"Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect."
Evolution is a journey that we are all a part of … literally. We are still, and always will be, connected to the moment of creation. The Very first moment that consciousness chose to express itself, and its omniscient essence, upon the pre-existent void. It was the moment of our creation, and the creation of the primordial subatomic cauldron from whence every one, and every thing, sprang.
That moment is part of us still. The echoes and expansions of the universe continue to this day. We walk upon it and breathe combinations of its gases.
These subatomic particles, of the atoms, of the cells that make up the bodies we call home, sprang from that earliest source, and are still whizzing at unbelievable speeds with the stored kinetic energy of that first massive insurgence of life.
By friction to swirl and tangle and create our beautiful universe,
overflowing with wonders too numerous to humanly conceive.
If we could but look into the subatomic level we would see a direct micro-verse of the macro-verse, with everything moving at incredible speeds, and wave-dot particles orbiting their nuclei in a direct analogy to planets orbiting their stars.
Nothing is in actuality solid at all. Everything that appears so real to the touch and to the eye in this world, really just isn't. Even a rock, the most inanimate of all common objects, is buzzing with life and energy, and dare I say purpose.
We live in a world which, according to the greatest scientific minds of our time, is a complete illusion. Nothing more than smoke and mirrors, blood and bone and water. Which are all waves of energy that our senses can catch and send to our brain, as an electrical impulse. The perfect biological computer.
A little science:
"In the late 19th and early 20th Century, physicists were finally able to zero down into the finite and gaze deep into the heart of the atom to observe that all matter is just a whirling mass of particles and waves.
Lord Rutherford made his first inroads into the atom in the early 1900s. Upon bombarding atoms with certain alpha waves he obtained sensational and totally unexpected results:
Far from being the hard and solid particles they were believed to be since antiquity and the times of Greece, the atoms turned out to consist of vast regions of space in which very small particles - the electrons - moved around the nucleus, bound to it by electric forces.
Be it a rock, tree, car, planet or a cup of tea - essentially everything appearing solid consists almost entirely of empty space. It is the extremely small particles whizzing at stupendous speeds around the nucleus of the atom that gives atoms their solid appearance.
The diameter of an atom is about one hundred millionth of an inch.
For us to visualize this minuscule size, imagine an orange blown up to the size of the Earth. The atoms of the orange will then be the size of cherries. Myriads of cherries tightly packed into a globe the size of the Earth - that's a magnified picture of the atoms of an orange.
The atom is extremely small compared to universal objects, but it is positively huge compared to the nucleus contained in its centre.
In our picture of the cherry-sized atom, the nucleus would be too small to be seen. Even if we enlarged the atom to the size of a football, even room size, the nucleus would be still too small to be seen by the naked eye. It is about 100,000 times smaller than an atom so we would have to magnify the atom to the size of St Peter's Cathedral in Rome, one of the biggest domes on Earth. In an atom of that size, the nucleus would be the size of a grain of salt! A grain of salt in the middle of the dome of St Peter's with minute specks of dust whirling around (at speeds over 300,000 km/hr!) in the vast space of the dome - this is how we can picture the nucleus and electrons, and the vast space inside an atom that is 99.9999% empty.
This basic analogy of an atom is similar in some ways to a mini Solar System, it's [sic] planets emulating electrons by swirling around the Sun (the nucleus) with the addition of comets and asteroids whizzing in from all directions from space - swinging around our Sun to whip back into outer space to return again at varying times."
Do you believe that the atoms of your body were made just for your personal use in this life? That they are in every respect the totality of your being? What if you found out that the atoms and cells of your body are completely replaced every few months? Would that give you pause to contemplate your true essence? What the real you actually is?
The atoms creating the apparent solidity we call our human bodies, have indeed had prior and gainful employment, making up a part of many other objects, since their conscious cosmic becoming, and they will go on to be a part of many other things, long after we have finished with them. They live on, as they always have, reminding us that energy cannot be destroyed, it can only be converted.
The favourite saying of the mystics that, "we are all one," is not quite so mystical, once proclaimed as a scientific fact.
What then holds these long travelled atoms to our personal cause? Our reason to create a body? Would it not, by definition, have to be energy that exists around and within us, but separate from those atoms? Separate to the same degree that magnetism is separate from that which it attracts.
