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Meditation has its foundation in ancient philosophy that continues to grow in popularity into present-day contemporary literature and practices.
Meditation affects the spiritual, mental, and physical thus influencing persons’ decisions, desires, and actions. This ultimately leads to the recreation of an individuals’ character as a whole. There are power and science in meditation: the energy that is generated from head to toe; followed by a component of complex vibration; and the development of heat and light energy while in the process of meditation. All these are indications of meditations’ power when practiced correctly. There are three essential elements to fully engage oneself in a meditation process: Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. In addition, contemplation and mental exercises are necessary for the process to be perfected. Having control in administering the mind and body is a fundamental step or a preference to lead concentration your way.
A healthy mind will have a healthy body. Healthy lungs will generate healthy breathing. Breathing controls the energy of the body during meditation. A clear mind will allow for clarity of thought thus block negative behavior and prevent past issues to interfere with the process. When an individual is physically relaxed the brain transmits the anticipated concentration more clearly and without any blockage. Concentration must be free of mental distress or agitation, fear or worries, no environmental interferences that would break meditational focus. In addition, proper arrangement and position of the body are necessary.
It is advisable to do meditation in a sitting position this will lessen the human body’s tendency to fall asleep during a relaxed phase. Although relaxation of the body is a key component of meditation, the mind must remain sharp and alert because meditation requires a conscious state of mind. Meditation is “a private devotion or mental exercise consisting of any of innumerable techniques of concentration, contemplation, and abstraction, regarded as conducive to heightened spiritual awareness or somatic calm. Britannica Micropeadia stated“ Meditation is a practice that benefits mind, body, and spirit. Through inner exploration, meditation awakens creativity, healing, and transformation.
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Destructive Emotion – How can we overcome them? (2003) Daniel Goleman Ph.D., co-chair of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in the graduate school of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. (2003) “One of the most exciting discoveries in neuroscience over the last five years is that the areas of the brain, the frontal lobes, the amygdala, and the hippocampus, change in response to experience. They are the parts of the brain dramatically affected by the emotional environment in which we are raised and by repeated experience.”
Essential Philosophy – Everything you need to understand the world’s greatest thinkers. (2005) James Mannion a former publishing professional and the author of several titles in the Everything series. He lives in Jersey City, NJ
Thomas Aquinas divided knowledge into two stages, sensitive and intelligent. Sensitive knowledge is simple awareness of something and intelligence is grasping the abstract concept. In Stoic knowledge and wisdom, they have agreed with an Epicurean that all knowledge comes from sensory experience. The wisdom and knowledge of the sages of their time, their belief, revelations, thoughts, and results of their accomplishments were briefly discussed in this book. The core of Buddhism centers on what is called The Four Noble Truths. And the eightfold path to enlightenment is also covered in this book This is a quick reference book.
DK Complete Bible Handbook – John Bowker (1998) was Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1984-1991. He is currently a fellow of Gresham College, London, and Honorary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He is also a Professor of Religion at North Carolina State University. Wisdom is the word used in the Hebrew Bible to describe a wide range of human skills from embroidery to divination and it means something like “know-how”. In Proverbs 1-9 wisdom is personified as a woman and is contrasted with the situation of the foreign woman who leads the unwary individual off the right path to death.
Aristotle (Revised 2004) translated by Hugh Tredennick was educated at King Edward’s, Birmingham, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Received a double first in classics. He was a professor of classics at Royal Holloway College. Was a Dean of the Faculty of Arts at London University. He edited and translated works by Aristotle, as well as Xenophon’s “Conversations of Socrates” and Plato’s “Last Days of Socrates.”
From here to Serenity – Four Principles For Understanding Who You Really Are (2000) by Jane Nelsen Ed.D A licensed marriage, family, and child therapist and the author of the classic positive Discipline parenting series. This book provides a map that will lead you to the treasure inside yourself through Understanding the four principles of the thought system. You will know you are in touch with your inner wisdom and inspiration when you read something and have that feeling or upon reading something you disagree, instead of having negative feelings you are led to a higher understanding that makes more sense than the word in this book.
