By three methods may we learn wisdom: first, by reflection; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
The really meaty stuff you can get from some books, which the local library will happily supply you with. But information is just knowledge, throwaway facts and figures we don’t personally attach to. This blog offering you advice on how to navigate your personal path for inner growth is just a jumble of words on the screen, until the day you start to connect with it on a new level.
All the home truths, the inspirational posts, the instagram quotes in funny fonts you see online, it’s all common sense. You tell yourself, “yeah, I know that”, till you click over to the next webpage, fast forgetting the tidbit of knowledge.
Why…and more importantly how can we connect with knowledge better? Another good question is do we want to?
We are schooled and programmed to see the value in learning. Learning helps us write essays, pass exams, progress onto the next school year and achieves us the top scores. Learning also gets us into university courses we aim for, the jobs we want, the achievement worth bragging about and the pay-grade we don’t shout-out, but we show-off. Learning all this knowledge is a means to an end. My point is, when we focus on gaining knowledge, it sinks in. But have we connected? Or is it just superficial knowledge? Something you throw away once it’s performed its purpose.
Once upon a time half a lifetime ago, I studied engineering…super complex mathematical theory, convoluted diagrams, equations in symbols, a whole different language by look and feel. I learned and understood it. I had fun and enjoyed it, even when it gave me headaches. But do I recall any of it? Nah. Put a wave theory textbook in front of me and I’ll throw it back at you. It’s foreign to me now. I feel no connection to it. It’s served its purpose.
Then there’s the real learning that I committed to the last few years. It’s a calling of sorts for me. You’re obviously drawn to it, too. Otherwise you won’t be reading these words. It’s wonderful, eye-opening and at times, downright scary. This is the kind of knowledge that takes you on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. This inner quest, if you sign-on to it, you can only do on your own. I did equal loads of laughing and bawling. So all the stuff I write in this space, I didn’t regurgitate from some other inspirational new-agey peep. I’ve lived it. I suffered through it. I walked it. I cried myself to sleep with it. I loved it. I’ve immersed myself in the emotional meaning of it. Because that is what it means to truly understand what all this is about. To emotionally connect with the wisdom, it’s so embedded, it becomes part of your being. You cannot unlearn it. Ever.
And how do you turn knowledge into wisdom? You set your intention to gain the wisdom. Send it out to the universe. But be careful what you ask for. The universe has a funny way of double-checking if we’re sure we want what we say we want, by throwing Every Single Opposing Situation in the way….just to be sure, we know and understand what we’ve got our selves into. Depending where you are on your path, it will be magical or harrowing or both. Either way, like those psychedelic 70s pics, it will be a trippin ride.
So next time you see one of these inspirational quotes on your social media feed, stop and think – do you truly know? Do you want to know?!