Well who am I and who are you?
It's the endless question begging to be answered on these web sites and blogs and networking platforms., like a job interview or a personal ad or a resume, where we must look for and find the list, the endless lineup of credentials, all the letters and titles after our names.
Credential has it root in the word creed and creed at its root means belief in or acceptance that something is true.
So who are the credentials for, really?
The reader, the seeker?
Or do I/we need the credentials to believe in ourselves?
Just what is it that makes me or anyone else belief-worthy?
Is it the school or university that someone graduated from that lends credibility?
Is someone belief-worthy because they're certified or approved and if so, by whom?
And then how does someone determine the credibility of the institution or the certification upon which the credentials are based?
Is it by personal experience or is it anecdotal?
Is trust in someone based upon popular belief in the credibility of their credentials?
There are unscrupulous lawyers and dangerous doctors with credentials from prestigious universities.
And certified financial planners whose finances are a disaster.
If we always look for the credentials does it somehow discourage us from trusting our intuition or override our inner sense of knowing?
Are we discouraged from trusting our own sense of knowing?
Have we been convinced that we're not capable of knowing what is true and who to trust?
When we put our trust only in the credentials do we step away from personal accountability and responsibility for the choices we make about the credibility of the individual?
Who am I? Do I have any credentials? Can you believe in me? Can I believe in myself?
Who are you? What makes you believable?
What are you hungry for?
Ingrid, the Rune Woman
Wise and Irreverent
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