Common Sense – True Medicine

by Anne Malatt and Paul Moses, Australia. 

Anne: I’ve always wondered about the term common sense.

We all use the words:

  • “It’s just common sense!”
  • “Use your common sense!”
  • “She has no common sense!”
  • “Common sense is not very common” as the saying goes – but is that true? I feel there is more to it than we commonly understand.

What does common sense mean to you?

Paul: I too have wondered about that and I looked it up in the dictionary, and the words are derived from the Latin sensus communis meaning ‘feeling in common’.

The word sensus means a sense, a feeling we have in our whole body, not just a thought we have in our minds.

The word communis means something that we all share and have access to, equally so, no matter who we are.

So common sense is a communal thing, the feeling we all share, that we all have in common.

Anne: So common does not mean low, stupid or less than in some way, but brings us to equality and shared values. It transcends all the barriers we have put between us – gender, age, colour, race, religion, nationality, culture – and brings us back to the truth, that we all share a knowing we have in common. Having common sense does not make us ‘common’, or a ‘commoner’, in the commonly used sense of the word, but makes us part of a community.

Paul: So in practical terms, what are we talking about?

Anne: Well, it’s common sense to know that when we feel tired, we should rest, and if it is in the evening, maybe even go to bed!

Yet how many of us actually do that? How many of us go to bed by 8 to 9 pm, when our bodies start to wind down, and we are falling asleep in the chair in front of the TV anyway?

What do we do instead? We over-ride this feeling – this common sense – with stimulation. We turn up the sound on the TV; we go and get a drink, a cup of tea, coffee or cake/chocolate/sugar of some sort. This kick-starts us, so we can stay up longer than our bodies actually want to, we get over-tired, and then when we finally decide to go to bed, we cannot sleep, because of all that sugar/caffeine/adrenaline running through our veins!

Paul: We all do this, don’t we – no matter who we are or where we live.

And what about eating? Common sense tells us, with the feeling we have after eating – be it racy, lethargic, bloated, dull – whether the food we have eaten suits us or not, yet we continually disregard that feeling and we never question the energy we are in which leads us to keep on choosing those same foods.

Isn’t it common sense to know when we have eaten enough? We all know that feeling and yet we override it all the time – we take no notice and just keep on eating. If we eat more food than we need, the excess food is reflected in excess weight in us.

Anne: And if we put on weight eating certain foods, we know we are not going to lose it if we keep eating the same foods that made us fat!

Paul: Common sense tells us this, yet we keep searching for the perfect diet and exercise plan in magazines. These diets and plans offer unrealistic expectations that don’t stand up in everyday life.

Anne: Yet how many of us complain about our excess weight and the fact that it is not going anywhere, while we sit and have a drink and eat some chips or cake, to try and not feel the fact that we feel bad about ourselves?

And it is common sense to know that if we drink 12 beers in one evening, we will wake up dehydrated – after a “sleep” where we tossed and turned and had to get up to pee – with a furry tongue, foul taste in our mouths, thick head, craving for fatty foods, and feeling cranky, yet seriously thinking about having another drink. Why do we ever have more than one hangover? What drives us to do this to ourselves, over and over again?

Paul: Common sense is definitively a knowing – not a knowledge-based thing – which also explains why it transcends all belief barriers. So knowing all that common sense offers, why do we not live that? Why do we choose to over-ride it, knowing the repercussions?

Anne: Yes, the way we are living is making us sick, as people and as a society. Illness and disease rates are rising; we are increasingly dependent on stimulants, medications, alcohol, drugs, entertainment – anything to help us not feel how we truly are, and the consequences of the choices we are making.

Paul: Historically, we did have and did practise common sense; otherwise, we would not have the words for it, i.e. sensus commmunis.

Anne: It was known and practised by the ancients, but somewhere between Plato and Aristotle we reduced this knowing that comes from our bodiesa feeling that we all shared, to knowledge, that was attributed to our minds, and held more by some than others, in separation to the whole.

Paul: Common sense was demeaned further in the Dark Ages, when the simple truth and knowing that comes from the body and is available to all, was made complex and obscure, and overridden by the doctrine of religion. All the major religions tell us what to eat and when we can eat, teaching us to over-ride what the body actually needs.

