TRUTH

So how do you discover “Truth”? It is very simple. You find everything that isn’t true and you are truthful about that.

You say how it really is. While putting any biases and prejudices aside.

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There is absolute truth. But seeing as we are not absolute beings – at least so long as we are in human form – we cannot know what absolute truth is. Discovering the truth then becomes an unfolding and ongoing process of discovery, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day.

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There is no great ‘the truth’ out there. No grand principle from high above, that we can assert with complete certainty – given our limitations as human beings – is the truth. The only thing that you can be sure is true is how you experience life in any given moment.

You want the truth? Simple: does it feel true?

Listen to your body. To the sensations inside. Because unlike much else in life, they won’t lie to you.

Recognise what you are feeling. Recognise what is true in that moment. And then be done with it. Free yourself up from, “This is the way life is, and that is the truth.”

The truth is, that because there is no great ‘the truth’ that we can possibly conceive of, you can shape the truth of what is so, any way you want.

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You want the truth? Best tell yourself the truth.

If you feel lousy, say so: “Right now, I am feeling lousy. And I am fine with that.” Create a space where you can learn to trust yourself.

So much pain could be avoided if you stopped running away from the truth of your experience. If you admitted that, “This is how I am feeling in this particular moment; and it is perfectly okay to feel this way.”

More so, if you recognised that you are way bigger than whatever emotions show up for you: “My feelings aren’t set in stone, they come and go as they please, so I can choose to act another way. I completely accept how I am feeling right now, but I am not beholden to it.”

The trouble is that people sometimes refuse to tell the truth about how they are feeling. They will often go with what they feel they should be feeling, rather than acknowledging what they are actually feeling.

This is particularly so with many religious believers, who believe that certain feelings – which are intrinsic to being a human being and inherent to one’s very nature – are sinful and bad; and that, instead of them, they should be following the example of Jesus or Mohammad, at all times, and feel goodly and pure and perfectly right.

But you cannot experience their truth. Your truth shall set you free.

If we are going to take a moralistic stance, I would suggest that what is actually sinful and bad is if you deny or suppress how you truly feel. If you lie to yourself about the reality of your experience.

Instead of beating yourself up about it, acknowledge that, “Right now, I am feeling lustful/gluttonous/greedy/slothful/wrathful/envious/proud, and while I may prefer to be feeling something else, I accept the fact that, right now, that is what I am feeling. And that it is part of my nature as a human being to feel this way from time to time. And, just because I feel this way, it doesn’t mean I have to act on it. Because I have the power to shape my truth. I have the power to raise myself up, irrespective of how I am feeling.”

Of course, if you felt lustful/gluttonous/greedy/slothful/wrathful/envious/proud all of that at once, you might want to get some professional help …

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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