If we apply any sort of logic to the argument, it can only mean that we existed prior to, (and still do) in a different dimension from, this third dimensional human body. Because, the very atoms we are using, existed before we were born into this world. And those atoms are constantly cycling through our bodies, to be replaced by other atoms which play that part of our body for a time, and then move on to play a part of something completely different. In a constant flux and flow.
Consider a beam of sunlight, in a shadowed room, that reflects off the dust particles as they pass through it. Without those particles we would not even see the beam of light. It would have remained invisible until it hit the floor. The light and the dust particles are a visible beam as long as they are both present in the same place at the same time, but the light and the dust both move on to their own purposes. Perhaps to meet again the next day, perhaps not.
To the same degree, consciousness prior to the existence we are experiencing now, and separate from the particles that make up our bodies, means that what we really are is consciousness in some form that is not effected by the death, or more accurately, the dissipation of the atoms of the body we are using. Nor are we subject to the limitations of that body.
So what is the purpose for being here?
Our reason for being here is understood at our 'Soul' level, and the way we connect to that level is through our feelings. Which is merely a less romanticised version of, "Follow Your Heart." Or clearer yet: Ask yourself how you really feel about the things you see around you, with a mind to understanding what makes you react to them the way that you do. Then you will understand the motivation, and reasons why you even bother to react at all.
Instead of perceiving our own personal problems, on such a large (and therefore impossible to solve) scale, we simply need to recognise which part of ourselves is being reflected to us by the events of our world that we feel need to be fixed, and work out why we allow these things to effect us the way they do, in the first place. And what those reactions are telling us about who we really are, and how we actually see the world through the fog of our own prejudices. Our own likes and dislikes taint or brighten that which we see.
Every moment, then becomes a wonderful learning experience, and a way that we can learn to express ourselves through love, and not fear. This is incredibly important, because every decision you make based on love will make the whole universe exactly that much more loving. So, it may indeed pay to keep in mind that the evolution of the whole universe cannot happen without you, because, as has already been scientifically proven, we are all made of and are hence an integral part of that universe. It is not something that exists in 'outer space', or is in any way separate from us, at all. The universe is us.
Every being on Earth (and indeed the whole universe) has an incredibly important part to play in the totality of life. That part, purpose, or destiny, is as easy to find, and follow, as recognising what we love to do, and then just doing it.
"This above all, to thine own self be true."
This book is about being yourself, it is not about being alone. It is about communication, not acting rashly or without consideration for others. We have hearts with compassion in them for a very good reason.
All things in moderation. Even slow change is brilliant if it is change for the better. Even small steps toward your truth, are still steps in the right direction. And, it feels personally fantastic to know that you are indeed on the path you are meant to be on.
Walking your path is as simple as being yourself. The more of yourself that you allow to be seen, the closer you are to fulfilling your ultimate destiny.
"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God."
"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden,
and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."
--Henry David Thoreau
The secret of life is a question that has been pondered by philosophers throughout the ages. A question as old as time itself. A question whose answer reveals itself, in full and vibrant detail, to those who know where to look.
Speak and Live your truth as often as you possibly can.
Yes, it is that simple, and it is something that we judge ourselves harshly for failing to do. Which is perhaps the only reason we suffer from any form of guilt at all. However, that truth is the 'one and only' way out of the built-on-guilt prisons that our minds build around us. Inclosing us more surely than any earthly prison ever could.
We are our own Judge, Jury and Executioner, as well as our own Governors, with the power to make that last minute phone call of clemency and free our souls from the "Death Row" of guilt, by telling the truth. Releasing the truth is the confession that will ultimately free you from your self-imposed torment.
Confession is the greatest gift that one can give … to oneself, and to all others involved or effected by the very lack of truth that caused the original problem.
There is no journey outside of ourselves that we need to walk to discover who we really are. We do not have to move at all. We simply have to turn and face the truth about ourselves. When we stop avoiding who we are, we will start to grow. Accepting and loving that which we see around us every day is, quite literally, loving the part of ourselves that we are seeing reflected.
"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."
"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."
--Henry David Thoreau
Truth is the gateway OUT of Hell. The path to ultimate freedom. The way out of the 'guilt prisons' we build around ourselves. The road to Nirvana. The burning longboat to Valhalla. Our ultimate purpose in life. Our destiny. The way home … However we choose to put it, truth is the freeway to the very place we are most meant to be.
Our truth is literally who we are. It is our very essence. What we really stand for. What we really believe at our most basic level of consciousness. Our truth is how we see our world, because it is the filter we see our world through.
