WHEN we invest ourselves in the truth, we take on a relationship with reality. When we invest ourselves in deception, we lose our very footing in the world and our own sense of selves.
Honesty sets the parameters to proper conversation. Truth itself contains parameters of its own beingness. Dishonesty confuses both the speaker and the listener until neither can see the other one.
Untruths are like vagrant viruses that will find a host in vacant minds.
Self truth is not supreme truth or ultimate truth, but it is a clear voice and clear thought, uncontaminated with pretence. Self denial is the worm that eats at the Tree of Life itself... the cold and poisonous snake of a tongue out of order.
Accuracy brings pleasure - the very certain pleasure of correctness, of completion, of fulfillment, of endeavor's wins. Inaccuracy brings with it the delusion that everything else is as chaotic and nonsensical and its only happiness lies in dilemma.
Truth is central, untruth is peripheral.
An untruth can never find its way closer to the company of divine reality - for there it has no friends or commerce. This law is important, because it decides many unseen happenings of who knows who and what becomes of them.
Truth is not unkind, because in truth we are all one and the same. Unkindness creates dissent and disquiet, and feeds the worm and the snake of the same.
Every moment gives us this deciding - to refer to the truth we know, or defer to the common thought. The choices are, as all choice is, significant.
Truth endures and is ever pressing to be recognized. There before the mind's eye and soul's window, it stands before each man and woman and repeats what it knows, begs to be heard and pronounced above all.
It is not a question of punishment or harm that decides that untruth is so condemned, it is just the imperfect foreknown result - the ingredient of failure that all deception has. There is no life to sustain it, because life requires a central line, one that is connected through to the higher realms that support it so. Without this life the peripherals diminish.
Some things you know to be true, and it is exceedingly helpful to recite or write some of these truths to help substantiate yourself. Truth telling is a tonic to the mind and the 'I am' in that it reinforces one's sense of self that it might find itself anew.
It is the fastest way to find bearings throughout the afflictions of nervousness, anger or sorrow. Truth restores stability and puts an even ground to the feet that walk it. And it especially does not have to be a complex truth or an emotional confession.
For example:The Sun comes up in the morning.Today I had breakfast.I love the warmth of my blanket.I never felt right about eating an egg.When I was young I made many mistakes.I have often wished I could do better.I do not feel pretty.Boats float in water.Water feels wet.Rain feels wet.Wet feels wet.
Whether you recite your mathematical tables, i.e. "one plus two equals three" - or go to those truths that are more personal or complex, the effect will give you stability both without and within. At times folk love to sing songs or say verses, and it can be just the very action of getting the word or the note 'right' that brings them to an ease because of it. And of course, the truth that the words inspire also will give over a strong and healthy effect.
Equally so, false words and thoughts create inner conflict and outer tensions. These do not have to be complex or emotional to cause terrible results. There is no good reason to list them as it would cause you to contemplate them, however if you spend just a week trying to cite those 'hollow truths' (untruth that has no center, no heart, and is just peripheral) then you will make great progress in relation to personal confidence and even general health.
The point is to find out those emissions and omissions that decry our true selves, or the humble and kind truth about another - to find them and make a conscious correction. To stop saying things we do not know and to stop thinking unkindly.
All of this might sound as if it is an impossible task, however such vigilance eventually returns to instinct as the heart is given back its rightful discerning place above the intellect, and the thinking is refreshed by the new life it now has.
You might find that you have a keener interest in receiving the truth and less tolerance for the chaos that untruth does bring. Irritation from this is quite normal because you are becoming more honest with yourself in this process and will know what afflicts you more readily. This is a small price to pay to feel what is going on - far better to know a reality than contribute and put up with a false reality. For the false reality derides the self and negotiates misery for all concerned. If you truly do not belong somewhere, then you simply do not belong.
Of course there are work situations and some social situations where you have to be in the company of false talkers that compromise your own sense of honesty just by their very presence. What are you to do in that moment? Or in that place where you cannot leave?
"Your truth is not my truth.I cannot be the judge of you.But I can be this of me -my values, my words, made whole."
If a man or woman is asking for your agreement to something - whether by consenting silence or word, and it is something you do not recognize to hold truth with - you can firstly remind yourself mentally that their truth is not your truth. What this does also, is repel by your will within the thought, their thoughts directed at you. You can always repel an untruth with a truth. Truths are supremely powerful because they have life to them which comes from many sources. Untruths are merely powered by the momentary voracity of the person putting them out there.
And so, in a fair and balanced and very 'true' way - when you say: "Your truth is not my truth", it acknowledges the boundaries you put there around yourself to be contained from that which you do not choose to receive. And of course, they may be right... or they may be untrue... yet if you do not know it for yourself to be true, it can even be damaging to take to yourself a truth before you are ready to understand and know if for yourself.
Too easily a truth can become contaminated with a false comprehension and become an untruth because it is mixed and mingled with poor thinking etc. And so you see this process is deeply personal also and very relative to where you stand at any given moment. It is unoffensive to simply say (inwardly) "your truth is not my truth".
Secondly: "I cannot be the judge of you". This is essential to come to terms with, even though our own personal discernment for our own truths will beg that we do assume and characterize every one we meet with and see. However in truth, it is not within our power or permission to judge another, and it goes very badly because it will assuredly arrive at a false idea, lacking the full truth, and only cause problems for ourselves.
We can discern for ourselves what appears to us in part, that we do not accept or value. This is well within our means to decide and imperative to our own development and interactions. But what it ultimately acknowledges also is, that I am not my brother's keeper in relation to his faults and flaws - only his needs and humanity am I responsible for. Once we enter into become judge and jailer we become entangled in a karmic contrivance that is best not to enter into. For that reason alone commonsense can steer us away from assuming we are in a position high enough to view all and judge it so.
"But I can be this of me..." - most definitely! This is a call for self appraisal with an honest eye and humble account. Once again kindness is essential to this perspective. Be kind but be fair, is a marvelous adage. This line calls for the right, the cosmic right, to be one's own judge and to get used to this. Do not expect or assume perfection in yourself, because you are either deceiving yourself or trying to deceive others by such hopefulness.
Being true to oneself first and foremostly, means that with a kind spirit you can accept that works that are worthwhile take much time and striving. Merit is won through striving; and whilst in truth we can all feel quite perfect in any given moment (and this be true also), we all have imperfections to work upon and weaknesses that require strength-building. If you cannot admit to failings you have nowheres to go.
Nobody else can tell you the truths you know yourself. If you refuse to acknowledge them, the loneliness you feel will come from the separation of your own self from self; and then with the curse of such deception come the 'peripheral' relationships you have as a result of this.
"My values, my words, made whole." When we personally measure reality by our own truthfulness to self and to the world, we can go on to share in moments that are blissfully truthful and bare and real, with others who are doing the same. These moments build a life and a world that encases a spiritual future.
Reality has a heart. So often the word 'reality' is derided and put into doubt by those who do not accept the goodness inherent in real truth and real life.
Yet do not be disheartened, because every individual can find their way back to what is real and whole through exercising their values with a sense of correctness - beginning with just that which they themselves know to be real. Everyone can do this. The whole truth and nothing but the truth, will bring one into the blessed state of communion that is Life itself.