What is Truth? – Part 3

“Every living thing and every situation, is in divine order!
Believe, and have faith that everything is where it is at, and should be!
Everything happens for our highest good!”

~ Angie Karan

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Something wonderful is happening. Our hearts keep beating and the planets don’t collide. What’s going on?

The loving sentiment expressed in Angie Karan’s quote would likely be immediately embraced by millions who agree. Meanwhile, Mehmet Murat Ildan writes: “When you see a lion tearing apart a zebra, what sort of divine order you see there? What we see there is nothing but savagery, injustice and chaos, in short, we see a primitive disorder, we see an evolutionary cruelty and a primitive disturbance deprived of any kind of ethics!”

Who is right? What is the truth?



As we’ve been discussing in this short series on Truth, life is subjective. Both authors spoke their truth. But as we read their words, the tendency is to polarize, to begin aligning ourselves with one position or the other. This exposes the fundamental thinking flaw regarding this subject, that “truth” is something we can congeal into some enduring form.

This is routinely done, of course, in books of philosophy and psychology and history, etc. What’s written becomes “true.” But what’s written is subjective; human beings wrote it, expressing what they believed. Most writers aren’t liars, at least not consciously, but that doesn’t mean that what they express is true for anyone but themselves.

Jesus said something about obeying the spirit of the law, not just the letter. Arguing about the letter of the law is what fuels our conflict. What about the reality that doesn’t depend on beliefs? For instance, climate change, a hot topic (pun intended) these days.

What’s the truth about climate change? Are we humans causing it, is this just the natural cycle of life on the planet, complete with temperature fluctuations that we have nothing to do with? How silly! Imagine, you’re in a boat that’s leaking and everyone argues about why… as the boat sinks. Why not bail? If the world is heating up and if that’s a problem to civilization, why not do whatever we can to at least attempt to mitigate the harmful effects? Why not just bail out the water and quit arguing about what caused the leak?

Blogger Mike Nickerson writes, “Two deeply held beliefs have endured in the popular mind for many centuries. One is the belief that human ingenuity (science and technology, in this age) will overcome all problems. The other belief is that we are in such deep trouble that nothing we can do will save us. While these two perspectives seem very different, they both imply that believers can sit back and not worry about changing their habits or making any extra effort.” 1

The truth of the matter is, as stated in the opening comment, that something wonderful is happening and that we can change our habits of denial and our chosen identity as powerless, complaining spectators. We can do something about what’s happening on the planet by aligning ourselves with what’s already working – the order in the natural world – and that’s the truth!



Something wonderful is happening. It may seem glib to mention our beating hearts and order in the solar system but think about it. What’s in control? Something is, and it’s not me or you! Would you voluntarily take over digesting lunch or growing white blood cells to fight an infection? Would you profess to have the ability to keep the moon where she is and make sure Mercury doesn’t go off course some time this afternoon?

A billion, billion complex activities are occurring in this moment and our minds have next to nothing to do with their success or failure. Where we can make a difference is with our choices and actions in the milieu of our day to day lives. As they say, we can be part of the solution or part of the problem. The problem? Ignorant humans marauding our way through the world leaving a wake of destruction in our path. The solution? Aware humans consciously bringing whatever seems to be needed in the moment, beyond the fulfilment of self-serving desires.

And, as those of us open to spiritual explorations know, it always starts on the inside. Thoughts and feelings become words and actions. And when our intentions are true, that is, when we align our thoughts and feelings with the organizing intelligence of the cosmos, we begin to fulfill our destined function: to be the connecting link between “God” and the healthy functioning of this created world.

What else did we imagine we were here for?




References:
1. http://www.sustainwellbeing.net/NTE.html

Lotus

What is Truth? – Part 2

“To thine own self be true.”

~ Polonius, from Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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Some people become highly skilled at obscuring the truth. But there’s someone who always knows the lie … they do, themselves.

What is Truth?

Joseph Goebbels said that “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it.” Likewise, if you speak the truth often enough, it eventually becomes recognizable.

This relates to more than words. We all develop a sense for authenticity but here’s the problem. A person can seem authentic when they genuinely believe the lies they have repeated to themselves often enough that they’ve become their truth.



