…and the truth will set you free.
Oh, how true that statement is but how often do we even think about truth? And even more importantly, how often do we think about all the many ways we often fail to embrace truth in our daily lives. I’m sure anyone of us would quickly answer, “Yes”, we are truthful people and we welcome truth in our lives but let’s take a minute to truly consider that.
Truth is a beautiful and freeing thing but it can also be wielded as a weapon and is often mistaken for honesty over good will. But to use concern for another’s feelings as an excuse to avoid truth is just an excuse to let ourselves off the hook and sidestep our own personal work. In expressing truth, we must first examine what we believe is our truth, what our motives are in expressing it and how to express that truth in a way that best serves both the speaker and the listener. To follow these steps, I believe, is to honor the greater concept of truth which, as I understand it, is an expression of deep self-awareness, coming from a place of loving understanding for all.
Once again, we look outward, only to be quickly led back into ourselves…into our one true job in this lifetime, that of complete self-knowing. To express truth from that deep place within us that holds no hostages, no ill intentions, no personal motive other than to share the self with another, is a powerful act of love…love of the self and love of the self as reflected in another. When we move into that depth within, we are purely, unselfishly offering the gift of who we are to ourselves and to everyone else we encounter. We share and learn and grow from that sort of sharing of truth. It is open and vulnerable and filled with loving kindness but it can only emerge from the deeper truth we encounter when we engage our essence, the presence of our spirit, our true nature. When we can find the ability to trust ourselves, and thus trust others, we speak directly from our Soul and I believe that is always recognized by the Soul of the other and thus embraced free of fear.
The alternate to this expression of truth, is an expression of fear which is also recognized by the other and is responded to in like kind which of course can only lead to misunderstanding, anger and resentment. When we withhold our truth from ourselves and others, we foster a life based in fear rather than love and we limit what we can create in this lifetime.
Just as 2012 was largely a year of painful challenge and confusion for many people, I think 2013 stands an excellent chance of being an extremely powerful, expansive, joyful, creative year of strength that comes from truth. As we dive into the mysteries of ourselves to uncover all the gems therein, we bring that creative force to bear in the world. I believe 2013 will be a year of exercising choice, starting with the choice to live more truthfully, to live a life that reflects our true beliefs and values, to ask and support that of others and to hold a personal and collective intention to do better, to be all that we are, to begin again with greater clarity.
Our creative power is expressed through intention and attention, lets use that power to support what we want in this life, this world and have the courage to be the change we want to see. After all, as Socrates once famously said, “an unexamined life isn’t worth living”. I whole-heartedly support that examination for myself and for all and I look forward to seeing a world that reflects the beauty of each of our true natures.
Wishing you Love, Blessings, Truth and Hope for this and the New Year.
Written by Kathleen White