Posted by: Donna Cunningham | January 1, 2009

“Conventional Wisdom”–Is the Advice of our Mentors an Asset or a Thought Form that Holds Us Back?

 (c)2009, 2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

I find myself pondering the term conventional wisdom of late and wondering if it’s a good thing or a bad one in our challenging times. It’s the seemingly sage advice of our elders—both the ones in our extended family or tribe and the ones with a long, successful history in our fields. We’re all trying to ride out the rapids in the turbulent waters of today’s economy. We’re likely to be calling anew on our professional mentors, should we be so lucky as to have them.

Still, our parents and the leaders in our fields may have never faced a passage like this one. Is the conventional wisdom that would usually apply to difficult stretches on the path enough to pull us through this one?  Or do we need to break the mold and try some radical new ideas? 

 The trouble with conventional wisdom is that it all too often is uttered by people with what Joel Osteen calls Destination Disease. That is, they’ve reached a certain point, are fixed in it, and aren’t stretching themselves to go any further. They may actively discourage newcomers from trying innovative and unconventional methods because they’re bent on maintaining the status quo.  Conventional wisdom tells us things like: “You can’t succeed doing something as crazy as that. Be smart–play it safe.” 

 My point today is that conventional wisdom can also act as a thought form. If you’re not familiar with thought forms, they’re near-solid objects in our energy fields that we create by thoughts and beliefs that we repeat over and over until they manifest in the outer world. Thought forms hold us back because they repeatedly pull into our orbit the very experiences they warn us against. 

Certainly, we can all use good strategies for success in our aims–be they personal or vocational.  We can avoid pitfalls by listening to the advice of seasoned individuals who’ve faced them already and who see more clearly than we do. We can all be shortsighted about long-range consequences of foolish practices. Certainly, listen to conventional wisdom, but then scan it intuitively to see if it’s been repeated so often by people around you and society at large that it ‘s become a thought form.

 If the direction your instincts are telling you to go flies in the face of sage advice by elders and mentors, don’t automatically discount it. Today’s challenges are unique, and so are the opportunities. Maybe what’s needed in order to rise to them and to thrive is some UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM!

See another article about mentorship here:  What Planet Rules Mentorship? Saturn or Chiron?

Readers:  Can you identity any  pieces of conventional wisdom that might act as thought forms about money?  Share them with us in the comment section. 

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  1. My mentor (astrologer) told me that there was no god, and that I wasn’t going to be recused. It was enough to send me over the edge!

    • Oh, Lord, a mentor from hell! When I started learning astrology in my 20s, I was a miserable, hopeless atheist, and only the perception that we had this connection with the stars so there had to be something that created it, changed my outlook on life.

      Have you seen this article about mentors? It might clarify some things about that experience: Donna

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