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Wisdom: An Integrative Way of Being

by Dr. Kevin Emery Ross

Wisdom: An Integrative way of being

“To know and not to do is not to know,” ancient Buddhist saying.

I’ve had that saying on my stationary for the last several years. Yet it was only recently when I was contemplating what I wanted to communicate to my readers about wisdom that I found the phrase took on a new life.

More on that later.

We often entwine wisdom and the state of being wise with age. We bow to the wisdom of the ages, and revere the wise woman or wise man of the tribe or community. If a younger person speaks wisely, then he or she is beyond their years, or they are wise because they are an old soul. Yet in actuality, wisdom is neither dependent on age, nor does age guarantee that wisdom will be achieved. Wisdom is present when an individual can integrate experiences, knowledge, and intuitiveness into daily living through the act of being it. Wisdom is best role modeled through living it and best shared only when asked for. Someone that tries to force his or her wisdom on to another is being very unwise indeed.

So what is the journey to wisdom? How does one achieve it? We will begin by looking at the definition I use for the word “wisdom”: the integration of experiences, knowledge, and intuitiveness into a consistent and ever changing way of being. How's that for a definition?

When I was contemplating how to best guide my readers to step onto the path of wisdom, my crafty side came out. During my meditation, the image of hair being braided came up. I immediately realized what the three sections of hair represented; the integration of experience, knowledge, and intuitiveness. It then occurred to me that when one braids hair, in order for it to stay braided, they need something with which to tie the three sections of hair together. I then realized that what ties the parts of the definition of wisdom together are spiritual paradoxes, and through being able to live with the truth of spiritual paradoxes, ones moves from the place of having wise insights into actually living from a place of wisdom. Even in the definition, I am refering to consistent and ever changing ways of being, and that in of it self has a paradoxical element, does it not?

In this first article, I will elaborate on the three “strands” of wisdom. In the second article, I will take a look at spiritual paradoxes and offer guidance on how to best take the journey to ‘being” wisdom.


Author, teacher, psychic, coach, counselor, consultant, and medical intuitive, for the last 30 years Dr. Kevin has done it all. He travels all over the world empowering individuals and businesses. In New England he works through Circles of Wisdom, Leapin’ Lizards and Silo Seven. He also works on the phone with clients all over the world. Dr. Kevin will be hosting The Serenity Tour www.serenitytour.com in Lawrence MA, Saturday May 10th with Kelle Eli and Danielle MacKinnon. drkevinrossemery@aol.com www.kevinrossemery.com


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