A controversial case in point is the muddied career of bicyclist champion Lance Armstrong. Quoting from Deadspin, “Lance Armstrong went on Oprah, looked her in the eye, and admitted to the world that his iconic comeback story was fueled by the most comprehensive doping regimen in cycling history.” 1 For those of us who followed this story, his admission was jarring. Because, continuing with the quote, “The seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor had spent his career brashly denying that he’d ever doped, going so far as to shoot defiant commercials about how clean he was and shouting down his detractors in public.”

Millions were deceived, because Armstrong had deceived himself.

How likely is it that we may be playing the same game of self-deception? What might be a lie that you’ve come to accept as the truth? Let’s start with the biggest one, that we are separate from God. Now, not everyone claims to believe in God and to those people I would say, “Don’t worry, God doesn’t believe in you either.” “God” is a word. We can use it or any number of substitutes, like Source, the Divine, Life Force, Love, the spirit, etc. By whatever name, when we refer to “it” as something/someone separate from ourselves, we are lying. And we’ve been lying about this so long we’ve come to believe that it is true.

It’s been 135 years since Friedrich Nietzsche declared: “God is dead.” Those three words launched 135 years of philosophical debate as to what he really meant and what were the implications. But he also wrote, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “For the game of creation, my brothers, a sacred yes is needed: the spirit now wills his own will.” 2

This infers both a connection between “the spirit” and personal will and speaks of choice: “a sacred yes is needed.” So, while the God of theory – that separate entity alive in the domain of belief – may be dead, Theoretical God has been replaced by the experience of connection and, taken to its logical end, oneness.

The lie? We are separate from “the spirit.” The truth? We are one.



This reminds me of one of the most memorable lines of movie dialogue in recent years, delivered by Jack Nicholson’s character in the 1992 film, A Few Good Men: “The truth? You can’t handle the truth!”

So, how about us? Can we handle the truth, this truth, that we are one with spirit? Imagine, if we were to truly, deeply, accept this as the truth how our lives would change. You may have seen the bumper sticker, “What would Jesus do?” Well, if we accepted an identity irrevocably interwoven with the Divine, what would we do?

We’d probably stop complaining, for starters! And speaking of Jesus, we might even follow some of his more radical suggestions like loving our enemies. That’s certainly not the attitude or behavior of most people today, including those who profess to be religious. Their faith is theoretical. For them, God – that God who lives in the domain of belief – never died. Worshipping that God seems to absolve them of the responsibility to be God-like. In fact, they likely would shout “Blasphemy” towards those who claimed oneness in spirit.

What is the truth for us? Do we cling to our separateness while yearning for oneness, or do we embrace our oneness and seize every moment as the opportunity to expand our experience of the Truth?

If we repeat the experience of being that which we have yearned for often enough we’ll come to believe it’s true! Because … it is.




References:
1. https://deadspin.com/the-ridiculous-saga-of-lance-armstrong-the-cheater-who-1802288537
2. Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

Ghandi

What is Truth? – Part 1

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of
truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers,
and for a time,they can seem invincible, but in the end,
they always fall. Think of it–always.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

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History does prove that truth ultimately triumphs. But the mills of the Gods grind slowly. Meanwhile what’s our experience of truth?

What is Truth?

Time was when the truth was firmly anchored to “facts.” But here in the era of fake news, the line has blurred been fact and fiction. For many, the truth now relates to their convictions, impervious to analysis or counter opinions.

For those of us seeking a higher state of spiritual experience, what is truth to us? All of us have opinions and, especially when confronted by seemingly outrageous statements (obviously untrue) we can push back… that starts the argument. These days, polarization is at an all-time high and truth is now more anchored to partisan ambition.



In their book, Getting to Yes, authors Roger Fischer and William L. Ury offer a remarkably fresh perspective on mediating differences. They begin by succinctly describing the standard approach, which generally fails everyone. “Each side takes a position, argues for it, and makes concessions to reach an agreement.” 1

This style guarantees everyone loses something. Their alternative, hinted at in the book title, is to begin with an agreement about the intended result. Instead of positional bargaining, they establish a vision of what everyone wants and then work from their different positions towards that destination.

It seems obvious enough that this would be more effective. After all, consider heading out on a trip without knowing where you wanted to go! And it definitely helps if everyone in the car wants to go to the same place! Yet, in life, we often fail to identify a shared destination. Conflict ensues, inevitably.

