In my previous post, I was asked by Simon;
Developing a sense, intuitively and/or via divination, is something that I’m learning a lot about… Sometimes the hard way. How about you?
I was just about to start writing a reply but I felt like this would go on in lengths so I decided to write a post about it.
“Sense”, in a traditional definition, is an important skill that is part of a bigger tree of skill set that is called “Wisdom”.
Wisdom is something I constantly strive to acquire, at a very young age I believe. If I remember correctly, it was a saying, something akin to; “do not seek knowledge but the wisdom to use it”. As well, I was always fascinated with people who I thought had wisdom. In a sense, I more of a sage than a sorcerer but I do like to get my hands dirty.
Sense in general is learned via trial and error for the most part and reinforced by knowledge.
As a young intellect, my book smarts was good enough to get me pass certain things. (For example, I was being somewhat bullied when I was young kid so to fix that, I decided to read as much martial arts books as I can to learn the skills to defend myself – that eventually started my life long romance with martial arts but at the time, those skills that I studied helped me defend myself enough times).
Once I hit high school – I decided to start learning and experiencing the practical side of the world, the side where theory gets thrown out the window when push comes to shove. I would go on “adventures” no sane high school student would go, met some interesting people, and generally had some fun times.
Then I eventually moved on to a little bit of psychology, philosophy and philosophers, NLP, social skills, some mentalism, creative thinking. I learned more about combat and combat situations, how certain situations will play out, survival training, networking, science, logistics, shady underground businesses, etc etc. I consume information as long as I find it interesting and I got in trouble alot. Even TV helped out alot as it exposed me to situations I wouldn’t think I would be exposed to but still gave me a reference point in my memory that I can go back to if needed.
Doing all of those things helped me understand the world and people in general, I can honestly say that I have a sharp sense on things and I use this sense to evaluate situations and play out the most likely of results. It has been a gift, and has been a curse at times (I’ve been known to constantly evaluate certain mistakes to a point where I couldn’t sleep anymore and would stay up all night thinking of things I could’ve done better) but for the most part, this is how I see the world these days.
Mind you, that’s just a part of the whole picture. Gaining wisdom is a long and constant process and I am a student of the art forever. It’s like playing chess, sometimes I’ll have my bad days where I am completely beaten and some days, everything is flowing and I can see moves ahead which eventually will lead me in victory.