An Essay about the Nature of our Spiritual Understanding

The struggle for existence holds as much in the intellectual as in the physical world. A theory is a species of thinking, and its right to exist is coextensive with its power of resisting extinction by its rivals.

~Thomas Huxley

spiritual training_humanityhealingTo retain a general mental capacity requires, among other things, the ability to be rational, to plan ahead, to solve problems, to think abstractly, to comprehend complex ideas, to learn fast and to learn through experience. Intellectual training is not a literary learning process, nor is it the ability to obtain good grades.  It refers to a more ample concept: the ability to perceive and understand in depth the world around you.

When we refer to someone as “intellectualized” we are referring to an individual that holds a great amount of information about diverse issues, but also as someone with a certain familiarity with the art of thinking intelligently and rationalizing over these topics. We know, nevertheless, that the real characteristic of a clever mind is the ability to solve problems with ease and precision.

But is a good intellectual background enough to develop sagacity, perception and mindfulness? Our answer is no.

What make an individual express perceptiveness is mix of genetic background, spiritual will or predisposition, and education; not only training and education. Any school can train an individual to think logically and critically, but they cannot necessarily train anyone to be creative and resourceful. Intelligence is a dynamic phenomenon, while education is a static one. Everyone knows that it is possible to discuss for hours about subjects with no passing of relevant content among individuals. The intellect when devoid of the luminous influence of Spirit is just as a false light that preserves itself through the exercise of speech, not necessarily creating anything new.

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