Wisdom is the application of spiritual laws

Ignorance of spiritual laws is bondage; knowledge of spiritual laws is freedom; application of spiritual laws is wisdom.

~ Evelyn Underhill

Wisdom rises from within us

There is a Wisdom that arises--sometimes gracefully, sometimes gently, sometimes awkwardly, sometimes fiercely, but it will arise to save us if we let it, and it rises from WITHIN us, like the force that drives green shoots to break the winter ground, it will arise and drive us into a great blossoming like a pear tree, into flowering, into fragrance, fruit and song ... in that part of ourselves that can never be defiled, defeated or destroyed, but that comes back to life, time and time again, that lives--always--that does not die.


Wisdom is the art of living in rhythm with your soul

Wisdom is the art of balancing the known with the unknown, the suffering with the joy; it is a way of linking the whole of life together in a new and deeper unity ... Wisdom is the art of living in rhythm with your soul, your life, and the divine.

~ ANAM CARA by John Donohue

A vision of wisdom

There came upon me an overshadowing bright cloud, and in the midst of it a Figure of a Woman, most richly adorned with transparent gold, her hair  hanging down, and her face as terrible as crystal for brightness, but her countenance was sweet and mild.  At this sight I was somewhat amazed, but immediately a Voice came saying, "Behold, I am God's eternal Virgin, Wisdom, whom thou hast been enquiring after.  I am to unseal the Treasures of God's deep wisdom unto thee."

~ A FOUNTAIN OF GARDENS by Jane Lead (1670)

Wisdom is a living stream

Wisdom is a living stream, not an icon preserved in a museum.  Only when we find the spring of wisdom in our own life can it flow to future generations.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Human wisdom is but a noise

What is my word, what is human wisdom
  but a noise that reaches the outer ear?
But from that ear to the heart lies a road
  that only God can travel.
Blessed are you who do not put your trust
  in the noise of your own words,
  even though they come wrapped in great
          human wisdom.


~ THE VIOLENCE OF LOVE by Oscar Romero

Wisdom, practice and silence

Wisdom is developed through spiritual practice; for in silence you learn what can never be taught.

~ Frances Vaughn

A psalm to wisdom

In the pouring forth of wisdom
   all things have their being;
   wisdom in my shining,
   wisdom beyond me shining.
All things are branches
  of the Tree of wisdom
  wisdom in me growing,
  wisdom beyond me growing.
In the circle of being
  all things share a blessing;
  wisdom in me turning,
  wisdom beyond me turning. 

~ CHINOOK PSALTER II ed. by Lee Henderson

Wisdom comes when we realize that happiness comes from opening up in the moment

Wisdom replaces ignorance in our minds when we realize that happiness does not lie in the accumulation of more and more pleasant feelings, that gratifying craving does not bring us a feeling of wholeness or completion.  It simply leads to more craving and more aversion.  When we realize in our own experience that happiness comes not from reaching out but from letting go, not from seeking pleasurable experience but from opening up in the moment to what is true, this transformation of understanding then frees the energy of compassion within us.  Our minds are no longer bound up in pushing away pain or holding on to pleasure.  Compassion becomes  the natural response of an open heart.

~ SEEKING THE HEART OF WISDOM by Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield

Innocence protects against the negative forces of life; we grow wise by stages

Innocence is precious and powerful: not to be confused with ignorance, it is a Divine protection against the negative forces of life.  We grow wise by stages and often a whole lifetime of experience is necessary to gain wisdom.  "Wisdom is glorious," said Solomon, "and never fadeth away."

~ from THE VOICE OF SILENCE by Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo
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