This month I have been posing the concept of spiritual truth in various ways. Is truth good or evil? Is it right or wrong? Can someone so irreverently evil still have a modicum of truth in their ways? Where does truth really lie – in the heart, the soul or the mind? These are all questions pondered by better men and women before me and will continue to be debated by better women and men after me. All I can deal with is my truth in my now. What is truth to me?
Truth is knowing that you know that you know something to be right and good and not harmful to self or any other living thing. Truth is acknowledging there is a greater Power than myself. Truth is being just, compassionate, and loving. Truth is also challenging the status quo when it is damaging; asking the questions when no one wants them asked; standing up for the ones who can’t stand up for themselves.
Truth is present in us, around us and pours through us if we choose. It is our limited understanding of all things spiritual. It is a concept whereby we choose to live our lives with hope for the future and respect for the past.
Truth is God, the Universe, Great Spirit, Allah, Buddha, Jesus Christ and many more names and titles unknown to me. It is ineffable, mystifying and the basis for all life on earth. It is our task to strive to live within this Truth, to let it flow around us and through us that there is no separation between us and Truth.
A final thought…From the laziness that is content with half-truths,
From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
O God of Truth, deliver us.
– an Ancient Scholar
I must echo this ancient scholar. When I think I know the truth of anything I must think again. I only know what is true to me. What is the truth to others I cannot say. Who am I to impose my truth on other people? All I can do is share what feels right for me. If it weighs true for another, so be it. If not, then they must find their own truth.
Who am I to think I know the Mind of God and what is the real Truth? No one does. Let me repeat that. No one single human being on this planet knows the Mind of God and the complete Truth.
The truth is I don’t know the whole Truth; no one knows the whole Truth. I only have parts and pieces of what I think the Truth is. And so does everyone else.