"I Don't Know Anything!"By Dr. Margaret Paul
April 06, 2020
What if you knew that, not only do you know nothing, but that you don't need to know anything?
"One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing." Socrates
One of my all-time favorite movie lines is in the Alastair Sims version of A Christmas Carol. Scrooge has just returned from his night with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. He is thrilled that it is Christmas Day and that he has an opportunity to act on his new understandings of life and love. With his new awareness of what life is really about, he delightedly states, "I don't know anything! I never did know anything but now I KNOW I don't know anything!"
This is actually a very profound statement. What it means to me is that our ego mind always thinks it knows stuff, but the truth is that it doesn't know anything. A turning point in my life came when I KNEW I didn't know anything—when I knew that truth doesn't come FROM my ego wounded mind, but rather THROUGH my mind.
I always believed that I had to know stuff that I didn't know, and it made me feel insecure to think that I had to know this stuff.
But once I understood that my ego mind knows only what it has learned, and that most of what it has learned is not true, I stopped judging myself for not knowing stuff. I no longer expect myself to know stuff or believe I have to, because now I know I can turn to my guidance for what I need to know. This is such a relief, especially at times like this when our world is topsy-turvy and there is so much uncertainty.
Even in challenging times, we can feel the joy and freedom that Scrooge felt when he realized that he didn't know anything—that all he thought he knew to be truth wasn't anywhere near the truth. He discovered the truth through the ghosts that his guidance brought to him—and we all have the opportunity daily to discover the truth that our guidance is bringing to us. Why not take this time of social distancing to practice opening to learning with your higher guidance to access what is in your highest good?
What if you fully accepted that you don't know anything and that you don't need to know anything? What if you fully accepted that your guidance knows everything and is pleased to pop those truths into your mind when your mind is open to learning?
What difference would it make in your life if you let go of believing you have to know anything?
It has made a world of difference for me. When I lead an Intensive, I never think that I have to know anything because I know that everything I need to know to help the person I'm working with will come though me from my guidance. I just finished conducting my first on-line 5-Day Intensive and it was amazing! Even as I'm writing this, I know I don't need to know what comes next as my guidance is doing the writing through me. I'm just taking dictation!
Sometimes I get stuck not knowing what to say or write, and then I just wait. I stay open to the words that I know will pop into my mind—and they always do. Sometimes I have no idea what the rest of the sentence will be! I don't know ahead of time what I'm going to say or write and I'm often surprised! My guidance never lets me down. Sometimes, at an Intensive, nothing comes and then I know it is supposed to come though another person, so again, I just wait. It always comes.
I really love not having the burden of having to know anything, especially with the challenges we are currently facing on our planet. I love being a receiver for whatever spirit wants to bring through me. I encourage you to embrace what Scrooge discovered and what Socrates knew: "One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing."
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