Are You Sure You Don’t Want To Know?

Did you ever have an Aha! Moment that arose because you realized you’d been blocking awareness of something? And, when you thought about it later, you understood that you’d successfully blocked this ‘knowing’ for days, weeks, or even months. I’ve certainly had those moments and witnessed a few “clouds-parting clarity” aha’s in workshops recently.

On three different occasions this past week, I had the opportunity to gently lead workshop participants to a possible different perspective on why they selected similarly-themed images during an intuitive exercise involving looking at images and asking “What does this image have to say to me about my question or challenge?” The images are turned over, so they’re asked to “Trust your intuition and select the image that you’re drawn to.” So, it’s certainly something to pay attention to when a participant keeps selecting similar images from a pile of sixty photos they can’t physically see until after they’ve picked them up.

In each case, the participant shared what their question or challenge was and then what they’d intuited about their challenge from the images they’d selected. While I stress the need to trust your own inner wisdom about the image, when I see a pattern that resonates strongly for me (about their question), I usually offer (with their permission) a possibly alternative way of looking at what the images signify.

It’s always a joy to see the light bulb of awareness go on in a participant’s face when they see a connection and instantly shift their perspective. Whatever happens later, they’ve opened up to a whole new way of looking at their challenge that will lead to a better solution.

However, sometimes a participant just can’t consider what I or another participant might offer up as a new way to look at their situation. This might be because we’re completely off, but in most cases, I’d bet money that it’s because they’re not ready to hear or process what’s being offered up.

At those times, it’s critical that each person’s inner wisdom be respected. If she or he doesn’t want to consider a possibility, then I, as facilitator, need to honor that for whatever reason, it isn’t something they’re ready to or need to consider at this time.

Research shows that we will block from our awareness what we don’t want to know. And, even if there is sound data to support something, if we don’t want to know what the data is telling us, we’ll ignore it. Rather than seeing this as a malfunction within the brain, as some scientists do, I consider it a beautiful function of the Higher Self or soul that keeps us from being aware of something until our entire being is ready to absorb and process it.

The next time you’re embarrassed about how long it took you to figure out what friends, family, or coworkers have known for awhile, be kind to yourself and trust that your Aha! Moment or awareness occurred at exactly the right time for you and not a moment too late.

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