How to Become Wise Spiritually (Part 2)
We grow spiritually in order to become wise. And we become wise to grow spiritually.
Throughout history, many wise people such as the yogis, shamans, and Buddhists practice certain ways to achieve wisdom.
Though there are many stages of wisdom – the Holy One being the highest – each and every one of us can progress spiritually to new heights.
The 5 Ways of the Wise Ones
So what are the 5 ways of the spiritually wise ones?
They are Solitude, Awareness, Clear Perception, Clarity, and Meditation.
This is not a complete list but some of the things one may do to attain wisdom.
Whether it is the Yogi’s living in the mountains or simply spending time in nature, majority of wise people spend many years away from society.
A shaman, for example, would take long years outside of her tribe until she becomes a healer for her people.
This is to get away from all the noise and programming of society.
Since I am a loner (not lonely), not spending much of my time with people gave me free time to cultivate a clear mind with ease.
Though I am still living within society, so I am not completely isolated.
There is no need to abandon one’s home or live out one’s life as a hermit.
Spend more alone time and less hanging out or watching T.V.
Just have some time to seek wisdom and be with your spiritual self.
A highly spiritual consciousness must observe and be aware of all that is going around.
This does not only include people we encounter, but also our dreams, visions, and energy flowing through our body.
Become observant of your outer and inner self like the Taoists.
Be aware like the Buddha seeing the suffering of beings around him.
Stay alert of your surroundings like wolves ready to hunt and watching out for animals that are dangerous.
Spiritual ones do this on a daily basis.
We must because it is for our survival.
Not many people use their awareness to read people and that’s why they don’t know who’s harmless and who’s a threat.
It’s also why many cannot see the spiritual side of life.
To be wise is to cultivate awareness.
One can start by losing the ego and lose your thoughts in meditation.
Meditate on what you have read or the knowledge you want clarity on.
You will gain greater awareness leading to higher consciousness.
3. Clear Perception
Perception is how we sense our world.
We are what we perceive.
Reality is also perception.
But we cannot see beyond what IS because our ego is bound to the illusory world of perception.
Clear perception comes from your Higher Mind (Higher Self, Soul, Spiritual Self) who sees in unity instead of duality.
For example, you may read these words and find yourself knowledgeable.
Knowledge, however, is not the same as experience.
You can theoretically know all there is to know about spirituality but it doesn’t mean you know it.
Just like you can have the best knowledge on vehicles but it doesn’t mean you can fix one.
To have spiritual knowing is to experience it for oneself.
Once one does, one will find that there is no such thing as good or bad, races, and human species but that we are all one kin.
Because every living being is a soul and all souls are created by one divine light.
You will find that even plants and animals are highly spiritual beings like us.
They do not hate, make wars, or kill for no reason unless it is to hunt or to protect – they are following what nature intended.
Our bodies all make up the same energies, so how can we say that we are all separated?
A wise seeker must be clear in mind and intentions.
Our first grasp of understanding are usually incomplete.
That is why we need to clarify and refine our understanding until it becomes crystal clear.
All one needs is to stop and ask for clarification.
Your Higher Mind will answer it.
But don’t expect it to come right away.
Better yet, don’t expect it at all.
Your answer will come in time whether now, later, or in your dreams and intuition.
Our Higher Mind can also project this experience in our waking life as random people, strange coincidences, and special conversations.
Your Higher Self will always show you if you ask for it.
“Ask and You Shall Receive”
Whenever you read a text or word, read it slowly.
Also, visualize what the sentence means in your mind.
This helps in having greater clarity in what your mind absorbs.
Spiritual practice cannot be complete without meditation.
For it is the core practice for cultivating mind and body.
All beings naturally meditates.
It is when the bear goes into hibernation, the frog gazing intently at his prey, or bees laying on sunflower beds.
A rabbit meditates on the nice breeze, the mountain meditates as a mountain, the rock meditating on its surroundings, the plants meditate on the sun rays, the dog meditating on sleeping, and the hawk meditating on its prey.
To meditate is to be natural to our own being.
When it comes to finding wisdom, we first have a question in mind.
Then we meditate with no thoughts except for the question we seek to find.
Stop there and wait for it with an empty mind.
Your intuition is crucial in understanding which is true knowledge and which is false.
Remember not to trust our inner senses completely because our ego is very cunning and deceptive.
Instead, stay neutral to the answer and see if it changes throughout your experience.
Let no expectation or bias alter your answer.
In other words, never go into meditation with the mindset of “Is this true or false?”
That is an expectation and we cannot find clarity if our expectations blind us.