Edited 8/17/2009A Short Course in Grasping Wisdom - Part OneIt is vital to understand that there is no truth without discernment and no wisdom without the truth. What then is "faith" but an effort to confound truth and wisdom?
Part Two - Grasping Wisdom about the Truth
Part Three - Grasping Ancient Wisdom
Part Four - Grasping Ancient Wisdom Symbology
Part Five - Grasping Symbolic Keys to Truth and Wisdom
This treatise and related articles are designed to cut through the long-term obfuscation and misdirection about the nature and reality of true wisdom. Much smoke and many mirrors have been erected over the centuries to keep the "unwashed masses" from ever understanding the truth about wisdom. Consequently, a short definition simply won't suffice to uncover the deeply buried truth about this topic. Be a little patient and I'll lead you through the smoke and mirrors to arrive at a solid understanding of wisdom and how to recognize, verify, and gain the necessary insights to effectively apply it. This is a starting point, not an end in itself. There is more to come after this which will require these fundamental insights to gain maximum benefit.
Look around at this world to see the overwhelmingly negative effects of a civilization founded on purposeful deception and the ignorance and delusions that have been imposed on everyone, as the direct results. People who are fed various forms of propaganda, half-truths, and outright deceptions will never free themselves of those chains without finally gaining the wisdom to cut through the great mind-numbing morass. Humanity now sits at the edge of a cliff that we most certainly don't want to blindly plunge over. We now face the real potential of unmatched debacle and calamity as the direct result of the greed and deception of our so-called leaders (monetary, religious, and political) who consistently treat humanity as livestock to be milked and led to the marketplace and slaughterhouse.
The only things that will save humanity this time are true wisdom and widespread cooperation to spread and implement it. We can either blindly expect the behaviors, institutions, and leaders that caused these great problems to somehow magically get it right, after centuries of doing otherwise, or we can open our eyes, seek the truth, and finally grow wiser from the experiences of the past and their present negative results. Before this can happen though, people who have been kept from understanding pivotal wisdom must first be educated about what it actually is. Those trapped in the darkness and purposely blinded must be led to the light, hence helped to see the truth.
We've all heard the assertion that "knowledge is power," but that is purposeful obfuscation. Knowledge is simply the difficult path to wisdom, which is the true source of power in this universe. Wisdom has always been the rarest, most valuable, and most closely guarded class of knowledge. Many talk about it, but most don't have a clue what it really means. This situation is further demonstrated by the nebulous definitions found in most dictionaries regarding the key concepts required to grasp what truth and wisdom are and how to identify and make good use of them. Consequently, most completely fail to understand the differences between truth, opinion, discernment, knowledge, wisdom, good judgement, and knowing.
The dictionary definitions of knowledge
are adequate, as long as one keeps in mind that many people "know" things that are not the truth
. It is quite enlightening to discover how much you must dig to find good definitions of truth, wisdom, discernment and good judgement, which I have done for you. I'll discuss these and related concepts throughout this article and subsequent parts. First though, some background is necessary to accurately discern the problem before truly grasping the solution.
This sordid state of affairs is the direct result of long-term efforts by religious, political, and monetary leaders to hide so-called secret knowledge from both enemies and subjects over the centuries. Leaders of empires, especially those emanating from Rome and its client nations and proxy empires, have purposely imposed ignorance about certain topics and concepts to maintain control over citizenry. This has long been a pivotal though hidden purpose of religion, various secret societies and mystery schools, as well as myriad official and covert propaganda activities, though some may still claim otherwise. You need only look at the nature of certain knowledge to see the abysmal lack of wisdom in our world, or even the understanding of what it is and how to acquire it.
It has long been observed that the powers emanating from Rome systematically destroyed the knowledge bases of conquered lands while hoarding all they could steal and capture. Just look at the Vatican's secret libraries and storehouses and compare this to their long-term struggle against science and the truth. Western civilization's penchant for secrecy is a direct outgrowth of the Roman Empire's efforts to gather and hoard secret knowledge for themselves. Simultaneously, they purposefully imposed ignorance, in the form of religion, propaganda, and other fallacies, that served to control the citizenry, enrich leaders, and maintain empires. Just look at the history of Christianity and what Christian conquerors did to every land they subdued. Before Christianity, Rome purposely raided and destroyed the library at Alexandria, just as they did at Jerusalem and Qumran (before later creating the New Testament), and later to the Mayan libraries. Who knows what ancient knowledge caches, long thought to be lost, are still hidden in Rome.
