Truth and Love or Fear and Ignorance?
One of the things in my own life’s purpose has been in getting to the bottom of things regarding what is real and what is illusion. There indeed can seem to be a thin line that separates those two, much like a thin plate glass window. It’s there but it’s almost invisible. It requires a clear mind to even begin to see that thin, almost invisible window. In order to attain a clear mind, it often times, requires many years of hard work and diligence, but it must first start with the one thing that so many may be afraid to do—and that is have a desire and willingness to know the truth.
Now that term truth has been so abused that it is almost an inconsequential term which almost doesn’t mean anything because it would seem that everyone has their own version of truth. But as has often happened to many, many people, what they thought was the absolute truth on a matter, turns out to be false, either completely or to some extent. Why is this case? Why are we so easily misled, duped, deceived, etc? Why? Well for one thing, too often what we are told is the ‘truth’ about a matter, is only a half-truth or a misrepresentation, or someone’s opinion, interpretation and so on, and yet that is not how truth is to be discovered, and thus we have that basic problem where what is “true” is defined by subjectivism more so than on objective, tested evidence and the witness of experiential reality.
The other issue that can get in the way of our truth and understanding ‘journey’ is that we often shy away from a painful truth or reality and, to some extent, it’s normal to do so. However, we cannot change what we don’t admit to, so we ignore full disclosure at our own peril. Ignoring problems never makes them go away. Rather they tend to fester and grow larger until we can’t ignore them. At that point, we must make choices. Our choices are reflective of what we believe and how we perceive what is real and what is illusion. That will probably provoke an emotional response in your mind, no doubt. What that immediate reaction is should be noted, though, because it will tell you where you are at emotionally on this topic. Keep something in mind as you read this: Decisions are usually made first on an emotional level, and then backed up with facts to prove what we already have believed. This is the exact opposite of the path of clear thinking, and is a type of confirmation bias. Instead, we must act as if we are all scientists and use the scientific method to study a topic. This will bring us to a clearer view of ‘reality’ so that we can operate within a framework that not only ‘works for us’ but works for us ALL, bring the lasting answers we seek.
First, we come to something with no preconceived ideas, no emotional needs that seek to be met through the information, nor any agenda to prove, nor any assumptions nor biases. I understand getting clear of all of those is a tall order by itself, yet this is what a Seeker of Truth must do. Just allow the blank slate to be there for a time. Allow yourself to be uncomfortable for a time, of either not knowing the answer you seek, and have faith in your own intention to attract and draw this knowledge and understanding to you. It will find you! You will start to flow towards the direction of the answer you seek and it will also flow towards you (providing you have no limiting beliefs stopping this flow). After you attain all the information about the subject (in this case, looking at what shapes our mind’s beliefs and its manifestation of action), then and only then, do you even start to draw a conclusion. In this way you will avoid many of the pitfalls of sloppy research, which can tend to look scholarly but is often ‘full of holes’ and even upon logical fallacies and cognitive distortions. As you see things as they really are, then you can begin to break free and find solutions that actually work. This is a powerful thing though and, when the roadblocks come along the way, just remember that as you develop into a self-actualized higher being, just as the Christ said, “the truth sets you free’, and it is truth in our inward parts on our hearts, minds, and spirits, that brings the essence of healing and love. You can always tell if what you use to ‘define your reality’ is for your best interests by looking at the ‘fruit’ or the outcome, and consequences they produce. Your freedom of mind and spirit is a threat to those who wish to control you. So we really have nothing to fear in this endeavor, except of course, fear itself.
Love creates, Fear destroys”
“as one which arises from the ashes of destruction, the Phoenix arises from the dust, and becoming fully conscious, awakens and ascends. The Phoenix is the ancient symbol of spiritual and physical resurrection.