Common sense has been demeaned by Religion through its dogma, and Science has created a complexity around understanding, where things can’t be that simple, and Philosophy made it even more obscure. The word common has been twisted to mean something or someone that is of lower standing to the ruling class ­– i.e. commoner – or someone with lower moral values – i.e. they’re common – or that’s just too simple to be the answer. And so there has been a setup of some people thinking they know more than the masses (the ‘common’ people) and the masses going into a lack of confidence in what they truly feel and know.

I feel that we have gone out of our way to squash our feelings, to make them less than the truth.

Anne: Our feelings are very individual – indeed some think that this is what makes us human – but there is a level at which we all feel the same.

This feeling sense comes not from our well known and trusted five senses – which live in the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin – but from our inner heart, the place within where a deeper level of feeling (the so-called sixth sense) resides.

This is the sense we feel first, and then we use our five bodily senses to confirm or override what we have first felt. This sense is not a mystery, but a simple everyday reality, that we just know, that we all feel.

Paul: Common sense is what we know, what we feel to be true, and we all feel this. The only difference between us is how aware we choose to be of it, and how willing we are to use and honour it, or ignore and or over-ride it.

Do we have a responsibility here?

How were we raised as children?

Was our common sense, our knowing living way, cherished and nurtured?

Have we as parents nurtured that common sense, in our selves and in our children, or have we over-ridden it?

Anne: To me, the way we have raised our children has been a direct reflection of how we ourselves have lived, in honouring of our common sense, or not!

When we are young, we look at the way adults are living and it does not make sense to us.

So do we say:

Well, that does not make sense, because I know what feels true in my body, so I will just trust and abide by what I know, and live in a way that honours that.

Or do we say:

There must be something wrong with me – as in I cannot trust my feelings – or there is something wrong with them – and then do we give up on living a true life and use this as an excuse to indulge ourselves in the same, or worse, wayward behaviours?

I remember as a child watching and feeling my parents smoking, drinking and arguing and thinking: “I will never live like that when I grow up”. And yet, as I grew older (I would not call it growing up!) I indulged in exactly the same behaviours, if not worse!

Paul: Yes, I remember feeling trapped in the sadness and loneliness of life growing up, and ended up doing things, like eating and drinking in a way that was not healthy, just to cope with the way I was feeling.

Anne: So if it does not make any sense, why do we do it?

How and why do we choose to ignore it, over-ride it, deliberately go against it?

Paul: Common sense is felt when we are with our whole body, and then we know what is true. But if we separate from the whole of who we are, a part of us can take over and let our thoughts run the show – the part that wants to do it our way, that wants to be individual, that wants to be special, and separate from the whole.

That part says: “I demand the freedom to choose what I want, to do as I please, no matter what” and the desire to smoke is a great example of this, but there are many ways we all do this (and we all know what our ways are!).

Anne: Yes, and if we drink alcohol, for example (which does not make sense, given that it is a poison), we lose our common sense, and sometimes we lose so much of it that we even think we are ok to drive, putting ourselves and everyone else at risk. And when we sober up, we ‘come to our senses’ and feel the full force of the sense-less choices we have made.

Paul: When we honour common sense, we honour ourselves and we also honour everyone around us. When we don’t, we are in disregard, not only of our selves and our own bodies, but of everyone and everything else too.

Our common sense – the feeling in our body – is actually an impulse of truth, a road map, if you like, of our way back to a more simple and loving way of life.

Anne: Common sense brings us back to the truth of our body, and the truth of who we are; the innate qualities of love, stillness, harmony, and joy that are our birthright. It is our way back to the love that we are.

Paul: And not only does it make no sense to override what we know is true to our self and our body, but it also holds us back from the connection that this sense is always offering us, which is what we all deeply crave – to belong to a whole where we share this gift of truth.

To wake to another day having slept a sound sleep of early to bed and early to rise, having eaten what was true for our bodies, not having stimulated our senses or dulled our selves with our particular choice of drug, is to be part of a symphony of rhythm – to see the sun rise, nature in all its glory and what it holds for us, to spend the day with our selves and the people around us is a joy, and the feeling of a sense we all have in common with all of that.

