Insight, as defined by Webster is the ability to understand people and situations in a very clear way; an understanding of the true nature of something.
In our personal, business, and spiritual lives, insight is a critical skill because it requires examining the truth.
Interestingly it is the book, the Bible, which first highlighted the importance of this commonly required skill. There you will find the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom, Counsel, Piety, Fortitude, and Fear of the Lord. The first three make up the Gifts of Insight. As a student of wisdom I am learning that these three “gifts” are required before we can determine any truth. Without insight we are more likely than not to:
- Selfishly choose false options as possible choices when attempting to solve our problems.
- Follow the wrong people in our lives; unknowingly allowing them to lead us away from the success we are meant to have.
- Become easily manipulated into believing lies or half truths.
Simply put, when we use the knowledge provided to us by experience, education, and the awareness of moral and ethical beliefs, provided by trusted sources, they together feed the understanding which gives us the ability to judge appropriately a particular situation or subject so that when called upon to apply these gifts in a selfless manner as a solution to a problem we are given the third gift, the gift of wisdom which ultimately leads to Truth. Our problems can only be solved by the truth.
Think back to the less than wise decisions you have made in your life. When we make decisions based on false ideals, people whom mislead us, or on information not supported by the truth the problem is never solved; it is only covered up. It is destined to resurface at a later date as the same problem in another form and it usually will not be alone. These poor decisions have a way of breeding other problems that spread to every person or entity that has anything to do with our life. That is why some people continue to make poor decisions; they are not in the habit of applying the truth to their problems because the truth may not be as much fun or exciting as the lies they are trying to live. At least at that moment.
You might have heard or said some of these common phases that we use to justify our own flawed decisions; “I can’t catch a break.” “I am plagued with bad luck.” “I don’t understand why bad things keep happening to me.”
If we just learn to focus on searching for the truth by applying the three gifts of insight, we could correct many of our woes.
Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”
If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.