Rumi and the Second Intelligence, that sounds like an 80s band doesn’t it?
I spent the last month focusing on what the poet Rumi calls the ‘second knowing’. I’m familiar all my life with the first intelligence – the one that gathers and acquires, the IQ workout. But “this other intelligence” is one that I am spottier at paying attention to. We all are.
There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
through conduits of plumbing-learning.
This can blow the first intelligence mind. Wait, it’s done already? We’re also culturally taught not to trust ourselves. Instead trust the rule of the family, the tribe, the government, the corporation.
Yet here we are. When we read those words, at least for me, they ring deeply true. That spring that is often covered with the world’s detritus gets cleared out in this moment and we can see our own fresh fluidity, our natural inner wisdom.
We can use other words for this. I call it “passion” in At Your Best. Positive Psychology calls this flow. StrengthsFinder calls these talents and strengths. Emotional Intelligence calls this the neocortex. Poets call this the heart.
This powerful force wipes away uncertainty, waffling. This is a knowing. And it inspires and engenders trust in one’s self. Nothing needs to be put in, acquired. It’s already there:
This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.
We are so powerful, well beyond our knowing. We hide it well, it can seem safer that way. But as Robert Frost wrote, “So all who hide too well away, Must speak and tell us where they are.”
What’s the wisdom your clear flowing internal spring is ready to give you today? What new trust can grow from you listening to the ever-present fountainhead inside?
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