You’ve probably read hundreds or thousands of books, but to what extent they’ve changed your life? How often do you incorporate something you have read into your life, effectively changing attitudes and emotions? Beyond reading… lectures, movies, personal experiences, conversations with others; all life experiences are capable of transforming us – or not. But what all of this have to do with measuring spiritual wisdom? Actually, not necessarily much. I’ll explain, using reading as to simplify the points I want to make. If you are interested in spirituality, you have probably already read several books on multiple topics. Perhaps you could even be an expert on multiple spiritualist disciplines, capable of teaching many of such topics. In this case, it can easily be said you have accumulated significant spiritual knowledge. But, and this is a very important question, does it make you a better person? Does it bring you spiritual wisdom? After all, is there a difference between knowledge and wisdom? I do believe so, and that’s what we will explore in this text!
Knowledge is simply a collection of facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education. Wisdom, on the other hand, is the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of knowledge and good judgment. Wisdom requires us to moralize knowledge, in other words; and this is the first key point I want to make, to achieve wisdom you must internalize the acquired knowledge, making it an innate idea, an intrinsic part of yourself – beyond your physical brain. Just as wealth and all other material possessions, you don’t take knowledge to another life (a new reincarnation), only your wisdom remains with you as innate ideas. This means that a person who focuses too much on acquiring knowledge but is incapable of internalizing the new data acquired may have the impression to be making large spiritual progress, but is likely not tapping into any further advanced spiritual terrain. Therefore, ask yourself, how much of your spiritual reading has been converted into wisdom? How do you know? Summarizing all of our spiritual knowledge as our ability to love, I’d like to say I have observed that too many of us have knowledge about love, but far less wisdom on this matter. We read about love and may conceptually understand the truth they hold, but too often fail in advancing our ability to love ourselves and others. In our conquest for knowledge we don’t realize that only wisdom can lead to a greater ability to understand and exercise love, which is the second key point I want to make. We can see the relationship between knowledge and wisdom as presented in this text as similar to that of “having” and “being”. You can’t be your knowledge; information outside of a moral framework is like files in a hard drive or books in a library shelf.
So what is the measure of your spiritual wisdom, you ask? It is the measure of your ability to understand and exercise love. It doesn’t matter what you know or what you think you know. If this knowledge does not lead you in the path of greater love, you have made no progress. I’ll risk saying this explains a good deal of why Jesus placed loving God above all and loving others as you love yourself as a code that summarizes all the laws and all the prophets.
So now I’d like to change the focus of my discourse to what actually motivated me to write this text, which I will call the third key point I want to make. We can only transform this Earth into a better place through collectively changing ourselves individually. A better society can only be created if peopled by individuals capable of exercising love at a greater level. This is not a rhetoric point, it is plain reason – we are the world, we are the society. This also means that beyond reading and acquiring new knowledge, we must integrate it with our feelings and moral precepts and transform ourselves before being able to tap any new and superior spiritual wisdom. We must integrate mind and heart as to make any true progress. That’s why the bible cannot be read literally and the reading of the same text will never have the same impact on different people. Then, by collectively bettering ourselves individually, we will naturally reflect this betterment in our interaction with others and the environment. This is how the forging of a better society takes place. I talked some more about this in a previous post called “Inner light to a brighter future”, which I encourage you to read. So, if a better society can only be created if peopled by individuals capable of exercising love at a greater level, it becomes relevant to ask… what is love?
Although I am definitely not qualified to fully answer such question, I can perhaps share my glimpses of it… Let’s start by what it is not and see if we can arrive at any useful place. For me, love is not protesting about what you think is wrong with aggressiveness, force or violence – no matter how worthy you think your cause is. Love is not to discriminate, ridicule or bully others – the circumstances do not matter. Love is not concealed in any code, doctrine, religion or point of view. Love requires listening to others without combating, complaining or criticizing those who think or feel different on their back. (And here I want you who consider yourself a light worker to seriously think whether you are not making those mistakes!) Love cannot be bought, sold, or traded. Love cannot be owned, demanded or legislated. Love has no boundaries, no borders, no race, no gender, no sex, no religion, no specific shape, age or master. If love could be represented by a scale, perhaps it would have mercy in one side and justice on the other, equally balanced. Therefore, love requires flexibility, mindfulness and understanding. Love is not a human creation, but the divine spark that connects every intelligent being with the creator and with each other. Within love we are one, without love we are little, afraid and lonely. Love is the only safe place in the universe. It is where happiness resides. Love is the ultimate engine of progress, because science alone can only advance our knowledge, not our wisdom.
So, to conclude, I’d like to ask you to critically assess all of your spiritual knowledge searching for opportunities for greater wisdom. Remember that spiritual advancement cannot be made without wisdom and wisdom cannot be progressed without love. So, where are you failing to exercise love at home, in your family, at work, with relatives and friends, etc.? There, right there is your spiritual path. Read about it and continue to internalize knowledge into wisdom… that’s a simple way how you can help build a better world!