Knowledge and wisdom aren’t the same thing. Yes, both share a kind of knowing, but they are very different, both in sources and in effect. Let me give you an example.
Last year, my oldest had a concussion at a football game. It was a serious one, but he understood the kind of healing energy that was available to him and through accessing that energy on the spot, was healed and to everyone’s amazement (but ours) finished the game.
Later that same year, he suffered a hurt shoulder. He had a slight tear in it, and instead of doing a similar healing, he continued to be in pain. After I observed this for a while, I finally asked him why, after he’d so dramatically healed his concussion, he hadn’t done the same for his shoulder. What was the difference between the two? He replied that he had been told that it would take up to 6 months to heal. His friend’s father, who is a physical therapist, had looked him over and this was his assessment.
Now I was starting to understand, but we weren’t done exploring. Again, I asked him, “What’s the difference?”
“Well mom, he has the background. This is what he does. He went to school for this.”
I thought, “Well, isn’t that interesting?”
Then, as I often do, I took that information and sat in the bathtub in order to really meditate and understand the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Where was this belief system coming from? When I did that, it was fascinating to find the amount of weight we place on knowledge–what has been learned–certifications, college education–versus knowing or wisdom. For my son in that moment, knowledge trumped wisdom, and it can happen for us, too.
So often in life, we discount wisdom. To me, wisdom is the essence of knowing. It’s when you sit and have an internal conversation, navigating a thought process until you come to a solution, an element of wisdom that comes from inside of you.
But this is what often happens: instead of following that wisdom, instead of saying, “Oh my gosh! I found the answer, I know exactly what to do!”, we take the wisdom and bounce it off the people around us in order to gain the background, the knowledge, the research, really the validation – instead of allowing the wisdom to be what it is.
In wisdom, there is an element of creativity. In knowledge, there is a form of compliance and an element of the known, the ability to lean back on something already in place in order to move forward. When we rely on knowledge, however, we don’t give ourselves the opportunity for creativity, to see multiple opportunities or many possibilities.
Knowledge is factual provability. It’s based, however, on somebody else’s perceptions, their research, their intention. When my son was getting stuck, when he was told it was going to take 6 months to heal, his path moving forward was altered. Someone had an idea he didn’t have and it changed his ability to see. If we sit in wisdom, it gives us the ability to experience ultimate creativity because we can see all the opportunities and possibilities without being contained within the parameters of knowledge.
It’s important to remember that all knowledge derives from someone’s wisdom that they try to prove. It’s more important to find our own wisdom. If I get a spark of insight I trust, I can step forward into it and create whatever I desire. When we defer to knowledge, however, when we reach out for confirmation in order to trust it and move forward, we let other people change our reality.