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Living Truthfully

What does it mean to live truthfully?

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Photo via successbeginstoday.org

It means that one does not turn their back on the inner truth that constantly shines from within. It means that one has practiced embodying their inner truth so well that one becomes the living example of Truth in the world–they have forsaken all else. It is as if this light that shines from within were not inside of us, but outside–like the physical sun. We have a decision to make each moment to turn away from the sun and look out into the world–this is easier because we are not blinded by the light, we can see forms in their distinct and different characters, we can engage in all manner of complexity and chaos. Also, we see in front of us our own shadow–the dark reflection that the light throws down over our bodies, our outer form, the dense part of our being. Our shadow is an illusion created by the interplay of light and dark. We see it when our back is to the sun, when we are busying our minds in things of the physical world. It is cold in a shadow–things cannot be seen as clearly. Living truthfully is the decision to turn and face the sun– to face the sun in every moment, abandoning the need to see anything but the light which gives life to the world. When we face the sun, we cannot see our shadow. In the physical world, we can see more clearly with the light of the sun shining upon all forms. With our inner sun, the light which forms our being, we can see all things with clarity as well. Yes, there are moments when we look directly at the sun and we are temporarily blinded by the light. The outer sun stuns the physical eye so that all it can see is light–everywhere! It consumes the whole vision so that the outer world does not even exist for a few minutes. The inner sun does the same in moments when we look directly at it, maybe in meditation, prayer, music,  maybe in moments of grace. The inner sun is so brilliant that it can consume all remembrance of the world–our thoughts, perceptions, our idea about what reality is. When we turn to face the inner sun, we are facing the light of Truth–we are choosing to ignore the shadows that lay on the other side of us–we live so devotedly to the light that these shadows do not exist. Faceing away from the inner sun we find our various perceptions about our selves and the world–the details and differences which divide us up from other rays of light, the judgements and justifications for all illusions, and the problems that fill our minds so much of the time. Instead of living in our small, shadowy perceptions and limited thoughts, we might decide one day to simply turn around–or put differently–to turn our vision inward instead of outward. Outward we see the shadow of our life; we see the bodily form that our spirit has gathered together and we mis-take it for our self. We see other forms and we mis-take them for not our self. We see circumstances and events in the world and we mis-take them for reality. Turning inward, toward our inner sun, we dispel these illusions and see so much more clearly. We see ourselves as we truly are. We see others as the very same thing. We see Reality has nothing to do with the physical world or any of its dramas–it is but a playground for children as they grow toward maturity.

So, seeing the truth is a choice to turn toward the light within one’s being–to choose the Reality of the inner light over the reality of the world. Moment to moment we make this choice, and it take practice everyday to remember that we have this choice. It takes dedication and committment and self-discipline to remind oneself that there exists this choice at all, and then to purposefully orient one’s self in the direction of the light. This is why spiritual practice is taken daily. Ideally, spiritual practice is done in every moment, or any moment that one thinks of it. It can be as simple as a shift in perception during a conversation, or a momentary awareness of love in the midst of an argument. The willingness to practice is all that is required. Become willing and little bursts of light will find their way to your eyes, helping you turn yourself around to face the glorious light of your being as sure as the sun rises each day.

The light of Truth is found within one’s being–it may be readily available in the ‘heart’ for some–the place where feeling and knowing intermingle. Once one is sufficiently practiced in turning toward the light, when one can spend a significant amount of time and energy seeing clearly through the shadows and illusions of the world all the while living among them, it is time to move forward. One moves in this way from seeing clearly and truthfully to thinking clearly and truthfully, from thinking clearly and truthfully to speaking clearly and truthfully, from speaking clearly and truthfully to acting clearly and truthfully, and finally from doing clear and truthful things in the world to becoming clarity and truth–to embodying Truth and Light itself. This is the place from which Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” and “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Jesus embodied the Truth in a masterful way, and in his mastery, he invited all his brothers and sisters to follow in his footsteps, not by idolizing him or placing him of a pedestal above them, but by idealizing him–walking this path with him, by learning to embody the Truth in oneself. For when one practices deeply and sincerely, for however long it takes, one comes to know oneself as the One True Self which Is. One sees very clearly, speaks very clearly, acts very clearly, and is, very clearly, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Leaving all earthly impressions behind for the children of another day, one bravely sets their sights inward, toward the radiant Sun of their beings, the light which lights all life and which gives form to the world from which we think we’ve come. The light of the world is within us–the love of the word is about us–the meaning of the world is discovered only in the eyes of one who is set on knowing the Truth. It begins with a single thought, a single awareness, a single decision to turn and face the Light of Truth.

