Lessons In Truth - Lesson 2 - Annotation 5
What do we mean when we say, "God is wisdom"? What is intelligence in Divine Mind? How does intelligence manifest in man, and in the rest of creation?
5. God as wisdom is the underlying Truth of all creation, from the tiniest atom to the largest visible form. As wisdom, God is the source of unlimited knowledge, and all sciences. God's wisdom is the pure knowing that causes His plan, or Truth, to come forth in perfection. As wisdom, God is the law that governs all forms of expression. As man touches the fount of wisdom, it operates in and through him as good judgment, understanding, discernment, justice. God's wisdom operates throughout the rest of creation as the intelligence that governs the species.
In Divine Mind intelligence is the idea of light, of knowing. "Light represents intelligence" (Mysteries of Genesis 14). Everything has intelligence. In God's plan every expression of life has the ability to move in complete knowingness (intelligence) of its own sphere so that each may fulfill itself according to the specific plan within it.
Intelligence as used here is the right directional movement of life in the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms. The intelligence operating in a seed knows how to stimulate the life principle within to send down roots into earth or water, and to send shoots upward toward the light, and it continues to sustain the plant or tree in its growth. In us it is that which causes the blood cells and organs to take the nourishment from the food we eat and distribute it to form bone, marrow, tissue, or whatever is necessary to sustain the body temple. Intelligence operates in every species of animal, bird, insect, reptile, and marine life, according to its own level of "knowing." In the animal kingdom we term this intelligence instinct.
In man, however, intelligence moves on a definitely higher level, so we find it expressing through his mind (conscious and subconscious phases) as shrewdness, keenness, alertness, foresight, discernment, judgment. In primitive man, this intelligence is more like the animal instinct, but as man unfolds in spiritual awareness, intelligence expresses through him in an orderly way according to the state of his soul unfoldment. This expression we know to be intuition.
Intelligence, as an idea or quality of Divine Mind, is one of the many ideas that make up our divine inheritance about which we learned in Lesson one.
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