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724 thoughts on “Common Sense – True Medicine

  1. Common sense is listening to our bodies – but we fight this – we call in something more important and that comes first. But what if that is exactly the recipe for sickness? Ignoring the wisdom of our body? When we have an amazing opportunity to connect to a wisdom that can forever support us and show us that our bodies are not ‘bad’ when they are sick or ‘good’ when they are healthy, but rather an honest marker for how we are living.

  2. Thank you Paul and Anne for your expose on Common Sense. I relate to this comment “Our common sense- is actually an impulse of truth, a road map if you like, of our way back to a more simple loving way of life”

  3. “To wake to another day having slept a sound sleep of early to bed and early to rise, having eaten what was true for our bodies, not having stimulated our senses or dulled our selves with our particular choice of drug, is to be part of a symphony of rhythm – to see the sun rise, nature in all its glory and what it holds for us, to spend the day with our selves and the people around us is a joy, and the feeling of a sense we all have in common with all of that.” Absolutely gorgeous – this sounds and feels like common sense to me!

  4. Overriding what we know to be true makes absolutely no sense. What you have shared in this blog Anne and Paul is simple and full of common sense and wisdom, thank you.

  5. Its funny – I remember a friend at school who was an alma mater in mathematics, truly a brilliant mind. Yet what was interesting was that he lacked even the most basic common sense and his ability to interact with the world at a day to day level was poor. This disconnect between the mind and someone’s livingness is really what should be taught – otherwise we have minds that will create incredible technology, but with no livingness of then how to apply it and if it really supports humanity.

  6. In response to Simon, what you describe reminds me of a film, I think it was ‘The Imitation Game’, based on a true story.

  7. Common sense “brings us back to the truth, that we all share a knowing we have in common.” The more we connect to our inner-heart the more we realise that we share a love in common with everyone else.

  8. Not living what we know is true, i.e. not following the messages from our body, cuts us off from our connection to our inner selves, by shutting down our inner knowing. It’s like having the tap of wisdom flowing right through you all of the time, but choosing to drown it out with all the other worldly distractions. It can never be turned off, only ignored, momentarily – but at what cost to the body?

  9. “Having common sense ……makes us part of a community.” I loved reading these words as I can so clearly feel not only the “common sense” but the truth they convey. It then follows, that we all, as individual members of this community, have a responsibility to all other members of this community to live this truth in every single moment.

  10. If common sense is definitively a knowing, we’d clearly be living with a common sense once we connect to that knowing.

  11. “It transcends all the barriers we have put between us – gender, age, colour, race, religion, nationality, culture – and brings us back to the truth, that we all share a knowing we have in common.” I love how you have described common sense in its true meaning, it highlights how we need to come back to feeling and trusting the truth in our body and how expressing this enables us to live in a true way that is equally known and shared with each other.

  12. Reading this I realised that I have used the term common sense in the same way as everyone else tends to do, which is not its true meaning at all. Thank you for correcting this misunderstanding. We all assume common sense is about our brains and how we think but going back to the latin shows us how this has got changed to the opposite of its true meaning, like so many other things in this world.

  13. Interesting how we have dismissed our common sense and reinterpreted the word common to mean it is lesser. I have noticed that people can be highly intelligent but lack common sense, what I also know to be the practicalities of life.

  14. I love the word ‘common sense’. It immediately says that we have a way of sensing or ‘feeling’ the truth and that it is something we all have in ‘common’. The question then becomes, what has happened for us to go against our most natural way of being to create such division, separation and hatred when underneath this there is a truth we all hold in common?

  15. Sad but true, we lost our collective common sense as human beings when we fell for the lie that we are individuals on a lonely crusade in search of ‘self’ and thus not part of the Whole we are each an irrevocable part of no matter our chosen ignorance to it. By living apart from the whole, which is the community and Oneness we each know ourselves to be an important and working part of, we have subjected our bodies to a vastly reduced form of intelligence that will not let us know the truth of our origins and thus the All, we all, are each a part of.

