“Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one’s being.” ~ Orison Swett Marden
We often don’t like to admit when we are ignorant about something, or when we have flat out been wrong, and because of this knowledge often masquerades as wisdom inside of our psyche. But let’s face it, every master has once been a student.
We don’t all start out knowing everything, even if our ego would like to think so. Knowledge is simply facts that we can reference until it has been integrated into wisdom either by experience or by raising our consciousness level to a more mature and evolved place.
It is important to always be aware and honest about where we are in our journey because it keeps us not only humble, but its also how we become better and more integrated versions of our former selves.
Below are five signs that will help you determine if your knowledge is beginning to integrate into wisdom:
1) Morality is instinctual rather than challenging
“Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.” ~ Unknown
We’ve all had the experience of someone who claims to be “religious” yet their behavior is the farthest thing from said religion that it can possibly be. Talking about how nice, generous, accepting, or forgiving we are is usually a sign that knowledge has not yet become wisdom.
Wisdom does not need to announce what a great person he/she is, he just is that person. A definitive mark of a being who is operating from their highest wisdom is that they often take the high road no matter what.
They are compassionate, loving and helpful to others not from a place of “trying to be”, or because they think they “should be”, but simply because this behavior is what comes instinctively to them.
2) Spiritual teachings or concepts that once resonated with you no longer make sense
“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” ~ Alan Watts
Have you ever had the experience of going back to a spiritual text or book or video months later and the content of it no longer resonates with you? Not like you no longer agree with it, but it doesn’t bring such a big aha moment of “yes! this is it!” that it once did. This is actually a sign that the knowledge that you once had to learn, has integrated into your being as wisdom.
We are constantly evolving and rising to higher states of consciousness in our journey, and something that made so much sense on one level will feel slightly confusing or even unable to be perceived once we have risen past that level of consciousness.
Once a “belief” that we were able to perceive (because it was still something that was told to us, not something that we truly felt) becomes a part of us, it will become literally impossible for us to understand.
Just like the quote above, when you are wisdom instead of just noticing it, the realization that the perceiver cannot be perceived will arise in us.
3) Something that used to bring about a strong emotional reaction in you no longer has the power to
Another huge indicator that our ego belief systems are unraveling and unhealed aspects are being healed is that things that used to anger us, make us sad, devastate us, etc. no longer have the power to do that.
As stated above, we are constantly evolving no matter how slow or fast that may happen for a particular person, but every heartbreak, fight, blow to our ego is actually the very circumstances that are helping us to unravel our ego.
So if you can look at a situation you are facing today and think to yourself, “wow, something like that would have made me so angry five years ago and now it’s like I don’t even care,” then good job! You have healed, evolved, and integrated.
As our sense of identity of who we thought we “were” begins to transcend, we will often have the experience of disorientation or confusion. When an ego that was so used to referencing its “positions” and “stances” pertaining to particular subjects has risen above those judgments, it will feel strange at first.
We may feel like a shell of our former self because the person we were so sure we were at the beginning of our journey is vastly different than who we have become. When ego attachments have disappeared from our energy field only to be replaced with emptiness and stillness, it will feel almost boring to an ego that was so used to working on something, judging itself or someone else, or anticipating things.
True wisdom arises from a place of emptiness so if you have found yourself becoming slightly bored and almost apathetic towards life, it is a sure sign that your once overactive ego is desperately searching for something to do.
Once a being is fully integrated operating from this still place, it becomes a calm, peaceful, and natural way to approach life rather than something our ego fights against.
5) You no longer care to try and convince anyone of anything
“Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens.” ~ Jimi Hendrix
When we start uncovering all of the lies, untruths, and faulty belief systems we have been sold over the years, it is common for a being to become angry and frustrated with society and life.
This is where devouring knowledge becomes commonplace and spreading the knowledge to anyone (even those who don’t seem to understand or want to listen) becomes our “duty”.
And while this is not wrong, because each of our journeys will lead us through the proper circumstances that have the power to help us evolve, at a certain point instead of trying to convince others in an aggressive or angry way we begin to try and help them through love.
Wisdom uses love and compassion to motivate and inspire while knowledge uses criticism and insults to demean and humiliate.