It should also be understood that until the advent of computers and the internet, knowledge was more easily manipulated and subverted to hide, obscure, and misdirect pivotal details from most, except those in certain privileged circles. For example, the Inquisition's prime goal was (and still is...) to prevent the masses from understanding those things that would undermine the authority of both religious and political leadership. The two groups have almost always worked closely together to accomplish this. In opposition, secret societies were formed over the centuries to protect and pass along various details about ancient symbology and other details that disproved pivotal religious assertions. Eventually, most were infiltrated, subverted, and then repurposed to serve the will of the deceptive leaders they originally sought to thwart. Their reliance on money and secrecy made them greedy, arrogant and susceptible to subversion. Unfortunately, they became the effective tools of those they were meant to oppose, though this is still unknown or denied by many adherents. This has culminated in our time with many leaders of the so-called three faiths of Abraham actually belonging to the various secret societies (Freemasonry...) which they pretend to oppose. The Vatican Bank and P2 scandal in Europe decisively proved this reality
. Most similar organizations are now secretly controlled (or purposely manipulated) by the Vatican and its primary cohorts. This is not evidence of those with a love for the truth!
On the other hand, it is irrefutable proof of the complete folly of faith, belief, and hero-worship.
Similarly, the wisdom texts of these religions' canons are really no more than collections of useful knowledge, mostly about good judgement, that could
lead to wisdom if one has the ability to refine their teachings to simpler common-denominator understandings
. All of them are hampered by the great errors that flow from the concepts of religion and faith. These are not efforts to understand, but to impose dogmatic strictures for the ultimate benefit of ruling bodies, instead of the enlightenment of those they manipulate for profit and other hidden agendas. The same is true of various secret societies, mystery schools, and the so-called New Age, which are little more than religions masquerading as something else. It is very enlightening to notice the failure of both western and eastern religion and mysticism to accurately describe what truth and wisdom are. Instead, most focus on telling you that they have it and you must have faith in them (and pay them for it ) to benefit from it. Consequently, very few have the ability to discern truth and wisdom, much less apply them.
Wisdom and good judgment are closely related, but they are not the same things. One who has access to wisdom about a certain topic is more likely to show good judgment in areas where that specific wisdom is relevant, but this is not a given. It is also possible to show good judgement without possessing actual wisdom. Effectively applying wisdom is the key. Before reliably using any tool, it is important to actually understand what it is and how it works. Wisdom is by any measure a philosophical instrument, hence a conceptual tool. Thereby, those who cannot discern or define the differences between wisdom, knowledge, knowing, and good judgement cannot claim nor be expected to effectively demonstrate wisdom or to dependably discern the truth.
Another associated fallacy is the common assertion that wisdom comes with age or that people simply grow wise with the passage of time or the accumulation of experience(s). Though it is possible, it is in no way a given. Though most older people gain greater experience in some areas of life, very few become sages, much less truly wise. Some true sages are relatively young in years. On the other hand though, the clever and otherwise seemingly intelligent often do not demonstrate wisdom. Therefore, we must look to other sources to understand what wisdom is and how one acquires it.
Wisdom is best understood as a very special class of knowledge, instead of a state of being, such as knowing, being experienced, or even judiciousness. Even the expert application of specialized knowledge, experience, and various skills are often best labeled as good judgment, a.k.a. judiciousness. Wisdom, as the most special of all categories of knowledge, must fit some basic prerequisites. First and foremost, it must be based on the unequivocal truth and serve as pivotal knowledge and foundational truth(s) (principles, rudiments, quintessence, core fundamentals). This is where discernment comes in, because true wisdom is the refined essence of one or more bodies of truthful knowledge. If it is not truthful, it can't be wisdom. Thereby, opinions of any sort are the antithesis of wisdom, since they are not the truth. Anytime anyone says something like, it is true for me, or it is truth as I/we see it, the sirens and red flags must go up. Truth must be common to and valid for all viewpoints, otherwise it is merely perception, opinion, or certain limited knowledge masquerading as the truth. It must be independently verifiable and not limited by mere viewpoints and perceptions, which themselves are less than the truth.