  16. Anne and Paul, I love this, and the feeling and understanding I now have of common sense that we all have it, it’s our innate sense within and that we have it in common, so it’s micro (us) and macro the all. And to adhere to this sense we are indeed in the rhythm of life, in the grace of meeting life in the joy we are.

  17. A shared common sense and deeper understanding of life is our true nature, and unites us all from an inner wisdom that we feel from our whole body. When we choose to live in disconnection from ourselves we no longer have access to the simple clarity and knowing of this true quality within thus allowing deep separation and isolation from each other.

  18. Thank you Paul and Anne, I enjoyed reading this again and coming to a deeper understanding of how knowledge is very different to knowing – which is part of our common sense. In a world full of ever increasing information, fads and trends we have much enticing us from outside of ourselves to make choices and live in a way that overrides our inner knowing and developing our common sense.

  19. Loved your blog, common sense is something that we all have available to us as an inner knowing if we choose, it is a depth of wisdom that can help us to support ourselves and others.

  20. I love the simplicity of common sense – and yet, we often baulk at it and want things to be complex, expertise-driven and complicated. This is when we drift towards fancy and mind-full solutions rather than the innateness of our true knowing which delivers the answers to our woes.

  21. Love this breakdown of common sense Anne and Paul, a ‘common’ ‘sense’ that both connects us to and helps us to better understand humanity, as well as ourselves and the flow of how everything fits together!

  22. What an amazing sharing of the truth of common sense known in our bodies but not lived, I love it. Common sense is felt when we are with our whole body, and then we know what is true. But if we separate from the whole of who we are, a part of us can take over and let our thoughts run the show. This leads to ill health indulgence and the lack of all we know inside and goes against all our bodies are telling us. However the simplicity of connection and flow really does change everything and allows a true caring way of living and being for us all.

  23. “Common sense is a communal thing, the feeling we all share, that we all have in common.” I love how you have brought back the original meaning to common sense, this feels very inclusive of everyone and the whole as one, a way of being that was once innately known by all but has not been expressed for a very long time.

  24. When we disconnect from our body we are no longer aware of our true inner knowing and that it is the quality of our lifestyle choices and way of being that deepens and evolves our way of living true medicine.

  25. The unraveling of common sense in this article brings a depth of understanding to its nature that I personally had not before allowed myself to connect with. It makes enduring sense that what is felt in one is also a common knowing in another. The mechanics of this may be different for each person, but the essence of truth is what we all hold in common.

  26. Anne and Paul – I love the playfullness of this blog and how you have written it! I also could not help but notice a one liner saying how growing older is not the same as growing up! I could not agree more…and I have to say that there were many a time in my early to mid 20s and then my early 30’s when I just kept wondering when I would feel like I was a grown-up. I mean, it was strange because… I had a drivers licence, I studied and had degrees, I got married, I had a child, house, car … etc etc, but not one of these things actually made me feel like I was really an adult, a grown-up! I always had this feeling that I there was something missing, something I was still waiting for. And in all honesty, as crazy as it may sound, I don’t feel I really ‘grew up’ until I encountered the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine and began to live these principles in my life on a day to day basis, to the best of my ability. For me, today, real growth, real wisdom is based on energetic responsibility as taught (and lived) by Serge, and not based on the age we are. I have been so deeply inspired by this man and his family and his presentations, and have made choices in my life to begin living more and more of this energetic responsibility and I can say that hopefully next time around it won’t take me so long to live it. Having said that, I can also say that the levels of energetic responsibility are never ending and so the growth and opportunity offered is also endless. So having grown up now, I cannot wait to grow up more!

  27. I love learning about words and their true meaning, even though in reading this blog I realise that many words I don’t question or look for their deeper meaning. The meaning of common sense is beautiful, a feeling in common, which alludes to the fact that we all feel things and are energetically connected through our sixth sense at all times. This is a body wisdom we can all call on at any time.

  28. Common sense because it is common to us all shows that we are here to support each other. So if someone overrides what they know to be true then another one has a responsibility to express their concern to remind that person of the truth. A very long time ago when I was giving up smoking and doing well I relented and went to the bar of the jazz venue I used to frequent and as I asked for some tobacco a voice from the other end of the bar said ” Don’t serve her, she wants to give up” This gave me a stop moment and a chance to checkin and remember my resolve. I did not buy any tobacco and it was not long after that that I could firmly renounce any form of smoking. Support from friends in those moments is invaluable.