Everything that we perceive of this world is filtered through our own belief systems. That which we call our Truth.
In this way we create our own worlds with our beliefs.
We do not create them as much as creatively visualise them, and assign our own values to the information that is coming in from the senses. However, in the end, it is exactly the same thing. You create your own Hell or Heaven by choosing how you feel about what you outwardly perceive.
When we realise that because of that mental filter, every single thing in our lives is a projection that can teach us about ourselves, we begin to realise just how much we have to learn. It is not by a few pieces of string that we are held to the physical. Like Gulliver, many tiny strings combine to bind us to the illusion of life and death.
Every time we discover another of the lessons life is teaching us about ourselves, we release one or more of those strings.
Just a little more science:
David Icke writes in his book, Infinite Love is the Only Truth, Everything Else is Illusion:
"It was the discoveries of the Frenchman Jean B. J. Fourier in the 18th century that led to both television and the discovery of holograms. He developed a process called Fourier transform, a mathematical method of converting patterns into simple waveforms and back again, so providing the potential for a television camera to convert pictures into electromagnetic frequencies and the television to convert them back again. Scientists have discovered that the human brain operates on the principles of Fourier transform - it is a frequency decoder. Precisely!
At the end of the 1970s, research by Russell and Karen DeValois, two neurophysiologists at Berkeley University, revealed compelling evidence, since
supported by countless other scientists across the world, that the brain is decoding frequency patterns and turning them into holographic images that we
'see' (or think we do). The brain cells in the visual cortex react to different frequency patterns and activate according to the types of frequency they receive.
Michael Talbot writes of his conclusions in the Holographic Universe:
'... [Karl] Pribram [realised] that the objective world does not exist, at least not in the way we are accustomed to believing. What is 'out there' is a vast ocean of waves and frequencies and reality looks concrete to us only because our brains are able to take this holographic blur and convert it into sticks and stones and other familiar objects that make up our world ...
'... In other words, the smoothness of a piece of fine china and the feel of beach sand beneath our feet are really just elaborate versions of the phantom limb syndrome [when amputees "feel" a limb long after it has been removed].
'According to Pribram, this does not mean there aren't china cups and grains of beach sand out there. It simply means that a china cup has two very different aspects to its reality. When it is filtered through the lens of our brains it manifests as a cup. But if we could get rid of our lenses, we'd experience it as an interference pattern. Which is real and which is illusion? "Both are real to me," says Pribram, "or, if you want to say, neither of them are real."'
Try imagining your surroundings as a documentary about you, written by you, projected by you and starring you, or at least the reflections of yourself that you see in others. So, if you want to learn who you truly are, and how you are progressing in this life, start paying attention to the documentary, and be honest enough with yourself to admit the way you feel about what you are seeing.
So how will I know when I have something to learn?
You will be able to tell you have something to learn, from any particular situation, by the fact that the projections you are perceiving will have an effect on you. If this effect is a negative one, then there is something inside you that needs to be faced and healed.
The most powerful answers are the simplest, and quite often missed for that very reason. We expect the answers would have to be as complex and confused as our lives have become, for us to take any notice of them, or even recognise them for what they were.
We surround ourselves with any number of distractions and expect the answers to boom above the collective 'din' those distractions tend to create, but it doesn't work that way.
Don't bother waiting for the great voice of God from the sky, to boom above the noise … once and for all removing all Earthly doubt. You will be bitterly disappointed. The answers you seek are to be found in the exact opposite direction. You need to quiet the noise and listen if you want to hear what is being said by your heart.
It is a voice that has always been there, and always will be, but it speaks quietly, softly, and surely, to anyone who takes the time to listen. Those who don't listen are not maximising their opportunities to learn and grow, and thus improve their lives.
Living your truth has everything to do with being honest with yourself. It has everything to do with being the most effective you can be, because that is when you will be the happiest, and contributing the most you possibly can to this world. We will only be truly happy when we live in complete and simple honesty.
"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now … always.
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
How can we take offence from another's words when we realise that, though it may not bring the best result for us, they believe they are acting with our best interest at heart? A lot is forgiven in the name of love and good intent,
which is as it should be.
However, it is also important that we define our boundaries, if we feel that others are crossing them. So that at least next time they cross that line, it may give them pause to consider it. If they continue, simply remind them again, in as loving a way as you can.