The following is excerpted from Analyzing the Creator Debate.Seeking truth and wisdom is the opposite of having faith in science, mysticism, or religion. On the other hand, science has a much better track record by regularly forcing religion to succumb to proven facts. Even so, interpretations of scientific data and observations can be wrong because people make mistakes, misperceive, and/or misinterpret. Wisdom and scientific laws are often the same things, but it is vital to discern if they are accurate. Likewise, philosophical wisdom should engender and embody similar precision, and that is the complete opposite of "faith" and mysticism. It is vital to understand that there is no truth without discernment and no wisdom without the truth.
What then is "faith" but an effort to confound truth and wisdom?
Religion, faith, mysticism, or any other mysterious allusions are not truth or wisdom, they are merely possibilities expressed, but not proven. Though religion and mysticism each represent alluring allusions to certain possibilities, both are little more than error and misinterpretation that is occasionally close, but rarely accurate. Wisdom gives one pivotal insights that result in a true understanding of the related subject matter. Truth, discernment, and wisdom are characterized by precision of thought and concept. Conversely, faith is a purposeful abdication of personal understanding and discernment of the truth. It instead substitutes belief in what one has been told by others. Religion and mysticism are two sides of the same defective coin (of the realm...). People must have faith in each because both fail to offer the ability to independently test and weigh whether they are the truth or wisdom or not, because both fail to educate about the absolute primacy of truth and wisdom.
The ancient Egyptians used sophisticated symbolism to both model and encode wisdom, helping to illustrate universal principles in a most effective way. This was a common practice in the ancient world. When [Amen]Moses sought to preserve wisdom for future generations, he also encoded it using the exact same symbolism he was educated with as an Egyptian elite of the house of Amen. Though he abandoned the prolific gods and use of hieroglyphics, the symbols were still written down as words within narratives, as has long been readily apparent in the Hebrew texts, derivatives, and related sources. Most of the pivotal wisdom symbologies used in early Egypt and Nubia were also used by Hebrew sages and the same meanings were maintained throughout time. As I have comprehensively proven and repeatedly demonstrated, the Hebrew sages purposely encoded great wisdom and much hidden knowledge throughout their narratives by the expert use of a specialized form of ancient wisdom symbology. The keys to this symbology are encoded within the symbols and narratives themselves. Once understood, they work equally well to decode hidden wisdom within Egyptian-Nubian and later Hebrew texts, including the Book of Revelation, Nostradamus, and other purposely encoded symbolic materials.
We have all seen the obsession with symbolism by the Vatican and its cohorts, various secret societies, and mystery schools throughout the last two millennia. This is because much was lost with the destruction of Jerusalem and the forced imposition of Christianity and Islam throughout the Roman Empire. Many have struggled to decode ancient symbolism in the intervening centuries because they have all known it encodes great wisdom about the nature of life and reality. It also encodes the long-hidden truth about these religions, which is why it has been an obsession of Rome to prevent others from understanding it and exposing the truth.
As I mentioned above, this is the core of the secret knowledge that has been sought after and fought over throughout the entire lifespan of Christianity. Many have suffered horribly due to efforts to prevent the masses from ever grasping the symbolized wisdom that would expose the lies of religion and allow people to finally understand pivotal details, long-hidden by deceptive leaders. Great efforts at deception have plagued the entire subject matter of ancient wisdom and related esoterica. Most of the so-called sources of secret knowledge that are available these days are either purposeful misdirection or full of errors resulting from the failure to appreciate the source, nature, and scope of earlier obfuscation. Hence, many of the mystical allusions of the so-called New Age and mystery schools like Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism are mostly dead-wrong about pivotal concepts, because most have failed the tests of mental precision necessary to uncover and understand long-lost ancient wisdom. Consequently, most can't discern the difference between misinterpreted ancient symbolism and the wisdom it was designed to model, encode, and encapsulate.
