Lately, I’ve been really interested in the idea, or possibly the universal law, that all great things come in many forms. Earlier this week, I talked about all of the ways love shows up in our lives and the deep knowing that we are always loved. The magic is in how we identify that love and welcome it into our lives.
I think intelligence is the same way. I grew up the way many of us did, associating intelligence with a number on a report card and my ability to recall and apply short-term information I had crammed into my brain the night before (possibly hours before). As a result, I did well in school but always felt like I wasn’t that bright because I had to work hard for it. Really hard. I felt like I was fooling everyone.
To add to the illusion, I found ways of getting around that hard work (so I could redirect more time towards socializing/partying) and started to get really resourceful and creative with my studying/test taking.
Not surprisingly, when the SAT’s rolled around, or any type of standardized testing that made it hard to apply any other form of intelligence, I bombed. I was turned down from multiple universities and I turned further away from the innate intelligence I knew I possessed and closer to society’s definition of “smart”. I got a business degree instead of an arts degree and tried to march in line.
As I worked to obtain that degree, I also turned further away from my body’s intelligence as I grew sicker and sicker in college. I again followed society’s standard of healthcare and routinely visited dozens of doctors, took just as many medications, and fell into other unhealthy outlets of relief for my pain.
Today, looking back at those 20 some years, I understand that we’ve completely short-sighted intelligence. Every single one of us is extremely intelligent in our own way. We all possess different levels of cognitive intelligence, creative intelligence, emotional intelligence, and intuition just to name a few. But we are also all given a body that posses an intelligence far beyond our comprehension. Acknowledging that, and honoring it, will take us to higher elevations than any number at the top of a test.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.