Last post I made the case that to discover truth, you must release your opinions. This flies directly in the face of a great deal of conventional personal growth and self-development dogma – which implores you to trust your gut, follow your intuition, etc.
This established advice is based on the premise that you are a well-adjusted, self-aware person. The problem with that premise is the percentage of people who actually are well-adjusted and self-aware is exceedingly small. Most people are lacking self-awareness, so they are easily manipulated. And one of the easiest ways to program you if you are in this state, is to lead you down a path where you believe you’re making decisions as a free thinker – but are actually just having quite-predictable, kneejerk reactions to the mind viruses (memes) you’re infected with. Some examples:
In each of these examples, you take a course of action that produces the opposite of what you believe it does and you’ve been manipulated like a puppet. So unfortunately, following your gut, intuition, inner voice, etc. is harmful, not helpful, to you.
However, when you have done the necessary inner work of critical thinking, questioning the premise and divorcing your opinions from truth – that is when you can “trust your gut,” because now you are operating from truth. Which is what we’ll explore more in the next post. Until then, please share your thoughts below.