Following is a detailed definition of wisdom, including related topics, taken from my upcoming book(s). It will repeat some of what I discussed above but also provides significant additional insights. As I said, there is much more to come afterwards, but this is a good first step.Wisdom
–The foundational (simple) truth(s) about a larger body (corpus) of knowledge; pivotal knowledge, principles symbolized as pillars, mountains, pyramids. Axiomatic and/or proverbial knowledge that succinctly enumerates and clarifies a wider understanding of a topic by describing common denominator rules and essential facts (essence, the spirit of) that accurately model pivotal understanding(s) and insight(s), both qualitative and quantitative, about an entire subject matter. Wisdom is thereby a definitive microcosm of a larger macrocosm of knowledge.
It is important to understand that wisdom is a very special class of knowledge, instead of a state of being. One cannot be truly wise without understanding what truth, wisdom, and knowledge are, how to differentiate each from the others, how they relate, and how to effectively use them. Thereby, a true sage must understand the workings of truth and wisdom and how they relate to existence, as well learning and successfully applying actual wisdom in situations where it is relevant. Religion and mysticism fail this test miserably and completely. It is vital to understand that there is no truth without discernment and no wisdom without the truth. What then is "faith" but an effort to confound truth and wisdom?
Simple understandings such as the carpenter’s rule of "measure twice and cut once" illustrate the basic wisdom of patiently assessing the consequences of deeds and making the correct choices, thereby preventing damaging errors that cause unnecessary struggle and difficulty. It tells you that thinking accurately by utilizing wisdom first, before acting rashly and in error, makes for a more rewarding and less difficult path through life. It describes the wisdom of patient and accurate assessment before doing deeds that will be far more difficult and time consuming to correct than if one were merely patient and discerned the truth of the situation, beforehand. It also encodes the wisdom of dualism and of assessing the correct path before proceeding forward, so as to avoid erroneous deeds.
Mountains, pyramids, and their peaks symbolize and model the hierarchical relationship between bodies of knowledge and their associated wisdom (pinnacle or pivotal/acme knowledge). The many allusions in modern languages to pinnacle, apex, acme, highest ideals, ascendancy, and so on all flow from original ancient symbolized wisdom that used mountains and peaks to represent the highest of all “earthly” knowledge. Notice also that stars and the sun, hence light (truth) sources are above mountaintops. When standing atop a mountain you can see (understand) them (truth sources) much better. This models that pivotal axiomatic proven principles give one greater insights and a wider understanding of larger bodies of knowledge.
Similarly, the comparison of a stone to a mountain symbolizes the immutable and common-denominator essence (stone) of a specific body of knowledge (mountain), as well as its foundations and cornerstones. Similarly, the metaphor of things being written in or on stone, flows from [Amen]Moses’ symbolic engraving of two tables of stone
atop a mountain. Prior to that are the far more numerous Egyptian-Nubian examples of the exact same symbolism. Thereby, these illustrate and model cornerstone knowledge that lasts the tests and ravages of time, hence to enduring and immutable foundational wisdom about life in this universe, such as the Doctrine of Two Spirits, a.k.a. the Two Tables of Stone.
Notice that truth is above wisdom on the Doctrine of Two Spirits outline just as light sources (sun and stars) are above mountain tops in nature. This is an example of how natural laws and observations were used to define and organize symbols and related spiritual philosophies.
Wisdom, as underlying and elementary truths that serve as guiding principles, was also referred to as law[s], hence the laws of the universe. Use of “the law” to refer to Hebrew canons flowed from this much earlier usage in Egypt-Nubia. The prime example is Maat as the personification of truth and justice and of universal order. In other words, that truth and justice were underlying laws of the universe. The use of “the law” eventually descended into error by referring to religious dogma, instead of understanding why it was wise to follow a certain path. Thereby, when referring to principles, precepts, maxims, pillars and the like, it is important to always understand the difference between verifiable and pivotal knowledge that encourages wiser deeds and results through greater understanding, as opposed to dogma that imposes strictures on behavior through enforced opinions and for hidden agendas.