Ultimately though, whether your boundaries are respected or not is entirely another issue from the fact that you had the courage to stand and claim them, as is your perfect right. Just as it is the other person's perfect right to completely ignore what you say. That, is up to them.
One of the first major steps to our awakening is the moment we realise that we are responsible for how we see our world. That it looks different, depending on the mood we are in at the time. And, because of that, every thought we have shapes the way we see the world, and therefore shapes the way we see our world!
We look at the world through our own set of ideals. Using our own level of understanding to interpret what we see.
We cannot blame others for our worlds being the way they are. After all, we have chosen to see it that way. How can we blame another for a choice that we have made? Or, put another way; our lives are the way they are because we choose to see it that way. A change of world is as simple as a change of your attitude toward that world.
We heal the world outside from within ourselves, when we heal the way we see it, and the way we feel about that world, and everything it contains. Nothing is separate from anything else in our world, because everything we see, hear, touch, smell and taste has to be filtered through our own belief system, before being labelled, logged and stored for future reference.
The inability, or lack of courage, to face ourselves with total honesty is, no doubt, the reason that perception-altering drugs are so prevalent in today's society. When people are not happy with the life they have chosen, and they do not know where to find their courage, it is always easier to run and hide. However, as we all know, running away doesn't solve the problem, it just delays the facing of it. We all know, somewhere deep inside, that those fears will eventually have to be faced and conquered, because the scary phone calls are coming from "inside the house".
Taking complete responsibility for your own welfare is by far the most empowering thing that a human being can do.
If you were forced to survive on the land, would you be able to? If there weren't any supermarkets to get your food from, and you were forced to hunt and gather your own food to survive, could you?
Don't be too concerned if your answer is no, because you are definitely not alone. Most of us could not survive without 'the system', and that is exactly where those that run the system want us to be. Totally reliant on them for our most basic of needs.
It is not hard to imagine a time when these great institutions, that we rely so much upon, will self destruct (generally because of greed) as they have countless times before. Who will be there to feed and clothe us then? This is, of course, an extreme case scenario, but it does illustrate the point at a very basic level.
We need to learn to look after ourselves again. To really take responsibility for our own survival. Or, at least, be able to survive should the eventuality come to pass, as it may well in our not too distant future. Then, and only then, can we consider ourselves to be completely self reliant, and thereby completely free.
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing has happened."
--Sir Winston Churchill
It is only when you are what you truly stand for that you can attract the right partner for you. The sooner you express fully who you are, the sooner you will find your niche in life as well, and the sooner you will be following your true path. Your destiny. If you are as much of yourself as you can be, anyone who is then attracted to you will love you for who, and what, you really are.
"Where-so-ever you go, go with all your heart."
Consider that friend you have. The one that continually repeats the same tired old problems every time you speak to them. We all know people like that to varying degrees. We perhaps don't really want to hear it, but we don't 'have the heart' (the courage) to tell them how we really feel, and risk hurting their feelings, and ending up in some sort of confrontation.
So what are we supposed to be learning from those that seem to find a way to upset our peaceful contemplations with their unwanted interruptions?
We are supposed to be learning to speak our truth. The moment it is spoken the situation will already have changed forever.
The highest contribution we can offer, to any situation in life, is to be ourselves as completely and honestly as we can be. We are not here to be anyone else, and the situation would not have arisen if we did not have something to learn from it.
Once you share with a person, your true perspective of things, they can get a far better insight as to how they are really doing in the game of life. They can, at last, see the true effect that their words and actions are having on you, and therefore possibly others. It may shock them a little at first, but it also gives them the chance to rethink their position, should they so decide it is necessary.
"Truth and tears clear the way to a deep and lasting friendship. True friendship is never serene."
If you allow yourself to suffer for the status quo, or you play along with someone's never-ending-story, because it's easier than confronting the truth, it does no honour to them, nor you. And no one grows or benefits from the situation. That is the POWER OF TRUTH.
"Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love."
--Henry David Thoreau
However, we do need to remember to share our truth with others in a way that is as diplomatic as possible. Truth should be considered a gift that is presented with love and growth as its underlying intent. And, wherever humanly possible, never delivered in a spiteful way. Because, if it is your intent to hurt another with your words, or to take a few cheap shots while you can, then you are only hurting yourself. Remember, we are all one.
'And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it to the least of my brethren, ye have done it to me."
