Truth. A very slippery word to define. Very often it means ‘my version of the truth’ or ‘my interpretation of the truth’. So what does truth mean. How do we know that we are speaking, meaning or acting from the truth?
I wanted to know today because if I use my powerful voice I want to be sure that I am speaking truly. So I looked up the definition. Truth is: the quality or state of being true;
that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality; a fact or belief that is accepted as true. Whew! A lot of room for debate there. It can be a state of mind. It can be a fact. It can be something that is accepted as true whether or not it actually is.
As I considered the definition I thought about the time when people thought the world was flat. It was stated as a fact although, as it turns out, it was only an accepted belief. Eventually it was proved to be a false belief though not until there had been a lot of argument and general falling out. My mind pinged onto another such example. I have been reading a lot about the idea that the Universe is actually a hologram. Not an accepted truth but when enough people believe will it become true?
Perhaps we we can only interpret truth when we consider the purpose behind what is being said?
The idea that a state of mind represents what is true is very interesting. I have changed my beliefs about many things during my life. What I would have sworn was true when I was twenty is somewhat different now I’m approaching the second half of my life. I still get stuck with the ‘does my bum look big in this’ question. Do I tell the absolute truth or a friendly lie? Who suffers for my lack of truthfulness? Can a lie ever be for a good purpose?
Interestingly, now I work in the world of energy vibrations, I am able to read the shiver present in someone’s aura when they fail to be authentic. When I am not being my true self, warts and all, my energy will fluctuate. The vibration alters ever so subtly. I notice when this happens in myself and others. I often let the change pass unchallenged if it is in others. Although I do wonder why they have decided to misrepresent themselves. When I catch myself in a shiver I check what is going on.
My authentic voice is the one with power. Not the power of right, force or control. The power to speak lovingly of myself. The power to represent what I am feeling and thinking honestly. With no fluffy confusion of apologies for having an opinion. When I drift into a half-truth, perhaps a deferential tone or flirtatious manner to put myself in some sort of submissive position I need to stand back. What is happening to make me shift from truthfulness? What purpose have I got for giving away my power?
Does conditioning drive our level of truthfulness?
As a social group it seems that our perception of truthfulness is coloured by the status we have. Politicians are allowed to lie so long as life continues along familiar lines. Doctors, teachers, employers, financial experts are allowed to give an ‘expert’ version of the facts so long as they are a shared belief. Children are taught to ‘be polite’ about the way they describe others. We are told to be tactful, to keep our true feelings or thoughts to ourselves and to ‘behave pleasantly’ to one another. How interesting that our energy never lies.
There is a change required in all of us. We have become so easy with our own perception of what is true that we are intolerant of others. We reject their right to have a different version of the truth. I have been challenging myself to convey my feelings and thoughts as clearly as possible. To tell the truth exactly as I perceive it. Then to check for the shiver in my energy. Because when something is in accordance with my heartfelt truth my energy will be smooth flowing. When I am giving my power away I will know. I can question why. And I reclaim my power by speaking my truth. After all, it seems the truth is different for all of us and that’s ok for it to be so.
Day 224 of my blogging challenge.