"I know the unknown is known to me." - Yogi Bhajan
How often do you say to yourself or others that you don't know something? Personally, I used to say it all the time, probably at least ten times a day about a variety of subjects. The funny thing about that it's simply not true 99% of the time we say it. It's a lie we tell ourselves in order to avoid responsibility. Ouch. Over the last few weeks, I've been challenging myself not to say "I don't know" any more. Instead I get still, take a deep breath, and say "I know the unknown is known to me." I've found that if I relax and breathe I connect to the part of myself that is knowing and the answer comes. And if it doesn't right away, no problem. I've started replacing "I don't know," with phrases like, "I haven't made up my mind about that yet," and "Here's what I know to be true in this moment," or "I presently feel this way about that."
The fact is we do know a lot more than we care to admit. We choose to ignore our inner voice in order to keep ourselves from being uncomfortable. "I don't know" is an avoidance technique.
As for learning new information, everyday stress disconnects us from our natural intuitive selves and plays a role in our ability to recall information and make decisions. Do you remember a time when you couldn't remember under pressure but as soon as you relaxed and began to do something else, it came immediately to you without even trying? I know I do.
So for today, experiment with your personal usage of "I don't know," and casually observe how and when you use it. Then, take a deep breath, relax and and say out loud "I know the unknown is known to me" and see if anything new happens. Sat Nam.