The Nature of Wisdom
What is wisdom? Where does it come from? Is it in the stars, or found in books? Does it reside outside of ourselves—or does it come from within?
While the answer is in essence both, wisdom that is gleaned from the outside world had to originate from somewhere — from those in search of answers who ultimately took it upon themselves to unravel a discovery, a solution, an invention. But that inner wisdom came from somewhere too — a deep, innate understanding that manifests itself first as a feeling or sensation; a belief that is not based on science that has been given many names for thousands of years.
This wisdom is a universal source that has been pulsating since the very beginning of time, finding its way into us and working with us and through us — always available whenever we need it, teaching us grace, patience, ease and contentment. This is a belief in the Self and its unlimited potential, the only thing standing in the way is fear and doubt.
No great discoveries were made without this belief, this intrinsic knowing that the answer was out there, that something ought to be true, that there had to be a better way.
What begins as a whisper, wisdom begs to be heard. And if that calling is ignored, wisdom will show us the way—whether we like it or not, whether we're ready or not. Wisdom can even be painful at times, yes, but like knowledge, wisdom is powerful when we use it, and unlike knowledge wisdom knows only what is good and true.
Knowledge and wisdom are not the same. Knowledge teaches us that the more we know, the less we know; that knowledge is power. But wisdom is different, showing us that perhaps on some inherent, intuitive level, maybe we knew what it was all along. Knowledge requires proof; wisdom, only belief.
Socrates put it elegantly and in fewer words: "As above, so below. As within, so without."
We cannot know the outside world until we truly know ourselves. We cannot know ourselves unless we look deep inside and awaken.
Wisdom is the driving force behind personal transformation, much like the metamorphosis of chrysalis to mature butterfly.