The word ‘wisdom’ gets thrown around quite often in spiritual discussions – often as the result of some profound insight. For many, wisdom is believed to be some special knowledge, reserved for a chosen few who has a deeper insight into life. Although this is true in many ways, wisdom has a much simpler and more far reaching meaning.
So what is wisdom really? For one, it is something that is valued in virtually all cultures throughout the world and throughout the ages wise people lead the way to a deeper understanding of life. Wisdom is not about having mere knowledge. It’s much beyond that and in many ways knowledge itself is not even necessary to have wisdom. Wisdom is an inner understanding that often contradicts intellectual knowledge.
Wisdom is almost always beyond the obvious and the conventional way of thinking. The majority of our thoughts are habitual – meaning that they have been thought before and the scary thing is that these are mostly someone else’s thoughts that we’ve become accustomed to. From this point of view wisdom is often a realization of our own erroneous thinking. When we recognize a great wisdom it is as if we see ‘a light’ inside our minds – a special feeling inside which leads us to a greater understanding.
Wisdom is not something you attain as much as it is something you grow into. For most of us wisdom is synonymous with an old man and a long flowing grey beard. Although it is true that wisdom comes with age, you don’t need to be old to be wise. Most of the profound insights that you will come to in your life won’t be about new ‘undiscovered things’ but rather a new way of seeing even the most mundane things. It’s almost as if you grow up and get born into a conditioned way of thinking and when you reach adulthood you have to grow out of it – shedding your skin to really live an inspired life.
For me all great wisdom is spiritual by nature. All great insights into life are insights that transcends the physical world and our mere observations. It’s metaphysical (beyond the physical) and therefore it often contradicts conventional thinking. Wisdom is about seeing past the obvious appearances of things. When you do this you cannot help but to recognize something bigger and greater at work behind everything in life. This great invisible force that some call God is not confined to spiritual thinkers, but is the very force of life that flows through everything.
The true meaning of wisdom is having an intimate knowledge of God and the spiritual and metaphysical dimension that will help you see past the appearances of things to reveal a greater meaning behind it all. In Dr. Wayne Dyer’s 10 Secrets For Success And Inner Peace, he offers a great insight into wisdom. One of his secrets for success and inner peace is a definition for wisdom. He says that wisdom is avoiding all thoughts that weaken you.
Every thought you have will either strengthen or weaken you. On this deeper metaphysical level of life, your thoughts create your life. Having the ability to ‘see’ and to realize this is what wisdom is really about. Virtually every spiritual text refers to the power of thought and how we create our lives through our thoughts. This great law, the Law Of Attraction is a controlling law in the universe that dictates what we attract and create in our lives.
Learning to distinguish and then to avoid the thoughts that weaken you will give you a greater sense of power and authentic energy in your life. Weak thoughts like anger, hate and jealousy always weaken you because it requires a counter force. Thoughts of love, peace and joy will only strengthen you because it never takes anything from you – it only ‘adds’ to you. In this sense wisdom will allow you to enjoy a greater sense of inner peace and it will help you to move right past conflict and confrontation.
So often we focus on what’s wrong in our lives in an attempt to ‘fix’ it. What wisdom teaches us is to shift from what’s wrong, to what’s right. Carl Jung once said that “what you resist persists” – wise words from a wise man who understood that what you think about, will only recreate itself in your life experience.
The true meaning of wisdom is to have the insight that’s beyond the obvious. It’s learning to see that beyond the surface level of life experiences, there is something greater and bigger at work. This invisible (yet knowable) life force is intimately connected to you and your thoughts. What you think about expands in your life and learning to avoid that which weakens you will allow you to cultivate your own authentic power and ultimately create for yourself the kind of life you really want to live.