Advice: Recycled Wisdom or Get Your Own, Fresh?

I was on Hung Lee’s Recruiting Brainfood  (below) on Friday lunchtime — loved it! — and at the end, we were invited to share practical tips for mental wellbeing, at this time of ‘unprecedented change’! I felt resistance to the idea of giving tips and here’s why.

We all have a fresh, bubbling source of creativity, fresh thinking, and ideas available to us every single moment of every single day. You’ll have had these. The shower moments when the lightbulb appears. The walk when everything becomes clear. The pits of frustration or sadness and even depression when a fresh thought strikes like a bolt of lightning.

This is a universal, innate human capacity.

But when we don’t look to where it comes from, and when we don’t realise how it works optimally, we might miss some of the news flashes that it’s trying to get our attention with.

I spend my working life (and sometimes home life — sorry kids!) guiding people back to this innate brilliance within because the more we connect with that, the more we tap into the stream of fresh goodness that’s perfect for us in this context right now. Then we don’t need to rely on others’ top tips or practical survival strategies — which are essentially their wisdom in a previous moment being recycled — because we have our own source of wisdom right here already. Perfect for us. Perfect for now.

So this is where the resistance popped up for me.

Urgh. Advice. Tips. Whatever I say isn’t true. Whatever I recommend might help and it might not. Giving advice keeps people stuck in a disempowered loop, believing they don’t have this fresh source for themselves, imagining their discomfort can be soothed from something outside of them. And it is soothed — temporarily. A tip or piece of advice might give us brief relief as we give it a go. Phew. I feel better. The chatty voice has gone quiet and, given that’s the only place discomfort ever comes from, we feel ok.

Then the discomfort returns and it looks like the tip was rubbish, or I’m rubbish at implementing it, or I need a better tip from a more-expert person. This chase is endless. The ok-ness felt in that moment of relief was your innate brilliance. It’s what we experience every single time the voice goes quiet or one of the voice’s stories haven’t been grabbed and mis-correlated to an external person or situation. The brilliance is there automatically — we don’t make it appear. We never have. No “thing” — no person, substance or activity — has ever had that power.

So the more we look to all this, the more we sit in the flow of our own flow of fresh thinking and ideas of what to do now.

AND — I realised I was still lost in illusion. The resistance I felt at the time told me I must be. And now writing this has shown me how. No “thing” is good or bad, right or wrong. So tips and advice can’t be right or wrong either.

I’ve been on Facebook and on Insta looking for recommendations, advice, and tips for things to do with the kids. Some have been done, others haven’t, some are consistent, others were tried once and then stopped — and they could come back. Who knows.

And this is the real freedom. Knowing that tips and advice are NOT a source of wellbeing. They don’t in and of themselves makes us feel anything. They don’t save us from a difficult situation because we never needed saving. And they say nothing about us if we do or don’t try them out.

From there, tips and advice can be heard or not, tried or not. And that’s all that’s happening.

And the more we know the first part —

  • that we are the innate brilliance, the source of fresh thinking
  • that it’s only the innocent mis-correlation of a thought to an outside “thing”, and imagining it’s causal, that gets in the way of the brilliance

—the more the downstream listening to, and doing or not doing, of tips and advice, with nothing on it, happens naturally.

No thought strategies or behaviour management techniques required.

Real freedom.

With love, Helen

Helen Amery
Helen Ameryhttp://wildfigsolutions.co.uk/
Reconnecting leaders to their innate brilliance. Disillusionment happens when, things that we took to be true, start to look less so. People, belief systems, ways of working, societal norms. As these cracks, in reality, start to show we often look around to see what else is available to make sense of this, and these moments provide the opportunity for great change and the ability to step into a whole new and fresh experience of life. I work with disillusioned people who’ve worked hard all their lives to climb the career ladder, increase their income, who got the family and the house and the car and…then they look around and realise something’s still missing. They don’t feel more fulfilled. They don’t feel successful. They don’t feel secure. Sometimes these things have even become worse. My career has developed through commercial HR into psychology-based coaching, and now my work goes beyond psychology to the fundamental truths behind our human experience. This is the final shift in perspective that frees us from the imagined limitations we’ve gathered through life and reconnects us to our innate brilliance. It’s the direct path that other development can meander us to. From here we find fulfilment, security and a feeling of success – and we find we’re able to enjoy everything we already had, and new things, in an entirely fresh way. My business is called Wild Fig Solutions because the Wild Fig has the deepest roots in the world and I always cared about getting to the heart of what was going on. Now this work is really that as it reconnects us to our heart at the deepest level and naturally rebalances us so that we use the brilliance of our head in the way it works best. I work with clients online, in one-to-one and group coaching programmes, to help them reconnect to their innate brilliance. See my book here: Let’s Get Honest About: Work

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