Spock, the Art of Reason and Inner Knowing

I want to go outside for a walk.

However, the temperature is about six degrees outside at this moment in Iowa; and even though the sun is lovely, big and bright, I do not want to freeze.

This thought brought about a noticing within of how our thinking often goes down a thought trail when we want something, and at the same time we either don’t want the perceived consequences we imagine or we don’t think we can actually have it.

Why do we long for things we don’t think we can have, or shouldn’t have, or literally make believe consequences that don’t exist in the first place?

In my head, if I go out in the freezing cold I’ll be miserable, so I shouldn’t even attempt it.

Making up futures that don’t exist also seem to be a part of the human condition that used to keep us safe, running from large bears and tigers – oh my! And ‘common sense’, as defined as having ‘sound judgment in practical matters’ with the Greek word origin of ‘logic’ meaning being: The Art of Reason.

When I think about logic, I tend to think of the character Spock from the Star Trek series and movies; specifically when Spock learned through his experiences to acknowledge and eventually go more often along with his inner knowing, and at the same time, release the need to always be logical.

What moved through him was wisdom and love.

I know we have a system within to rely on and that system also guides us to common sense and the art of reason too.  

It’s been there for as long as I can remember being alive. If that’s true, then why we would ever look outside ourselves, our inner knowing and common sense judgement?  

It seems it’s whenever we look OUTSIDE of ourselves that we are always lost. And when we look inward – no matter how odd or strange or perfect or wonderful it feels in the moment, we are always home, and there is nothing to “think” about.

There’s just love.
There’s just peace.

Within and all around in our experience.

No matter what.


Molly Downs