Speak your truth. There is no surer or faster way to end up exactly where you belong, surrounded by exactly the people you need to be with.
"The doer alone learneth."
At all times we must allow ourselves to BE. To be true to who we really are. To allow our innermost light to shine, and release the energy that is damned up by our fear. We have just to be ourselves, or as close to uncensored as the law and the present situation allows, and we will soon find ourselves surrounded by those of like mind.
Speaking your truth to your direct circle of friends may not spark the desired interest among them, but how many times have we heard someone speaking to others nearby, and started to get an idea of what sort of person they were? We may have even found a fast friend that way, but if they had not spoken we would never have known.
You are at a party. You don't really fit in, but you make the effort because you are with your friends, and you know that you will be happily accepted if you act a certain way, but acting that way leaves you feeling flat and uninspired. Barely able to raise a smile. There is something missing, and what is missing is THE TRUTH.
Again, you may be sacrificing your own happiness because you believe that you will be accepted more readily, by your friends and family, if you act in the way they expect. And that is true, it does help to keep things from becoming confronting. It does help keep the boat steady. But at what cost? What is the personal cost to you, and what could, or should, you do about it?
The answer is not to CHANGE who you are, but to BE who you are.
You might also be surprised to realise the effect that your truth can have on others. It is incredibly inspiring to witness someone speaking their truth, and even more so seeing those people live that truth as well.
So, your friends and family may ask you about this weird new attitude you have, and try to get the 'old you' back. So what? There may also be others nearby that hear a kindred spirit. You could be five feet away from your SOUL MATE and never know it, because unless you speak your truth, you will never be truly heard. The ones who find their soul mates, in this life, are the ones who have the courage to be themselves completely.
If you are the type of person who projects a blue light when you are relaxed, but are forced, in the name of keeping the peace, to shine red, then you could never be fully relaxed in that kind of company. You need to be around the sort of people who like their lights blue. Only then, could you be comfortable enough to be who you really are. And let us acknowledge the truth of that: We are never more relaxed, in another's company, than when we feel comfortable enough to just be ourselves.
That feeling of comfort and belonging is a necessary thing. We need to be where we can shine our true colours, and not feel alienated and rejected as a direct result of it.
"The only service a friend can really render is to keep your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself."
--George Bernard Shaw
Find a way to make a living doing something you love, and you will never do a hard days work in your life.
"There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there's only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen."
Think of something that you have always loved to do. Then do some research and find a way to make money doing it. If you need to have a job, then why not have a job doing something you love? Something you have always loved.
No one is saying here, that you should necessarily quit your job tomorrow and throw caution to the wind. Everything in moderation, and everything with a good dose of common sense.
Like most things to do with truth, it will require some degree of courage, but it's the fact that you are moving toward total honesty that is important, because it means that, if nothing else, you are again moving in the right direction for you. Your heart knows the way, and in the opinion of this author, it should have the final say in all things.
Doing something you love to do is the most fun you will ever have. It has always been thus, and always will be. It is one of the incontrovertible laws of human nature.
It is having these situations of being able to do things that you love to do, that brings real happiness. It is not hard to feel love more often, when we spend more of our day bumping into the things we love, because we have simply surrounded ourselves with them.
Get a job doing something you love. Have friends that do what you love to do, and challenge you to be a better person in the way that you best respond to. Then you will know what it is to be truly happy, and feel truly complete.
"Lose this day loitering, 'Twill be the same story Tomorrow - and the next more dilatory. Then indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting over days! Are you earnest? Seize this very minute! What you can do, or dream you can - begin it! Courage has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and the mind grows heated. Begin it, and it will be completed."
The fastest way to get what you really want in this life, is to be what you really are, because that is the way to true happiness, which is, after all, what we all desire deep within our souls.
"Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around."
--Henry David Thoreau
Living your truth is not just about the act of doing it. It's also about those that interact with you understanding why you are doing it. They may not understand fully, but if you have done all you can to help them to see it through your eyes, and give them your perspective on it, then you should not accept responsibility for their feelings, if they simply fail to 'see it'. Their reactions are their responsibility, and theirs alone.
Do your honest best to teach them what your truth is. If they do not resonate, or agree with that truth, then that is perfectly valid too. It does make people a little less clingy, however, when they realise that you are not going to play the part they want you to play. And, if they have no other role, in the productions they call their lives, where you can be yourself, then they will naturally drift away from you, because they will not be as fulfilled as they need to be. And they deserve to be happy, just as much as you do.