Liar

What is our intended destination? We might start with ourselves; what do we want personally? Forgetting about big houses, shiny new cars, and the perfect relationship for a moment, what are our deeper desires? Peace, wisdom, love?

And what do we want in the world? Having identified what we want personally, we might notice that we probably want something very similar in the world. So, we already have a powerful insight to embrace: what we want for ourselves we also seem to want for others.

Next step, how do we get there? Here’s a phrase that might help: We experience what we express. In other words, if we want more peace, wisdom, and love – personally and for others – we can express those qualities … and experience them! Seems like magic. And what’s more, our expression of those qualities will likely inspire others to undertake their version of the same. That’s called “entrainment,” where one person’s personal energetic state influences another.




Following this exploration, we realize that “the Truth” is not actually anchored to any position. It’s not a mental concept or a belief. Truth is an experience, the reality of any moment, always aligned with universal truth. So, our actual “position” can always be the same, perhaps stated in these words: “I offer myself to the expression of universal truth.”

And what is this universal truth? Again, it’s not a concept, it’s an experience. We can look to nature, we can look to loving friendships, we can look to successful ventures that include everyone. Truth is not actually a mystery; it’s here, visible, right in the open… if we have eyes to see it, eyes that are not blinded by our conceptual positions.

What a stark contrast this presents in a world where lying has become a well-rewarded tactic. Some of us may be following the political soap opera here in the U.S. Here’s a recent comment about the President’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen: “Whatever his past may entail, Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis insists his client is committed to doing the right thing.

“Cohen ‘has turned a corner in his life,’ Davis said in July, adding, ‘He’s now dedicated to telling the truth.’” 2

That’s a blunt admission that prior to this recent epiphany, Mr. Cohen was evidently not dedicated to telling the truth! Of course, he’s an attorney and attorneys do have an unfortunate reputation for bending the truth. Why? To win the case. Truth is a servant to that outcome and since everyone wants to win, the truth can appear very differently, depending on who is using it.

If we’re serious about representing a spiritually based alternative, we never have any position to defend, only this one position to share, complete with the invitation for all others to share our dedication to the expression and experience of Truth, rather than any of its contentious substitutes.




References:
1. Getting to Yes, by Roger Fisher and William L Ury
2. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-cohen-plea-deal_us_5ad20bd8e4b0edca2cba4685

The Holographic Rainbow: From the Heart

“Transformation is through awareness, not analysis.” 1

Master Charles Cannon

 

In a break from the delineation of the seven chakras, now is a good time to expand on the open heart chakra.

The previous blog was an attempt at quieting the mind-field with information that could satisfy the mind’s goal of thinking it can understand the world we face each day… a world of our own making, collectively and individually. With the mind in coherence (balance), there is access to the heart-field.

To expand the heart chakra, however, takes a real commitment to living with an open heart, one that allows for releasing the need to understand and embracing change… not with an attitude of resignation but with heart-felt gratitude. Every person, situation and event in our world is a gift for our contemplation and response. It’s the way we grow through the relative field that is giving us choices, moment-by-moment, to expand our experience of truthful reality.

As Master Charles often says, “who are you choosing to be?” 2 when faced by your challenges. If you can see them as a gift and be grateful, you have already mastered the challenge. You have seen the oneness and most likely are blissful in the process. For if everything is one and there is “no other”, where is the challenge? It’s a holographic mirror showing previous thoughts and concepts for your review and response. Once you have fully experienced them as illusion, you are free. Freedom and bliss are the rewards of each clearing of old data, which increases the gratitude even more…. and, eventually, readiness for the next round, the next wave of consciousness to grace yourself with another mirror.

It’s the end of summer and change is happening for many people returning to academic institutions, from students to teachers to administrators … in all levels from kindergarten to graduate school to business/trade schools. Fall is also coming and changing the weather to cooler temperatures and, in some places, beautiful fall foliage.

So many brilliant opportunities for gracing ourselves with gratitude, love, and appreciation for all that we encounter!   The last blog explained how love is our nature and now there are expanded opportunities to experience that love, within ourselves and as the projected images we encounter.

 

Who are you choosing to be today?

 

REFERENCES:

  1. Master Charles Cannon, presentations and writings.
  2. Master Charles Cannon, presentations and writings.