Consult Wise Mind (God)

God is Wise Mind. Wise Mind is what DBT (Dialectic Behavior Therapy) calls being balanced between Emotion Mind and Reasonable Mind. We need to have this balance to make good decisions, and this is where Jesus comes in.

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The world throws things at us all the time and we get shaken. We worry, we despair and that puts us in Emotion Mind. Jesus can restore the balance if we trust and collaborate with Him.

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Reasonable Mind in its extreme may cause us to question things that we know to be true. Such as the Glory of God that we cannot see, taste or hear. DBT describes it as being task focused, rational, cool while Emotion Mind is described as mood-dependent and emotion focused. Looking at it like this you may think that Reasonable Mind is a smart place to stay, but it doesn’t lead us to be loving and empathetic, as Jesus commands us to be.

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“However as it is written, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

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It takes trust and faith. To me having faith in Jesus is Wise Mind. If I can just consult Him when I am broken or when I don’t feel compassion for others, He will give me strength and knowledge to do the right thing.

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There is a time and place for both Reasonable and Emotion Minds. It’s when either of these get us to be thinking ineffectively that we need to consult Wise Mind which is described as Intuitive, The Middle Path, and I describe as God.

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Praying or Mindfulness in God is how I consult my Wise Mind. I just ask Him to lead me and I put my entire faith in Him and not people or things. Circumstances are unknowable. But God knows them. God knows where our lives will lead. You never know when you might be in an accident and hit your head on a rock, or be diagnosed with Leukemia or some other disease, but God knows what’s in store for you. That’s why consulting with Him is the wise path.

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It’s faith that God does all things for our good. I didn’t know I had Leukemia when my son died, and I’m glad I didn’t. God hid that from me until I was strong enough to deal with it. I bet you have these miracles in your life too. Things you can look back on and say, “That was God.” Don’t forget about those things but call them up when your faith needs to be renewed. Call them up in circumstances that you feel helpless.

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DBT states that Wise Mind is almost “always quiet, like a ‘still point’ within. It has a certain peace. It is the part of you that knows and experiences truth.” I feel that way when I pray, when I collaborate with God.

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When we look at things from God’s perspective, we can get a tiny glimpse of the future, a future in which God loves us and comforts us. A future of being in Heaven with Him that will make all of these trials here on Earth seem trivial.

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