Let all the souls involved be free to find more dedicated actors to fill the roles they need played. People that play those roles, by simply being themselves, will give their heart to the performance. After all, who is more qualified to play the role of You, than You?
"Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it."
--Henry David Thoreau
In fact, the whole 'Live Your Truth' thing is an act of love. The way you deliver your truth, especially a truth that is likely to cause angst, should be considered almost as important as the actual truth being delivered. It gets delivered either way, but the pain that is caused by that truth can and does change in direct proportion to the care and love with which we approach the telling of it.
Don't get overly stressed if the first reaction you get is not a positive one. If you have done your best to communicate in as loving a way as you can (remembering that we are all human) then how they choose to react is not your fault. At all … Ever! Another persons choice of reaction is their decision to make. You have no right to accept any blame they may try to mete out, as long as your intent was noble, and the message was delivered with as much love as you could possibly muster.
But what if I speak my truth and they want to leave?
There may indeed come a time where paths continue on in separate directions, and people naturally drift apart. If we are honest though, there may also be those of us who really do need to get away from each other, if only for the sake of the neighbours.
Living your truth is all about having the courage to be and say what you really feel. What you really think. However, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It is that we start to speak our truths, that is ultimately the most important thing.
How will I know when I need to speak my truth?
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know when you should speak up. It is exactly at the moment you feel that your space has been compromised, or your boundaries crossed, and you stop yourself speaking because of fear. That is when you should speak.
It is during every day moments when we know we should speak up, but we don't, that we make the decision to lie, and no matter how we try to paint it, not speaking truth, when we know we should, is a lie.
"All that is required for evil to succeed, is for good men to do nothing."
If you begin to let those that are around you see and hear how you really feel about things, even in a gradual way, any changes that need to occur will be much less of a shock for everyone involved. Once again, small steps are a good start. At least you will be moving. The journey will have begun.
Speak and Live your truth as often as you possibly can. This is the simplest equation, and the path that leads to true happiness.
A person who asks, "What is this situation teaching me about myself?" is very wise. If they were not, it would not be long before they were.
Every path is as individual as the people who choose to walk them, because to live and speak what you truly believe is an act of BEING YOURSELF, at all times. No one else. YOU. And you are the only one who really can.
Upon the breath of truth, forgiveness awaits.
Absolute truth, allows us to be forgiven absolutely, and that is also one of the greatest gifts that can be given, to ourselves, and to others, because forgiveness requires acceptance. Which is the final step of the healing process that starts with the speaking of truth, and ends in the release of torment of all the souls involved.
You will end up exactly where you need to be, surrounded by exactly the right people, in the shortest possible space of time, if you are yourself in every moment. And that means speaking up when you know you should, because you never know who might be listening.
"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear but around in awareness."
"Lying makes a problem part of the future; truth makes a problem part of the past."
Participating in a lie is an act of choice that is ex-clusive of the naturally relaxed state we seek. That inner peace we are all searching for. That state of inner calmness that requires no effort to maintain, because nothing flows more naturally than the truth. It requires no great thought, no censure, just an easy relation of the facts.
The ultimate Eden is a life in which we never have to lie to achieve anything. Where we are comfortable enough with ourselves, and the people around us, to be exactly how we need to be, when we need to be it.
However, we have to seek that understanding for it to occur. We must explore in the misty confusion of our day-to-day problems, following those paths to the source and looking at the facets of ourselves that the problems are reflecting, and most important of all, we have to look with honest eyes at our own reflections. We are all capable of being honest with ourselves, though there are many of us who would rather not look.
The underlying message here is common sense. It is about taking responsibility for our own actions. Taking responsibility for the things that happen to us in our lives, and being able to recognise what part we have played in bringing the situation into being.
What others do, or have done to us, is irrelevant. It is only how we have chosen to perceive what they have done that matters, and that is the way with all things, at all times. We can, and should, only take responsibility for our own part in any situation. What other fully grown people decide to think about it, is entirely up to them.
Each situation we are effected by has a message and a lesson for us to learn, about who we really are. Once we learn that lesson, which is the reason the situation has developed in the first place, the problem no longer needs to exist, and will simply dissolve. The people who were needed to play those roles in the dramas of our lives for us, will naturally move on when that role is no longer needed. Like a travelling band of actors.
