From Data to Wisdom

February 25, 2009

Earlier this week in our post “Put Down the Books” we mentioned how we take information and achieve wisdom.  Unfortunately we did not have the time to give a detailed explanation.  Today we will look at that process in greater depth.

 

It starts with data

Data is uncorrelated information.  Like the number 2.  2 by itself does not mean anything.  To give it meaning we must associate it with something – 2 people, 2 cars, 2 cups of coffee.

 

Here is some spiritual data.  You are not your body.  When we first hear this we have no correlation with the idea.  At least, I know I had no correlation for it.  I bet most of you did not either.

 

Data becomes information through association

We just looked at the idea that 2 by itself is data.  When we correlate it with something it can become information.  2 does not mean anything.  2 cups of coffee means something.  We associate “2” with “cups of coffee” and it becomes information.

 

Spiritually, we take “you are not your body” and we associate it with our current understanding of who we are.  We associate it with our current understanding of what our body is.  We may not yet agree with the idea – but we at least have changed “you are not your body” from data to information by comparing it to our current ideas.

 

Information becomes understanding and knowledge through usage

We take the information “2 cups of coffee” and we use it.  We find that we like two cups of coffee in the morning.  However, two cups of coffee at lunch gives us the jitters.  By using the information we begin to understand it.  We begin to know it.

 

Spiritually, we take the information “you are not your body” and use it.  We may find ourselves in a situation where we have a cold.  We may remember “you are not your body” and we concentrate on going to work instead of staying at home to dwell on how sick we are.  We finish the day and realize that, for that day, we were not our body.  Our true self ignored our cold and we concentrated on our day at work – not our health, or lack thereof.  We begin to know that we are not our body.

 

When understanding and knowledge guide us they become wisdom

As we use our knowledge and understanding we learn to let them guide us.  Gradually we incorporate what we know into our life and it becomes wisdom.  I know that I enjoy two cups of coffee in the morning.  My preference is to have those two cups whenever possible.  However, two cups of coffee at lunch makes me a bit jittery at work.  It is wiser for me to avoid coffee at lunch.

 

Spiritually, we have had many experiences where we used the knowledge “you are not your body”.  We have gradually accepted the idea – and we are guided by it whenever we see the opportunity.  Gradually we have learned that we are much happier when we do not identify ourselves with our body.  We have become wiser and happier because by not identifying with our body we have opened up our mind to understanding who we truly are.

 

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Until tomorrow –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

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Ghandi Said to Practice

February 3, 2009

This post is another in our irregular series “The Older I Get the More I Understand Ghandi.”  Today we look at the idea that in order to learn our lessons completely we must put those lessons into practical application.

 

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

This saying comes from a web page called Ghandiji’s Top Ten Fundamentals for Changing the World.  The explanation for this quote talks about how difficult taking action really is.

 

It also mentions that we are often tricked by continuous study into thinking we are making progress.  The true test is when we must put our new understandings into use in our daily lives.

 

I know that for me, personally, the application of my understanding is frequently where I run into some fears.  In my head I know what I must do.  Putting that new understanding into practice is a different story.  I have been working on applying my understanding for many years.  However, I still trip over this one on occasion.  I have gotten much better over the years, but I still have more work to do.

 

The instruction manual

I liken today’s idea to how we use an instruction manual.  When we get a new appliance with a lot of bells and whistles – we should probably spend a little time with the instruction manual.  When we just jump right in and never look at the instruction manual we probably will never find the full potential of the appliance.

 

On the other hand, if we sit and read the instruction manual while never operating the appliance – we never really learn how to use the appliance.  We have an intellectual understanding of how to operate the appliance, but no practical understanding.  We “know” how to use the appliance but we have not developed the skill of using the appliance.

 

Apply, apply, apply

Many years ago when I was a neophyte in spiritual matters, my guide/teacher used to constantly urge me to apply what I was learning.  I had a feeling that these ideas were nice in theory but did not really work on this planet.  He would tell me to “Apply!, Apply!, Apply!”

 

Over the years I gradually began to apply my learning.  Amazingly, I learned that these understandings do work on this planet.  All you have to do is to apply them in your daily life.  One additional benefit of applying them in your daily life is that they eventually become your new way of life.  Application of principle brings you into the moment and into true happiness.

 

Keeping the balance

In the end we must learn to keep a balance between our studying and our application.  We are always doing both.  However, sometimes the balance shifts more towards studying than application.  As we sense the need we gradually move into more application and less studying.  Properly done, this balance will keep us moving along our path.

 

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