Facing truth means facing all levels of truth. First, let’s look at the meaning of truth. For most people, truth refers to those items that fall into the category of scientific or factual knowledge.
For example, it is true that the earth is round. Yet in the Middle Ages it was considered true that the earth was flat. Therefore, when it comes to scientific investigation, truth is relative to what is known at a certain time in history, and that knowledge can change as scientific investigation becomes more refined and better informed. Therefore, since what is known about science is open to change, scientific knowledge cannot be classified as truth.
The truth though your eyes
When we speak about truth in terms of factual matters, again it depends on who is viewing the facts. For example, it is true that in the War Between the States, the Northern states won the war.
This is factual truth, yet if you speak to a Southern person who knows the history that goes back before the war, that person may say, “Yes, the North won an unjust war, but we have maintained our heritage and are, in fact, still in charge of the South. Therefore, in reality, the North never won, as we will never be Northerners.”
Now, this may seem a bit far-fetched, but to some Southerners, it would represent the truth. You can say, “Well, personally, I can tell you many truths,” but while something may be true through your own eyes, through the eyes of someone else the truth may be different.
For example, you can express what you believe are facts about yourself and your family. You were born on a certain date and your parents were born on a certain date. Yes, to you that is true, but if you told that to someone who was living under a different calendar, your birthday may be something very different. In fact, in some cultures, the
day of physical birth isn’t as important as the day of conception, and the birthday referred to is the conception day.
Truth is subjective, based on the viewer and the culture
While there are certain facts that are considered true and are recorded that way in history books, in reality, truth is subjective, based on the viewer and the culture. If you look at everything as not true in reality and hold that truth is open to change, then this presents a certain type of dilemma. It means that all is not truth, but is, instead, a constant flow of objects or facts that can change at any given moment and take on new forms.
All of this can be disconcerting for a person who must be grounded in what they consider reality.
If reality itself is in constant change, how can anyone view it as a certainty?
Anything set in time is open to change and interpretation.
Some historian can write about a historical figure as being a certain way and sound as if that knowledge is based on truth, whereas at another time another historian can refute those “facts” and write about the historical figure as being completely different. Such “truth” is based on interpretation and evaluation.
The hidden truths are set in motion.
When a student asks for the truth, it is difficult to reveal what that is. Even occult law and set principles are only given as truth to certain people at certain times and are given out differently, at other times, to other people. When a truth is given out, by the time it is ready to be revealed it has gone through numerous changes, and many of what are called the hidden truths are set in motion. The so-called truth, then, is only a portion of truth. If the hidden truths were then revealed, they would change what is known and make that no longer true.
Nothing that is in motion can be true at all times
Without a doubt, nothing that is in motion can be true at all times, but only for a given period of time. Of this, you may be certain. That is why there is the need to always be open to change. Change is the underlying force of evolution, and therefore cannot be set into a framework or time period. What is true for you at this time may completely change ten years from now.
It is the same in terms of looking at the past. What you believed to be true ten years ago would have changed in the course of evolution into new meanings. Even if your belief systems are very set, you will be forced to see new truths as things in the world evolve and change.
To be able to face truth can deeply affect your life.
For instance, if it is true that you are alive at this time, is it true that tomorrow or the next day you will be alive? You may say yes, and that is probably right, but there is always the possibility that you may have an accident or a heart attack and die tomorrow. Or, you may find out tomorrow that you have a life-threatening disease and will die within a few months. All of this is part of facing the truth of life.
Naturally, as you grow older the possibility of dying seems truer. If you are eighty years old, you may be more comfortable with the idea that time is relative and that you may suddenly die tomorrow or the next day. This would make you more conscious of the need to have your life in order so that when you do die, everything is taken care of.
The truth is anything can happen
A forty-year-old will not be prepared to die, but, in actuality, the truth is anything can happen. If you face the truth that your physical body will die one day, you look at life through that lens, and you may conduct your life differently. It’s like the story of the hare and the tortoise. If, based on the truth that the hare could run faster, you took bets before the race that the hare would win, it would be a big surprise to find out, in the reality of the story, that the tortoise won the race.
The way you perceive death presents a similar case. If you see death as a possibility that is always there no matter how old you are, then you would look at your life differently and perhaps even change much of the manner in which you live.
Truth becomes clouded with the fear of the unknown
People who have gone through near-death experiences find that their perspective on life has changed. Even if they are completely well again, the way they see life is very different from those who have not gone through that near-death experience. Life takes on new meaning for them, and generally they also experience change differently. Things that were most important to them previously no longer hold the same significance, and they are generally more able to cope with any obstacles that come their way.
When there is a major shift from the “known” to the “unknown,” people tend to become very frightened. This is because the “known” holds a person in a place of security.
When truth no longer exists as a set reality and all that once seemed secure is shaken, insecurity prevails. Truth becomes clouded with the fear of the unknown, but only in the unknown can a person begin to look at everything with eyes of awareness. Such awareness then helps a person face truth.
