"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." Galileo
Once upon a time, science had proved coffee bad for you, marijuana bad for you, drinking will kill you, and so on. New science proves that coffee can ward off Alzheimer', marijuana a safe, natural pain medication, and a glass of red wine a day can keep weight down as well as keep heart disease away. In some cases, you have industries and bodies of government "proving" one way or the other, yet when the entire research paperwork is exposed, we find out that the "proof" has been taken out of context and all evidence shelved under lock and key. With all the conflicting information we are given in real time that technology provides us, how do we know what is true? How do you know what to believe, when we get conflicting bias, ideas, and data?
I deeply believe that every being has a right to what they feel or believe is true. I also believe that every being has a responsibility to discovering and living from that truth. I see an abundance of acceptance available to human relationships when there is ownership of individual truths. I have found that owning, living, and evolving my authentic truth creates space in my being to support others without judgment.
Naturally, getting to this place has been a journey of committed reflection, courage, and exploration. Around the time I got pregnant with my baby girl (who is almost 12! Wow, Mama moment...). Okay, I'm back. Embracing the responsibility of motherhood, one of the "voices in my head" kept announcing that I had to be the person I wanted her to be. This announcement didn't just ring true, but it exploded out of my soul with it's own momentum of facing the tough questions around "what is true for me". I realized I had to know what was authentically true for me before I could authentically be the mother/woman I wanted to be. This led me to see that I had to teach my daughter how to be her authentic Self by me being my authentic Self and living from my authentic truth. I began the actions of being in accordance with the actual state of condition, reality or fact that was authentically me.
I decided to start being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of who I truly am. I began to meditate, journal and reflect on what I really thought, felt, and believed; not what I had been taught or programmed to think, feel, or believe. I sit in the hard, embarrassing and sometimes hurtful questions. I face the lies, the conditioning, the wounds; even when it feels difficult. I find myself turning within for the answers. Turning within to shatter the reflections I'm not proud of, and getting to know the reflection of who I am when I am in my truth. Turning within to gather my strength as I follow the route my wild intuition is taking off on.
Layers, walls, illusions come a-crumbling down. It is mind opening, emotional, and empowering. Here I am all these years later, and I continue to meditate and reflect on what I know as my truth every step of the way. Who I am, my perspectives, my truths and what I believe evolve as I take in new data from information and life. The process isn't as painful as it was in the beginning. It gets easier, and the work is SO worth it. The constant peeling off of layers that no longer align with my ever evolving truth is as necessary to my soul as showering is to my body.
My truth has a life, death, rebirth cycle just as nature does. It is always in the center of my being, waiting to be felt and experienced. With the contradiction of information, I rely on what I know, what I feel is true. Which makes if effortless to not be judgmental of what others feel is true for them. There is room in this ever-expanding universe for everyone to be who they are, and to have their own truth. There is an exciting possibility of being and living with each other when there is no need to prove each other wrong. The possibility of spending our energy to create, instead of bicker and blame.
Over the years, I've been refining my own process of discovering my truth. It begins with the acknowledgement of a thought, belief, perspective, idea, etc. It ends with feeling solid in what is true for me, and how I feel about it. The greatest skill I've gained from the years of this inner work is what I call my truth indicator. It's a feeling state that I trust and listen to. It guides me through the BS of news, experiment spins, marketing ploys, and attempted manipulations. Embracing and utilizing my truth indicator allows me to navigate through what is true in my life, which allows me to not get attached to the lies of everything else. This process of discovery has created a solid foundation for me to build a core of empowerment for my inner world and a passion to inspire and guide others to their own empowerment.
This month I am facilitating a Discover Your Truth workshop, and I'm offering it in two formats. A one day intensive (http://www.inquirewithin.me/IW_Feb25.pdf) and a 3 series format. (http://www.inquirewithin.me/IW_Feb16.pdf) These workshops are designed to guide through your own truth discovery. Learn your own personal truth indicator. Practice this skill in a supportive and empowering environment. Deepen your awareness with using your truth indicator in specific exercises that map out the road to your authentic truth. Visit my website at www.inquirewithin.me for more details, contact me to RSVP for the workshop, or schedule a private healing session.