Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. ~Buddha
Over the last several weeks here at “RMT” I’ve ventured down the path of discussing the mindset. For me, it has been a very enlightening adventure, and it also has offered me and many readers alike, to pause for a moment to consider our own way of thinking.
Well, today I wanted to stay on that path, and go further into the topic somewhat a bit more; but this time the discussion will have to do with the truths about “the real truth”.
I grew up where most of my life was spent in church; my maternal grandmother would simply have it no other way. And while my beliefs may have steered in the direction of forming my own truths these days; I’m nonetheless grateful for her and the lessons I learned while I was there.
I would not be alive today had it not been for her teaching me her life lessons and speaking life into me.
I recall a familiar scripture that used to memorize every Sunday at Sunday School, whenever the memory verse landed on “Y” – you might’ve heard of it before, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
I would later in my life hear another saying that I have adopted and actually still use to this day, “Tell the truth and shame the devil.”
Yet, with all of this talk about the truth, I am convinced more than ever that many of us really aren’t cognizant of what the truth really is to each of us, as individual’s.
We’ve embraced other people’s views and beliefs as our own, without taking an in-depth look at whether what we believe is actually true or not.
Someone who we believe to know the truth said that’s the way it was, and we were quick to jump on the bandwagon with no ifs, ands, or buts’ about it.
In this post, I’m not only referring to religious beliefs, but also beliefs about our politics, racism, sexual preference, and other social issues we still face today; that continues to cause a undeniable split in our society.
As if that wasn’t enough, we then separate ourselves into groups with others like-minded individuals whose beliefs align with our own; judging, chastising, and belittling anyone that dare to speak against the truth… or our versions of the truth, anyways.
Is this a normal behavior that comes from knowing the truth? Is the reason we act in this manner for fellowship purposes; or is it more so out of desperation to soothe our egos more than anything else?
Why do we run from the truth and how do we stop the race?
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” ~Winston Churchill
What I am challenging you to do here is this one thing, and only this… and it could very well lead you to where the truth lies for you.
It’s a biggie so catch it, because it’s really straight to the point, with little to no chaser at all.
Ready? No seriously, are you ready for this solution to life’s mysteries of where the truth lies?
The Moment of Truth….
(Drumroll Please) Here it is….
The Truth resides inside of you!
You’ve always had it, it’s been there speaking to you and pushing you in the direction you needed to go.
What my truth has taught me is to question everything that I’ve been told; even those things that I was told to be the truth; I had to begin questioning, as well.
There were too many holes in the truth, too many inconsistencies. It seemed to me that everyone had a different version of it, and to be quite frank with you, no one seemed absolutely convinced of their own truths.
What I began to see was leaders using their knowledge of people’s fears, against the very people they were sent to lead.
I learned that in order for me to say that I knew the truth; I had to investigate it, seek it out for myself, read up on everything there was about it, and form and continue to develop my own truths. Not the ones that were insisted for me to believe.
What I found changed everything I thought I knew. And while I still hold dearly to many of the truths that I learned from grandma; I released any false truths that were inconsistent with my own findings.
This not only freed me up of other people’s baggage, but it open my eyes, heart, and mind to see others as I see myself. It allowed me to truly love people, and have compassion for all people; whether they believe what I believe or not.
I also came to the conclusion that people in general are fearful of the real truth. Our human thought process only wants to cling to what we know. Nothing more and nothing less.
We fear someone coming in and telling us that everything we’ve been trained to believe was purposed to keep us in line, to control our actions, to bind us to traditions and institutional practices, we treasure. This would destroy everything that we thought we knew.
Don’t believe me though? Read the words from the mouth of one of the most notorious villains known to mankind, Adolf Hitler. “Make the Lie Big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
With that being said, let me ask you this, what are you believing to be “the truth?” What are your truths? And is it the truth because someone told you it was? Did you conclude it was the truth from seeking it on your own, or was it the only way that you and I could be tamed?
Please share your thoughts with me on what you think about what you’ve read. I look forward to the discussion.