Meditation is frequently confused with various forms of concentration. The purpose of concentration exercises is to focus our full undivided attention on a specific aspect of the functioning of our mind and/or the body in order to accomplish a certain goal or develop a certain skill. Exercises such as yoga, tai-chi, breathing exercises, visualization are all forms of concentration.
In contrast, meditation is an exercise, aiming to prevent thoughts in a natural way, by deeply relaxing the physical body and then trying to keep the mind completely “blank” with no thoughts whatsoever. This state may be maintained for a few seconds or a few hours, depending on your skill. The purity of the mind achieved during meditation is essential to gain access to Higher Self. It seems that our Higher Self does not admit any impurities.
To reach the Higher Self it is best to concentrate on the source of the “inner sound”, leading to the “inner light” – a nucleus of the Higher Self, which initially seems infinitely far “on the other side of a long dark tunnel”. When we get sufficiently close to our Higher Self, the inner light becomes much brighter than the Sun, and when we are allowed to join it, the bliss cannot be described in any human language. To get that far, we have to achieve complete purity of the mind during meditation, have pure intentions, and then intensively concentrate for some time on the “inner sound” and “inner light”.
The most important role of a spiritual teacher is to show everyone his/her individual way to the Higher Self. Then, it is up to the individual to practice and reach the Higher Self.
From the above, meditation seems to be an essential skill to attain the ultimate enlightenment. There are quite a few techniques for meditation. Most of them use the so-called “mantra” composed of a few words or sounds. Mantra is repeated mentally to help us achieve and maintain a “blank” state of mind.
Contrary to popular belief, promoted by people who attract followers and/or charge money to teach meditation, the mantra has no sacred “meaning” and no mantra is essentially better than any other. However, regardless of its content, the mantra has two important functions, which may greatly assist us in achieving and maintaining a meditative state of a blank mind.
1. mantra is a very simple thought. It becomes very familiar to us when we repeat it in our minds. This thought is used to replace any thought that may come to our mind. Every time a thought comes during meditation, we use a mantra to replace it.
2. When we practice meditation regularly using the same mantra (whatever it is), soon we train our mind to associate the mantra with a calm meditative state. This association is called an “anchor” by Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioners. After such self-training, even if we are agitated, a thought of mantra usually brings an immediate calm of the mind. This makes our mantra a very powerful tool to deal with stressful situations in our life, a tool in which we can develop ourselves as a result of regular meditation practice.
When we understand the above two functions of the mantra, it becomes clear that changing mantras maybe not a very good idea. Changing mantras may be considered useful only in special situations, for example when we want to eliminate an undesirable meditation habit, preventing us from achieving a deep meditative state, and the existing mantra is identified as related to that habit.
Also, it becomes logical that whatever mantra we use, we should keep it private and not tell it to other people. Otherwise, we give others a way to control our subconscious mind by telepathically transmitting to us our own mantra. The best teachers will take time to give people individual mantras rather than teach everyone the same mantra.
Mantras are usually composed of alternative vowel and nasal sounds and may contain several words. The most widely known mantra is “ooohmmm” or “aaaaummm”, but any other similar word will do when we extend vowel and nasal sounds (home, room, zoom, moon, zen, boom, etc..). It is best if the mantra is an exotic word or a series of words (syllables) not encountered in everyday conversation.
The posture during meditation is also important. The easiest posture is a comfortable sitting position, with your spine straight and erect. If you lay down you will most likely fall asleep. Joining your hands and crossing your legs is desirable because you make the bio-energy field around you more compact and therefore more intensive. Sitting cross-legged is another good position, but requires some fitness and training. Yet another good position, although rarely used today is a squatting position with your arms crossed over your knees, resembling the position of a fetus in a womb.
If you have never tried any meditation, try to find a quiet place and try the following technique:
1. take a comfortable meditation posture, one of the postures described above.
2. close your eyes and relax all muscles in your body, including the face. A few alternate nostrils yoga breaths are very helpful at the beginning of this stage – breathing in through one nostril and breathing out through another, closing nostrils with fingers, and altering closed nostrils with each breath.