Every time you speak your truth, you are honouring yourself and those around you. It gives them the opportunity to move with you, as you grow, or to move in another direction that is closer to their truth, and their ultimate happiness.
Simply put: You living your truth gives them permission to live theirs. "If you can go off and do what you really want to do, then why can't I?" Which is a bloody good question. The answer being: You can, and should, do it. In fact, you owe it to yourself.
"Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live."
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Life's journey is also much easier without carrying information that should not be yours to carry. Honour those around you by trusting that they can carry their own burden. That they, like you, deserve every opportunity to grow and become a better person, and it will free you. The truth will set you free.
Lies are all that hold us away from our ultimate happiness. From living a life full of love and contentment. In short, to live the fullest most contributory life we can.
Life on this Earth is not a prison to barely survive in. What lies beneath our feet is a Garden of Eden. Beauty beyond belief, if only we had the awareness to see it for what it was, and at that moment, to see by that reflection what we could be. What we already are. Beautiful beyond words.
We do not need to plant more trees to appreciate the beauty of this Earth, though that would be a great idea, we simply have to allow ourselves to see the beauty in the first place. The beauty that is already there, within all things.
"When he has the power to see things detached from self-interest and from the insistent claims of the lust of the senses, then alone can he have the true vision of the beauty that is everywhere. Then only can he see that what is unpleasant to us is not necessarily unbeautiful, but has its beauty in truth."
Then … WHAM! there is an awareness that we live in a society that is as deep as the layers of paint we apply to our buildings, to hide the supposed ugliness of the raw materials we build the walls we hide behind out of.
Once again, it is the acceptable veneer that we have to apply to hide our real selves, because we have been taught to believe that we are too ugly to be seen in public as we really are. But that is dead wrong.
We are beings of light, unequalled in magnificence. Each and every one of us with just as important a role to play, in the divine plan, as anyone else. Each with our own set of gifts that we should share with others. It is part of the game we are here to play.
Marking our boundaries and defining them, is very important in that game also. If we don't, then others will assume and define them for us.
Ultimately, there are no real boundaries, other than those we have created in our own minds, but while we feel the need, we should share them with others, and thereby acknowledge the lesson that is being revealed by that very need to speak.
Exactly like animals, we have territories that we are often required to define to others. These are our boundaries, and we must clearly define them if we expect others to understand and respect them.
"On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain;
either you will reach a point higher up today,
or you will be training your powers so that
you will be able to climb higher tomorrow."
If we consider that the essence of the soul is the same as the essence of God, then we realise that to be the nearest we can be to God, we simply need to express ourselves as fully as we can.
Every step along the way is just as important as every other. Your ultimate destiny will change many times in your life, or at least your perception of that ultimate destiny will change. It is not the destination that is important, however, but every moment along the way. Which means that it is right now that matters most. It is your decisions right now that really matter, because they are all you can change. There is no past or future in the moment.
What is done, is done, and you can't cross a bridge until you get to it.
You are quite within your rights to tell any fears about future events to "take a number and get in line!" They do not belong in your life until they can be faced. However, the ultimate test of whether we 'get the lesson' or not, can only exist in the moment we cross that bridge, because we can really only heal our fears in the moment that we turn to face them.
As for destiny … The best way for you to follow the path you are most meant to follow, is to be yourself as completely and often as you possibly can.
The greatest burden humans place upon themselves is the burden of guilt. Which is nothing other than self-judgement. Once the truth has been told, the release is nothing short of redemption. Literally an en-lightening experience.
The burden of guilt is there because there is a truth that is hidden, and to hide the truth and lie, requires considerable effort. The liar has to remember which lies have been told to whom, so as not to slip up and be revealed in their deceit.
Truth has a way of finding its way out. If you try to hold it back, the pressure will build and build, until it is unbearable.
There are people right now in prison, because they have had to admit a crime they've committed. The healing, though, has now begun for them. They may indeed sleep in a prison for a while, but at least they sleep without the constant fear of being caught.
Courage can be defined as the inner will-power to let another person see the truth of who you are, by your actions and words. It is measured in the now. How you once were is irrelevant. You can change nothing but what is happening 'right now'. The choice to love and grow, or not, is made in every moment. If you have not loved sufficiently in the past, then simply resolve to love more from now on.
"When it is time to die, let us not discover that we never lived."
--Henry David Thoreau