Knowledge and Wisdom

“Wisdom comes from experience and experience comes from Being.”

Knowledge comes from education wisdom comes from experience and experience is furnished by God. You see, everything in our lives, good or bad, has the incredible purpose of teaching us a lesson. As we learn we gain knowledge which soon after becomes applied wisdom. This is the stuff that enables us to make the right choices along our journey.

For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? –Ecclesiastes 7:12-13

Our lives here on this physical realm of existence consist of many levels. I see them as steps in our ascension. In reality the steps span infinitely into what will be our constant and continuous ascension. We never stop growing!

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” –Gen. 1:27

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” –Gen, 2:7

“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man”. –Gen. 2:23

There will come a day when we will no longer need the physical suitcases of our soul. Remember, we are our souls and our spirits created in the image of God. As we ascend to the next realm of our existence we will become as one with ourselves and others. The duality of existence will cease to exist.

The purpose of our visit is simple. I often wonder why people make it so complex. It is so very obvious, but the question is often asked with a tremendously daunting emphasis on a question that begs to a higher power for its answer. “What is the meaning of life?”

We were created by Spirit as spirit first. Next we became flesh and blood. Why? Well, are you sitting down? We were created to create and experience what we could not experience otherwise. It is our thoughts that create things and it is our words that have the power to propel these thoughts into existence.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. –Genesis 1:3

I can probably very easily go through the book of Genesis or pretty much any other religious text to prove this point, but that is not how wisdom is received. This is why Christ spoke in parables. He knew it would not be enough for the children of God to just be educated in fact; they would need to feel, hold, love and envision Truth in order to own the Word. Through parable the story would enter the soul and plant the seeds of wisdom within the hearts of all who had “ears to hear.”

The biggest issue we all experience today was also given to us in parable by the Master. I’m paraphrasing a bit, but there have been so many translations I’m sure nobody will mind. We don’t put new wine into old wine skins. If we do they will burst and the wine may be spilt or at the very least contaminated by mixing with the old. This is the problem we all have with receiving new knowledge. Problems are created when we continually attempt to mix our new knowledge in with the old. This contaminates the new knowledge and makes it diluted or unproductive. In this the wisdom never comes and the seed which was planted never lives to see the light of day, never sprouts its stalk and branches and will not ever produce its fruit.

“Wisdom comes from the Lord. The rest is education.”-Bill Fooks

Education plays an important role in gaining knowledge. Without it most will never truly learn how to think. I remember the frustration I felt back in the early nineties upon graduating from college. My dad was the closest receptacle at the time so without hesitation I unloaded. “I don’t know why I even wasted my time and money on this degree.” Many don’t like to hear this and often it hurts to say, but in the majority of the cases a constant does exist. As children of our parents we may get smarter, but they will always be wiser than us. It all stems from life experience. What he said to me that day hardly comforted me or defused my anger, yet it did get me thinking. One day far off in the not so distant future, I revisited his statement and the seed of wisdom was planted in my soul. I vividly remembered Dad looking into my eyes, as though looking into my heart with his and saying, “You know Ronny, nobody can ever take it away from you.”

“Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.” Ecclesiastes 7:11

As the years rolled by I began to realize the advantage of being educated. I had some pretty good tools in my box and some fabulous weapons in my arsenal. I learned the value of the knowledge I received as I began to experience more of the life I was creating. The most important and essential of all the obvious skills and abilities often alludes the most educated. What is it you ask? The ability to think, imagine and apply the knowledge which is received while maximizing the potential of the opportunities which life presents. This in addition to all the little things we so adamantly stated we would never need to be what we thought we were going to be in our lives. One of my favorite statements was, “Why do I need to learn algebra? I’m never going to use it outside of the classroom.” Well, I ended up using it while running a wheel and tire store everyday for about seventeen years. In fact I was the guy that everyone else went to when they needed to figure out the overall diameter of a custom wheel and tire package.

Sometimes in life the money we make is the money we save. In business we may end up using our abilities gained through education combined with common sense and other practical experience obtained in the real world. I actually learned basic accounting skills without ever knowing I had. This gave me an incredible advantage in business. I never had to wait for an accountant to let me know how my business was doing. Often the time waiting for that information could end up costing a company thousands. By catching the problem sooner rather than latter I was able to easily plug the holes in the dike before pouring my profits out into the storm drain.

Marketing was another example of this. I was very frustrated that I had spent numerous credit hours to obtain a degree in communications. I took advertising, marketing, television production, news writing and so many more related courses only to find little or no jobs in this area for someone with these abilities. During those seventeen years of business all these skills had been an incredible valuable asset to me. I created my own advertisements, set forth my own marketing plans, produced my own commercials and published my own magazine. As a matter of fact the magazine alone was so successful that I opened a new store every year for the first three years of operation. It turned out to bear more fruit than I could have ever imagined. The funny thing is that it did so much more than I originally intended it to.

“An educated man can find what he seeks, but a wise man seeks what he finds.”

What started off as a simple advertising journal turned into an informative and well read magazine shortly after the first issue appeared in the “Take One” baskets of local pharmacies and supermarkets throughout southern New England. Two things created a stir in the market. First, I included an article about a local customer in every issue. This created a certain element of competition. Enthusiasts wanted to be included in the magazine. It became somewhat of a big deal to have a spread of photos and a description of what was done to the vehicle in the magazine. After all, I published ten thousand at a time and never had extras. The next thing was the technical section. Remember the algebra? Well, I wrote a full article that solved the mystery of plus sizing for everyone. I laid it out in the simplest of terms; algebraic formula and all. This led to a rush of customers who wanted to go from their factory wheel size to the largest they could tuck under their fender well. We offered them fitment without fear! With this knowledge in hand and the wisdom to know what to do with it; we quickly became the largest auto accessories store in the state and the only one to stock custom wheels and performance tires.

As we look back over our lives we all have had experiences similar to this. Some on a smaller scale and others on a higher, but I am positive that this has happened to all of us at sometime and in some way. The key is to never be afraid to learn something new.

“Selective knowledge constrains wisdom.”

We must be as adventurous in obtaining knowledge as we are with experiencing life. By reading a book we would not ordinarily read, seeing a film we would not usually consider or by listening to music we otherwise would never choose opens the door to the benefits of a vast array of experiences. How do we expect to successfully debate someone on any given topic without totally understanding their platform? The truth is we can’t.

“Knowledge comes in a case; not a box.”

It is a shame that we exert so much time in argument while ignoring and denying the wisdom gained from an open mind. If only we would truly explore the beliefs of others we could quickly accelerate to the next level of our mutual existence. Instead of concentrating on what is different about us we should be relishing in the beauty of what we all have in common with one another. After all, we are the All and the One.

“Wisdom is not being afraid to explore information that may be contradictory to our beliefs.”

Human Beings are created in the image and likeness of the ultimate Being; God! He does not make mistakes. We are not errors! How could perfection create imperfection? It could not and would not. We are created to create and to experience that which is created. The truth is in our Being. Being is God!

“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding”. Proverbs 23:23

I encourage All to release ourselves from the bonds of our previous perceptions and truly look into studying the Word with a clean slate. Over the years movies, television and a vast array of other media have painted an abstract picture of all that we are and all that we are created to be. Let’s face it much of what we think we know has been obtained from the word of others and not from the Word Itself. Very few have taken the time to truly verify what they have heard.

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. –Matthew 11:15

In faith always,

Ron Ash

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