3. disregard any thought as it comes – do not continue a kaleidoscope of thoughts – continue this for 20 minutes or so, maintaining your mind blank. You can use a mental sound “ooooohhmmm” (a mantra) every time you have a thought. Alternatively, you may keep counting thoughts, discarding each one as it comes, without analyzing it. When you go down to 2 or 3 thoughts in 5 minutes, you meditate successfully.
With practice, you should be able to attain a blank mind anytime and anywhere, even in a crowd of people or a stressful situation with the help of your mantra. But do not use the mantra when stressed, until you are positive that you practice meditation long enough and the thought of mantra is firmly associated with your state of a calm mind.
One of many benefits of meditation is that it opens your mind to new ideas. When the bowl is full, trying to pour more water into it just causes an overflow. The same happens in our minds. When it is full of thoughts, there is no room for new ideas.
Meditation is a very effective technique for improving your creativity and problem-solving capacity. “Talented” people do it naturally. Artists and poets call it “inspiration”. Many famous people such as Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison were known to have practiced various forms of meditation.
Meditation is sometimes described as “listening to the silence between thoughts”. Our effort in meditation is directed towards consciously increasing the periods of such silence.
The ability to meditate is also a necessary condition to receive telepathic transmissions, including those from Higher Self and other people who may try to assist us. Without true silence in your own thoughts, you cannot listen to the thoughts of others.
Before meditation you may wish to define clearly what do you want to learn, what do you want to ask your Higher Self. During the meditation, do not expect an answer (although it is likely that it will come when your mind will be pure) – this is also a thought!
People who practice meditation on a regular basis look and feel typically 10 or even 15 years younger than other people at their age. Giving the mind a regular “break” and allowing our Nature to perform self-repairs every day makes all the difference. Self-healing and rejuvenation seem to be within reach of everyone who is prepared to learn meditation and meditate regularly every day.
© Dr Tom J. Chalko 1997
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History of Meditation
Meditation describes a state of concentrated attention on some object of thought or awareness. It usually involves turning the attention inward to a single point of reference. The word meditation comes from the Latin meditation, which originally indicated every type of physical or intellectual exercise, then later evolved into the more specific meaning contemplation.
There are two kinds of meditation: Physical and Spiritual. Physical meditations involve parts of the body. Physical according to Merriam-Webster: “Having material existence perceptible especially through the senses and subject to the laws of nature”.
The brain is the storage of thought where the power of forming a mental image and the capability to dominate the whole body without the presence of the senses or even before the sense perceives awareness of the subjects or objects. The condition of the mind is essential in focusing on the subject and the object of imagination, the recollections, intentions, dispositions, desires of the body, opinion the moods are all controlled by the mind. Mind and thought work hand in hand, side by side one can not function without the other. It is the ways and the means to make it a whole or make it as one. According to Thomas Aquinas in Essential Philosophy (2005)” Mankind did not need divine intervention to think profound thoughts. One can ascertain the Form by observation of reality. We can conceive of the exalted notions of Truth and Beauty without a celestial nudge. Thomas Aquinas and the Aristotelian both view that physical reality is simultaneously composed of both its actuality (what it is) and potentiality (what it will become).”
Spiritual meditation is not only for believers of God but also for nonbelievers. Using the word wish or hope such as” I wish I have the gift to know the future” or “I hope I win the lottery this coming Thursday” is already a form of prayer and thought. This thinking is already part of our knowledge that is stored in our memory, like a computer hard drive that when you click to retrieve what you need the availability is there to access. Those memories were gathered by our brain from past and present experienced, through education, sharing, and from what we heard and read since our childhood and it implies belief to the Supreme Being that may grant us the answer to that request. Deepak Chopra, Stated in his website that “Past actions (karmas) create memories, which generate desires (sanskaras), which in turn lead to new actions (vasanas). The seeds of these memories and desires are present at the level of our soul. It is this “software of the soul” that propels each of us to make choices that define our lives. Meditation helps us recognize that we are capable of making conscious choices that enable us to experience greater peace, love, and success.”
All human being has belief instinct and due to freedom to think and to discover subconsciously and consciously the truth, we automatically entered the quest for spiritual enlightenment. Prepared or unprepared whether we choose it or not we already started the search to satisfy our desire for the inner help that only meditation brings. God is Spirit and in order to communicate with Him, we need to communicate with Him through spirit.
