Seeking the Elusive Truth
Have you ever wondered when confidence becomes condescension? When conviction becomes
fanaticism? When does a strong opinion become self-righteousness? How can we tell when
Universal Truths are being reinterpreted as personal truths? How do we rationalize when
life invites us to break our code of ethics? As humans, it is far easier to believe we are
passionate, rather than obsessive. We think we are conscientious and precise, when perhaps
we are controlling. We believe that we are doing whats best for
everyone. We are not contributing to our relationships problems. We are such
innocent creatures, arent we?
We human beings love to be know-it-alls. Even if we claim the opposite. It s all
that keeps us from experiencing the truth of our place in this Universe. We are powerfully
creative beings, we are part of God, we can channel and express God, but we are not the
Godhead. We are not the center of the Universe, but merely a fragment or aspect of all
reality, delicately interwoven into a vast All-That-Is that defies human perception. Our
highest spiritual experiences are still just a vague perception of the multi-dimensional
infinity of Spirit. How can one consciously incorporate something so unimaginably vast
into our day to day lives? How can we live in Truth, not a projection based on fear and
All of this boils down to a major lesson in life: Discernment. For myself, I try to add
humility to that whenever I can. We all have strong opinions about the things we think we
know, but within a larger context our beliefs may only have meaning for us. Our struggles
with loved ones are often about whos right, and both sides believe
without a doubt that they have the clearer, smarter, more logical perception. Whats
worse, we also think we know how the other person feels, what they are thinking, and what
they really mean when they speak to us. We are all guilty of this. The turning point is
becoming aware of it, and making a commitment to pursue a higher truth.
I have found that when something is not clear, when I become aware that there is more
than one way to approach a problem, that I should not push for an immediate solution. Even
under an apparent deadline. Often the answer is received and the deadline is met or
changed only when I let go of the struggle against time. I go back to a basic spiritual
concept about surrender: the Truth will be revealed when, where and how Spirit deems it
most appropriate. It is not up to me to decide what the Truth is, or when it will become
available on a conscious level. On some level, I already know the Truth. Through the
development of discernment, detachment and humility ( purifying the ego) one can perceive
the higher truths. Impatience, spiritual elitism, and the desire to know (as discussed in
previous articles) are the destroyers of Truth.
Of course, none of us believe that we have serious problems with those faults, right?
The reality is, we ALL must struggle with these attachments. Its part of why we are
here. Or perhaps we could say its part of why we are not on a higher plane of
reality. We still have these earthly lessons to learn. The biggest challenge is to
recognize how, where and why we distort. The problem is , we always feel so justified when
we project our beliefs onto our reality, our job, our relationships, our family, etc.
Have you ever found yourself saying any of these things to yourself or loved ones?
I know whats best for them, if they would just listen to me. I know what you
really meant. I know you really dont care. They dont know what they are doing.
They are only motivated by money/power/sex/etc. They arent really spiritual, they
just think they are. He/she must have done something really awful in a past life, to
deserve that. I dont need to hear what you think. I would never do that. Its
not my problem, youre just projecting your problems onto me. No one will ever know.
Those dummies/idiots/jerks dont have a clue.
Pretty presumptuous stuff, but we all do it at some time, one way or another. It is our
way of trying to define (know/control) an uncomfortable situation.
Part of this discussion must include ethics, which is a huge topic, but I will just
mention it briefly. It seems our society has swung from one extreme (victims) to the other
(self-righteous) and is now struggling to find a balance. I dont think the answer
necessarily comes from being politically correct, but rather focusing on the philosophy of
ethics. In lay terms, doing the right thing. The problem of course, is defining The
Right Thing. If you want to approach it from a spiritual point of view, one can
place an issue within a very clear context: karma. There is seldom just one answer for us
humans. Usually there are several answers, all with different outcomes and lessons. But,
there is often a best answer for us, for our karmic path. That is the higher Truth.
Take for instance this situation: You go to the store and take several items to the
cash register. You have mentally added up a rough round figure of what the charges will
be. When the clerk gives you a figure that is much lower, do you: 1- Ignore it, take your
change and leave. 2- Decide that the Universe is giving you a gift and you dont need
to say anything? 3- Tell the clerk they missed an item and wait for the correct total?
Or this situation: You have just paid for your groceries, and as you walk to the car
you check your change. You find that the clerk gave you too much change. Do you: 1-
Consider it a gift from the Universe. 2- Go back in and return the extra money?
I have heard many self-described spiritual people say that it was a gift from the
Universe. Maybe. But if you were the owner of the store, what would you think the correct
karmic action should be?
I participated in a 3-week training around the time of the Harmonic Convergence, and
one of the most valuable lessons I learned was around this question. Ever since then, I
always return extra change, and insist on paying for all my items. The store owner may
never know heck, it may be a mega-corporation and they deserve it, right? No, the
higher Truth is that this is a test and all these things are recorded on the Akashic
Records. Even your thoughts on the matter are recorded. Whatever you choose to do will be
returned to you, multiplied. Its not punishment, just the karmic rule of cause and
effect. Conversely, when you do good actions without prodding, those blessings will be
returned to you in multiples. Generosity and compassion breeds abundance on spiritual,
emotional and material planes. Our society trains us to be competetive survivors. But, we
must be constantly vigilant to the clash of the material and spiritual realities, and make
conscious choices every day. The illumination of true ethics is revealed through a daily
practice of compassion and surrender. How can you implement this daily practice