“I’m sorry random person, boss, parent, child, spouse, friend… I can’t explain that to you because I don’t know.”
I just love it so much!
It’s more than likely the truth and, yet, we humans are so resistant to saying it and even hearing it. In certain circumstances like running for public office, lecturing on a subject, or giving an interview, we would do almost anything to avoid saying it and because we have been conditioned to believe the spin doctors, we will criticize those who have the courage to speak that truth.
Last year I made a 1-minute video called “I already know that.” I received emails thanking me for shining a light on this human habit. One of my subscribers said “Lol! This is something I do all the time, but now I’ll catch myself and do some more digging before I dismiss anything. “ The premise of that video is that there is always more to know. There is always another layer, another perspective, and then there is the inner mirror or the shadow work we do around what we think we know. Truth is evolving.
I was introduced to the Principles of Hermetics twenty-five years ago and have studied them deeply for the past several years. The Principles can seem simple and taken on a surface level, they are! In this way they speak to everyone at every stage of knowing, from neophyte to master. I am a perpetual student and still find new epiphanies and greater meanings within Hermetic study. There is no shortage of evidence that I don’t really know even what I think I know.
It takes courage to be truthful and part of our evolution shows us that human “truth” changes in each moment. What is true for you right now was probably not true ten years ago or last year or if we really get picky, a minute ago. Unless we are completely stagnant (and the Principle of Vibration tells us we are not) then our realities and understanding of those realities change continually. Add that to everyone else’s changing realities, discoveries and perceptions and you have continually shifting collective truths.
A few years ago, I had a session with a client and it was a powerful series of revelations and insights. She seemed grateful but a week later she called to complain. When she had asked a question in the midst of our meeting the week before, I had answered with “I’m not getting a clear response to that (aka: I don’t know).” She said “if you don’t know then why am I coming to you for answers?”
My response was, “I’m not sure. Why are you?” We talked for a while and came to a place of understanding and, as it turned out, she was projecting her own power and responsibility for her life choices onto ‘professionals’ and I was one of them. It is a vulnerable position to be truthful about our own lack of knowing. And yet, there comes a time when that is all we can be and those who receive it are called to look more deeply at their own truths.
When we become attached to something we believe is true rather than truth as a way of be-ing, then we subconsciously search for others who also believe that truth and we shut the door to deeper knowing. We join clubs or movements or political parties in an attempt to protect and even fight for these truths. We surround ourselves with others who agree with us so we can remain safe and unchallenged. On the other hand, if truth is something we are dedicated to upholding within ourselves, then it is not something we are in search of or trying to protect, it is an energy that we bring to each moment.
Let's take this down a side path: If we watch political or academic debates, we see each participant trying to one-up the other or prove their superiority by stating 'facts' that confirm their truth is the correct truth. It’s quite barbaric, really, that we cheer when one candidate puts another one down. If we were all working from higher consciousness, we would see them sitting at a table to find middle ground, reconciling opposites, lifting each other up. Beginning with what they agree on, they would go from there to find compromise and cooperation. Instead of digging in their heels to support some ever-evolving truth, they would truly listen and create a back and forth exchange. Eventually, the party system would dissolve into a midpoint of common ideology. Wouldn’t it change everything if we voted on the candidate who was the most cooperative and the most willing to work to find common ground while respecting everyone's 'truth'? Wouldn't it be transformational if we were all on the same team?
Meanwhile, in our own lives, it helps to pause when we feel to assert our knowing. Some questions to ask are: Do I really know this to be true? Why am I attached to this being true? Do I still have something to learn here? Is this response coming from ego or heart?
In my line of work, I’ve often been asked what happens to a soul after death. I sometimes answer this question and sometimes I don’t but when I do, I preface it by saying “This is what I believe now, but I could be wrong and if you ask me tomorrow, I may have a different answer.” Sometimes people laugh nervously or sometimes they don’t laugh at all. In these cases, I am speaking truth as I know it. When we do that, it is an unseen nudge for others to face their own truths. That will often be met with resistance.
If truth sets us free, then having the courage to embrace the changing of it will keep us ever conscious, open-minded and openhearted.
May it be so.
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