Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.
Do you always tell the truth? By this I mean do you always speak and act from your authentic self? Some people will answer this question with something like this: “yes I do as long as I don’t think it is going to harm or upset someone”. A bit like that proverbial wife to husband “do I look fat in this dress?” and the insecure husband is not sure how to reply. It can all depend really on what the wife is actually asking. Is she really asking whether the dress makes her look good and works well for her, or is she seeking validation about her looks? Or is she asking something completely different?! Oh, and this isn’t just about women – men ask these kinds of questions too, I’m just using this as an example.
Speaking our truth is a choice we make and, with that choice, comes responsibility and a knowledge that not everyone will agree with us. Indeed, some people may well be angry and aggressive because their truth is different. So we need to be ready to face that – which can be an incredibly scary thing. Look at some of the people in the past who have spoken their truth and faced huge challenges because of it: Gandhi, Jesus, Martin Luther King, even Hitler. I know that some may gasp and react strongly to that last name – that aside all these people acted from a place of truth as they saw it.
However, we must also understand that our truth flows from the authentic self. The Soul (or Higher Self) which is a being of the purest, and most unconditional love imaginable, cannot act in such a way as to harm others. It’s not possible. So there are two “truths”, if you will. One that flows from the Authentic Self (the Soul), and one that flows from the Ego. The truths from the Ego actually have their seeds and origination in the truth from the Soul, however the Ego distorts these truths in subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) ways. The truth, as I see it, is that there is actually nothing wrong with working towards being as pure and loving as we possibly can be. It is when that turns into anger, resentment, violence, and hatred that we have deviated from Soul truth to Ego truth. It is when we try to force others to accept our truth (as Hitler did) that we have deviated from a place of unconditional love and acceptance, to a place of Fear.
Now remember, this is the truth as I see it. It may not be your truth. And that’s OK. There is room enough in the world for us all to speak and live our Soul Truth. Ultimately, the more connected we become to our unconditionally loving Soul, the more our truths will blend together in harmony. The more we connect with our Ego Self, the more our truths will be in conflict. The more we act from the truth of our authentic, Soul Self, the more our actions will uplift us and the world around us.
As a spiritual coach, people come to me to help them with their lives. They come to me to help them dissolve blocks and fears that are holding them back. Of course I am as supportive as I can be and nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing someone moving forward and enjoying life. However, there are also times when I notice that the person may be avoiding dealing with, or actually seeing something in their lives because of some kind of fear they have. The question is do I tell them what I can see and risk them being upset or angry, or do I not say anything and let them think it’s all OK. For me, the former is where I like to think I act from. That is why people return to me: because they know I will not just flatter them and instead will help them to see things from a clear and deep level.
When we speak our truth it doesn’t need to be cutting, angry, or rude. It doesn’t need to put others down. Truth is not about “right” and “wrong” it is about acting from a place of authenticity of who we really are (extensions of Source energy – i.e. Souls having a physical experience). When we choose to connect with the authenticity and purity of our Being, we cannot harm or hurt anyone else. It’s not possible.
Acting and speaking our truth, as I said above, takes courage. Courage to stand in our light, power, and truth knowing that there are others who will disagree and possibly even hate us for it. But the payoff is knowing that we are acting from a place of pure, unconditional love, and that we are being true to ourselves and our values. Further, understanding that speaking our truth is not making others wrong or putting them down. It is about being honest about who we are and where we are, and loving and honouring ourselves as much as we honour and love others.
Intention is the key here: the intention to speak our truth, and act from a place of mutual respect and pure, unconditional love. When truth comes from this place of unconditional love it may sometimes be painful at first, but it brings with it healing and insight. By acting in this way, we give permission to others to do the same, and find that others treat us with the same, loving respect.
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