  29. I went to a community talk on vitality last night and it was discussed how little attention we pay to actually preparing ourselves for a rejuvenating sleep. Considering the level of exhaustion far too many of us are feeling in today’s world this is quite obviously something we all need to both ponder and sleep on…

  30. It had not occurred to me that common sense is a knowing but it is exactly that. Instead of feeling something to be true which can take slightly longer. common sense instantly knows whether something is right or not – there is no time to feel; it just knows and there is not one drop of doubt whatsoever, yet even with this absolute knowing we still override common sense because we simply don’t want to know who we truly are and the responsibility that comes with this, our part that makes up the All.

  31. Thank you for exploring this together and exposing the many ways that we have lost touch with our common sense but if we choose to re-connect to it then we have access to our own ‘true medicine’ and natural living way that will restore us to joy and harmony and be a growing reflection to others.

  32. It’s so crazy that we override our common sense. Our common sense is there to guide us, yet we constantly make decisions that go against it. Life is so much easier when we listen to it. When we don’t it simply creates a whole lot of drama in our lives.

  33. Thank you for breaking down the original meaning of common sense here. I love that it is a sense or a feeling that we can register in the body and something that unites us all. I find whenever I am faced with a problem or a disagreement it is usually common sense that is the one unified truth that I find everyone can agree on!

    1. Absolutely agree Andrew. To understand that common sense is directly related to what we feel in our bodies makes complete sense!

  34. Our common sense, inner knowing and innate wisdom are our divine right. Over riding our truth for the sake of any mental thoughts may be an incredibly familiar response done by the masses but it doesn’t make it true, loving, harmonious or joy-full for anybody.

  35. There is a sea of difference between the knowing that comes from the body and the knowledge we access through the mind. The neglect of the body, the neglect of what we feel through it, the alleged primacy of the mind explain why, people tend to live lives contrary to any true notion of common sense and do things which do not make any sense.

  36. ‘Common sense brings us back to the truth of our body, and the truth of who we are; the innate qualities of love, stillness, harmony, and joy that are our birthright. It is our way back to the love that we are.’ How wise common sense is!

  37. In many ways common sense is so obvious and simple it is a wonder how often we choose instead common nonsense.

  38. “I demand the freedom to choose what I want, to do as I please, no matter what” Ouch! This is so often what we say to ourselves, and it does so much harm to our body. It is also totally arrogant of us to assume we can do as we please, as every choice we make affects everyone else too. This freedom we demand is actually not freedom at all. In fact it imprisons us deeper in behaviours that do not serve ourselves or anyone. If we listen to our body it will show us the way. In this we find true freedom.

  39. Reading this dialogue one would wonder about the intelligence of our species. It seems there is a brilliant intelligence to be applied to technology feats, but that this intelligence stops short of common sense – particularly when it comes to the body. But perhaps there is something else going on – perhaps, there is an intelligence at play, that has nought to do with common sense and everything to do with keeping ourselves lesser than the true intelligence and gladness we actually are…

  40. Common sense equals the simplicity of life, when we don’t add anything else to silence the clarity we receive from within, in front of every situation.

  41. It makes sense that the true origin of the phrase common sense derives from a feeling that is experienced from our whole body that aligns us to an inner knowing we all share.

  42. Wow, it is fascinating to consider how throughout the ages, with the onset of the championing of knowledge that we still have to this day and the promulgation of institutionalised religion that would prescribe us with what was good and not good for us and our bodies, that common sense, our innate wisdom, has diminished the way it has in our modern times. It is an eye-opener to consider this – that in ancient times we lived by our own inner code which was universal at the same time, uniting us all, and how now, divided we sadly stand, having given our power and common sense away to what remains today over us – through our own choosing – as the dark rule.

  43. It makes no sense to keep doing these things over and over without learning from them. When reading it all in black and white I can see how ridiculous it all is and the level of disregard that goes on when we ignore and override the messages the body is telling us.

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