, being open-minded may cause you to feel vulnerable, since you must come to terms with not knowing “everything.”
This may be a positive outcome of your new outlook, since change and uncertainty give rise to new possibilities. Far too many people believe they have acquired all there is to know about life. I find it refreshing and exciting to know that I do not know everything, and as a result, I constantly remain open to new possibilities.
Open mindedness allows you to gain more confidence, since an open mind is like a vessel in which to pour the wisdom and knowledge of life into. As you maintain an open mind, you experience more confidence through your willingness to assimilate new ideas and principles.
People who are open-minded are willing to change their views when presented with new facts and evidence. Those who are not are resistant to change, find life less rewarding and less satisfying due to their fixed mental ideals.
To the open-minded, you appreciate that opposing points of views are acceptable, since it is not essential that you always be right or have all the answers.
Being open-minded is like choosing to live in a glass house as compared to one without windows. You witness different people approaching your glass house with varying beliefs whilst observing them freely, but still have the choice to invite them in.
Conversely, if you live in a house with no windows, you are not concerned about having people approach your house, since you do not seek the company of those with opinions that oppose yours.
It is my hope that you will consider being more open-minded as you harness the power of your inner wisdom to create a remarkable future.
Originally published at medium.com