To live truthfully means to allow yourself to become blind to all fears, all divisions within your body, mind, heart, and all that separates you from others, and to see instead the harmony, the love, the unity of all life–the beauty of existence which destroys all fear with the power of eternal joy.

Mary’s Mantra of the Day: Meaning is only found in Love

Nothing I do out of need or self interest means anything.

Only meaningful things come from loving intention.

Meaning is only found in the motivation of Love, harmony, beauty, peace–

In the perfection of Truth.

Everything else is useless.

Mary’s meditative mantra of the day:

What would You have move through me today?

What direction do You lead my mind?

What presence would You have my heart feel?

What harmony would You have these hands bring to the world today?

Move in me, and through me,

Let me be the reflection of Your Love today.

I give myself only to what You have for me today,

and I know peace.

Artwork: “Les gardiens” by Sophie Wilkins

Be on Humanity’s Team

This is such a wonderful organization! I encourage all to check it out. This is a great way to become involved in saving the planet 🙂

http://humanitysteam.org/

Humanity’s Team is a Global grassroots movement embodying oneness with a profound respect for cultural diversity and responsibility for all of life. We are dedicated to raising consciousness through living our life with purpose, being a loving presence, and serving through authentic leadership. As Spiritual Activists, we are united in our passion to awaken society to oneness as a community of joyful, loving, peaceful and harmonious beings. By our conscious use of the 5 Steps to Peace and our involvement in local and global good works, we pledge to change the face of humanity in one generation.

5 Steps to Peace

Peace will be attained when we, as human beings…

P ermit ourselves to acknowledge that some of our old beliefs about God and about Life are no longer working.

E xplore the possibility that there is something we do not understand about God and about Life, the understanding of which could change everything.

A nnounce that we are willing for new understandings of God and Life to now be brought forth, understandings that could produce a new way of life on this planet.

C ourageously examine these new understandings and, if they align with our personal inner truth and knowing, enlarge our belief system to include them.

E xpress our lives as a demonstration of our highest beliefs, rather than as a denial of them.

Excerpt from The New Revelations: A Conversation with God by Neale Donald Walsch

My intention is for peace

“My intention is for peace.”

These words emerged from me this morning as I was meditating. I have been for some time overly caught up in the craziness of life–feeling that my life was just ‘up in the air’. I have been waiting for everything to fall into place, so that I can get a grasp on things. That is the problem, really–my trying to grasp at life, to control it. I often find my head spinning with all kinds of non-sense. I am always questioning myself–Am I on the right track? Am I prepared enough, smart enough, able to trust my discernment? Do I have any clue what-so-ever about anything that is going on in my life? Mostly, I have no idea. I have no idea where life will take me or what might be waiting around the next corner. And the most difficult part has been facing the fact that I really have very little control over any of it.

In that past, I have become a master at forming plans for myself, laying down a path for myself step by step in careful detail. But then, without fail, I look down and the ground beneath me has shifted, and my path is nowhere to be found. Sometimes, this is maddening, frustrating, and terrifying. I feel powerless and defeated. But other times I have a different feeling about all of this, like this morning.

I sat and took some breath. I let the air come through me. I let go of my mental grip on ‘my life’ (whatever that is). I recognized this difficulty I was having. I thought deeply about what it is I want, whittling it down into its essential elements: I want love, I want peace, and I want harmony in the biggest and best ways I can possibly express. Every dream of mine comes from these essences–the work I want to do, the family I want to have, my dreams of travelling, time to myself, etc. are all expressions of the love, peace, and harmony that I am trying to connect to within myself.

I think my frustration comes from focusing on the wrong things. It does not matter how I bring peace into my life, nor who or what I love, nor does it matter which part of life I find harmony with at any particular moment. My focus has been on the ‘hows’, when it needs only to be on the deepest ‘what’. When I do my job of focusing on my deepest ‘what’, the universe always does its job by providing a perfect ‘how’. I need to remember this more often. So, I asked myself “what do I want today?”

Peace.

My intention is for peace.

In every interaction I make today, my intention is for peace.

In every thought, feeling, word, and deed, my intention is for peace.

In the mysterious unfolding of life today, my only intention is for peace.

Nothing in the world matters to me but peace today.