A path to becoming wise
When do you know you
At various places in the
Releasing Your Unlimited Creativity material the following
proverb is routinely quoted: “An individual learns from their
mistakes. A wise individual
learns from the mistakes of others. A fool never learns.” The
question is, “How do you become wise? Does one only need to learn
from the mistakes of others or is there something else.
Individuals have routinely asked the author, “How did you become so
wise - how did you get the understanding you have?” For the longest
time the author simply shrugged his shoulders and made a gesture
with his hands as if he did not know. In some ways that is true. He
doesn’t really know how he obtained the insights he has. He often
felt he stumbled across them. But to say he doesn’t know would be a
lie. It would be more honest to have said, “He never looked to see
In hindsight, the author can say there were three things that he did
which are reflective of two very important creative principles that
lead to the insights and understanding he now possesses.
The first two things he did are discussed in the topic, “An
Inherent Mystic.” One was at about age eight or nine. He asked
what he thought was a simply question looking at the sunset one
summer day while in the yard of the house where he grew up. He
asked, “Why don’t people live every day the way they say they want
to live when they are in church?” The second was at age sixteen. He
was waiting in his family car as he looked out towards a cemetery in
the parking lot of supermarket of his home town. Being somewhat
frustrated at what he was being taught at school, he set the
following intention, “I only want to learn that which will be
applicable to any time and any place. I do not want to continually
have to relearn things and learn things that are only relevant to a
particular job, task, view or whatever.” The third thing was when he
was nineteen. He was sitting at a desk in a barracks in Corpus
Christy, Texas as a Naval midshipman reading a book on aerodynamics.
he remembers looking up and out the window and recalling, the
proverb stated above about becoming wise. He remember thinking, “I
want to become wise. I do not wish to waste my time making mistakes.
I will learn from the mistakes of others.”
In hindsight, those three questions/intentions laid the foundation
for all of the Releasing Your Unlimited Creativity material. The first
question was about learning to “pull
the string” on “why this as opposed to why that.” He came to
understand there reasons and there is a chain of events for all that
happens. The question is whether or not we are persistent and
observant enough to find those answers.
The second and third thing was simply learning to use clear
intention. It is to set a
clear intention. Then, keeping faith with that clear intention,
making all his decisions as much as possible to fulfill that
intention. He spent most of his life looking for those principles
and concepts that transcended time and place. He looked to what
others had come to learn about such concepts and principles. In the
end, those three thing lead to deeper and deeper understandings
about how we create the experiences we have. They were in fact the
foundation for the
subconscious journey into exploring creativity. Eventually they
lead to stumbling into an
experience of the source of his creative power
and ability and to the Source of Creation. That is, an experience of
Ultimate Accident. It that moment, nothing in his life was ever
A path to
becoming wise (Top)
In hindsight the author would
offer the following recommendations to become wise.
First, set a clear intention for what you wish to create and be
determined to stick to it. Allow the source of the intention to be
from the passion of your heart and what you consider devoting your
life and energy to manifesting. It should be something worth dying
for You can always change it if it is not sufficiently fulfilling
and give you an inner satisfaction. But you must be willing to give
your life and life energy to it. Of course, your intention should
include to become wise if you wish to become wise. Also remember,
wisdom is not what mind thinks. Often it is knowing beyond what mind
can logically piece together.
Second, become aware of your thoughts. Become aware of why you have
the thoughts you do as opposed to other thoughts.
Pull the string not stopping at the first insight you get.
Continually challenge yourself to where did the insight you have
came from and why. You will be surprised and often intrigued by what
Third, become aware of what you feel. Become aware of what you feel
where and when. Then pursue pulling the string on why this feeling
as opposed to any other feelings.
Fourth, learn to follow your
intuitive guidance and honor what you get. Become aware of the
insights you have about a situation no matter how ridiculous,
bizarre, or out-of-place the insight may appear. There is
information about yourself and the situation you are observing in
Fifth, become aware of how you respond to life. Become aware of the
thoughts that arise about a situation and how you choose to respond.
Become aware of when you are choosing consciously and when you
reacted subconsciously out of habit.
Sixth, ask your intuitive guidance what you need to do to become
wise. Then honor the intuitive guidance you get. Be prepared for it
to lead you where you don’t want to go.
Seventh, observe the world and those around you. Look to see where
they are successful and why.
Look to see where they fail and why or where they appear to make
Pull the string on where you think their success lies to see
what is really giving rise to their success. Often it is other than
what first impressions indicate. Many are successful because of
circumstances around them and not necessarily what they themselves
do. Similarly, look at the
mistakes of others. See where they seem to fail and why. Pull
the string on why you think they failed. Again, often why they
failed is not the obvious reason. Some people who do everything
right seem to fail.
you know you are wise?
You will never know when you are
wise. When you think you are wise you are not. You are wise when
others come to see the wisdom you possess. Yet, if you claim that
wisdom and think you are wise because someone said you are wise,
again wisdom will elude you. Wisdom does not seek the approval,
recognition, or judgements of another. It seeks truth for in truth
there is understanding, knowledge, and if desired, the power to make
things happen. .
Does the author consider himself wise. No, he does not. But, he does
know he has insights. Some of those insights are very profound. Yet,
when he see the vastness of Creation and know his finite mind cannot
begin to see and comprehend all that is there, he know he is wise.
But his is in
wonderment and “Ah” at what is. He knows that he can never have
the wisdom that spans that Creation and retain an ego identity for
it is the ego that gives us the experience of Creation. Yet, there
is this knowing that transcends time and space. It exist only when
we know we don’t know, but then we know in the lack of knowing. All
that can really be said is it that what you seek is known only when
you are out of mind - beyond what you think and believe and what how
you have defined yourself. To be wise is to be out of mind. When you
are out of mind, the concept of being wise does not exist for it is
a creation of mind and has no meaning.
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