Stoicism founded by Zeno of Cyprus ( 334-262 B.C.) in the book of Essential Philosophy (2005) believed in ” Divinity that shapes our ends, everything happens for the best and usually expect the worst. For stoic, if you were consigned to a life of suffering, you could deal with it and still live a life of goodness. Meditation is a quintessential distillation of stoic thought and practice.”
According to the Meditation Society of America “A practitioner needs not to believe in God to gain benefits from meditation. In fact, by meditating, an atheist could become aware of their hypocritical prayers and a believer could see the contradictory nature of their verbalizations of doubts about God.” Any belief or religious upbringing an individual had, either you agree or disagree with their God or gods and goddesses we are in one accord the way we used meditation practices.
As we grow our ways or techniques in our spiritual meditation, our fellowship to our Creator gets stronger and the bonding and relationship are much closer. There are so many paths to wisdom and none of them is better than the other because they all deserved to be recognized as one unit, our ability to acquire peace, love, and joy is wisdom’s nature. As the earth evolves so as the human’s consciousness. Our consciousness is not limited to the degree of what we accomplished but the desire for what we want to achieve. Our minds and thought are controlled by our own will and it is our freedom to use it. We are not contained into one level of meditation we can grow as we go on.
There are no limits to the knowledge we can acquire through spiritual meditation, while the earth tirelessly keep on spinning and the sun keeps on shining and the moon continue lighting the darkness of the night there is hope from our living God that, in His way and in His time He will grant us peace and unity. Our forefathers and us in the present time hope for this unity, one body one mind and one judgment. Spiritual meditation unites us for one common goal to have Enlightenment. Whether spiritual or physical, in meditation we are all seekers of enlightenment.
The Dalai Lama as quoted by the author of Destructive Emotion- How can we overcome them? (2003) “One of the most exciting discoveries in neuroscience over the last five years is that the areas of the brain, the frontal lobes, the amygdala, and the hippocampus, change in response to experience. They are the parts of the brain dramatically affected by the emotional environment in which we are raised and by repeated experience.” Whether the results came from a religious subject or not it shows that there is a connection between the two, the fruit of meditation.
Understanding of this quote depends on how you were brought up while you were young or your self-development as you mature. Could it be more acceptable to you the reasoning of science or it could be more acceptable if it spiritual? A good example is these two debatable distinct beliefs of creationism versus evolutionism. If your heart is in science and you deal with science it will not be very hard for you to decide which one to accept. It is a matter of what you understand and not what you believe. If you are in a group of Scientists are you a Scientist? How about if you are in a group of Ministers, are you a Minister?
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Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding Defined
In the wisdom literature, of the DK complete Bible handbook by John Bowker ( 2001),” its sense is very general, and it is used alongside terms like knowledge and understanding to describe the ability to discern what is the proper course of action. Wisdom acts as a guide, enabling those who follow her to stay on the proper path through life on which they will enjoy divine favor and protection. In proverb 1-9, wisdom is poetically personified as a woman.”
In the book of the Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle (revised 2004).”Wisdom must be the most finished form of knowledge. The wise man, then, must not only know all that follows from the first principles but must also have a true understanding of those principles.”
It is clear, then from what has been said that wisdom, knowledge, and understanding go hand in hand, side by side, and can be interchangeable and coordinated. It is said the one that knows less claimed to know more and the one that knows more tends to speak less. The wise said that he is not wise if he lacks knowledge or understanding. Socrates is said to be wise but he does not consider himself wise. The expertise of others can not be his expertise. That is why people call Anaxagoras and Thales and men like them wise but not prudent when they observe them be ignorant of their own advantage.
Nobody deliberates something that deliberation has no bearing and can be proven possible. Knowledge is more useful in a combination with experienced and experiments it is not just learning the basic or fundamentals of truth and stop from there need to experience the application and the results that will come out of it.
During my school days and when time permits we always talk about logic, ethics, and anything that involves philosophy. We always end up in unsettled arguments. We enjoyed it caused it is part of discovering wisdom from other’s standpoint. Wisdom could be natural or artificial, factual, or consequential and it could also be just an opinion.
