Wisdom Will Help You Reach Higher States of Consciousness
Who doesn’t want to be wiser? To quote Confucius on the subject: “By three methods we may learn wisdom. First, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation which is easiest; and third, by experience which is the bittersweet.”
Wisdom will bring you greater peace, happiness and clarity. Wisdom will also help you know yourself better and make it easier to reach higher states of consciousness. Becoming wiser is definitely worth pursuing. Your life will become greatly enriched.
This blog is intended to help you become wiser beyond your years, while foregoing some of the “bittersweet” Confucius refers to.
Acquiring Wisdom Is a Conscious Choice
It’s a myth that you need to be older and smarter to be wise. It’s not about the number of life experiences you’ve been through. It’s about the quality of reflection about your experiences. Developing wisdom is a deliberate choice which you make, regardless of your age and intelligence.
Follow Your Gut Instincts When Judging Others
Those who are wise take the time to get to know someone rather than judge them on their appearance, which can be deceiving. The wise person judges others on their inner self, not who they purport to be. There is a difference. They also tune into their own gut instinct, intuition. The mind may be easily misled but the intuition is not.
However, truly wise people don’t judge others. Instead, they practice empathy. Being empathic means putting yourself in their shoes and trying to see things from their perspective. It doesn’t mean you agree with them but you can see why they feel the way they do. The more you understand them, the easier it is to get a clearer picture why they are the way they are.
Seek to Find Win-Win with All Concerned
The wise reject the notion that everything operates on a win-lose basis. You can find a balance of win-win if you work at it. It’s important to look beyond your personal desires and focus on what’s in the best good of all. Do so with balance in mind—neither extremely selfish nor extremely selfless. Balance is the key.
Learn from the Past and Move on Without Regrets
We have been conditioned to believe that making a “mistake” is bad and seen as a failure. In truth, making mistakes are necessary elements to life which help us become wiser and ultimately reach our goals. Like a toddler learning how to walk, falls, bumps and bruises are part of the process in mastering walking . . . and running. Mistakes and failings are rich opportunities to learn and grow. They guide us in what to avoid, how to overcome obstacles, and the better direction to take.
“Your best teacher is your last mistake.” —Anonymous
Those who are wise learn from their past and then move on without regrets. They aren’t emotionally attached to the past. It’s done. It’s over. The wise don’t allow their egoic mind to cling to the past, especially with any shoulda, coulda, woulda. They are rooted fully in the present, the now, this moment—that’s what’s important.
Practicing Humility Keeps You Open to Other People’s Wisdom
Being humble is a wise endeavor to practice because it allows the real you to authentically shine. Humility also means that you respect the abilities of others without feeling threatened by them. Humbleness allows you to acknowledge your limitations. That perspective enables you to garner infinite wisdom from others’ strengths and knowledge.
Self-Reflection Will Help You Acquire Powerful Knowledge
In today’s busy world, it’s easy to get caught up in distractions and lose sight of what really matters. You forget you’re a Divine luminous soul currently in a human body with a mind that always wants to wander everywhere.
However, what the egoic mind doesn’t want to do is explore the inner self. But the inner self is where true wisdom lies. It’s your connection to an infinite source of eternal universal knowledge.
Throughout the ages, there are images of enlightened people meditating in quiet, tranquil places. They understand when you have peace and clarity is when you see your inner self more clearly. Aristotle said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” To do that, you need to loosen your identification with the chatty egoic mind and raise your consciousness by listening to the inner voice of your soul instead. Your soul’s voice will reveal your deeper nature and the most profound wisdom.
Once you know who you really are and realize your heart’s desires, then you can see more of the opportunities you failed to recognize before. The increased clarity will help you be able to make better choices.
Question Traditional Beliefs
Most people tend to go with the flow while those who are wise challenge the status quo. Wise people may question and doubt long-held beliefs, especially related to religion, politics and philosophy. Instead of accepting everything at face value, wisdom involves asking if that is true for you. Those who are wise will step back and reevaluate commonly-accepted norms and long-standing traditions. The wise do not follow the pied piper. They march to the beat of a different drum.
Use Thoughtful Planning and Routines to Accomplish Your Dreams
Being spontaneous has its place in life. But acting impulsively can lead to regrets. Wise people take the time to think things through. They combine logic and intuition to make the best decisions possible.
Those who are wise don’t live life haphazardly. They have a purpose and goals they want to achieve. They use tenacity to slowly chip away at succeeding at their dream. They remain committed to consistently moving forward regardless of any obstacles.
“The Doors of Wisdom Are Never Shut” —Benjamin Franklin
Being wise can save you a lot of pain, struggle and heartache. You become wiser through experience, reflection and developing certain skills. Wisdom is available to all of us. The wiser we each become, the better the world will be.