The following questions sound very abstract, but they will help you discover any set beliefs about what is true or untrue.
Take some time now to reflect on them and answer them as best you can.
Exercise One: 1.
- How do you perceive truth?
- In your view, how do others perceive truth?
- What changes truth for you?
- What causes others to see truth differently from you?
- How are you able to perceive truth as truth?
You may find as you answer these questions that more questions arise. If so, write these down and answer them also.
2. Next, take a moment and look at your life.
- What do you consider true in your life?
- List these things, and then take each one and ask your Higher Self, “Is this true? Or is this open to change?”
- Then for each item, ask yourself, “If this changes, will that in any way change what I consider to be true?”
- You may be surprised at some of the answers you receive.
- Take the answers even further: “If this is truth, can it change? How can it change?” And so on.
What you should discover is that everything you value as being true in your life now may not necessarily be true in the future. Most of you will find this very unsettling. Naturally, you want those things that you feel secure about to be stable, yet nothing is stable.
Some of the most interesting stories are about people who find themselves in situations that they never imagined. These stories usually end up revealing that truth is relative to the moment, and when you read them, you discover creativity exists in the unexpected and excitement in the unknown.
This type of story, called an adventure or mystery story, is very popular because the reader cannot imagine what will happen next. Yet, if the same reader found herself actually a living part of the story, enormous fear would arise around what might happen next.
How strange it is that reality that is dull and full of familiar things always feels more secure and preferable to the unknown.
Most people will choose such a reality over any possibility of facing life from a different viewpoint, that of looking at life as a vast adventure, full of exciting changes and emotional extremes. The majority would choose a life set in routine and full of known resources that make them feel comfortable.
Take a typical day in your life in which you get up, go to work, perform your job, come home, and continue on into the evening. Live through this day in your imagination. Now redo the day. Change everything in it.
For example, imagine you go to work at a different job, doing something related but not the same work. If there is something you have always wanted to do, see yourself doing that.
- Then, when you imagine going home, try to create scenarios that are very different from your usual ones.
- For instance, see yourself with other people.
- See yourself with children if you don’t have children, or see yourself without children if you have children.
- Try on another partner, not necessarily anyone you know, just an unknown person who is very different from the one you are with.
- If you don’t have a partner, imagine you have one. If you have a permanent partner, see yourself without one, living alone.
Put on as many different hats as possible.
Throughout the different scenarios, notice how you feel.
- Is it scary doing or having something new?
- Is it exciting?
- What are the differences between the new and your regular routine?
- Do you like your normal routine better?
- Or is the opposite better?
Experience all your feelings about what it would be like to make big changes in your life.
After you have done the above, look at both scenes.
- Is there something in the new scene that you really want to have?
- Or is there something in the old scene that feels much better, but needs to be made more exciting?
In doing this exercise, sometimes you will see how just a little change in routine can make your life more interesting. If everything new feels better for you, you really need to look at your life differently. Even if it means doing something new, try to make your life more alive.
Maybe the truth doesn’t lie in either scene but in a combination of both. For instance, if you have a partner you are comfortable with, maybe it’s not about finding a new partner but more about looking at what needs to change in the relationship to bring more adventure into it.
If you don’t have a partner, and it may be difficult to find one, just developing new friendships or changing your evening routine can be beneficial.
The reason why people travel is to bring adventure and excitement into a dull life, but you can bring the same into your daily routine. Look at things differently.
Take the time to stop and examine a flower or to look at a sunset. See nature in every form as being beautiful. Take the time to listen to music you like, and simply enjoy the feeling of being one with it.
Approach your life as if every day is a new day, full of promise that can help you feel the benefit of being alive.
At some point, take the time to look at all the things you have accumulated. Sit down with old books or old files and picture albums. Discard those things that are no longer benefiting you.
Help yourself find new things that will bring beauty into your life, be that a new plant or a new picture for your wall. Most people never change their homes but like the familiarity of being in the same setting every day.
Walk around your home and see everything in detail. Look at the walls, the floors, the lighting, and the furniture, and really notice the things that make you feel most comfortable.
- Next, see your home in your mind’s eye, and remove all the things you can live without.
- Redecorate your rooms using the same furniture. Take notes.
- Now imagine redoing the scene, this time redecorating your house with new furniture. Even repaint the interior and try different colors; create different lighting and floors if you like.
- Imagine living in this completely new place. How does it feel?
- What’s good about it, what’s not so good?
- Let your imagination really enjoy everything new.
Finally, compare all three visions. Was there something in the last two scenes that you really would like to do?
If it is something completely new and you can’t afford to do it at this time, see it as a possibility in the future. This is something you can plan for.
Even if you can’t do something completely new, perhaps there is something in the second scene that you can do now, by rearranging furniture and perhaps also ridding yourself of things that are no longer necessary.
If you don’t like anything in your visions, try going to a library and looking at some decorating books.
- See some homes that appeal to you, and imagine taking some of the ideas and applying them to your house or apartment.
