Cultivate Inner Wisdom

The Heart of the Rose 

The Heart of the Rose 

I'm excited because I have a brand new baby iMac to set up. I also have a new work desk to make room for this 21 inch bouncing baby computer. My life is blooming like spring flowers, and I'm getting my office in order for the new possibilities that are opening up. There have been many reasons for the dearth of blogs in the last year or two, but a season for returning to blogging is coming soon. I love to blog, so I'm looking forward to spending time online again and exploring some other social media as well. Meanwhile, while I'm organizing and getting my new life in order, I offer an excerpt from The Translucent Heart. Enjoy! 

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Albert Einstein 

You may have a string of degrees and be smart as a whip. But that doesn’t make you wise. Wisdom comes with experience and through cultivating a deeper relationship with God. Inner wisdom helps you navigate the twists and turns of life, helping you untangle knotty life problems with simple spiritual truth.

Cultivate inner wisdom by making your spiritual life a priority. Spend time in prayer, study, and meditation. Make time for spiritual reading. Meditate on sacred scriptures and on wise words from others who have traveled down the spiritual path. 

Children also show us how to be wise with their wonder, openness, and willingness to try new things. Our children teach us lessons in life’s wisdom every day. They embrace life with a giggle, are not afraid to cry when it hurts, and look with wide-eyed wonder that the world. As adults, we are often reluctant to be open, to learn, to make mistakes. In our quest for knowing the right answers, we leave behind the childlike ability to open to different ideas and new experiences. Jesus said that unless we became like children, we would miss the wisdom of the Kingdom of God.

Wisdom also comes from experience and as we mature we learn from our experience. This includes learning from our mistakes, weaknesses, and problems. Sometimes our hearts know the wisest course to take, but we still stubbornly choose a foolish path. However, we can often learn more from our mistakes than our successes. Our foolish choices may lead us down a path we never planned to take. But on that path we find divine appointments, lessons in love, and wise teachers who point the way back to the high road we left behind. 

As compost makes the soil richer, so even weaknesses, mistakes, problems, detours, and losses can enrich our lives and help us cultivate wisdom. Inner wisdom is found in the secret places of the heart. It is the place where heaven and earth intersect. When you cultivate inner wisdom, you will see changes in the conditions of your outer life, sooner or later. This wisdom is of God, coming from a place beyond and above all circumstances, all earthly limitations. Prepare to be surprised, for when inner wisdom speaks, it becomes a source of divine ideas that can slowly but surely transform your life. 

Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into you as life, place yourself in the full center of that flood, then you are without effort impelled to truth, to right, and a perfect contentment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The deeper one sees into life, the wider life opens itself to one, and then every moment of one’s life becomes full of wonders and full of splendors.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
Albert Einstein

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.
William Wordsworth 

Accumulated knowledge does not make a wise man. Knowledgeable people are found everywhere, but we are cruelly short of wise people. 
Michel Quoist

One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
John Kenneth Galbraith

A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as he develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.
James Allen