Wisdom (Food for the Soul)

Bible Description of Wisdom

Proverbs 3 : 13 - 18 - The True Wealth 
Proverbs 4 : 7 - The Principal Thing 

The lord by wisdom hath founded the earth, by understanding hath he established the heavens. By his knowledge, the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down the dew (Prov. 3:19-20 KJV).

Wisdom is plainly the knowledge of divine and human matters and the causes of these. It is only when you seek, know the truth and you are in love with all that you know God. There is no wisdom without love. Truth is found in honesty which makes the love for truth the beginning of wisdom. Honesty is a virtue. 

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.
~ Thomas Jefferson

You are of higher intelligence and have the innate power of intuition, which is the universe within you, which guides you. It is your spirit, soul, light, your consciousness. Your intuition or inner validation is your wisdom. It is the sacred source called the higher self. Your emotional oracle is the power within you. It is God. God is within you. There is a reason you are made of higher intelligence, that is, of life and awareness. Your gifts are intuition, spirit, love, universe, soul, light, consciousness. Except you're spiritual, you will not recognise all these. Let your intuition guide you to good. Your instincts are not bad or dark, you only fear it or do not know how to use it so you use your brain, most especially without your guidance.

You are life before you are human, before you became man or woman and before you became parent or member of a group and before the existence of technology. Feel, don't think. Your heart will always remain your best friend. It is most faithful. The heart is the way to truth. The answer to your questions could be found within. The shortest horror story is that the universe is all in your mind. What you think, you eventually do be. Even your imagination is an experience. A wise man's heart inclines him towards the right, but a fool's heart, towards the left. Ignorance is of the mind, awareness is of the spirit and the heart is the way to truth.

Wisdom and Self love
 Matthew 22:38-39 
This is the great and first commandment. And he said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself (RSV). 
Mark 30 
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these (RSV).

These verses have on thing in common. It emphasizes that one is like the other. Your inner guide or what you know as intuition is the wisest part of you as a being and should be your priority. As the heart leads, the head resonates and guides. So at times, when you are told you use your head, you are told to reason and when you also reason without your inner guide, you're no different from the one who has not yet reasonated. In one way or the other, you have ability to do both and more and next time, I'd expantiate on that.

Self love is the acceptance of self. To have love for God is to love humanity. When you love God, then you are against death. In other words, you love your soul by seeking wisdom. Wisdom is life for your soul. You see, I called it soul, not body. To love others, you should see the good when things go bad with them. You are creator and creation mixed into one. As long as you find the sweetness in you, you will find it in others as well. Self love does not have to do with the physical or matters of obesity or ugliness. Self love also does not see any defects. It accepts wholly and wholeheartedly devoid of any negative thoughts about oneself. Self love is seeing myself as worthy because I was made by God and because God loves me no matter what. It is only shame and low self esteem that remains. 

True wisdom is in God's word and not in the world of competition to meet worldly standard. The standard has already been set by God. And that is the standard of all standards. The first principles set are in the bible and they are the ten commandments, of which love is the greatest.
Self love is not obsession or putting oneself first. By that, it turns into pride. Pride is opposite to the knowledge of God. Pride is an antigod status. There is neither self-glorification nor self- loathing in self love. Self love is seeking righteousness. Seeking to please God is a part of love and wisdom.

When we lose ourselves because we are good, because we help others, because we are worthy of our love, it is not the love of God. Even when we do that, it is with condition and agenda. It is not giving anyone the joy, peace and goodness which it should. So true self love is self denial. It is seeing that I am free and God's own child and not of the world. Are you a lover of self or a lover of God? 
Four things that have spoiled your life are: "I" and "Mine". "You" and "Yours", forget them. It is self-denial. It is not totally forgetting oneself because that would be no other thing than deception which stems from ingenuity. Self denial will be expounded upon with all that comes as I cannot put it in simple terms. You come last. Self love is self-denial as seen in Romans 12 verse 2. Self love can be found in these words said by Rumi in his poems, 
'I am you and you are me'.

Now compare that with the 2nd chapter and 8th verse in the book of James, which says,

If you really fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well (RSV).

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The fear of evil and its ways is wisdom. The search for wisdom is the fear of God. This is humility which is a virtue. God is moralistic and sin causes punishment. Ignorance is a sin. When you are ignorant, you become a victim of your ignorance. Maturity is putting into consideration; it's knowing the difference between good and bad, it is when you keep your mouth shut when you want to say something mean to someone, only people at peace with themselves can do this. Emotional intelligence often matters more than cognitive intelligence when it comes to success in life.

Let us come down to reality now, love your neighbor as yourself is what the bible tells us. But there are evil people so you must do evil. Sometimes we are pushed into doing the evil which we do not want to do. This is what makes us human and this is why we are the sinners that we are. But self love is being kind. You receive it too. It is doing to another what you want done to you. It is these people who help us grow. There is self love when you embrace your inner self, that is your dark side. I already told you that on my topic of emotions. Self love is knowing that I am special, it's understanding how unique I am that I am not jealous of anyone, it is owning and accepting my humanity. Loving yourself is knowing you are a divine being experiencing. It is knowing, I deserve to be loved. It is knowing that I am not better but I am worthy. It is content. It is knowing that I am Enough! Where is your self esteem? Are you made of self love?

Wisdom and Anger
Proverbs 16:32
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city (KJV). 

