How to Become Wise Spiritually (Part 1)
What is to be wise? How does one attain spiritual wisdom? Who is the wise one?
The wise one is one who knows.
Wisdom is knowledge understood with deep clarity.
In other words, the wise one knows the truth beyond all subjective truths.
3 Expectations for the Wise One
To become wise, one must first let go 3 expectations that lead us away from wisdom.
Because the wise one aims to go beyond subjective truths and illusions, one must shed away things that distract one from their journey.
The 3 expectations we must do away with are attachment, ego, and belief.
Attachment causes suffering.
One must not be completely attached to everything and everyone.
This does not mean you should shave your head, leave your family, and live off in the mountains alone.
What I mean is don’t be attached to anything because one day they will be gone.
If we are not completely attached, we are unfazed by their departure.
It is when we are so attached to our possession, people, and ideas that we cause ourselves unnecessary harm.
Don’t give up family, loved ones, society, and life in general.
Just be independent of your circumstances and people in your life.
So that when the time comes, you suffer less and you maintain peace of mind.
The ego, also known as earthly identity, is misleading.
Like an animal, it’s only desire is to exist and enjoy pleasure.
It has no true aspiration for the spiritual but often take the path to egotism.
Ego is limited compare to our intuition.
Listening to the ego to find wisdom is like asking a monkey to solve a mathematical equation.
In other words, their advice are almost always miscalculated.
To lose the ego, we must tame the beast within and not listen to its misguided beliefs and reasoning.
Finally, one must give up one’s deeply held beliefs and personal convictions.
This include political beliefs, cultural beliefs, spiritual beliefs, and beliefs of oneself.
Belief has nothing to do with wisdom because belief is delusion.
It is to acknowledge something without actually knowing it; it is not what is.
Wisdom is “beyond belief” and it does not come from religious stories, spiritual books, or taught by teachers.
You must explore, discern, and experience all possible beliefs so that you may discover what is really there.
Accept Nothing that is Taught
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha
The first way is to discern all knowledge that comes to you.
Accept nothing as the truth.
Trust no claims of what others say and question everything you are being told, including your own personal experiences.
For many teachers do not know everything.
Not all teachings are complete, not all teachings are explained honestly, and not all teachings reveal the hidden meaning.
This includes me as well.
Do not trust everything that you know and experience to be true, for doing so gives into belief.
Remember that belief and wisdom are opposites – wisdom is what is, belief is what you think it is.
To know with deep clarity and from personal experience is wisdom.
To know and feel something is true but not sure of, not fully explored, and not understood is belief.
Why Accept Nothing as the Truth?
Because reality is an illusion.
What I mean is that nothing is as it seems.
All that we perceive and all that can be perceived are deceptions of our own or others.
Whether it is the physical or spiritual, they are all perception.
Perceptions change, become manipulated, and get distorted.
If you wish to find what is real, go beyond perception and find its source.
We can never know beyond perception with the ego because the ego is bound by perception.
Only our true Higher Mind (Higher Self, Soul, Spiritual Self) can reveal the wisdom.
How to Be Wise with Others
The wise one speaks little, softly, and with no ego.
This doesn’t mean that you forget personality or have no expression.
Nor does it mean to always say spiritual words, fake smiles, and run from anger.
In other words, speak with purity.
As we grow wiser, we can control our mind and emotions which manifests into compassionate and respectful speech.
Listen more than we talk. We have two ears and one mouth.
We also know intuitively that not everyone will accept what we have to say.
And there is no point in talking to people who don’t want to hear.
So sit back and do nothing just as all the wise masters done so in ancient times.
There are many people who think they want wisdom only to find out that they weren’t truly seeking it.
Many will ask, but they will only hear the parts that reflects their ego beliefs.
Often they will try to correct you things they don’t know a clue about.
So don’t waste your breath and energy to unworthy ones.
How to Be Wise for Oneself
The road to wisdom is to cultivate true knowing through deep clarity and one’s experience over and over again.
So one must be independent of all attachments and question all ego perceptions.
To do this, you simply open your mind to any possible truths without belief and prejudice.
Knowledge must make complete sense before you are ready to say “I know”.
Any knowledge that you are unsure of, you must explore deeper through meditating without thoughts.
Stay in meditation without thinking of anything but the intent of the question you seek.
Listen to the voice of your inner voice and the answer will be clear to you.
Just learning and knowledge is not wisdom. Accepting teaching is only belief.
It is not an easy road but a fruitful one.
Because it does not only include reaching a higher spiritual understanding but one must, at some point, fall deep into the dark night in order to grow spiritually.
Accept no teachings and deny no teachings, but meditate on them fully until you truly know them.