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The Wisdom of the Ages – Present and Waiting for Us

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The millennia of wisdom is vast and as relevant today as ever before. So much of the wisdom of the ages has been around so long that we tend to take it for granted.

Often, we think we’re doing it because we know it. We’ve seen it all our lives, so we become so familiar with it that when we hear familiar sayings there’s the tendency to think we’re doing it because we know it.

Yet in the next moment when a challenge or frustration arises, we quickly forget the truisms we enjoy sharing, liking and loving as we see them online.

One moment can change a day, one day can change a life, and one life can change the world.
~Gautama Buddha, spiritual teacher, c.480-400 BCE

“One moment can change a day, one day can change a life, and one life can change the world.”
~Gautama Buddha, spiritual teacher, c.480-400 BCE
Buddha quote on change. Photo by Anway Pawar on Unsplash

It Isn’t What Happens That Matters Most

We can’t change what has happened.

But we can choose our thoughts about it.

What we choose to think will determine our experience.

It isn’t what happens… it’s how we think about what happens that matters most.

In response to an email to the iCreateDaily community that contained the above sentences, writer, artist, Belinda Hughes, wrote:

“The essence of Buddhism, 2,500+ yrs and still so true.”

Which comment inspired this reflection and reply, now expanded and shared here.

It isn’t what happens… it’s how we think about what happens that matters most.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator ®

QUOTE ABOUT THOUGHTS: It isn’t what happens… it’s how we think about what happens that matters most.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator ®
Wisdom Quote – It isn’t what happens, it’s how we think. Photo by Egor Yakushkin on Unsplash

Wisdom of the Ages and Wisdom Teachers

BCE Spiritual and Wisdom Teachers

Krishna c.3228 BCE… Pythagoras c. 570-495 BCE… Buddha c.480-400 BCE… Socrates c.470-399 BCE… Plato c.428–348 BCE.… Aristotle c. 384–322 BCE.…

For more, here’s a good time line on the Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers

AD Spiritual and Wisdom Teachers

Christ, c.4 BC – c.33 AD… Copernicus 1473-1543… Galileo 1564-1642. 

(Who else would you add to this list…? There is a gap of Wisdom teachers here, so we’ll be adding more as they come to mind and/or others share their favorites to include).

19th-20th Century Wisdom Teachers

Then in 19th/20th centuries, James Allen 1864-1912, Wallace Wattles 1860-1911, Rudolph Steiner 1861-1925, Napoleon Hill 1883-1970…

…and yet, the majority have never heard of many of these, and of those who have, most don’t actively and purposefully employ the wisdom.

There are many inspiring and wise teachers of this and the past five decades to add as well.

Some of the current wisdom teachers, coaches and mentors are listed in a list in this article on Visionary Leaders.

Thanks to the world wide web, today we can access the wisdom of all ages, from ancient to current times for free. Now that’s a good kind of information overload!

Is Humanity Living the Wisdom of the Ages?

If you tune into the news and headlines of today, it certainly appears that we need the wisdom of the ages to guide humanity through troubled times. Wisdom ever requires personal experience for integrated assimilation.

It is the experience of living ageless wisdom principles that knowledge is converted to wisdom.

With the plethora of wisdom available for millenniums, why is it that humanity is still so far from demonstrating wisdom living as a whole?

Evolution is a sure but ever so slow process, and change can take a very long time from aspiration to realization.

Persistence Wears Down Resistance

To make great leaps and rise above where we are requires a tremendous effort against the gravity resistance. The energy and proclivities of the lower chakras keep us “earthbound” for ever so long.

But when we set an intention and head in that direction daily, we pick up speed and grow stronger in our aspirations. As we redirect the pull of the lower to the magnetic pull of the higher, we grow in positive power. With each wisdom principle or goal we implement in the field of life, the greater our personal growth.

Wisdom Brings Light to Dark Places

Imbuing consciousness in matter… bringing light to dark, is a major evolutionary process and not a quick study. Breaking the patterns that keep us bound to habits that do not serve can take a lifetime… or it can take a day.

The power is within us.

When we fully realize the truth of how deeply we create our own reality, the reality we create changes.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator ®

Picking Up Speed

Do we really need to slow down with age? Do we really need to expect less of ourselves?


It’s a matter of choice.

With aging, we are arriving at a time of greater wisdom and stability… something the world needs.

Don’t let the ageism prevalent today shame you into hiding your dreams.

“A 50-year-old startup founder is 2.8 times more likely to found a successful startup as a 25-year-old founder.”

“A 60-year-old startup founder is 3 times as likely to found a successful startup as a 30-year-old startup founder.”

SOURCE: Inc Magazine article

At 62, I can’t imagine slowing down or retiring. I’m planning the next 40 years of my life with enthusiastic vision, promise and gratitude. 

When your work is in sync with  passion and purpose, it becomes your life… a very fulfilling life. Energy and focus increase into a rhythm of mellow intensity.

We rise or fall to our expectations of ourselves.
~LeAura Alderson, creator ®

QUOTE ABOUT EXPECTATIONS AND CAPACITY TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS: "We rise or fall to our expectations of ourselves."
~LeAura Alderson, creator ®

Creative Prompts

Consider these affirmations, to implement and/or as a PROMPT:

Choose one or several to affirm daily. You can choose one of these, or there’s more in this article on affirmations, or perhaps you already have your own.

You could also choose to create something around them such as art, poetry, or an article or essay.

I look forward to hearing your mantra of choice and to see what you create around that.

I know who I am.
I know what I am.
I know how I serve.

~Paul Selig, clairaudient author on Aubrey Marcus’ podcast

“I lift others by becoming the best vision of myself.”
~LeAura Alderson, creator ®

The Lesson of the Sun

The lesson of the sun is the lesson of the soul.

It is eternal and present — even when we don’t see it — sustaining all life perpetually from within itself.

And we each have one. A soul. Our own miniature sun, ever present within us and for us, even when and if we can’t see it.

But we can align with it and begin to tune into its presence. 

Even when we’re in pain and lost… we can face the soul… like facing the sun, where the shadows of pain evaporate as it is transmuted in the Light and Love of the Soul.

All that we need and all that we are ultimately seeking is present with us always.

It awaits our invitation and invocation for it will not impose upon our free will.

Turn and face the Light that has always been with you… that sun within that is you.
~LeAura Alderson, creator ®

Face the light that is you

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