|Knowledge may be Power, but it is not Wisdom|
If wisdom were truly for the knowledgeable, then most of the living species crawling the Earth would be vulnerable to death ...and extinction...every day.
|God is Wisdom, which emanates to us from the Soul.|
Yet, these species learn to survive and thrive in creative ways that confound many humans.
The tiny ant knows to build its "domain" and stockpile its food in the summer, knowing the winter will bring only barrenness.
Birds know to migrate in different directions, based on the season of the year, for their survival and protection.
|Photo Credit: Sociedad Argentina de Horitcultura|
Yet, these species and "things" do not have brains. Humans, like other higher animals, have a cerebral cortex, allowing them to process information in a logical way.
"Ants, like other insects have networks of nerve cells called Ganglia. Human cerebral cortex, with ten billion cell bodies, is by far the most ingenious cellular network in the universe capable of processing vast amounts of information...."- Dr. Chatatin on Yahoo Answer.
|A Colony of ants|
How then can the ant and other species know what they know to do what they do? Obviously, something greater is at work, providing these species with limitless "intuitive" intelligence.
"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us." Marcel Proust
Although they help, reading a book and, or, attending seminars may lead to knowledge but not Wisdom. This must be acquired!
In the world in which we live, we celebrate those with the most information and knowledge, the most wealth, and the most of anything. "To Get More From..." is the aim of almost all we do, and aspire to, in this life.
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The more brazen fields are ...Advertising,
Marketing, Sales, Telemarketing, Collections, Strategic Planning...Yet, other seemingly innocuous occupations also have the same aim: Accounting, Finance, Teaching, Politics and others.
|Telemarketing has to be one of the most aggressive forms of "To Get From"|
Why is it that most of us, humans, never seem to have enough and always seem to want "To Get More From..." simply to satisfy our own greedy desires? Very simply. It's our egos.
We want more than...want "to get more from..." because we simply believe that more is better.
In Defense of EGO, we must accept that without this drive to want more, do more and be more, we would stand still, content with the smallest amounts thrown at us.
So, yes, our egos are our driver. But wanting more simply for ego gratification ultimately leads to a void within us. Without being balanced with our Spirit and desires of our Soul, an egotistical desire for more leads us to emptiness.
The ego drive can be useful and honed to serve us and others in more meaningful ways through conscious awareness and effort.
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Wisdom is the reward for having walked a path of self examination and waking up to the truth that we're here on Earth for more reasons than to "get more from."
|Money will come when you're not looking, and scheming, for it. |
Let Life flow through you...first.
This awakening is one of life's greatest gifts, yet it presents one of life's greatest challenges we will face each day. Those living an "un-examined life" often can be seduced by their egos into believing that they are doing what is "right, just and true," which is the way of the Christ within.
The path of an "un-examined life," which has absorbed religion without question and sees spirituality only as a vehicle to "doing the next right thing," is subject to seduction of the ego. "Right and good" in the eyes of the world may have little, or nothing, to do with the journey of the Soul.
"And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."- Romans 12:2
To be honest, even those who are doing what is "right and good," vs. "right, just and true," may have a conscious or unconscious awareness of "getting more from..." Playing by the rules of Spirit and following the promptings of the Soul take hard work!
|Writing our honest feelings in a diary is an effective way to help us connect within. Yet, we must learn to listen for guidance and follow it.|
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon." Matthew 6:24
|Photo Credit: Alex Wild. Ants building a protective wall around their space.|
Most other species know they must change form in order to not only survive, but thrive, in myriad forms of beingness. Humans want the same thing too... they want to "get more from ..." but don't think they must "change form" to do so.
|Trees in California's Redwood Fores,|
located in Humboldt County.
We, humans, want to have all the riches in the world... be happy...live in peace, live a joyous and prosperous life, beginning to end... without doing the work that requires us to look at the world with new eyes: compassion, love, decency, humanity, caring enough to share.
Air turns into clouds and survives by changing form. This is called "atmospheric stability. "
Water turns into ice and survives by changing form. Plants and trees bend and twist and grow up and down, changing form, but still... surviving....and thriving.
But humans think they need do nothing...but continue on the same path...year after year, generation after generation...gathering more, getting more... and giving less and less to the sources of the universe that feed us.
We try to walk through life the same way with the same guiding knowledge we had from the day we came in. Whatever intuitive guidance we would have flowing from within, we block it out. We allow our egos...and human greed for more... to rule, front and center. In essence...we fight our own, personal, evolution.
As humans, too, many of us believe we must plow through everything in our path. We cut trees indiscriminately...pollute our waterways and our air, our ground and our groundwater...all in our singular quest for
"getting more from..."
"To hell with those inanimate objects. Who cares?"
But we all should care... Should we truly, in our greed for "getting more from..." destroy the things we need for basic survival: air, water, plants, trees et al, we destroy ourselves.
It may not seem to matter now...but to future generations ...it will. (One Nebraska Utility is getting the message: Nebraska Utility Is Phasing Out Some Coal Units.)
Lest we stray, let's return then to acquiring "Wisdom." We must understand that wisdom is a journey, not something we can acquire by reading a book, or attending a seminar. We must know each day, we're offered new lessons, new solutions to overcoming old problems, and an opportunity to evolve from our old ways of seeing and being. To evolve authentically and to live truthfully in Peace, we must stay open to our Soul's guidance.
|Birds intuitively know what to do to survive...and thrive|
|Birds migrate in flocks from coast to coast in different seasons|
and will continue to cover through the rest of the year.
The Power of Wisdom does not come from striving and fighting our way through life to "Get More From"... Wisdom comes from getting a deeper understanding of life by allowing the intuitive spirit within us to be our guide.
It comes from taking a closer walk with God and the being within us that is constantly there...our Soul...asking, only, to be let through. But instead of gracefully stepping out of our own way, we push, fight and grab.
So, yes. We get more... Then...comes the VOID. Life lacks meaning.
So...we wonder...and wander....
|Ants build their nests with protective walls around them.|
We see the tree bent a certain way.
We observe the birds...migrating in accord...away from the clouds.
We look into the distance, then, we, too, see the clouds.
We look down and see the water in the lake has turned to ice. We wonder..."how?"
"God Grant Me the Serenity To Accept the Things I Cannot Change Courage To Change The Things I Can And Wisdom to Know The Difference." -The Serenity PrayerAre you willing, and able, to see...and also accept ...the difference?
|Giant Sequoia and Redwood trees, hundreds of years old, grow |
in California's Redwood National Park.
Can you be still enough, to differentiate between ego's need for more, and the Soul's gift of guidance to you to "change form" when guided to do so in order to become whole?
"Getting more from..." with ego's and our humanity's guidance is a totally different gift than "Getting More From..." with Spirit and from the guidance of the Soul.
Are you ready to learn the difference?
If so...the teacher, within, awaits you.
If so...the teacher, within, awaits you.