Wisdom – Potentiator of the Body Explored

Posted on April 8, 2011


“…each mind/body/spirit complex shall and should and, indeed, must perceive each archetype, if you use this convenient term, in its own way. Therefore, you may see that precision is not the goal; rather the quality of general concept complex perception is the goal.”- Ra, Session 77



Arcanum 9

Wisdom: 1.the discretionary use of knowledge for the highest possible good. 2.accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment

Potentiate: To endow with power; To enhance; To increase the potency; an increase in activityor effectiveness

Potential: the inherent capacity for coming into being

Sage: a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom that comes with age and experience

Body: 1. material or complex of materials available for distortions of physical manifestation. 2.the entire structure of an organism; an individual object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects

“The Significator of each mind, body, and spirit may be seen as a simple and unified concept. The Matrix of the Body may be seen to be a reflection in opposites of the mind; that is, unrestricted motion. The Potentiator of the Body then is that which, being informed, regulates activity.”-Ra, Session 79

What is the potentiator of the body?

In one word: Governor

“The potentiator of the body complex, then, may be called Wisdom for it is only through judgment that the unceasing activities and proclivities of the body complex may be experienced in useful modes.”-Ra, Session 78

Knowing when to stop is an important thing to know. Just as important, I would say as when to start. This knowing as it relates to the body, is another face of the creator and is the archetype responsible for balancing the perpetual activity of Balance Working or the Matrix of the body.

On a very basic level, Balanced Working is like a system of parts in motion and Wisdom is like the control panel. Wisdom allows us to make changes to the default settings so to speak.

This card is sometimes called also called the Sage or the Hermit. The idea that wisdom is the central theme for this card is apparent. A few characteristics seem to follow this archetypes depiction from deck to deck (even if the name doesn’t always stick): the robe, the flame or light, a staff and an aged male figure. Those few clues and the understanding that the function of this card is act as potentiator for the body, that is to say, provide the opportunity for change and growth in the body(s).

This is the only card in the major arcana that represents and older figure. It should also be noted that the unlike some of the other archetypes , Wisdom is drawn standing on his own and the lower section of his body is more white then black.

The balance between love and wisdom in the use of the body in its natural functions is a discipline of the body….

The body complex has natural functions. Many of these have to do with the unmanifested self and are normally not subject to the need for balancing. There are natural functions which have to do with other-self. Among these are touching, loving, the sexual life, and those times when the company of another is craved to combat the type of loneliness which is the natural function of the body as opposed to those types of loneliness which are of the mind/emotion complex or of the spirit.

When these natural functions may be observed in the daily life they may be examined in order that the love of self and love of other-self versus the wisdom regarding the use of natural functions may be observed. There are many fantasies and stray thoughts which may be examined in most of your peoples in this balancing process.

Equally to be balanced is the withdrawal from the need for these natural functions with regard to other-self. On the one hand there is an excess of love. It must be determined whether this is love of self or other-self or both. On the other hand there is an over-balance towards wisdom.

It is well to know the body complex so that it is an ally, balanced and ready to be clearly used as a tool, for each bodily function may be used in higher and higher, if you will, complexes of energy with other-self. No matter what the behavior, the important balancing is the understanding of each interaction on this level with other-selves so that whether the balance may be love/wisdom or wisdom/love, the other-self is seen by the self in a balanced configuration and the self is thus freed for further work. – Ra, Session 61

More about Wisdom

Philosophical perspectives of wisdom – Wikipedia.com

A basic philosophical definition of wisdom is to make the best use of knowledge. The opposite of wisdom is folly.

The ancient Greeks considered wisdom to be an important virtuepersonified as the goddesses Metis and Athena. To Socrates and Plato, philosophy was literally the love of Wisdom (philosophia). This permeates Plato’s dialogues, especially The Republic, in which the leaders of his proposed utopia are to be philosopher kings: rulers who understand the Form of the Good and possess the courage to act accordingly. Aristotle, in his Metaphysics, defined wisdom as the understanding of causes, i.e. knowing whythings are a certain way, which is deeper than merely knowing that things are a certain way.

Wisdom is also important within ChristianityJesus emphasized it.[1][2] Paul the Apostle, in his first epistle to the Corinthians, argued that there is both secular and divine wisdom, urging Christians to pursue the latter. Prudence, which is intimately related to wisdom, became one of the four cardinal virtues of Catholicism. The Christian philosopher Thomas Aquinas considered wisdom to be the “father” (i.e. the cause, measure, and form) of all virtues.

In the Inuit tradition, developing wisdom was the aim of teaching. An Inuit Elder said that a person became wise when they could see what needed to be done and do it successfully without being told what to do.

Nicholas Maxwell, a contemporary philosopher, advocates that academia ought to alter its focus from the acquisition of knowledge to seeking and promoting wisdom, which he defines as the capacity to realize what is of value in life, for oneself and others.

Buddhist scriptures teach that a wise person is endowed with good bodily conduct, good verbal conduct, and good mental conduct.(AN 3:2) A wise person does actions that are unpleasant to do but give good results, and doesn’t do actions that are pleasant to do but give bad results (AN 4:115). Wisdom is the antidote to the self-chosen poison of ignorance. The Buddha has much to say on the subject of wisdom including:

  • He who arbitrates a case by force does not thereby become just (established in Dhamma). But the wise man is he who carefully discriminates between right and wrong.[12]
  • He who leads others by nonviolence, righteously and equitably, is indeed a guardian of justice, wise and righteous.[13]
  • One is not wise merely because he talks much. But he who is calm, free from hatred and fear, is verily called a wise man.[14]
  • By quietude alone one does not become a sage (muni) if he is foolish and ignorant. But he who, as if holding a pair of scales, takes the good and shuns the evil, is a wise man; he is indeed a muni by that very reason. He who understands both good and evil as they really are, is called a true sage.[15]

In Taoism Practical Wisdom may be described as knowing what to say and when to say it.

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