I do not consider myself as being really wise. I have a lot of book-learning (and know all sorts of useless trivia), but I find that sometimes, I am foolish, and it is embarrassing.

Solomon asked God for wisdom. I wish I could ask for the same quality.

So I ask all you Inward Questors to play God, and tell me what is at the heart of gaining wisdom.Is wisdom a combination of qualities? Or is it simply something you learn from experience- although it seems to me that some people never do. So what is the key?



asked 09 Feb '12, 02:57

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You can't ask God for the same quality?

(09 Feb '12, 03:10) Liam

jai i am that i am and i say to you my child first know yourself and second know other then you will be able to respect my first and second commandement. may my light shine on you and remove the darkness. experience and enjoy.

(09 Feb '12, 03:52) white tiger

@Jai - for me it is in searching for the lesson in every experience, especially those that hurt :)

(10 Feb '12, 03:50) blubird two
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I had to laugh when I read your question last night. Do you know how many questions you answered on IQ?? How many karma points do you have? How many of your answers were appreciated? Don't you see how valuable your insight is? Isn't Wisdom also insight or a big part of it? Intuition plays a part in wisdom. Aren't you intuitive? Have you forgotten about "Women's Wisdom"; which also comes with age. Stop selling yourself short.

Simple answer - wisdom comes with age. Aren't you a thousand times wiser than you were when you were 20? Wiser than last year? Keep living & learning..

HOW??? Continue what you are doing.. You are on the right path. Lead a full life and as you do, you learn valuable life lessons & experiences you can share. Your quest for knowledge, asking questions & communicating are necessary tools to gain wisdom. As important if NOT more so - is the ability to listen. One tends to learn a lot more when they do NOT speak. Be still.. Listen...


answered 10 Feb '12, 03:50

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My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. http://bible.cc/james/1-19.htm But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.

(10 Feb '12, 06:17) white tiger

@white tiger - as usual, sage advice. Proverbs - aka the book of wisdom.

(10 Feb '12, 13:15) ele

@white tiger "But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief." - for we are the children of the light - we do NOT belong to the darkness.

(10 Feb '12, 13:35) ele

@ele- I, too, had to laugh when I read your answer...+1 and more for nailing me right between the eyes, and also for being brave enough to be honest with me...I truly do not think of myself as being "wise"...rather, just a good writer at times! LOL! I have asked 377 questions, which is more than 10% of the total questions here on IQ. Many of these questions I posted because I thought that they were worth investigating and discussing- in other words, rhetorical questions...more below...

(16 Feb '12, 07:06) Jaianniah

@ele -perhaps. I haven't always gotten lots of points for each and every one, but sometimes, things seem to slow down here, and then I try to think of something I have wondered about in the past or something I am curious about or something that I think has not been discussed before, and then I just ask. I once jokingly called myself the "Queen of Questions". LOL! I wonder sometimes if people like Stingray think I am incredibly stupid! hahahaha. I think that may actually be true...more below...

(16 Feb '12, 07:12) Jaianniah

@ele -Finally, I "shift around" inside myself because of my MPD, and sometimes, a "young" "alter" will come out, and ask a question becuase that part of me truly wants to know the answer. If you were to go through my questions, you would begin to notice this...that some of the questions sound like a child was asking the question. That is because a child WAS asking the question at the time...Thus my inconsistencies...YOU are very sharp. YOU notice everything. YOU are a fabulous addition to IQ....

(16 Feb '12, 07:18) Jaianniah

@ele- I award you Best Answer for your honesty and bravery, and for telling your Truth as you see it. I hope this long-winded comment helps you to see me better. I love ya! <3 Jai

(16 Feb '12, 07:20) Jaianniah

@Jai <relief> lol! I was beginning to wonder if you thought I was stalking you as I seem to gravitate to your ?'s more than others. I was searching for a little wisdom today; came here & found your comments. Don't ever be afraid to ask questions, Jai. You keep IQ moving. I think of you as a real (life) teacher. Do you know what separates a real teacher from a teacher? A real teacher knows they are still the student. Jai, you're about as "real" as it gets.

