Why We Need Not Fear Instant Wisdom

Positive mental attitude: Monk meditating
Monk meditating. The practice of meditation can sometimes help cultivate a positive mental attitude. Photo: Phra Ajan Jerapunyo-Abbot of Watkungtaphao, by Tevaprapas Makklay (CC-BY-3.0) via Wikipedia.

Quite often we are wary of “instant” anything. We’ve learned our lessons. Instant wealth seems always a scam meant to make us even more poor. Instant food has less nutrition and frequently doesn’t taste as good. So, it seems only natural that we should also be wary of instant wisdom.

A couple of months ago, I had a realization that started with a question:

What could be lost in an attempt at instantaneous learning of ALL wisdom?

I remember years ago trying out the latest fad of “rapid reading.” By the time I was done with their program, my reading speed had not increased and I needed glasses—all in less than one week.

During that program I had found that little things were missed that had huge implications. I could gather the topic quite easily with their techniques, but the fine points of whether or not their conclusions were pro or con hung on individual words, in the proper context, that could easily be missed by a fast scan of the page. With this “rapid reading” technique, I could come away thinking that a writer condoned abortion instead of condemned it. It all depended on the understanding of the selection of words and the sequence by which they made it into my brain.

Besides, the artist in me revolted at the notion of missing out on the lyrical quality of some prose—the turn of a clever phrase—the subtle meaning that would be missed from the shotgun blast of instant acquisition.

So, this question came to me: “What could be lost in an attempt at instantaneous learning of ALL wisdom?”

The fear is that I will “miss” something important.

But when operating in the spirit, there is no need to hold all knowledge at any one time. Spirit merely needs a certain viewpoint that will merely ASK for knowledge required in a given situation.

Getting to that viewpoint or attitude is the true aim of spirituality; not the acquisition of lots of knowledge and understanding, as I’ve been trying to do.

Don’t get me wrong. Knowledge, understanding and wisdom have helped me get far closer to the spiritual viewpoint.

At some point, the acquisition of more facts becomes superfluous. We need to start using what we’ve already learned. That’s where the nitty-gritty work takes place—the chore of actually committing our time and energy to the cause of spiritual enlightenment.

My Own Wake-up Call

Several years ago, I wrote a book that captured the wisdom of my experience in taking responsibility for my own feelings. Emotion can be either accepted by default or it can be created. The one life experience which triggered my breakthrough involved instantly going from dark, somber depression to strong, bright elation. With that feeling, I was able to go to my next job interview with far more confidence and an upbeat attitude.

I gave the book the somewhat interesting title, Instant Happiness. It bombed. I had a hard time giving it away.

Months later, I wondered if there might be something wrong with the title, so I created a different version of the same book—new cover, new title and very minor edits. The new title was Taking Charge. And it did far better in sales—just by changing the title.

Instant Isn’t Necessarily Bad

Some people have had too much instant gratification. They feel the need for responsibility to counter the growing tide of blame and victimhood. I can understand this. Quite simply, though, the word “instant” isn’t at all popular in this day and age.

But instant isn’t always bad.

First of all, instant does not necessarily mean “cheap” or “impermanent.” But this is the feeling many of us get when we hear the word. This is why miracles are so difficult for people. A miracle can happen instantly, and some people are not prepared for it. Some people who win the lottery get instant millions, but find that those riches disappear in a matter of weeks. In fact, they end up with less than that which they started. This even happened to one poor fellow who won a third of a Billion dollars a little over a decade ago.

My books, The Art of Forgiveness, Proof of God and The Science of Miracles, talk about my own instantaneous miracles. I had overcome my own aversion to instant results. To me, the word “instant” had a pleasant, spiritual connotation. But it also included taking charge or taking responsibility for my destiny.

Instant Wisdom?

So, back to our question: “What could be lost in an attempt at instantaneous learning of ALL wisdom?”

As a spiritual being, we don’t have to hold every fact in our thoughts. We can merely call up facts or wisdom as we need them.

The ultimate aim of spirituality is the acquisition of continuity of consciousness without physical commensurability. This simply means “thinking through spirit” instead of “through the brain.”

As it is, right now, trying to solve problems in our unconscious mode or dream state remains highly problematic. Dreams are too chaotic. Even when we have lucid dreaming, fully conscious of the fact that we’re dreaming, the dream itself is not fully under our control. Conscious direction of dreams can occur, but not with 100% guaranteed results. Our dreams could just as easily be derailed by a distraction—even a nightmare.

That’s because we are not yet fully awake as spirit. This is not easy.

Jesus Christ made it seem easy, but anyone familiar with the story knows that Christ’s fellow mission specialist, Elijah (also known as John the Baptist), had trouble remembering his mission goals. He had become a stumbling block to Jesus. He had even forgotten who Jesus was. From his prison cell, he sent one of his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the one?”

Even with all of his spiritual accomplishments and his abstinence in the form of John the Baptist, he had lost contact with his spiritual consciousness. Having a new body was simply too distracting—overwhelming the spiritual self.

When we achieve rock solid spiritual consciousness, we won’t need to fear “instant” anything, including wisdom. The understanding and certainty will come with every answer to our prayers. And this is not the mortal certainty of belief, but the spiritual certainty of creation.

Every one of my spiritual books was written in a state of spiritual bliss—not every paragraph, but enough of each book to be inspired, instead of contrived. Some of my other books took lots of work and research. The only exception was my #1 Weather Bestseller, Climate Basics. I did look up some facts for the writing of the book, but it flowed like silk from my mind.

This does not mean there are no literal mistakes. My imperfect physical form interpreting spiritual guidance can still misunderstand the details of spiritual communication.

So, I continue to long for that time when spirit is fully awake and there is no longer any physical middleman.

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