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If I could help you to see one thing, it would be to see that you have wisdom within you and that your wisdom matters.

But I invite you to first meet me on the bridge of understanding because I’m using the word wisdom in a specific. The way I’m expressing it, wisdom means clear seeing and clear being, because seeing and being are the same at the deepest level.

I’m not talking about seeing with your eyeballs; awareness is seeing and being is identity. The “I” and the “eyes”, the deepest seeing, are the same. And when that is clear, unobstructed, open, it’s wisdom. When it is obstructed or clouded, creating a closed contraction instead of an opening, then it is just simply a lack, like a dark room just lacks light. It’s not an equal opposing force. 

If you open the door between a dark room and a light room, the light will flood the room. Wisdom can flood the empty, dark spaces of ignorance in us.

Wisdom is not Knowledge.

And Wisdom is not about knowledge. Wisdom, the way I’m using the word, is not knowledge. It’s not book knowledge. Knowledge has a place. Knowledge is necessary. To make this video for you, I needed to know about this. I needed to learn. Knowledge is necessary in my profession. It helps to learn so that I can master certain skills in my life and do a better job, for example. But knowledge is not wisdom and can even obscure wisdom if we think it is.

 

Wisdom is true seeing and being.

You see a tree. Knowledge is the label in the English language “Tree”. Knowledge of the tree is all the other labels, and all the other things we know about trees. It’s what we’ve learned about trees. Now, as you stand before a tree, there are two opportunities.

 

  1. There’s one, the opportunity to connect to your mind’s knowledge of the tree. You take attention, which is a function inside of awareness. And that attention is now placed on the thought bundle of “tree” and everything about trees that you know. Memories of trees, “Oh, I like trees,” “I don’t like trees.” It’s more thoughts, right? It’s like thoughts making more thoughts. It’s knowledge. And your knowledge of tree could mean that your attention is now on the thought of the tree. And that could be a useful thing. You need to remember the name of the tree; you want to think about trees.

    But what if you want to connect to the tree and not your mind? Because wherever our attention is, that’s what we’re tuned into, intuitively. That’s the song we’re pushing play on in life. When you put attention on your mind, you’re pushing play on the mind and you’ve not met the tree.

    “Hi, tree.”

  2. The second opportunity is to consciously know that we can move attention from the thought to the tree, to be interested in discovering the tree, tuning in. And in that spontaneous moment find the reality of the tree beyond the knowledge of the tree, beyond the words and the labels, “tree.”

    Then we push play on a different song.

Words of Wisdom

Wisdom is when it’s translated into words, words of wisdom. That is when we learn to push play, when attention is resting in your being and seeing instead of on the surface mind. And the metaphor that I use for that, is the Wisdom Well.

When attention is only on knowledge, only on thoughts and the recycled perceptions and ideas that we’ve inherited from life and learned, that’s like dragging our bucket through the sand.

Here’s the thing: if your attention is on the part of your mind that’s asking a question—that part of the mind does not have the answer; that’s why it’s asking. So, we’ve got our attention in the wrong place to expect answers, insights, clarity, and realization.

So, sending that bucket into the Well means learning to direct attention in a different direction. Instead of towards the objects and the contents of awareness, we call the ambassador of attention home to rest in the Being. And when we do that, it’s like sending the bucket down into the Wisdom Well.

The bucket fills with water, and that experience is a felt sense of increased peace and all the qualities of your true self.

You’ve pushed play on that now because that’s where attention is resting, and that is love, peace, beauty, wholeness—the kind of contentment and deep satisfaction that neutralizes all the swinging pendulum push-pull of the mind of the surface mind.

So, the second opportunity here… is instead of pushing play on the surface where only the questions and the duality and the noise—and the bucket would be full of sand—is to discover that there is an open, expanded way of seeing and being that is natural and ordinary, and that is available through calling attention home to the self, of this open being.

And in that seeing, you can realize, “I am not the surface. I am not my thoughts or the questioning and the contracted surface. I am this open awareness.”

You have that within you because it is you. If we look long enough at the reflection of water in the Wisdom Well, we realize it is the mind looking, and the only one seeing and being is you, the self.

You’ve never looked from a thought before; you’ve only looked at thoughts.

You’ve never looked from a thought as a thought; you’ve only looked at thoughts. You’ve been aware of thoughts; thoughts have never been aware of you, because you are that which is prior to thoughts.

So, the reason I know you have wisdom in you is because I know you are this clear seeing and being. And the reason I know that finding this matters is because just like a desert can be transformed by crystal clear water, turning it into a garden, every part of what it means to be alive is enriched, freed, liberated, opened, nourished by this seeing and being. It is blessed by this seeing and this being.

 

Dig your Wisdom Well

But it means digging our Wisdom Well.

It means calling attention home to the self.

It means learning to discern, “Oh, that is what my attention’s on,” and “This is rested attention.” And possibly in that open, clear seeing, we have a third opportunity to learn to translate the clear seeing and being of wisdom into words of wisdom.

But here’s the emphasis: translate. This means that wisdom is not words, just like wisdom is not knowledge.

Wisdom can never be a word; words are always the clothing, the translation of the seeing, which means they are always fallible. Sometimes, words are just good enough.

What I have come to realize, which is comforting, is that beneath the words is always the carrier wave of the song of the self. So, even if we don’t translate well or even if we translate well but we know the words aren’t it, the words are sent with an inaudible, invisible carrier wave of the song of the self. And because of that, like wisdom recognizes wisdom, water recognizes its water, the self recognizes the self. There’s the potential for the words of wisdom to catalyze realization—and that matters.