(20 Feb '12, 23:49) ele

@Jai The only person who thinks you are stupid is one of your alters. As for SR; I've only seen one interaction between the 2 of you & it was on your PTSD ?. Someday, you will see the "truth" in SR's answer. His delivery could use some work & he prefaced it, by stating, "you weren't going to like it"; but he was genuinely trying to help you. Don't let anyone's words create your reality, including mine. Don't ever take any of my past comments as criticism; warnings, maybe; but never criticism.

(20 Feb '12, 23:50) ele

@Jai Thanks for noticing; I really do try to pay attention when someone speaks from the heart. Not brave - I didn't post an answer on your PTSD thread (yet). Like most of us - you're still growing & developing. Embrace your inner child & let her come out & play too. I KNOW you will be ok; I've witnessed the evolution. I won't worry..... Thank you! I love you too!

(20 Feb '12, 23:51) ele

@Jai You're on the right track. Jai/Demi of IQ, meet Halle Hope you like the quote.

"I meditate and pray all the time. The faith and respect that I have in the power of God in my life is what I've used to keep myself grounded,, and it has allowed me to move away from the storms that were in my life. I'm still a work in progress, but I know that as long as I stay close to God I'll be all right. ~ Halle Berry

(20 Feb '12, 23:53) ele
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I agree Jai that wisdom can never be gleaned from any book or teaching, the best they can do is steer you in the right direction to the only source of wisdom which always resides within. I think wisdom only begins to surface when we give up the need to be right thus leaving us open to receive insights and inspirations that were not previously within our state of awareness.

Expanding our awareness by becoming observers of our own life experience allows the wisdom within to grow and develop and become a knowing source within our own being that we can always tap into when the need arises. To access this source of wisdom we really do need to just quieten our mind and ask ( as Liam so rightly pointed out in his comment ) and listen ( as ele so rightly pointed out ). If we're willing to get quiet enough and trust what comes forth that wisdom or knowing is always readily available but our own little minds don't always agree with the wisest answer :)


answered 10 Feb '12, 17:19

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@Michaela, you have such a strong but gentle soul.

(12 Feb '12, 17:42) Tom

@Michaela-great answer.it is always nice to read your answers.

(14 Feb '12, 00:59) Zee

Thank you both...your comments are very much appreciated :)

(15 Feb '12, 22:27) Michaela
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by being aware first know your self and know others. walk on the razor edge. experience and enjoy.


how can you love other has yourself if you do not know yourself?


Jesus said: Blessed is the man who knows in what part the robbers are coming, that he may rise and gather his [domain] and gird up his loins before they come in.



answered 09 Feb '12, 03:48

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white tiger

The person is fool who considers himself a wise one.No body is perfect.Books can not make a person wise.However,wisdom comes through run and trials and experiences of life.Put your knowledge into practice and find out your own truths.Prayer for wisdom is a good practice.Here i would suggest Joseph Murphy's Books "Cosmic power within you" and "Dynamic power of your mind".


answered 09 Feb '12, 05:19

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Jai If Solomon ask God for wisdom, Why can't you ask God. Since you are God it should be no problem. What is wisdom? Yes it is knowing a lot, but, it's what you do with your knowledge. Knowledge plus right action equals wisdom.

We have all heard of the math genius that couldn't win in the casino. This because he put his knowledge to the wrong task

Great Blessings!!! Once again I'm never sure if you really want answers to you questions. I know you already know these answers.


answered 10 Feb '12, 20:59

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@Tom - my first thought too; "ask & you shall receive". I didn't mention it because I thought asking for wisdom must be against some biblical rule which I wasn't aware of & I didn't want to offend. A basic philosophical definition of wisdom is to make the best use of knowledge. One of my favorite prayers is the Serenity Prayer. Jai's even posted it. She's already asking. I'm voting your answer up; not just because I don't like seeing zeros; but because I like it..

(12 Feb '12, 01:39) ele

@ele, thanks I too love the Serenity Prayer.

(12 Feb '12, 17:37) Tom
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