Insight is Wisdom
Accurate and deep understanding
Insight: Awareness by a mentally ill* person that their mental experiences are not based in external reality.
The term ‘mentally ill’ is often used as a spurious or false statement in the popular media, suggesting a crazy or insane person, while the dictionary reveals a more accurate description of ordinary human existence. The medical profession has made inner dis-ease (unhappiness) into a disease for which treatment is necessary. In reality, until enlightenment, we will all be confused about our true nature, and a certain level of depression will result.
Wisdom insight is the realisation of our true nature, which is pure consciousness. Anything that obscures this perfect state causes confusion and inner conflict. We spend our entire life in distraction, so we are able to cover up our disappointments. When we strip away all the subtle suffering, dissatisfaction and wounds, we realise that it is the idea of a self – of me and mine – that interferes with clear seeing. We constantly refer to a memory or an idea when we experience something, and then apply that to the situation. From a spiritual point of view, these memories are due to collective fixations and collective mental disorders. Our true state has never ever been confused: we have merely learned to be unnatural in order to fit into others’ acquired ideas. We can play the game, but we don’t have to believe the game is real. As it states in the dictionary, insight is awareness, and there is nothing more aware than pure consciousness.
Insight isn’t a meditation technique. It is the result of looking within and realising our true reality and that which is obscuring it. This is not difficult – but what is difficult is dropping all those ideas that we’ve learned, which cause subtle trauma, guilt, pride, jealousy, fear and hope. Insight is seeing the games the mind plays, while pure consciousness (the grown up) merely watches with generosity, patience, discipline, morality and concentration as the child plays, thus sustaining transcendent wisdom.
Of course, in realising the insight of transcendent wisdom first, everything else arises naturally, manifesting in our conduct.
*A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioural or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode.
Feeling sad or down.
Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate.
Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt.
Extreme mood changes of highs and lows.
Withdrawal from friends and activities.
Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping.