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WISDOM VS INTELLIGENCE
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. - Rumi
What is the difference between wisdom and intelligence? Many think they are the same thing, but they’re not. Far from it!
Let’s first identify what is meant by wisdom by identifying what it’s not.
Wisdom is not just knowledge. It may include it, but it’s more since it goes beyond what we learn. Wisdom is more than a high-speed computer brain that effectively processes data. Intelligence, on its own, doesn’t necessarily yield wisdom since its purview is more linear, such as processing data making calculations and engaging in systems analysis, etc. but falls short in transcendent matters that are often value-laden or moral.
Perhaps, that’s why intelligent people seldom agree on anything, especially controversial political matters. Throughout the world, we see that clash more than ever. What we don’t see is a lot of wisdom that reaches beyond the technology of technocrats. However, wisdom knows what to do with this information by assessing its value in the context of love, creativity and service. Wisdom is intelligent but more than just that since it also relates to the soul’s values that are highest and best in serving one’s ultimate purpose.
Some of the greatest scientists, such as Einstein, Max Planck, and many others, excelled at all tasks requiring powerful mental ‘processing’ qualities. But they also had the wisdom to understand what these pointed to, far beyond fixed equations and intellectual manoeuvres. Many of these physicists may rightly be considered quasi-mystics whose minds went beyond the pale of linear, third dimension thought. See Physicist's Quotes https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/quotes
Unfortunately, many intellectual luminaries throughout history have shown themselves and the consequences of their thoughts to be anything but wise. The intellect can easily be blinded by foolish pride, subverting truth because it doesn’t have the wisdom to recognise truth from falsehood.
Karl Marx, for example, in my opinion, had little to say that was true. While at university several years ago, I took a graduate-level philosophy course on Marxism and found little that was redemptive for humanity. What do you say when at least 150 million souls died throughout the world last century as a result of his deeply flawed communist ideology and foolish assessment of human nature?
He presented his intellectual musings in Das Kapital regarding class struggle and Darwinian survival of the fittest as irrefutable truths. History has shown us that such false ideas lead to tyranny, victimhood and entitlement. Yet many of the world’s supposedly greatest intellects embraced communism and socialism in the 20th century, considering it one of the greatest tomes ever written.
What does that say about these esteemed leaders and thinkers? To me, it says they might be intelligent in how they extrapolate their premises to rational conclusions. But if their assumptions aren’t true, the conclusions aren’t true either. So, why do so many intellects not see what should be obvious since their IQs tell us they are smarter than the rest of us? Would it not be because they don’t have the consciousness that only wisdom can bring to understand life from a higher perspective?
I understand that 90% of scientists are atheists who believe only in material reality. Therefore, their myopic ‘weltanschauung’ remains limited by this perspective. In my opinion, this is not wisdom but willful ignorance, which is why we are in trouble with the distortions of our ‘scientism. Charles Spurgeon rightly stated that “wisdom is the right use of knowledge.” This might explain why our planet remains in such a mess where smart but unwise people do and think stupid things.
So, then, if consciousness is what sets wisdom apart from the nuts and bolts of intelligence, what is consciousness? That’s a huge metaphysical question of spiritual significance that I can’t begin to address here except to say it has to do with awareness. And not just a slice of the material, but all of spiritual reality. The greater one’s awareness of the whole, the higher consciousness calibrates.
Astonishingly, we can test the consciousness of anything, including our own. The body has inherent intelligence that can express itself through kinesiology. For more information on that, go to my post on consciousness. For details on how to do this, go to How Conscious Are You?
It might seem like spooky stuff, but anyone with an open mind can verify this on the spot when not too distracted by the ‘noise’ of the ego. You may wonder how something as subjective as consciousness can be calibrated. The answer is; our brain can’t… but our body can. It has innate, divinely-entangled intelligence.
Have some fun by finding out where you stand on the scale of consciousness by doing this calibration. It’s simple; just hold your arm stiff for a few moments, then have someone do the test. See more details in the link above.
However, when consciousness with someone or something calibrates below 200, it is positioned on the negative downside of the fulcrum, indicating fear has preempted the positive and good. See the chart below.
According to repeatable, unbiased muscle tests, a high IQ has nothing to do with enlightened consciousness other than to make one more ego-centric. All conscious reality expresses itself somewhere within the polarity of fear and love… but that’s another discussion.
To illustrate the negative side, calibrate Das Capital. You will find it calibrates at approximately fifty on a scale of 1,000 when tested. Then on the positive, calibrate some person or book full of wisdom. I’d love to hear from others what my novel series, Elysium’s Passage, calibrates at, although I already know. Let me know in the comments at the end of this blog or at email@example.com
Interestingly, muscle testing doesn’t work for everyone, especially those under the tipping point of 200. Naturally, many intellectuals without accompanying wisdom are the first to deny the efficacy of muscle testing (kinesiological approach. Anyone too much in their intellect at the expense of the heart’s intuition may come in below 200. (Intellectual pride will get you every time.)
Of course, anyone reading this blog post is already up there on the scale, or you wouldn’t be interested in the topic of spirituality, consciousness and enlightenment. (smiley face goes here)
A person of high consciousness will possess wisdom which may or may not have anything to do with education or high intellect. For example, an uneducated farmer, for example, who is close to the land, often understands life, hardship, risk, reward and the nature of reality. If they are wise, they don’t need to be told what is required for survival and happiness; they will already know.
In my observation, the wise old soul of high calibration is far more likely to be more trusting, based on their understanding of God, nature and humanity in whatever way that might be expressed. In that trust comes the wisdom to appreciate what is earned through honest work, not relying on government hand-outs and subsidies. Those possessing wisdom realize they can make it anywhere since they are self-reliant and confident, knowing that the universe is inherently benevolent and so has our back.
A wise person of high consciousness does not live in fear but takes what comes in gratitude and humility. Essentially, they are happy souls because they love life, God and others just as they love themself. And, as Aristotle stated, Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Within love is enlightenment, the highest frequency available to humanity. In wisdom exists love which goes beyond any quality we can define because only it is of God, our divine essence. And so, those in this state of consciousness do not jostle for acclaim, position or vengeance, even while in power.
There is an inner ‘knowingness’ about wisdom that often evades clever intelligence. It’s an innate understanding that can’t be learned, only discovered in a spirit of receptivity for what’s within, not striving for what’s without. To acquire this, it is necessary to shut out what’s not needed so we may hear the intuitive voice that wishes to speak its sound judgment to us. We just know that we know… no one had to tell us; we felt it. That’s wisdom.
Lastly, wisdom means uniting the heart with the mind. Though the heart works in union with the mind, it is not to be subordinated to the mind. The mind cannot be trusted without the heart since it is easily subjected to egoic whims and perspectives.
The heart is the divine portal within, the repository of all wisdom. Higher consciousness, not higher intellect, understands that we are more than a brain, more than a body; we are immortal souls that endure the trials of life. Eventually, we acquire wisdom, perhaps over multiple lifetimes. Those who believe that wisdom is about three and a half pounds of meat, called the brain, show they have no understanding and, therefore, no wisdom.
Wisdom may remain latent in our childhood, but as we become distracted in our adolescence, our ego tends to take over until we can reemerge in a higher state of conscious awareness. However, if we don’t learn to subordinate our ego-mind by listening to the calling of our heart, we may never emerge into the wisdom of our higher innocence.
English poet William Blake writes about this in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790), and how the soul begins in a state of innocence and then moves through the fires of experience to eventually re-emerge into a realm of higher innocence. This, we might define as a state of wisdom where the dross of fear has been burned off through life’s tempering of our souls. Often it requires much living to become so crafted by uniting the mind with the heart’s wisdom. See the blog post, Union of Heart and Mind. Union of Heart and Mind https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/union-of-heart-and-mind
MORE (WISE) QUOTES ON WISDOM
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. - Immanuel Kant
Never did nature say one thing and wisdom say another. - Edmund Burke
Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing when to say it. – Anonymous
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child. - Ron Wild
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. - Oliver Wendall Holmes
Patience is the companion of wisdom. - Saint Augustine
Wisdom is the daughter of experience. – Anonymous
A loving heart is the truest wisdom. - Charles Dickens
The wise man hath his thoughts in his head; the fool, on his tongue. - Ivan Panin
Honesty is the first book of wisdom. - Thomas Jefferson
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. -George Bernard Shaw
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. - Anonymous
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. - Jimi Hendrix
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. - Henry David Thoreau
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. – Sophocles
A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes. Proverbs 13:1
A wise owl sat on an oak, the more he saw the less he spoke, the less he spoke the more he heard. - Charles M Schulz
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. - Charles Spurgeon
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. - Socrates
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. - James 1:5
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. - Albert Einstein
Don't abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you. Proverbs 4:6
When anger enters the mind, wisdom departs. - Thomas A Kempis
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell
The door to wisdom is knowing yourself. – Anonymous
Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living. - Anthony Douglas Williams
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. – Aristotle
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. - James 3:17
There are several discussions on wisdom within Elysium’s Passage novel series. I have selected a couple of selections from The Elixir, the sixth book of the series I’m currently editing.
Excerpt from Chapter 11, The Elixir
‘Of course wisdom is of the heart and insulates the soul from the ego’s clever deceptions, and so we can see things for what they are. There’s no wisdom but divine wisdom.’
That’s a very good way of putting it, my wise man; wisdom does insulate the soul from confusion.’
‘And my wise woman, I can see that your wisdom is obviously rubbing off on Julianne these days; it’s amazing to watch! So maybe hers will rub off on me, I’m sure the fall guy will need it. I just hope that whatever wisdom I accumulate here I’ll be able to take with me when I return to the world.’
‘But James, I’m not sure if wisdom is to be accumulated like Julianne did while collecting sea shells in Camber. Rather it’s latent within you, waiting to be accessed rather than acquire the way knowledge is acquired. It’s not lying around out there waiting to be found, it’s already within you, ready to be rediscovered.
‘And so, the very quality of your soul’s life experiences are determined when you Know Thy Self, by engaging your will by desiring to find your true inner essence, that which is you in God’s perfect image. That’s why your false self, the ego, can’t take your wisdom away unless you allow it. But if you are wise, you won’t let this happen. Not for money, wine, women or song.’
‘Yes, of course, Julie, at least I know that much. As Jan and Eli kept repeating, wisdom is of the heart, insulating the soul from the ego’s clever deceptions, and so we see things as they are.’
‘That’s a good way of putting it, my wise man, wisdom has a way of insulating the soul from confusion since there’s no wisdom but divine wisdom.’
‘You know, Julie, I can see that your wisdom is obviously rubbing off on Julianne; it’s rather fascinating. I hope she will rub off on the fall guy, I’m sure he’ll need it. As for me, I trust that whatever wisdom I’ve accumulated I’ll be able to take back with me.’
‘But James, I’m not sure that wisdom is something that you can accumulate as Julianne did when collecting sea shells in Camber. Wisdom isn’t something you acquire in the same way you acquire knowledge. Rather it’s something already within you, in your inner divine Self, rather than lying around out there somewhere waiting to be rediscovered.’
‘As you’ve learned, your soul’s life experiences take on new meaning when you discover the consciousness of your divine Self. Your false ego-self can’t displace such wisdom unless you allow it. But if you are wise, you won’t let this happen. Not for money, wine, women or song.’
Excerpt from Chapter 3, The Elixir
‘So, James, yes, as you say, you had eyes for my beauty, the beauty for which I’m grateful. But what you really looked upon and were drawn to was my inner beauty as perceived with your inward eyes. And you saw it in Anna too. It was the beauty of eternal love created in time, lived in our various lives over the centuries.
‘As love is the divine essence of wisdom, so a woman’s essence is love. And, as wisdom is love’s form, so does woman find her form in man. Wisdom cannot exist without love’s essence, so love cannot exist without wisdom’s form. And herein lies the ultimate dynamic of harmony, the essence and form of beauty!’
‘I’m not sure where you came up with that, Julie, nor am I sure what most women would say about that, although it sounds a most jolly concept. Still, I’m not sure what might follow from your reasoning.’
After wandering back to where we came to the big oak door. Leaning sultrily against it, she said, giggling, ‘if you think you are man enough, let me show you what follows my reasoning. Then you will understand what underlies the interplay of our relationship.’
‘Fine, I said. I like to play… a lot.’
‘I know you do. Then you will also understand what I said. So, let’s prove it by living it. Let’s live this beauty. You be you, the real man, and I will be me, the real woman. United, unblemished, at one; the whole heart and mind of Christ!’
‘Yes, of course, Julie; nicely stated. Still, I need to think about the merits of your reasoning. As a philosopher, I would have to say we are both love and wisdom, essence and form.’
‘Especially when we join,’ she said. ‘Isn’t that the idea of sex… becoming one. By the way, do you have any plans tonight?’
 Das Kapital, short for Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, was published in 1867) by Karl Marx, dealing with economic, social, and political relations within society and containing the tenets on which modern communism is based.
 I had to think about what Julie was saying. It was recently while studying Emmanuel Swedenborg’s classic, Divine Love and Wisdom, that I came to appreciate what she may have been trying to tell me regarding the dynamic of love and wisdom represented in woman and man.
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE NOVEL SERIES
This is a series of seven Elysium Passager novels regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips, who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.
After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.
An engaging and sometimes surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality, and our ultimate destiny.
The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of adventures.
To read a sample press review at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: READER REVIEWS
The following comments are excerpts from among the first readers, including a number of Amazon five star reviews. To read the full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com or directly at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/reader-reviews
"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture, and humour; Mr Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures the imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”
"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…."
“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"
“Takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher, can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”
“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting yet calming experience that is not to be missed."
"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."
“N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like, and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."
"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it to other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"
“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”
“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous, thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”
“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”
“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.
“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”
“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)
“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.” (CLARION REVIEW)
PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows:
THE ASCENT summer 2022
THE SUMMIT fall 2022
QUANTUM LEAPS spring 2023
SURREAL ADVENTURES summer 2023
MYSTICAL ROMANCE fall 2023
HE ELIXIR spring 2024
THE RETURN sometime in 2024/25
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