Recently I have claimed things as true that normally would not seem rational to me to do so. In the past, if I believed something and another did not see it that way, I let my belief go. To me, if something is true, then we all see it. Don’t we all agree that 2 +2=4? Of course, when we get into values and the truth of consciousness, the role of objective evidence is no longer relevant.
Truth is only in the moment. It isn’t necessary for something to be true today and still true tomorrow. Once, you may have believed that you were stupid and ugly. If you no longer believe that, was it untrue when you did? Is your belief that you are beautiful and smart less true today because you used to hold a different belief? Does anyone else have to see you as smart and beautiful for it to be true? Is it possible for more than one truth to be true in a moment?
It hurts when I dismiss something that is true for me because it isn’t true for others. I see truths in others that sometimes they do not see for a very long time. I see truths in myself that I cannot communicate in a transformative way to another. I see truths about a reality that isn’t evident in what is physically present. And I have found that accepting those and working with them is much more powerful than trying to resist or deny my truth. Truth is not an activity of the mind. It doesn’t need to be defended or proven. It is a dialogue with awareness.
“I don’t know what to think about your reading, but then again it wasn’t for me,” he said. In the past, that would have been reflected as a constriction in my heart center and my gut. I would have felt anger that he didn’t get it – again. I would be tormented because he wouldn’t wake up enough to see the possibility in what I was saying, and that he wouldn’t explore the importance of that truth for me.
In seeing what truth is to me, I can let it go. It doesn’t matter if anyone agrees with my truth. It doesn’t lessen it as truth. It doesn’t stop me from my journey and awakening. It doesn’t prevent me from anything at all. There is nothing another can do to make my truth un-true. Holy cow…
Truth is only discovered in the moment.
There is no truth that can be carried over
to the next moment, the next day, the next year.
Memory never contains truth, only what is past, dead, gone.
Truth comes into the non-seeking mind fresh and alive.
It is not something you can carry with you, accumulate, or hold onto.
Truth leaps into view when the mind is quiet, not asserting itself.
You cannot contain or domesticate truth, for if you do, it dies instantly.
Truth prowls the unknown waiting for a gap in the mind’s activity.
When that gap is there, the truth leaps out of the unknown into the known.
Instantly you comprehend it and sense its sacredness.
The timeless has broken through like a flash of lightning
and illuminated the moment with its presence.
Truth comes to an innocent mind as a blessing and a sacrament.
Truth is a holy thing because it liberates thought from itself
and illumines the human heart from the inside out.
© Adyashanti 2009