Aristotle distinguishes two kinds of wisdom, theoretical wisdom, and practical wisdom.
Theoretical, or philosophical wisdom, is, according to Aristotle, “scientific knowledge, combined with intuitive reason, of the things that are highest by nature (Nicomachean Ethics). For Aristotle, theoretical wisdom involves knowledge of necessary, scientific, first principles, and propositions that can be logically deduced from them.” Aristotle’s idea that scientific knowledge is knowledge of necessary truths and their logical consequences is not well accepted but can be discussed or argue with what we have available now.
Theoretical wisdom is a knowledge that has already been around and perfected by their authors and inventors. It has a consistent outcome but missing perfection. On the other hand, practical wisdom is the application of that knowledge base on experience. How could we differentiate these two together? By experimenting with the two and compare the results. Theoretical is more on scientific value, more on facts, and open for improvements.
While practical knowledge is more about experience and consequences which is a big factor in contributing to theoretical perfection. There are inventions that happened by accident and all started on theories and when we base after the fact of a successful experiment it becomes a practical application. So we can conclude that without the theory there are no practical results. This wisdom in my opinion exists parallel to each other with benefits to both when applied in its ability to coordinate.
Knowledge of contingent facts that are useful to living well is required for Aristotle’s practical wisdom.” With these two kinds of wisdom according to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics book nothing more that we could discuss that has already been discussed but to generate a new discussion for the sake of argument and updating the circumstances and comparing our time and their time.
To attain a desired level of consciousness is to acquire Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding, three meaningful words must be present in our spirit, soul and body you found not only the desired pathway to a quality life but you can quantify it by sharing your new-found discovery to help others. Meditation helps us to recognize that we can make a difference in this time of conflict. By doing this process we can control ourselves, our anger, and our desire to a bare minimum. We will then experience how great it is to have peace, love, and success. I love to say it this way “I got it free and I ill share it free”. When I got Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge I did not keep it to myself I shared it so that everyone can enjoy the gift of sharing and the law of love. Love conquers all and everyone that has it, is someone that is special to our Creator. Obedience gets them all. Obedience means love. When we love one another we will take care of everything around us then we will have a healthy body a peaceful mind living in a healthy environment. Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding are traits of human intellectual Aristotle said ” We praise wise man on the ground of his state of mind.”
Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding are the three pillars of perfect meditation. One will not function perfectly without the other. The purity of the mind, collection of information, and application are three distinct powers of meditation. Three independent possessions of the mind but collectively working as one to meet the desired concentration. The mind is also the arena of meditation where filtration, acquisition, and translation take place. The place where the desired direction being manipulated. It is the epicenter of confusion, struggle, and solution. Scripture often uses the words knowledge, understanding, and wisdom interchangeably, but occasionally they are spoken of as separate and distinct. Thus, it may be useful to attempt to define the differences in meaning. Those with knowledge are able to collect, remember, and access information. According to the Encarta dictionary “knowledge is the information in mind: general awareness or possession of information.”
Some scholars may know God’s word literally but if it is not in them or inside them interpreting it in spirit will be a struggle to them. They may have the knowledge and lack understanding and wisdom are possible; to have the facts, but have no clue as to the meaning or what to do next, or how to apply is another explanation for them to find out.
“The fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association, acquaintance with or understanding of science, art, or technique. The fact or condition of being aware of something” as stated in Merriam-Webster dictionary
Knowledge is something you acquired by reading, searching from printed media, the internet, schools, and from the very experience of other individuals. During my early school days back then in my country of origin, we carried a bundle of books packed in our bag and sometimes on both arms to and from the school and that is every day not a single day we are free from that labor. The schools are not providing lockers unlike here in the United States. At that time I never have it in my mind that I am laboring the book of knowledge, I knew it is just a book that our teacher wants to see every day. Until recently it came into my mind if that knowledge was not written or was not shared and now that those individuals have come to pass, what are we now? If those gifted individuals just kept it to them leaving us nothing, what will be the world today? The sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned. Specific information about something.