- If you have a partner or family, ask them to do the same exercise.
- Compare everyone’s ideas and agree on a few, or even complete changes.
- Often, just changing the color on the walls makes a huge difference.
- If you have old furniture, you may want to invest in something new. Look for sales and auctions. Sometimes a new table or a new lamp can bring a sense of change.
What’s important is not to conform to sameness year after year. This brings a dull feeling to the home and keeps your energies forming into the same patterns.
Just rearranging furniture changes the energy, and this type of change can eliminate the monotony of conformity.
Some people are the opposite extreme; for example, constantly changing furniture around and never able to leave it in the same place for more than a couple of months. In such a case, the person’s life needs changing, and by changing the furniture, the person feels better. But what really needs to happen is that such a person needs to make changes in those areas of life she is afraid to look at.
If you feel constricted in doing the above exercises, then consult your Higher Self:
- First, ask your Higher Self:
- Is there something blocking me from making changes in my lifestyle?
- Then ask: Does my lifestyle make me comfortable?
- If it does, then ask: Is this comfort based on a false reality?
The above exercises should have helped you determine what you would like to change in your lifestyle. Once that is clear to you, ask for verification from your Higher Self. Primarily, inquire whether the change is indeed good, or whether you are doing it just to make a change. When you are ready, continue with this next exercise.
Ask your Higher Self the following questions:
- When I look at what is real and true to me, am I seeing it correctly?
- When I look at my life, do I see it as fulfilling? If the answer is no, ask, what is there that doesn’t fulfill me?
- When I look at the people in my life, do I see them in a realistic manner?
- When I look at my family, do I see it in a realistic manner?
- Can I accept those around me, or do I want them to change?
- Can I feel what it would be like to make major changes in my life?
- Can I accept that life is constantly moving and changing and this is good?
- Can I accept that in ten years I will be very different?
- Can I imagine what I will be like in ten years?
- If the answer is yes, write down the description, then put it in your heart and ask, is this true?
- If the answer is no, ask your Higher Self to show you one changed aspect of yourself.
- Am I able to accept the instability of what I think is true?
- Am I able to accept that truth never conforms to set patterns?
- Am I able to accept that truth always changes according to individuality?
- Am I able to accept that truth is part of the patterns of time and space?
- Am I able to accept that truth is relative to all things?
- Am I able to accept that truth, as we know it, is not truth?
When you have answered these questions, take time to feel what it is like to be insecure. Is insecurity really a bad thing, or does it have some good qualities? Take time to feel the good qualities, and describe them.
Then, ask yourself how these qualities can benefit you at this time. When you are finished, spend a day or two just adjusting to the feeling of what it would be like to never be secure again.
Work with your Higher Self on how to overcome feelings of fear, and work with the process given to you by doing a nightly review. Much of the fear is based on the unknown, so allow yourself to accept that instead of the unknown being a realm full of uncertainty, the unknown can be full of creative possibilities.
In facing truth, the ultimate reality is that truth, as you know it will always vary within the framework of what is happening at a given time. What is truth even within the world framework can change rapidly, and we have seen this in the last century with the rise of new technologies that have changed old, established scientific viewpoints.
In the new century ahead, there will be just as rapid a change in technology, so that what you know now as being established will disappear and be replaced by new forms difficult to imagine.
When you face truth in your life, it is important to remember that what you see as truth is coming from your viewpoint, and that another person would see the truth very differently.
This is why it is so important to ask for advice and seek help in situations that feel closed, with no hope for change. Usually a person is so caught up in such situations that it’s not possible to resolve anything.
Take a situation in your life that looks as if it is completely blocked and ask the Higher Self the following questions:
- Can I get through this block?
- Is there something I don’t see that is making me stuck?
- When I look at this problem, can I feel hope that it will be resolved? 4. How do I let go of any feelings of hopelessness around this problem?
- When I see this problem, can I look at it from every viewpoint, including the viewpoint of the person I consulted?
- When I am in this situation, what is the best way for me to disidentify from it?
- Most of all, can I let myself be free of the feelings around this situation, so that I can see it more clearly?
- If the answer is yes, ask how to do this.
- If the answer is no, ask what is keeping you from doing this, and also what steps to take in order to free yourself.
Usually, a person can’t let go of the feelings because the feelings are what create the block in the first place. Try to follow the Higher Self’s advice, because only when the feelings are dissolved can you clearly discern the best way to handle the situation.
it is important to be flexible at all times and, in that state, to realize how liberating it can be. Holding on to old truths can make your life full of set patterns, patterns that keep you bound to the mundane realities. Instead, liberation gives you the feeling that life is full of possibilities and joyful experiences.
Even difficult blocks don’t seem so difficult when you see them this way. In the words of a very spiritual yogi,
“There are many realms that lie dormant to the eyes of humanity, realms that would give life and hope and joy to those that enter them. Make your eyes open to the beauty of the unseen worlds and, in that opening, realize your true Self.”