This is the continuation of the series on respect and how to cultivate it. This is the sixth part so if you have missed the first five then click here to view them
Insights reveal themselves in a number of ways, and this is a form of self-knowledge that is often overlooked or misunderstood.
It is also true that only an individual can truly know what happens within his or her own experience. Language, words and symbols do not always convey the true essence of the emotions that each person experiences.
There are also some who attempt to use this ambiguity of insight to gain advantage over others. Some claim that they have ‘psychic’ abilities and can communicate with ‘other worlds and entities’.
Although I cannot categorically say that a person cannot do those things, I personally have never known anyone who has been able to convince me that they could.
I have spoken about the power of belief before and we bring into existence those things that align with our beliefs. If a person believes something with enough emotional intensity, they will create those things whether they exist or not.
At a later date we will look at the subject of the female oracle because it is one of the most controversial aspects of humanity.
The types of insights that I will look at in relation to self-knowledge are those that aid the individual to achieve extraordinary things that come from within their unconscious potential.
In the last section I mentioned the philosopher Rene Descartes in relation to what he said regarding his statement ‘I think, therefore I am’, in this section I will look at how he went about philosophising.
Descartes made a living as a mercenary soldier for the Protestant Dutch States Army under the command of Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange in 1618, and the Catholic Duke Maximilian of Bavaria would also hire him in the following year.
During his spare time Descartes would spend time working on a number of subjects including geometry, music, physics, and engineering.
It was said that on occasions Descartes would lock himself in a room and submerge himself in a type of oven where he would literally go into trances of unconsciousness and in those moments he would dream and gather insights in relation to his ideas.
In 1641 he even entitled one of his most influential works ‘Meditations on First Philosophy,’
“The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge.” – Rene Descartes
Nikola Tesla was an inventor and engineer who played a pivotal role in the modern application of the alternating current (AC) power source as well as a number of other innovations.
It is difficult to understand exactly how Tesla’s insights occurred. It has been said that Tesla related in his autobiography that he experienced detailed moments of inspiration. During his early life, Tesla was repeatedly stricken with illness. He suffered a peculiar affliction in which blinding flashes of light would appear before his eyes, often accompanied by visions.
Often, the visions were linked to a word or idea he might have come across; at other times they would provide the solution to a particular problem he had encountered. Just by hearing the name of an item, he would be able to envision it in realistic detail.
Nikola Tesla possessed some extraordinary mental characteristics: an acute sense of hearing, visualization skills so vivid as to mimic reality, and bizarre eccentricities of habit and behaviour. His visualizations enabled him to conduct realistic “dream experiments” while he was wide-awake in the lab. Tesla functioned one level above the lucid dream state. He had the ability, while being both physically and mentally awake, to run complex visualizations internally with all the realism and automaticity of a lucid dream world.
He was certainly able to raise his consciousness to a level that most people are not willing or able to reach.
“Most persons are so absorbed in the contemplation of the outside world that they are wholly oblivious to what is passing on within themselves.” – Nikola Tesla
The name Einstein is often linked with the concept of mathematical or intellectual genius. It has also been purported by a number of scholars that Einstein’s discoveries in physics were by-products of visions and thought experiments that were conducted as a young man.
Einstein is said to have imagined himself on beams of light and sledding down steep mountains perceiving how things appeared differently once the speed of light was approached. These insights are said to have provided the stimulus for further mathematical investigations to provide proof for those internal visions.
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” – Albert Einstein
Sir Isaac Newton
A famous example of an insight (whether real or fabricated) is the story of Isaac Newton sitting in a garden and (being struck by or) observing a falling apple triggered off a series of insights that would lead to his discoveries of the theory of gravitation.
William Stukeley who was a contemporary of Newton recorded his observations on Newton’s insights.
“we went into the garden, & drank tea under the shade of some apple trees, only he, & myself. amidst other discourse, he told me, he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. “why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground,” thought he to him self: occasion’d by the fall of an apple, as he sat in a contemplative mood: “why should it not go sideways, or upwards? but constantly to the earths centre? assuredly, the reason is, that the earth draws it. there must be a drawing power in matter. & the sum of the drawing power in the matter of the earth must be in the earths centre, not in any side of the earth. therefore dos this apple fall perpendicularly, or toward the centre. if matter thus draws matter; it must be in proportion of its quantity. therefore the apple draws the earth, as well as the earth draws the apple.”
“An object in motion tends to remain in motion along a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force.” – Isaac Newton
“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” – Isaac Newton
Those are only a few selected examples of insights that have led to profound changes both in the individual and those who were impacted by those ideas.
In the next and final part of this series I will look at how all of the proceeding parts fits together to be able to integrate them into applications for the real world.
This will be available shortly.