There is also understanding, and good understanding, the qualities in virtue of which people are said to be understanding and of good understanding. They are not entirely the same as scientific knowledge or opinion (for then everyone would be understanding), nor is it one of the particular sciences, such as medicine, which deals with health, or geometry, which deals with spatial magnitudes. For understanding is concerned not with things that are eternal and immutable, nor with any and everything that comes into being, but with matters that may cause perplexity and call for deliberation. Hence its sphere is the same as that of prudence; but understanding and prudence are not the same, because prudence is imperative (since its end is what one should or should not do), and understanding only makes judgments. (There is no essential difference between understanding and good understanding or between people of understanding and people of good understanding).
One can have knowledge without the corresponding understanding, and one can have understood without the corresponding knowledge. How can wisdom intercede or interact in this independent thought to settle this argument? Understanding is directly factual in the case of propositional understanding and indirectly factual in the case of objective understanding.
The Dalai Lama suggested when asked by Howard C. Cutler author of the Art of Happiness at work “If someone wants to develop greater self-understanding or self-awareness on this conventional, day to day level. How does one begin to do that? The Dalai Lama responded “if people wish to have a greater understanding about the level of their knowledge or technical skill in their particular field or profession, then they may want to voluntarily take a certain test that may help them find that out. I think that would help increase one’s understands of what one’s capabilities are, at least on the level of technical skills, proficiency, or the type of knowledge that can be objectively measured.”
Understanding, then, is neither the possession nor the acquisition of prudence; but just as the act of learning is called understanding when one exercises the faculty of scientific knowledge, so too in exercising the faculty of opinion for the purpose of judging about another person’s account of matters within the scope of prudence (and judging about it rightly, because ‘well’ is equivalent to ‘rightly’), the act of judging is called understanding. Indeed this sense of the word, in virtue of which people are called good at understanding, is derived from the use in the case of learning; because we often say understand instead of learning.
Applying this answer to meditation at a deeper level, it needs the skill to control the direction of the imagination. Skill development can be achieved through an understanding of what you are trying to reach. Time and space in my opinion are needed. To give you a consistent time to develop your skill and enough space or place to avoid distortion and unnecessary interruption.
The struggle can lead to understanding. Some people can stumble or may have a negative impact once they hear this principle. Human being has no problem adapting anything new even though we are habitually addicted to the present possession of that certain wisdom.
The wisdom to do, understanding to follow and the knowledge to operate the given task. In the book from here to Serenity by Jane Nelsen (2000) “Thought systems that each person possesses try to figure things out, they can not imagine solving problems any other way. Further, they are used to blaming circumstances for causing their feelings and are accustomed to seeing that it is their way of thinking about circumstances that create their feelings.”
Misinterpreting the principles may mean abandoning the way our thinking goes. And just become dependent on other’s interpretations and thus, results in surrendering our freedom of thinking and this will lead also to reprogramming of our thought system that is already embedded, and back to being a slave of others thought system. Once you truly understand the principles, you will stop being fed and regain the freedom you have once before, and thinking as a function becomes your subordinates. If it is a master-servant relationship then thinking as a function will be your servant. When you enslave yourselves to your thought system, there will be a missing link to access to the inner wisdom of your heart or spiritual source, resulting in restriction of your understanding and awareness of infinite possibilities.
We will never stop thinking as long as there is blood circulating in our brain. Trying not to think to avoid facing the problematic glitches in our thought system is not going to work, for our thought system is a function the same as our heart that is dependent on its beating. To fix the glitches in our thought system we must understand that thinking is a part of our consciousness and survival in this violent world. Without understanding its usefulness is like a gift that was never been opened or a prayer that never been heard and left unanswered because of little or no knowledge and understanding of how to pray correctly.
In the book From Here to Serenity by Jane Nelsen, I took the following excerpt “Humans rarely stop thinking, even in their sleep. The point is not to stop thinking but to understand that thinking is a function because that understanding helps you dismiss troublesome thoughts, and use your thinking ability to experience the wonders that come to you from your heart or spiritual source. Understanding frees you from the slavery of your programmed thought system.”
In the book of Psalm and Proverb in the Holy Bible (NJKV) as our spiritual source, we cannot neglect the Scripture written and given by the inspiration of our Heavenly Father.