The perfect path symbolizes the ideals and principles of the Seven Spirits of God, (a.k.a. seven pillars of wisdom)
with the highest being truth and wisdom. It doesn’t dictate what the truth should be, but illustrates the importance of establishing truth, wisdom, and justice as guiding principles. Notice how this directly matches the wisdom of Maat, which presents truth and justice as pivotal laws of the universe.
Notice below how Proverbs 9:1, attributed to Solomon, directly linked wisdom to the Seven Spirits of God/Good through the symbolism of seven pillars. Pay close attention to how this directly contradicts assertions about the so-called Ten Commandments, which are symbolized as ten horns. Why are there so many groups of seven symbolized and so few groups of ten? Why is ten associated with the heads (mindsets) of beasts and dragons, both of which symbolize evil mysterious empires?Proverbs 9:1
Wisdom has built Her house, She has hewn out Her seven pillars.
Where it states that wisdom has hewn out Her seven pillars, we have the direct statement of the Seven Spirits of God/Good (seven pillars) being cut out by the feminine wisdom, which has no hands (See Sophia, Maat, Kuan Yin). The Book of Daniel 2:34-35 also states that I will cut out a stone, without hand, that will then grow into a great mountain that fills the Earth. Furthermore, Zechariah 3:9 describes a stone engraved with seven eyes and Zechariah 4:2 also describes the seven golden candlesticks. Like wisdom's seven pillars, and the two tables of stone, here we also have the images of symbolic stones and mountains being manipulated by symbolic hands. This directly matches the symbolism of mountains as bodies of knowledge, as well as stones and mountaintops as different comparisons modeling the relationship between pivotal wisdom and a larger body of knowledge that it defines and clarifies.
It is often said that knowledge is power. In actuality, wisdom is power and knowledge is the steep path to wisdom. That is why climbing to the top (ascending) of a mountain has always modeled and symbolized the process of acquiring wisdom, which is through gaining mastery over great bodies of knowledge. The longest and hardest treks are to the top of the highest peaks, which also brings you closer to sources of light (sun, stars, etc. ) and allows you to see much more and further. This is what is symbolized by standing upon a mountaintop. Also, the shortest path to wisdom is the perfect path
, hence the straightest path. Pay close attention to how this symbolism has long been misinterpreted by so-called mystics and their groups who have treated it literally and built temples and retreats on literal mountains, failing to understand that is was a symbol that meant something else.
Pyramids and their precise measurements and perfect angles symbolize a body of perfect knowledge and its precise wisdom. The straight sides allude to the shortest path to truth and wisdom, which is a straight line or perfect path. The capstone is based on peaks symbolizing great wisdom and reflective cover stones at the top (capstones) symbolized truth emanating (shining) from the highest point (wisdom). This also matches the close association of all pharaohs with Maat, the personification of Truth and Justice as the basis for universal order, whose consort was Thoth, a.k.a. the Lord of Wisdom and the scribe to the “gods.” Notice how Moses went to a “mountaintop” to acquire the wisdom of “God” inscribed in stone and how this directly matches earlier Egyptian-Nubian concepts?
So, that takes us to the so-called Illuminati pyramid, as seen on the USA one-dollar bill, and what that symbolism actually should mean. We are continuously told that this is “God’s” eye, without ever saying that the Creator doesn’t have physical eyes, so this is symbolizing something else, in addition. As you can see from the above description, the shining capstone should refer to truth emanating from wisdom, as well as wisdom opening one’s eyes and improving one’s ability to “see” the “light”, hence [understand] the [truth]. Since the Seven Spirits are also symbolized as seven eyes, the shining eye above the pyramid symbolizes truth, the highest of the seven eyes (see the Doctrine of Two Spirits outlines
) and the only one that is properly symbolized as light. This ties in with sun symbolism and why the eye would be above the pyramid and not directly attached. It also shows that pivotal truth and wisdom are closely related and not attached to “earthly” things, of which the pyramid is made.
