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Intellect vs. Wisdom

  • Elliott
  • January 2, 2012
  • 3

How do we make decisions?

It kind of depends on whom and what we believe we are doesn’t it?

If I believe I am the flesh and bones which has a mind and that I am somehow defined by the culmination of my life experience, I probably place great value on what is stored in my memory, what life has taught me.

If, on the other hand, I have tried understanding my true nature through reason and intellectual pursuit, and have found something lacking, the brain centered mind may have lost its significance as the best guide for me to follow.

When a person comes to an understanding that they are more than their body, that they are more than their thoughts, that they are something, call it awareness, from which the questions, “What am I? and “Who am I?” arise, then the intellect no longer holds the promise of being a reliable master.

The intellect is always limited by its building blocks, it is always confined by the lessons it has garnered. Intellect, in and of itself, does not question the knowledge it holds as truth. It analyzes, makes determinations, and then calibrates everything new, as fitting or not fitting into its definition of truth.

Intellect is a very valuable tool, especially one which is nourished and stretched. It is, however, a poor master because it examines life through the tiny lens of what it “knows.”

Anything that I “know” resides within my intellect.

All separation exists because I know we are separate.

All war, all hatred, all justification for harming another is born in the knowledge that we are separate, and is perpetrated by people who use their intellect as their guidance system, as their foundation for making decisions.

A person who lives from their Heart, from their connection to the TRUTH of their being, utilizes the intellect as one aspect of their decision making process, making it a valuable tool, but never the Master of their lives.

Is such a connection scientifically provable?

I don’t know the answer to this question.

What I do know is that the person who has made such a connection, the person who lives a life centered in this connection, needs no such proof. If proof of this connection is needed, it is a good indication that one’s self-identity is based on knowledge, based in the intellect, not in the heart, not in wisdom.


  1. True, true, true!! When inner truth is accessed through intuition no proof of anything is required. This is wisdom and it is entirely different from intellectual knowledge.The context within which wisdom discerns is much deeper and wider than that in which knowledge discerns.

    Albert Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.

    We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

    But not Elliott – you remember the gift and you are a gift! Thanks for the wisdom, Elliott!!

  2. Great post !

    I am intuitively coach people around the world, understand that we are not separate at all but just spirits in human body having this human experince and so much more to us that we can ever believe or consciously fathom.

    Feel free to look at my site at and share with anyone you think will benefit.

    Blessings Sally :)

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