“My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.” (Proverb 49:3)
“The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding, He established the heavens; by His Knowledge, the depth was broken up, and clouds drop down the dew.” (Proverb 3:19-20)
“Through wisdom, a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”(Proverb 24:3-4)
Arguments made to clarify things are a positive method to strengthen the foundation of our understanding. As the saying goes “No man is an island.” Even we have a warehouse full of information, we still need the help and company of others, to confirm that what we read and heard are factual and not illusions. We have to have a full understanding and the acceptance of the things that we ought to build, the foundation that will lead us to acquire knowledge, and then back to the wisdom that would help us discern the situation. We should not let ourselves be influenced by our surroundings. Make known also of your existence, be opinionated and subjective, and express your desire to learn. Influence them too of that desire.
We just do not catch the ball but we also throw it. Sharing is a good way of learning. We learn what they know and share what we know. It is a given and takes to acquire a full understanding of what we possess and what we want to possess. Remember years ago when the sharing of free music on the internet was very rampant, some were saying that they do not get enough sleep downloading the music. You can feel the harmony at that time of a friendly environment everyone feels that they know each other personally, the unity among them, the openness of those that shared their collection just for their delight and some just having fun to share it and meet new friends. Why it was stop? Because of some individuals that made it a business for profit.
The wisdom to share has been broken by some and the function of sharing was infected and need to be terminated. In this experienced the understanding was missing here, they have a little or no knowledge that it is only allowed for free sharing and not to make a monetary profit it is copyrighted and protected by the law of the land. So, even in this scenario, we have to have wisdom, knowledge, and understanding and come complete when they are used together.
Those with wisdom know which principle to apply. Understanding without wisdom can appear contradictory. Let us put it in a statement “He who thinks twice is not free from making mistakes” is a valid principle the same as: “Decision is Action”. We can see the truth in both of these statements. But which principle we should apply first? Those with wisdom know what will be the next thing to do, the way to go, and the right thing to do. On the contrary, there are many who possess great knowledge and understanding, but consistent in doing things wrong. Wisdom is the goal to achieve first then knowledge and understanding which has value as they result in wisdom, or the end result that we ended up doing.
Meditation is for the human mind and the success of the desired meditation depends on Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding these three pillars of meditation as I should say. Practice makes perfect a long time saying but significantly important. Peace of mind, clarity, and purity of the mind. Do not exhaust your mind. Wisdom is the first important to have, to start a smooth meditation, the ability to discern and judge rightfully in any situation. In meditation, you can get a better feel when your mind and body are relaxed. Let the flow of the imagination go its way, then slowly control the direction to your desire. There comes a time when interference will occur especially for those with dual personalities or still living in the shadow of the past, you probably are too relaxed to let it happen. Pause for few seconds with both eyes close and do not quit just change gear.
Knowledge is something you acquired by reading and searching from printed media, the internet, schools, and from the very experience of other individuals. During my early school days back then in my country of origin, we carried a bundle of books packed in our bag and sometimes on both arms to and from the school and that is every day not a single day we are free from that labor. The schools are not providing lockers unlike here in the United States. At that time I never have it in my mind that I am laboring the book of knowledge, I knew it is just a book that our teacher wants to see every day.
Until recently it came into my mind if that knowledge was not written or was not shared and now that those individuals have come to pass, what are we now? If those gifted individuals just kept it to them leaving us nothing, what will be the world today? Our knowledge depended on them, we got it from them and the foundation is from them. The books of those gifted individuals that shared their knowledge not for money and prestige but for the hope that those who read, studied, and learned from it will be benefited and be profitable to the world we live in. Their knowledge that they sow will reap a golden harvest
Daniel Goleman Ph.D, 2003, Destructive Emotion – How can we overcome them? Bantam Books; New York, New York, USA
James Mannion, 2005, Essential Philosophy – Everything you need to know to understand the World’s Greatest Thinkers; Adams Media, an F+W Publications Company; Avon, MA, USA
John Bowker, 1998, DK Bible Handbook – Wisdom Literature in the Bible; DK Publishing; New York, New York, USA
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