“Divine wisdom is not of man’s making, neither is it invented by him. There is no other way to obtain it than by receiving it willingly within one’s own heart. If it enters there, then will the storm of contending opinions subside, and the sea of thought be as clear as a mirror in which we may see the truth. Then will the truth itself become strong in ourselves, and we shall know God, not by reading a description of him in books but in and through His own power, or, to express it in the words of the Bible, we shall attain knowledge of Him ‘by worshiping Him in Spirit and in Truth.’” ~Franz Hartmann
The name alone should tell us that Divine Wisdom comes from God, not man. There are those who argue that there is no God. If that is true (it isn’t!), than there is no Divine Wisdom. I would argue, in fact, that there is no wisdom at all without God. There is intelligence, of course, but that is not the same thing. The intellect may “know” many things, but he really doesn’t know which of them is true, and which are just opinion that have become so popular they are excepted as certain fact, when they are still just opinion. The person who has opened herself to divine wisdom, who has become One with God, has no doubts and no reason to doubt. God’s truth is real truth, never opinion.
Obtaining Divine Wisdom
Mr. Hartmann tells us that we receive Divine Wisdom “within one’s own heart.” While that statement is true, it doesn’t mean the physical heart that pumps blood through the body. It is not uncommon for writers to say “the heart” when they mean the Soul, and I believe that is what Hartmann intended. Whether he did or not, the truth is Divine Wisdom can be obtained only by the Soul, not by the heart, or even the brain. Divine Wisdom is spiritual wisdom, spiritual knowledge, Gnosis. As such, it can only be comprehended by our spiritual faculties: the spirit and Soul.
This can only happen if we make an effort to awaken and develop those faculties. That is what Mr. Hartmann means when he says that we must “receive it willingly.” In fact, we need to do more than be willing to receive it, we need to practice spiritual development techniques handed down from generation to generation for thousands of years and taught in legitimate spiritual schools.
Much like those people trapped in Plato’s Cave, we can allegorically visualize ourselves in the material world as being trapped in a deep hole. We can’t get out by wishing for it. We can’t get out by asking for it. Pretending we are not in a hole will not get us out of it. We get out by making an effort to climb out, and not giving up until we reach the Light. That, in allegorical terms, is what real spiritual development is all about.
Divine Wisdom in the Eye of the Storm
Achieving Divine Wisdom is like being in the eye of a storm, so Hartmann is correct in saying the storm will subside and the sea become calm. He is speaking in allegorical terms, of course. The “storm” he is talking about is the storm of opinions, the storm of materialism, the storm of the rat race, the storm of fighting to stay alive in a place that seems determined to kill you.
When you truly understand, truly know what is happening because you have achieved Divine Wisdom, even partially, all that noise around you becomes quite, all the mad rushing around doesn’t affect you. It is all temporary and mostly illusion, so you watch like you would watch a movie, and stay calm in the eye of that ridiculous storm. That alone makes the pursuit of a spiritual awakening and that Divine Wisdom worth the effort.