In James 3:13-17, wisdom is defined as pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy, and good fruits. How does developing wisdom support one developing in spiritual disciplines?
Wisdom includes judgment, discrimination, intuition, and all the departments of mind that come under the head of knowing. The throne (house) is at the nerve center called the solar plexus–pit of stomach. The presiding intelligence at this center knows what is happening in the domain of consciousness pertaining to the body and its needs (Fillmore, 2019). In its highest phase, says Fillmore, it makes union with the white light of Spirit functioning in the top brain.
The solar plexus, the womb of the mind, is at the center of the parasympathetic system, which functions million more times effective than the intellect, and is the control of the subjective mind phase–feeling. The subjective seat of the mind determines the quality of your life. You can develop wisdom, but to do so, negative emotions must be eradicated (disciplined) from the mind. Ironically, the last thing a man (woman) wants to do is surrender one’s suffering. To experience your identity (real self) and demonstrate a super life, all negativities must be dispensed with.
To make this identification, one must realize one’s unity with God through Christ, Christ being the Son of God idea always existing in man’s higher consciousness (Fillmore, 2019). This recognition of one’s sonship and unity with God is fundamental in all growth. Christ is the door into the kingdom of God. If we try to affect this end by any other means, we shall have an abnormal, chaotic, and unlawful soul unfoldment (Fillmore, 2019).
Having identified oneself with God through Christ, one ought to center one‘s attention at the pit of the stomach and affirm scripture (prayer, contemplate, meditate). We must ask and listen from within for an understanding heart. Omniscience knows and is available to us all if we are ready to be open to its instructions and obedient to its ways.
The Wisdom of Solomon (or Book of Wisdom) advocates the pursuit and appropriating of wisdom leads to righteousness and immortality, whereas failing to do so dooms one to destruction (Chestnut, 2020). Man (woman) have many things in common but poor judgment ranks highest in order. Success is the result of good judgment, and good judgment is the result of experience. Experience is commonly the result of bad judgement.
Solomon (sun-man, solar), author of Proverbs, was known for having many wives, which in the Bible (metaphysics) means feelings. Therefore, Solomon had bountiful intuitive (feeling) wisdom. Wisdom (judgment) is only found in the (small still) voice that speaks within. In trusting this deep knowing (strong feeling) we come to believe (know) that all is well. We become oriented by the mind, not emotions.
When a powerful fear thought comes, or you do something that is wrong, an uneasy feeling is always experienced in the stomach. To rely (faith, trust) on spiritual wisdom, the presence within, by disciplining awareness to recognize it (Holy Spirit) is always speaking to us to direct our life and be born of our identity. Developing wisdom through spiritual discipline supports the development of gratitude, cheerfulness that comes alive with pleasantness, a tranquil mind and serene heart. You must become happy, glad, appreciative, to keep her (feeling). Wisdom is knowing. You shall know the truth and be set free.
“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: so shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones”(Proverbs 3:3-8, KJVAE).
Chesnutt, R. D. (2020). Wisdom of Solomon. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Wisdom Literature, 104–121. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119158288.ch6
Fillmore, C. (2019). Twelve powers of man. Bibliotech Press. ISBN 9781456515027
King James American Edition (KJVAE). (n.d.). Exhortations to obedience: Proverbs 3:3-8. The Bible App. https://bible.com/bible/547/pro.3.3-8.KJVAE