Tag: wisdom

Gaining Wisdom #wisdom #spiritualadvice #spirituality #SOM

Aristotle says: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Socrates says: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” So, from as far back as the 13th Century, we see that the culture of the ages was that “gaining wisdom” was paramount to understanding life.

We fast-forward to the present as Isaac Asimov, an author and biochemist, says: The saddest aspect of life, right now, is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

This makes me wonder if in today’s fast-paced society we spend the proper amount of time needed to understand ourselves and our place in the universe. Are we more apt to be rushing somewhere to gain more money or to attain more power? How often do we sit contemplating the stars and gathering the energy from a walk on the beach?

Of course, life is about balance. We couldn’t possibly have the time and wherewithal to sit on the beach if we didn’t have a job, food, and a place to rest at night. But, do we need the sailboat, mansions, or 500-dollar dinners to help us understand ourselves and to be at peace as we rest our heads on our pillow at night?

Most people who has monetary security, generally are swift to use it to do fun and elaborate things. Often, though, these kinds of clients tell me how unhappy they are in their relationships—so unhappy, that they can’t leave their old paradigms, because of all of the financial security they provide. In contrast, I have people who scrimp and save for one session a month or ask me to give them a discount, because they can’t afford a session. With these kinds of people, it seems that their paradigm of life is just as narrow. They spend so much time worrying about not having enough, that they, too, spend no time dreaming about or contemplating a better future.

I had a client a couple of days ago, who came to me with a rare illness that caused extreme pain at varying degrees during the day. As she described her pain, her eyes welled with tears. Later in the conversation, though, she began to share a story about her husband’s dream for her and their family. Her eyes quit tearing and she began to smile. I saw in that moment that she had the capacity to change her current pain model. I asked her if she felt pain while she was talking about her dream of the near future with her husband. Her answer, of course, was no. My thought was to help her change the triggers of neurological patterning of her brain to remember her good whenever she began to feel pain. This, of course, takes letting go of the belief that she will always feel pain, and even more importantly, making room for a truth that she hadn’t yet experienced. All of this is stretch for someone who spends little to know time contemplating life.

But, she, or anyone, can’t begin to understand how to make that shift in mind unless they make room for a dream or an idea different than the one they have now. This, to me, is the key to acquiring wisdom—making space for something you don’t know or something you don’t yet have in mind. You can’t fill a glass that is already full. Empty out what no longer serves you and make some room for wisdom!

I have a teacher and friend who says to start off every prayer with what you know. “This is what I know… God is in the ocean, the smallest particle in physics, and living, breathing and moving through me now…” As soon as I begin with a prayer like that, I have a solid place of understanding to build from. More importantly, I start with the expansiveness of the universe, which leaves me wondering about my connection to the Whole and keeps me wondering what my part is in this vast puzzle.

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The Owl of Wisdom

Last evening I was walking at beautiful Radnor lake and noticed an owl perched low in a oak tree. I called to it using a trilling of my tongue, while blowing through my mouth with a low OO sound. The wise old owl gazed at me with auspicious wisdom and power. I had the feeling that there was some significance of this owl crossing my path.

The message was a clear one for me. I’ll be paraphrasing from a book called Medicine Cards by Sams and Carson, 1988. The book uses theology about an animal’s significance in the American Indian culture.

Sams and Carson say that the owl shows up when you need to be reminded of your powerful insight and spiritual powers. It also shows people to use their magical powers for good, as opposed to selfish purposes. But the most important message that I gleaned from the book was that people may be subconsciously frightened who are around a person with spiritual insight, because they feel that this individual can see through them (pp. 121-122).

In my life many people have come and gone. I notice that the more real I become, another layer of friends decides to move on. I’ve always wondered about the significance of such an event. Of course, I feel pain deep in my soul when anyone decides to leave my life for any purpose, but the worst kind of pain is when a friend doesn’t share the reason for his/her departure—they simply disappear from your sight.

I had an amazing best friend for years. We did everything together. We talked two or more times a day. I knew everything about her and she knew everything about me. We helped each other through hard times and celebrated the good times. However, after eight years of love, she simply disappeared without a trace, not even telling me why she had gone. She moved from her home and changed jobs, so I couldn’t even confront her, which I longed for. So, I had been left with an empty hole not knowing why, or even if, she is safe.

I go back to the message of the Owl for comfort. Maybe all that I understand about her heart was too much for her. Perhaps, as I look back, my compassion and advice began to eat away at what she wanted to hide from herself and from everyone else. Maybe, the owl’s wisdom for me is about not sharing all that I see. Maybe I should just pray instead of trying to fix friends.

I can’t know for sure. But I don’t want to retract from any spiritual gift God has given me. I do, however, want to be authentic and loving toward those who may be receiving wisdom from Spirit through me. With that, takes an awesome amount of responsibility.

If you are a person who uses a healing modality for your life’s work, this is a message for you. Not every insight is meant to be shared. When you have a vision or thought about a person, ask your heart if the client or friend is willing to hear your perceptions. You may even ask for a confirmation of some sort. You may wait for the client to ask to share what you’re thinking. This is always a good practice when dealing with people who are not on a spiritual path.

Make no bones about it: Not everyone is spiritual and not everyone cares to know about your spiritual insight. In fact, there are many people who will scoff at your beliefs and think that you are a fraud. They may even call you out because they do not believe. But don’t let any insult or comment keep you from your meditation practice and your desire to help others with your spiritual gifts.

A small amount of negativity in your life is little price to pay for the good that you will do as you expand your mind and body to be a conduit of Unlimited Good.

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