Knowledge and Wisdom
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I think there are 3 types of knowledge: factual/intellectual knowledge, experiental/experimental knowledge, and wisdom.
Factual/intellectual and dry knowledge comprises of facts, concepts, theories, rationality, science and so forth. This type of knowledge can be of use to improve your quality of life, ONLY if it is actualised. When this type of knowledge is actualised/internalised/embodied, it transforms into experiental and experimental knowledge – a type of knowledge that is relevant and actual for an individual. Don’t waste your time on acquiring factual knowledge without integrating it into your life. In case you do so, it often remains something external to you, as an irrelevant piece of information or an abstract concept. When you spend your time on acquiring intellectual and factual knowledge without integration, you will only die confused – by no means it will bring you purpose or fulfilment in life. This type of knowledge is connected to metaphorical brain/head.
Science is an excerpt of the infinitely complex reality to allow comprehension by the human mind. This infinite complex reality is therefore compressed into formula’s, language and models. In this compression/conversion process, much information is lost. I have nothing against science, in fact, I am a great advocate, though one should always take scientific findings with a grain of salt, not in an unrespectful way, but as such that the limitations and the validations (the philosophical framework so to speak) of the findings are not discarded. Engineering is the attempt of scientific knowledge to use for human development in a variety of ways. Just like science, spirituality is a method of exploration, but rather dedicated to the realms of existence within an individual and of the cosmos on a metaphysical level.
Experiental and experimental knowledge. I call this type of knowledge ‘feeling knowledge’. If one uses intellectual/factual/dry knowledge for sake of improving one’s life – in terms of love, light, fulfilment, peace, strength, freedom, drive, clarity, morality, etc. – it is truly actualised and relevant. If an individual manages to align the brain and the power of the heart, which can only be done by walking ‘the path’, living the life of your dreams, and by following your instinct, you automatically gain feeling knowledge. Heart and brain should work together – the brain should serve the heart to be more precise, and certainly not the other way round. Knowledge from the heart comes from the subconscious mind (and the spirit/god in the form of ‘downloads’) while knowledge from the brain comes from the conscious mind, which is way less powerful/meaningful than the aforementioned. Acquiring feeling knowledge is in my opinion propelled by courage, adventure, curiosity, faith, and trust on one’s own capacities.
Wisdom is a higher form of knowledge. It can be discerned from regular knowledge by the simple fact that it has been confirmed over the ages again and again. If one takes into account the current zeitgeist, the wisdom of the old saints, sages, clairvoyants, mystics, guru’s is continually recontextualised – the core of their teachings is timeless. Furthermore, wisdom is condensed/concentrated knowledge upstream in the process of creation. This physical 3D-reality is a downstream result of what happens on higher levels of consciousness. The wise make adaptations upstream thereby being very effective in influencing this downstream physical reality. Notice that wisdom is fluid. It continuously travels. The more self-aware/self-conscious an individual becomes, the more metaphysical its wisdom becomes. The deeper the understanding of the individual himself, the more the individual is able to understand the laws of reality and life from a higher level of abstraction.
Wisdom can always be deployed. As it comes from a deeply rooted source in an individual, it can neither be forgotten nor remain untapped in case an individual is ill for example, in contrary to intellectual knowledge, which requires energy to grasp. Thus, wisdom remains close – and impregnated – to an individual. Whereas the propelling force of acquiring feeling knowledge is emotion, adventure, courage etc, the main ingredients of acquiring (existential) wisdom and understanding are patience, acceptance, emotional non-resistance (the wise don’t suffer the inevitable), surrender and awareness. One should see through the storm of emotions, feelings and thoughts, and stick with the underlying unchanging observer perspective. One should not be occupied with spending energy on enforcing ‘this human play’ – which oftentimes is like a comedy series. One should rather neglect any attachment of the external world – know that your state of bliss can become independent of externalities through self-inquiry, self-mastery and contemplation/reflection. Externalities in all forms are transient/temporary by nature – they can either be robbed by thieves or they rot or break organically. Properties, in all forms, possess the inherent capacity to get lost, thereby causing (subcutaneous) fears and stress, which on his turn forces the individual to spend energy on solving these issues. So, either any materialistic objects and psychological attachments such as a personality/ego should be avoided. One should rather raise his/her consciousness and dissolve its veil of ignorance by utilising all the external cue’s as a means for self-transformation. Finally, one should keep removing all the limitations and blockages in one’s physique, psyche and spirit so that he/she can realise its boundaryless nature – the one that creates reality.