These past months have been highly emotional for most of us. What stood out for me was the way the majority of people were making decisions based on emotion and external information only---much of it possibly distorted or falsified---or based on what their friends or group had decided was true---instead of turning to inner knowing in a quiet time to sense things out and listen.
The inner knowing I speak of is not an emotion, nor is it a gut feeling. It won't make you leap with ecstasy or cringe with dread. Instead, inner knowing presents information simply and clearly, without fanfare, on a clean white plate of certainty, metaphorically speaking.
I like the way Marshall Vian Summers describes inner knowing. He calls it Knowledge with a capital "K" and defines it this way: "Knowledge represents your True Self, your True Mind, and your True Relationships in the universe. It also possesses your greater callilng in the world and a perfect utilization of your nature, all of your inherent abilities and skills, even your limitations, all to be given for good in the world."
He goes on to say that Knowledge is "the deeper spiritual mind that the Creator has given to each person. It is the source of all meaningful action, contribution and relationships. It is our natural Inner Guidance system. Its reality is mysterious, but its Presence can be directly experienced. Knowledge is remarkably wise and effective in guiding each person in finding his or her right relationships, work and contribution. It is equally effective in preparing one to recognize the many pitfalls and deceptions that exist along the way. It is the basis for seeing, knowing, and acting with certainty and strength. It is the foundation of life." Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing, Introduction, page v., by Marshall Vian Summers.
Few are truly encouraged by parents, teachers, or ministers to develop Knowledge except within the boundaries of what they teach to be true and acceptable. This is the catch. Yes, listen to your heart. Pay attention to your conscience. Speak your truth. But ... but ...
You must color within the lines given or you will be outcast.
Therefore much fear and anxiety exist, especially for those still in the ethnocentric stage of development. People who are at the worldcentric stage of development fare better in following a different drum when Knowledge reveals a rhythm that doesn't match the party line. People in between ethnocentric and worldcentric stages probably have the hardest time, being pulled in both directions at once: that of their group and that of Inner Knowing.
Yet it is Inner Knowing that sees past appearance and knows what is there.
We all have Inner Knowing built in. It is often covered over with layers of self-doubt, should's, being "practical," seeking approval from others, fear of being wrong, being reasonable and logical, and lots of anxiety and fear, but it is there!
It is our greatest and most fundamental Life Energy Power. It always tells the truth, and only the truth is valuable because only the true is real (by definition).