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Ageless Wisdom Teachings Supplement What We Know

Ageless Wisdom TeachingsToo smart for ageless wisdom teachings?

We don’t need wisdom teachings from the past to guide us on our journeys toward self-discovery, right?

We have science. We have technological gadgets galore.

We are so full of confidence, determination and eagerness to push forward that we hardly even read the instructions that come with our purchases and assignments anymore.

As my granddaughter says when I’m trying to figure out how to play a new game, “Let’s just make up our own rules.”

Ageless wisdom teachings as supplements to what we know.

Confidence, determination and eagerness are commendable attributes as we forge our way through life. But there’s a lot to be said for supplementing what we know – or think we know – with the knowledge of those who trekked the path before us. Ancient wisdom can add depth to our “modern” spiritual journey.

In the article “Technology of Transcendence,” Frances Vaughan and Roger Walsh claim that most of our recent psychological discoveries are revivals of far older ways of knowing. They believe that the task in the years ahead is to develop our untapped human potential through these rediscovered inner technologies.

In ancient times, for instance, it was believed that individuals operate within a greater intelligence – a belief now backed by quantum physics.

We hear a lot these days about a quantum field filled with information and are told that how we interact with that field – through our thoughts and beliefs – determines our reality.

The Secret and The Law of Attraction are modern renditions of old truths about how thoughts become things.

A process called channeling can also be traced back to oracular traditions of old. Yet many scientists, musicians, writers and artists claim that ideas, creative works and personal guidance are revealed to them by some kind of nonphysical communicator.

Examples of ageless wisdom teachings

Some forms of ageless wisdom teachings, such as yoga and meditation, are already mainstream. Others, such as the shamanic knowing found in the Native American Medicine Wheel, still wait to be rediscovered, appreciated and employed.

When I read about the Native American Medicine Wheel for the first time thirteen years ago, I was so impressed with its potential as a tool for self-discovery that I wrote four novels with medicine wheel teachings binding the stories together. Little did I know that in doing so, I would open my mind – and my stories – to subjects and themes that would later define me as a Visionary Fiction writer.

Ageless wisdom teachings, such as the ones below, can serve as companions to – rather than replacements of – current spiritual practices.

  • The labyrinth enlivens the intuitive part of our nature and gives us firsthand experiences of the Divine.
  • Hatha yoga is used for stress management
  • Dream work is a timeless, cross culture source of spiritual guidance.
  • Tarot are cards chosen by virtue of Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity.
  • Feng Shui balances the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune.
  • Crystal energy tools bring clarity, light and healing into our energy field.
  • I Ching is a collection of practical wisdom pertaining to every conceivable situation.

According to Roger Walsh, in his article for Inner Knowing called Hidden Wisdom, “…reality consists of many different inner states, each containing its own wisdom.”

He asks, “What higher grades of significance, what profound meaning and messages, does the world give us that we are overlooking.”

I believe a question we should ask ourselves is, “What can we learn from the wisdom of those who walked this earthly path before us?”

Visionary Fiction helps us answer that question.

As mentioned on the homepage of our site:

“Visionary Fiction embraces spiritual and esoteric wisdom, often from ancient sources, and makes it relevant for our modern life. These gems of wisdom are brought forth in story form and in a way that readers can experience the wisdom from within themselves.”

In other words, Visionary Fiction not only tells a good story, but also enlightens and encourages readers to expand their awareness of greater possibilities.

Let’s part the curtain together and catch fragments of another kind of knowing.

About margaretduarte

Margaret Duarte, a former middle school teacher, lives on a family-owned-and-operated dairy farm with a herd of “happy cows,” a constant reminder that the greenest pastures are closest to home. Margaret earned her creative writing certificate through UC Davis Extension and has since published three novels in her “Enter the Between” visionary fiction series: Between Will and Surrender, Between Darkness and Dawn, and Between Yesterday and Tomorrow. Her poem and story credits include SPC Tule Review, The California Writers Club Literary Review, finalist in the 2017 SLO Nightwriters Golden Quill Writing Contest, and First Place winner for fiction in the 2016 Northern California Publishers and Authors Book Awards Competition. For links to Margaret and her work, visit her website at:

4 comments on “Ageless Wisdom Teachings Supplement What We Know

  1. vicsmith0123
    November 6, 2013

    Thank you for this, Margaret. A well-summarized reminder of a rich source of an essential ingredient in any Visionary Fiction work: timeless truth. Whether it is ferreted out of ancient scrolls or discovered anew in the coming-of-age or just-plain-aging process, such truths never get hackneyed because they are eternal. To quote a line from my novel, The Anathemas, a Novel about Reincarnation and Restitution , (an act of unabashed self promotion): “Perennial truth, which the words in any document can but poorly represent, remains perennially true. So, it remains there to be observed and verified by the present observer.” And presenting those truths seductively wrapped in the palliative of a damn good story is integral to the VF art.


    • Margaret Duarte
      November 6, 2013

      “And presenting those truths seductively wrapped in the palliative of a damn good story is integral to the VF art.” Well said, Vic. In a nutshell!


  2. Admin - Eleni
    November 7, 2013

    I find it very fascinating how we’re all drawn to write in this genre through such diverse experiences, yet we meet in the same place. That’s a powerful aspect of Visionary fiction and one that keeps me motivated.


    • Margaret Duarte
      November 7, 2013

      Exactly, Eleni. Visionary Fiction bridges differences. It reminds us of what we have in common rather than what sets us apart.


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