“Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.” Buddha
The purpose of living is to work toward the truth, to seek truth, discover truth. Many people have a sense of searching – always looking for a book, a course, something that will lead them on. There’s a hunger to know, to understand more.
After some years working in psychotherapy I felt there had to be more. There had to be more I could find out about suffering that would help us to understand the cause of it and how to heal rather than remain stuck in it and very often experience ourselves as victims, especially of our past. My questions and search have led me on a deeply interesting as well as challenging journey. I reach one level of understanding and I move onto another.
How do we know truth? How can we trust that we will know truth? Many go along with what the majority of people believe – as if this is truth. We conform to an outer code of fear and don’t listen to our own inner guidance and promptings.
Old, unquestioned beliefs generally keep us imprisoned in a false sense of security. Anything seeming to threaten these old ideas is greeted with fear. Anything different is treated with suspicion.
We have come to doubt the validity of our inherent spiritual perception. We mistrust it. Instead we seem to think that truth is discovered outside of Self. We go by the experience and perception of others so much of the time. We see the experiences coming from outside ourselves as more real than the influences coming from Spirit within us. We have conformed to a fear-based external code and don’t listen to our own inner guidance.
Each one of us has an inner knowing of truth. But we need to use it, work with it, so that it gets stronger. We all have inner wisdom and when we practise discernment which is VITAL – we learn to know the difference between truth and illusion, between the voice of Spirit and the pull of ego and the lower self.
We need to open our minds and practise listening to new ideas. This way we develop our ability to discern truth. New ideas are exciting and open us up to so much more.
Fear and doubt do not help us to know truth. They contract us and imprison our Spirit. They keep us conforming.
Love and discernment are Soul qualities that open us up to greater knowing and understanding.
Fear contracts us. Love opens us up and expands us.
Many of us grew up with the belief that faith means believing without question in what you are told is truth. Many have reacted to this by shutting out any talk of Spirituality, any mention of anything that hints of religion.
The step for us, now, is to begin to get a sense of our own inner truth, to make space to listen to our inner guidance and wisdom, to begin to recognise it and honour it. We need to keep learning, growing, questioning. We need to keep progressing, moving forward.
We are here to transcend the illusion of fear and return our minds to the truth of love.