The Rationalist

The Rationalist

 

“I never made one of my discoveries only through rational thinking.”

Albert Einstein

 

The Rationalist has two feet on the ground and a cool-headed grasp on the situation. He has gained a lot through his use of rationality, and his intellect and mind are great tools to navigate his world. It is a gift to be able to keep a cool head in tough situations and it is a service to others not to get swept away by emotional storms, stay grounded and provide rational arguments to solve a situation or to keep things heading to a particular goal. Yet, there is also a shadow side to this.

Often, the Rationalist tends to deny that there are other dimensions that are valuable, such as emotions, gut feelings, hope and other non-linear phenomena in our lives. In extreme cases, the Rationalist judges others as being weak or irrational when relating to these levels.

Your inner Rationalist or a Rationalist in a team might be really worthwhile for keeping direction and structure. However, sometimes this structure misses out on very important information. Emotions, gut feelings, rationality, intuition… They all have their valuable and particular information, beauty and contribution to the moment and what you are doing. It might be because thoughts are linear and rational. Feelings and the other levels we have talked about are simply not rational and might challenge your habit of keeping a handle on a situation. Sure: you need to train your feelings and your intuition to find the right path, especially in teamwork or when you want to achieve something. But, it gets really exciting when all these levels are allowed to be present and serve the situation!

When you pick this card you are invited to explore a mindful way to make use of your rational strength and arguments without becoming numb on all your other levels.

 

Question:

*Do I value being rational higher than my emotions, intuition, or gut feelings?

 

Exercise:

Practise inner guidance in a small situation you encounter today. Listen inwardly for your deepest impulses about what to say, think, do or be. Which apple to buy at the store? The red one, the green one, or the yellow one? Which line will move faster at the checkout? Pause and listen for the answer and then buy those that you are drawn to. Go to the line you feel drawn to. Do it as often as you can throughout your day. What is really important here is not just the listening, but daring to do what your deepest impulses encourage you to do. Take it as an exercise you practise regularly. It essentially consists of three steps: Ask, listen, and do. Be willing to ask for guidance, then listen inwardly for your deepest impulses, and dare to do what your inner guidance prompts you to do. Dare to go beyond your rational, logical answers. If you do this often, eventually you will get better and better at accessing inner guidance.