Notice that truth and wisdom are the top two items of the Doctrine of Two Spirits outlines
. If you overlay a mountain or pyramid, so the base sits at the line separating the lower and upper halves (earth) and it’s peak touches wisdom, then truth (light, stars, sun) would be in the “air” (sky, heaven) above the mountaintop. Ancient symbology uses natural laws and realities to model wisdom and this has been correctly shown in the design of the so-called illuminati pyramid.
This is also modeled by Nut and Geb
, which places the feminine sky goddess above and the masculine earth god below. Hence, the spirit of good is philosophically feminine and associated with the air (thought and consciousness). Next, when you overlay the Doctrine of Two Spirits with the cross, which represents the four elements symbolism, the upper arm is the air, and the lower is the earth, with fire at the right arm (east, site of the rising sun) and water as the left (west, where the sun is extinguished every night to bring on a period of darkness.
These are redundant proofs demonstrating that the Doctrine of Two Spirits underlies and perfectly synchronizes with all of the symbolized wisdom flowing from ancient Egypt-Nubia and encoded by the long-obscured symbology of the Bible and related sources. They all associate truth and wisdom with the upper reaches of the air, matching the symbolism of sky and heaven[s]. Air symbolizes thought and the collective consciousness and all the air-related symbols must have related meanings (stars, sun, birds, angels, feather, wings, clouds, sky, heaven, mountain tops, etc.). Hence, birds symbolize philosophies, which are bodies of knowledge with mastery of the “air.” Wings symbolize the pivotal concepts and tenets of a philosophy that propel them through the air (collective human consciousness). A feather represents the simple truth as the most basic tenet. Maat’s two wings thereby symbolize the concept of dualism. Her single feather and her and Isis’ (and others’) wings are thereby purposely associated with the “air,” as is Amen’s dual-feathered headdress. The Egyptian Lord of Wisdom, Thoth, is similarly symbolized with the head (mindset, thoughts) of a “bird” and refers to a philosophy about wisdom, truth and justice, etc. Now look again at the Doctrine of Two Spirits, (two wings) to grasp the philosophy also symbolized as Thoth’s emerald tablets and Moses’ two table[t]s of stone.
Wisdom exists as foundational thought and concepts, thereby its benefits flow from accurate (truthful) and patient thought and contemplation of pivotal knowledge and principles. Proverb’s symbolism of wisdom as “feminine in spirit,” which flows directly from Egyptian-Nubian symbolism (Maat, Nut, Isis, etc), is clearly a precursor to the symbolism of Sophia as the personification of wisdom. Since birds are air symbols, Thoth’s Ibis head symbolizes a feminine mindset, hence the seven pillars of wisdom, also directly associated with the air. These all symbolize axiomatic knowledge about wisdom itself and were purposely structured to perfectly match the Doctrine of Two Spirits as the eventual key to unlocking all ancient symbolized wisdom. See also: Mountain, Pyramid, Cloud, Rule, Without Hand, Understanding, Him that has understanding, Key, Door, Open, Path, Perfect Path, Way, Simple, Pillar, Seven Pillars, Two Pillars, Two Ways, Stone, King, Law, Kings of the East, East, Teacher of Righteousness, Counsel, Testimony, Star, Sun, She, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, Maat, Nut & Geb, Thoth, Five, Two Tables of Stone, Life
Part Two - Grasping Wisdom about the Truth
Part Three - Grasping Ancient Wisdom
Part Four - Grasping Ancient Wisdom Symbology
Part Five - Grasping Symbolic Keys to Truth and WisdomFollowing are dictionary links and definitions as mentioned earlier.OneLook.comWebster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)Wisdom WisdomTruth
(These two links are examples of the problems I asserted...)TruthActuality
(This is a better definition of the truth...)OpinionOpinion Veracity KnowledgeKnowledgeInformation DataUnderstandingKnowDiscernment Undiscerning BAD Wikipedia Definition for Discernment as a Prime example of religious fallacy
Good Judgment (also judicious & injudicious)Judicious Injudicious Judgment JudgmentHere is Wisdom...
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