Anger is a characteristic of fools. Many people use anger as a weapon, keep humility as your armour and experience protection until you are inured to such traits. It is a cold iron which cuts and bends hot iron. When you are angry, a great deal of energy is used up and wasted, especially when it is formed for the most trivial of reasons. 
Find solutions, not reactions. When you resort to blaming, who now has the problem? If a man is unable to wipe out his own tendency to anger, how can he criticise anyone for the lack of ability in controlling themselves? Anger is bad temper, what more envy? Anger has to do with pain and pleasure. Pleasure is related to malevolent tendencies. Anger does not go with God's righteousness, except it's for something He hates. Anger without any feelings or remorse or a mournful heart or conscience is a sign of witchcraft and wickedness. 

One who has a bad temperament is usually angry at himself and criticizes a lot. It is when you love yourself that you love another. Loving another is proof of your self love. When you get angry, you lose more than your temper. Research finds that those who get angry over the silliest of things subconsciously desire to be loved. Anger is hidden fear. It's part of shame. We have fear within us but choose anger, which plays its part as tool. Anger stands in the way of courage and so does fear. In soul, anger is boastfulness, covetousness, thirst for honor, rivalry and malice. Anger should be a righteous indignation of righteous cause but selfishness and the I factor drives anger. Anger comes as a result of ego. A sensible person will know that there are other things to do and such things do not matter.

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.
 ~ Epictetus

I will tell you a little about the popular temperaments. The melancholics are realistic pessimists striving for optimism. Sorry that was for jokes, they are just pessimists striving for their ideal. They are prone to OCD, which is a perfectionistic tendency, dislike change and are obsessed with routines. They also are self-centered and may engage in self-pity. Grudges may last for mostly two years. They are easily criticised that when they ask for your opinions, they mean the good rating of their performance and this is why I'm telling you now about self love. Due to fear of failure, criticism, starting and perfectionistic tendency, people fail to arise. Evolved melancholics never take all things personal. The melancholic is not the type anyone should offend. If a melancholic should think it over, then it is over for the counterpart and also over for the melancholic as well because surpressed anger is the major cause of depression. Never psychologically argue with a melancholy. It becomes an added psychological mess. To be wronged is nothing unless you start to remember it.

The phlegmatics are otherwise known as the diplomats. They are in no way different from the perfectionists who never do anything to avoid criticisms and comments. Phlegmatics usually become the coolest parents ever and are the least prone to anger. Some phlegmatics are the positive ones but not that optimistic to the extent of forgetting the realities of life. Phlegmatics could be more or less of melancholic perfectionists. They are the uninterested and unresponsive group of people. Crying may be what a phlegmatic will engage in and self-inflicted anger due to inability to get angry or maybe punish another. Many phlegmatic teachers, who are up to 80% on the phlegmatic scale, ask the choleric and sanguine teachers to help them flog students, while still being angry probably at self. These set of people are driven by motivation and need to be motivated. Two phlegmatic parents could be one catastrophe unless the second phlegmatic is more of one of the other temperaments. I'm the type but also melancholic. I get rational, with better ideas in anger. This is why I need upset in my life. I do not know if I'm right about that, but I'm serious.

Sanguines are sort of two-faced or to put it better, they possess dual personality. The sanguine are the most popular. They lack stability. They could go from wicked to pretty nice and jovial and back again from time to time. This is same reason people of equal temperament should never marry. It could lead to boredom, less of the romance and more boredom. There are people who do that though. Greatest supporters of each other are birds of equal feather, just like the way they form beautiful shapes in the sky, people like this would do anything and support anything they would have done.

The cholerics are those with the original temper tantrums. When there is a family of pliable people, the one or two different people are only like 50% of the basic temperament which runs in the family. This is because temperament is also a genetic factor. Personality traits are based frequently on our past emotions. 

Know this, my beloved brethren. Let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger (James 1:19 RSV).

Anger stems from ego. Be aware, conscious. Let your anger be known to you and not just from somewhere unknown and lashed out. Anger gives a sense of fulfilment but does that bring happiness? When you remain true to yourself good air will come to you but when you start the fight, everyone else is tensed and that is bad. When one will not, two cannot quarrel. When you get to know yourself, you will not even have the time to criticize others. 

Self control is dominance over your desires, be it power or anger. Some have the mindset of the only way to avoid abuse is to become the abuser. I've witnessed people who are just too irascible. Anger is an emotional reaction which has become permanent within them since it has been there for a long time. Let go of who you are supposed to be and be who you really are. Jealousy and anger shorten life, and anxiety brings on old age too soon. In body, anger is shown through indiscriminate eating, glutonny and solitary gormandizing. It raises blood pressure. It is not only anger but also emotions such as fear and different expectations. 

People who cause you to be angry are sick and transfer infections. If someone speaks to you with anger, pour the soothing waters of love on the fire. And when you get insistence on anger like an idiot trying to argue with you, do not argue with him because he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the fire department usually uses water. Calmness is like air-conditioning in a room. It is a virtue in times of trouble. You are only seeing it, it does not affect you. Thinking in this manner, others will pick up your energy. Your responsibility in life is how you respond to things. That is your first responsibility. Karma comes to you as a result of your reactions. The only justified wrath is that of God. If anger makes you mad, why not be responsible. When you are a manner of peace, you attract peaceless souls. If you live in your mind, you will get angry and if you love, you will not be angry. True intelligence is shown when you resist anger. Your reactions to situations could change the world. 


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