Quimby used the term wisdom to denote Truth, Christ Consciousness or what Cayce called Superconscious. Also see Clairvoyance our ability to know beyond the five physical senses.

I will try to give an illustration of my First Cause. Wisdom is outside of everything. Opinion is in wisdom, for wisdom fills all space. Therefore, it being all wise, everything comes within itself. Opinion being in belief cannot be wisdom, for it is liable to change. Now man is in one or the other of these two elements, wisdom or opinion. Principles are wisdom reduced to science or practice. Laws are not principles but are based on opinions that can change and they belong to man's reasoning. Principles do not reason at all but are like rays of light. All the principles of wisdom that are understood are like the points of a compass and these we call cardinal principles. Now man divides the globe into four quarters and the filling up of the points of compass is to fill up the space, so that man knows more than the four points; so with wisdom. The principles are so many that it is impossible to understand only as we grow wise.” [Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, The First Cause]

"The difference between a truth based on an opinion and on wisdom is this. Wisdom backs itself up by science; opinion gives no proof but someone's opinion. Here is the difference. Man who is under the wisdom of opinion has no idea on what his opinion are based. All controversy springs from this error." [Quimby]

"Therefore to know God is to get wisdom, but to be separated from God is to be religious and believe that there is a fountain of water large enough to quench the thirst of everyone if they can find it. This is religion. But to the wise, it is to know this fountain is in yourself, a well of water springing up into everlasting wisdom. Then you will ask of this wisdom, and just as you understand, you will receive and your wisdom will teach you that you cannot ask of wisdom by your belief and have your prayers answered. God is like mathematics, for mathematics is wisdom put into practice or reduced to man's comprehension. To receive an intelligent answer in mathematics, you must ask in wisdom, not in opinion, and just according to your wisdom, the answer comes." [Phineas Parkhurst Quimby]

Wisdom has no laws, it is the true wisdom or light. The law of man is the invention of evil thoughts and wisdom is not in it, for as wisdom is in us the law is dead. So to be wise is to be dead to the law, for the law is man's belief and wisdom is of God which is science. Now if we could understand the true idea of causes and effects, we could learn where the cause of disease originates.” [Phineas Parkhurst Quimby]

Jesus had to establish a kingdom as the priests had done: theirs was based on opinions, his on science, so everything that they believed was only an opinion which his science could tear to pieces. So he begins by saying, ‘Seek first the kingdom of Heaven’; that is, seek wisdom or science, then all their craft could be explained. Then he says, ‘The kingdom of Heaven has come unto you and ye will not receive it’; that is, the science is here but you will not try to understand it. In the Old Testament, David called this science wisdom and exhorted his son to seek it first of all. Jesus called it the Kingdom of Heaven and calls on all men to seek it. If this Wisdom and the Kingdom of Heaven were not the same, then Jesus and David had different ideas of wisdom. Does the priest call on the people to get understanding? No. That is what they fear. The priests want them to have religion; that is, to believe in the creeds which cramp the intellect and bind burdens upon them so that they can lead them. They fear investigation, for it is death to their craft.” [Phineas Parkhurst Quimby; Is There Another World Beyond This?, page 344]

True Wisdom

from Complete Writings, Volume I

"Let me give you an idea of true wisdom and how it acts on man. True wisdom is like heat. Now you know that heat in the soil of the earth brings forth vegetation. Vegetation is like ideas. Wisdom warms the heart of the mind or matter. This puts vegetation or thought in action so the mind brings forth food or ideas; these being forced by the heat or activity of the soil, they grow like a tree, and the root or fibers take root in the soil or mind. As it grows, it derives its life from them and the mind being fed by the wisdom of the world, the tree takes up the particles it receives. The earth brings forth all creeping things, everything that has life as well as all diseases. They grow in the mind like a tree. For instance . . . (unfinished) [Quimby, August 1861 See As a Man Thinketh]

"A belief is one thing and wisdom is another." Quimby

"It is not an easy thing to steer the ship of wisdom between the shores of poverty and the rocks of selfishness. If he is all self, the sick lose that sympathy which they need at his hand. If he is all sympathy, he ruins his health and becomes a poor outcast on a charitable world. For the sick can't help him and the rich won't. Here you see the true character of Wisdom. It shrinks not from investigation, although it is unpopular and has the whole world to contend with." Quimby

"The cause of man's misery and trouble lies in our false reasoning. It always has and it always will be so till man is convinced that his happiness depends on Wisdom, and his misery on belief.

People never seem to have thought that they are responsible for their belief. To analyze their beliefs is to know themselves, which is the greatest study of man. All theories for the happiness of man contain more misery than happiness, either directly or indirectly. See Awareness

To destroy the beliefs of man is to leave him where God left him: to work out happiness by His own wisdom." Quimby

"Now we can understand that the whole world can be united through wisdom. Consequently the substance of wisdom is a positive theosophy that must be expressed in the spiritual scientific worldview. This does not happen by telling people that we must unite! It is not enough to preach "community" to people; moralizing is useless. Just as we must fuel a stove when we want heat, so also humanity must be given wisdom that will unify it as a community. Talking to people on behalf of community is like telling the stove to give warmth. What brings us further is really teaching, concept for concept, picture for picture, conveying the wisdom of the world's evolution and the wisdom of the essence of the human being. Preaching compassion - even having compassion - means nothing without wisdom. How does it help someone who has fallen and broken a leg when fourteen people stand around overflowing with compassion and love, but not one of them can set the leg. None of them is of any use. But the one who can do this will help if that person is a spiritual being." [From The Christian Mystery, Rudolph Steiner March 25, 1907 (Berlin)]

"Thus has it oft been said, the Fear of the Lord (Cosmic/Christ Consciousness) is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom, then, is Fear to misapply knowledge in thy dealings with thyself, thy fellow man. For as ye are honest, as ye are patient, as ye are sincere with thyself in thy meeting with thy God, thy Savior, thy Christ, in thy meditation, ye will be in thy dealings with thy fellow man." Cayce (281-28)

"There are no shortcuts to knowledge, to wisdom, to understanding - these must be lived, must be experienced by each and every Soul." Cayce (830-2)

"In wisdom thou wilt not find fault. In wisdom thou wilt not condemn any. In wisdom thou wilt not cherish grudges. In wisdom thou wilt love those, even those that despitefully use thee." Cayce (262-105)

"Many individuals have knowledge and little wisdom. Many have wisdom without knowledge." Cayce (1206-13)

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great Soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood. Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh." [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

"It is possible for any man or woman to enter into that ancient fellowship of those who seek to become the servants of the great preservers of the secret records of antiquity. Krishna taught Arjuna in the fourth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita that after the greatest – now forgotten – civilizations of long ago came and went, "the mighty spiritual art" was lost. Though it was lost, collectively speaking, it was never lost to all because these hierophants assiduously preserved it. It has been called the Wisdom - Religion. It is the divine wisdom maintained by those few who embody it, who are its self-conscious custodians, tribeless and raceless, genuinely free men proud to belong to the family of man. They differ from the exhaustless potentiality of the Divine Mind only as divine thought differs from divine ideation. It is the difference between a library and men who in using the library and in reflecting and ideating upon its books, magically bring them to life. . . The faculty of self-conscious awareness in the human being never seems to be exhausted, even by the whole catalogue of abuse of that power." [D. K. Mavalankar, "Order and Chaos"]

See Also

Christ Consciousness
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