Originally Posted by dream
I just thought of this thread and forgot to mention that this forum is made up of knowledgeable people in their own specialties. Just because we use our avatars I think it takes away from recognizing the fact that we do not know everything but everyone is a specialist on something. Which the post title is ironic to the forum title. (Kind of funny to me). But my point is that I see what your saying but there really are nutritionists, therapists, scientists, psychics, doctors, experienced parents and married couples, etc.
It's almost like the saying about too many Indian Chiefs and not many Indians. This forum has a lot of Indian Chiefs.
I in no way meant to insult anyone's intelligence. I was referring more to things along the lines of spirituality and paranormal, life theories, etc.
I think I've said it above, but when I say, "I know nothing," I don't mean I think there is no valid information or available to us. What I'm saying is that I'm open to whatever. I will use my judgement based on my personal experiences to decide what is the best path for me to take; however, I am noticing that the more open to others' input and experience, the more I allow myself to learn.
So if we want to apply that to the nutritionist and doctors, for example, I could say I'm wanting to find the best diet available for me.
I'm going to say that I'm a raw foodist and this diet was recommended to me by a previous nutritionist. I've been raw for 2 years now and I visit the doctor, who says I have a low level of B12 and wants me to speak to a nutritionist. I can take multiple routes in response to this advice, but here are the two I'm going to use as examples:
1. I've been raw for 2 years, I know I feel better and look better than I have my whole life, I know this is the healthiest diet available for me, I do not need a nutritionist because there are studies upon studies upon studies backing up raw food. I refuse the visit because I'm using my experience, my resources, and my knowledge to make this decision.
2. I decide to speak to the nutritionist. Even though I feel awesome, I look awesome, I have loads of energy, my B12 is low and perhaps the nutritionist has advice for me that IS valid and could improve my health so that I do not have to have injections and do not put myself into some sort of health issue that I am not aware is possible. I am going to allow myself to admit that, being a nutritionist, that person may have some advice on how I can improve my raw diet to make it more beneficial to my health. I recognize that even though I'm pretty darn knowledgable about the raw food thing, I could possibly be doing something wrong, and this person may have information that could be very beneficial to me. Or perhaps this diet just isn't as healthy as I once thought.
So what I'm saying is that now, instead of saying, "You know what, I've been doin this for years and I'm fine. Raw food is the only way to go and I know this because I've experienced it," I will instead try to be open and say, "Ok, I will go to the nutritionist and listen to what this person has to say. My doctor has proof that my B12 levels are low, maybe this person can help me. MAYBE they know something I don't know or that the other nutritionist didn't know. I know I've experienced the benefits of Raw Food diet, but perhaps there is something more beneficial that I DON'T know about because I haven't experienced."
Being open will allow me to grow and learn, add a new experience to my list, and create a position for myself where I am able to make better nutritional choices. If it turns out that my choice of Raw Food is STILL better than what this nutritionist had to recommend to me, so be it. I would never know unless I tried.
I think the problem in this thread is that I haven't been able to fully explain myself and some of us are talking about different things and misunderstanding each other. LOL.
I'm really sorry about that.
Does this scenario, applied to something that's not necessarily so abstract as spirituality and paranormal, make it easier to see what I mean?