Power of Awareness

Navigating Truth and Instinct

If everything we know is only partially “truly” true, can we trust what the men who are destroying this planet tell us as they exploit its resources to create “primitive” energy for us to buy? Are we really sure we possess a clear vision of reality? Is having a clear understanding of the world beneficial, or can we live well while remaining in complete ignorance?

Awareness, understood as the perception and acquisition of knowledge about one’s existence and the surrounding world, is a crucial aspect of our daily lives. In this article, we will explore how awareness influences our approach to life and how it can be connected to the concepts of the “evolved ape” and the “thinking beast.” Additionally, we will discuss the role of society in shaping our beliefs and behaviors, as well as the importance of personal introspection and having a broader mental perspective in the context of our journey on Earth.

Self-awareness and awareness of our context are essential for living a fulfilling life. Without a clear understanding of who we are and our role in the world, we may experience a sense of disorientation and confusion. Moreover, the article raises important questions about the truthfulness of the information presented to us by society. Awareness invites us to critically reflect on the beliefs that are instilled in us, considering the possibility that they may be influenced by hidden agendas.

The control of an individual’s beliefs can lead to the control and prediction of their behavior, a topic that requires attention. History, as it has been taught, is considered a narrative filtered through the perspective of the winners, raising doubts about the truthfulness of their actions. These questions urge us to abandon all assumptions and develop an attitude of openness and critical reflection.

Awareness plays a fundamental role in our approach to life. It invites us to explore and question our beliefs, to reflect on our identity and our place in the world. The article emphasizes the importance of avoiding uncritical conformity and encourages us to develop a stance of personal introspection. This allows us to go beyond the dominant narratives presented by the media and institutions, recognizing the complexity of the reality in which we live.

M.De Santis calls for expanding our mental vision, acknowledging that the Universe is rich in mysteries and challenges for our understanding. This invitation challenges us to surpass the limits of our narrow perspectives and embrace a broader worldview of the world and ourselves. Humanity can benefit from accepting this challenge, as it will allow us to explore new possibilities and develop a deeper connection with the Universe that surrounds us.

Furthermore, just as in the practice of TuiShou, we should rely more on instinct without taking anything for granted, thus getting closer to the wisdom of the Divine through listening to the heart. The attitude we have in TaiJi should also be applied in everyday life. We must never make hasty judgments in advance but always reason and evaluate carefully without being surprised by anything.

Your past experiences have provided you with a kind of knowledge baggage that can influence how you perceive and interpret the world. Instinct often relies on personal experience accumulated throughout life.

In Western philosophy, reference can be made to thinkers like Descartes and Kant to understand how personal experience plays a fundamental role in the process of recognizing truth. According to Descartes, methodical doubt is necessary to arrive at certainty and self-knowledge. Through the exploration of personal experiences, one can reach a deep and personal knowledge of truth.

Kant argued that experience is one of the fundamental pillars of knowledge. He stated that knowledge is based on the interaction between the mind and the external world through the senses. Only through experience can we accumulate information and create a comprehensive understanding of reality. Personal experience, therefore, plays a crucial role in recognizing the truth of things.

In Eastern philosophy, Buddhism emphasizes the importance of personal experience in attaining wisdom and deep understanding. The Buddha himself encouraged his disciples not to blindly accept his words but to directly experience and verify the truth through meditative practice and inner observation. Only through one’s own personal experience is it possible to develop an authentic understanding of reality and recognize the truth beyond superficial appearances.

Regardless of the philosophical perspective adopted, personal experience plays a fundamental role in the process of discerning truth. Through past experiences, we accumulate practical knowledge that allows us to develop an instinct for recognizing the truth of things. This instinct, fueled by our individual history, enables us to evaluate the information presented to us and filter it through our personal discernment.

Keep in mind that every person has a unique perspective, and your experiences can give you a different view than others.

The Importance of Authenticity: In modern society, we are often exposed to a multitude of information from the media, social media, and other sources. This information can be influenced by commercial, political, or ideological interests and may not always be objective. Instinct can serve as a filter, allowing you to critically evaluate the information you receive and discern what resonates authentically with you.

Knowledge and Deepening: Refining your instinct also requires ongoing research and the acquisition of knowledge. Reading, studying, and questioning different philosophical, scientific, and cultural perspectives can enrich your understanding of the world and help you develop a more conscious instinct. Instinct should not replace rationality or critical analysis, but it can complement them in a more comprehensive decision-making process.

Emotional Awareness and Balance: Recognizing your emotional sensitivity is an important step in refining your instinct. Being aware of your emotions and moods can help you understand how they can influence your perception and decisions. The practice of mindfulness, such as meditation or self-reflection, can help you develop inner balance and a greater ability to discern.

Experimentation and Self-Correction: Instinct can be refined through experimentation and self-correction. Make decisions based on instinct and reflect on the consequences. Analyze the results of your choices and learn from successes and mistakes. This learning process will help you develop greater confidence in your intuitions and refine your instinct over time.

Relying solely on instinct without any rational balance can lead to erroneous judgments. The combination of reason and instinct naturally leads to a more comprehensive view. Ultimately, trusting instinct requires self-awareness, an open mind, and a constant commitment to self-reflection and learning. The more (conscious) experiences you have, the more you refine your talent.

Master Davide De Santis