“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself” is a quote by Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, and brilliant mathematician from the seventeenth century.

Another mathematician recently said something similar that reminded me of this profound quote, “A teacher offers you truths within yourself”. His name is Mohammed Isaaq, and he has developed a methodology taught through workshops titled “Knowing Yourself” through the science of the four temperaments.

Originating from the UK, the debut of the Knowing Yourself workshops hit Sydney, Australia in 2019 and became popular worldwide.

I observed the way people spoke about the course with a lack of depth, and I was turned off from the idea as it seemed like a horiscop-esque fad. I also didn’t know anything about the temperaments or the guy delivering the workshop. Some Brit.

If I was to do a deep dive into learning more about this, I needed to come to it with a sincere, open mind and respect, which I did not have at the time.

After about a year’s reflection and meditation on this, I was divinely guided to give it a go. Like with all divine guidance, it reached me in a time when I needed it the most. Praise God.

As a woman who has worked and is continuously working hard on understanding myself and developing my character to live in an exceptionally actively conscious state, I was intrigued as to what this workshop would offer me.

It essentially gave me the courage to face my ego and feel a mild level of discomfort in understanding my confronting truths.

It felt good, much like the relief you feel when you’ve been under-water for some time, and you take that first deep inhale of air as an instinctive act of survival.

Isaaq relayed the idea that

“We inherit the worldview of the language we learn.”

I appreciated that I was given permission to understand myself from altering worldviews and languages, which was a limiting deficiency on my part before doing the course.

This idea is not just applicable to languages and words in English, Urdu and Arabic, etc, but also with the lenses of particular sciences such as psychology or philosophy from Eastern and Western thought.

The necessity to learn different worldviews, industries, sciences, arts and languages is primary, as many concepts and words cannot be translated easily, and the level of depth is profound.

Although I was aware of differing worldviews, this workshop gave me the tools to be more conscious of it in my learning and the courage to be able to jump between them rather than inheriting one and neglecting the other.

It also helped me to draw connections and parallels where relevant, and there was such a beautiful interconnectedness I discovered where the world just makes so much sense.

I was able to use this methodology to harness my character, behaviour, learning style and strategically relate to people, on a level of consciousness I didn’t know even existed.

My journey with the four temperaments has just begun. Bismillah.

If you’d like to know more about the Knowing Yourself workshop, please visit https://www.mohammedisaaq.com/kyo.

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