What is “TRUTH”? Where does it come from? Where is it located?

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What is “TRUTH” ? Where does it come from?

As a transformational life coach, these questions seem to be on the top of the list for clients. They all know there is a source, somewhere, and they want desperately to tap into it. The questions came up for me in a recent interview with Gunhild Lorenzen, a Transpersonal Psychotherapist from Brussels, Belgium.

Inner or Outer, Belief or Open Mindedness, Level of Experience

It depends on the individual’s frame of reference, I suppose. Some choose to qualify ‘truth’ as something they’ve been taught or read in a source they feel is valuable. Some choose to adhere to a belief system they’ve learned from respected religious teachers. Others choose to suspend their belief systems and prior learning when seeking truth, holding a few opinions as possible during the process.

In the latter, I find that truth often is perceived from the depths of experience one has relating to the previous inquiries and understanding from prior learning. We grow in our depth of understanding, even when the same ‘words’ may come in answer to the questions we pose. A recent high school graduate will have a far different understanding than their parents, for instance, even though the question is the same.

For me, Truth bridges science and spirituality in most cases. It has a ‘sense’ that resonates with my heart and mind, sometimes it even tingles throughout my entire body, like a warm fluid descending from the top of my head down through my feet. Most people have some kind of visceral experience when ‘truth’ comes to visit their thoughtmosphere, often unexpected and without fanfare.

Where does ‘truth’ come from?

Truth comes from a place deep within us and resonates when we find it. How we find it changes over time, based on our ability to ask better questions. Each question, of course, has the answer within it and it always begs more questions in my opinion. 

Exploring what is truth comes from genuine inquiry into what makes us tick; how our form, fit and function relates to the world around us and the not-so-often referenced worlds within us. Inner and outer realities seem to have this urge to merge in nearly everyone I’ve spoken with who consider themselves truth seekers. There appears to be something built into us, a natural system of inquiry and reflection about life.

Where is ‘truth’ located?

It’s located wherever we find it. In finding what is truth all, or at least some of our senses are involved in perceiving it in the moment it arrives. There is a symbiotic ‘click’ between inner and outer experience as well. Depending on the level of awareness one has, signs of it can be as simple as noticing a sound or a sight or a smell or a feeling.

Synchronicity plays a big part in the question/answer/resonance process. Things like a subtle sensation on our skin or a quiver in a muscle or an awareness of a tingle or twitch somewhere in our body. It might be a phone signalling a notification for something. If you use different sounds for notifications, each may mean something different if you’ve created that in your reality.

The most important thing is to learn to trust the subtle signs that reveal your experience of truth. At first, it might seem illogical or even crazy to consider such subtle indicators. There are far more shiny objects to consider, bells and whistles that are vying for our attention. Try it. Experiment and explore the possibilities.

Explore what is truth for yourself with Zen’s workbook: Cosmic Conundrum: What Am I, Really?

New Year – New Awareness – New Life

Happy New Year is not just a standard well-wishing for all. It is an invitation to enjoy a life of renewed clarity, hope and vitality. Every year we have a little time to share this sentiment, yet how long does it really last? It’s a new year – new awareness – new life.

How can we take that sentiment and implement it into our daily living? Is there something simple we can do to keep the vibe in our awareness and share it with others? I suspect so, yet it involves some discipline that a lot of us just don’t have yet.

Discipline? Not that we’re looking for disciples, but you kinda have to become one for your own life. What I mean is that there has to be some kind of effort you make on a daily basis to remind yourself of how you want to be. The what and who come as a result of the ‘how.’

What I’ve found is that oftentimes there are some self-deprecating patterns, deeply embedded, that get in the way of allowing our natural happy self to become present. How it happened really doesn’t matter. It is in the past. What shows up is a feeling, like something is being withheld.

A Practical Process

We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘Let go and let God.’ Can we? Do we have to really work on recognizing and releasing our new year - new awareness - new lifeattachments to outcome? Usually we do; working through the frustrations of self-criticism along the way. Oftentimes, we find ourselves in a vicious vortex of self-destructive patterns.

That same vortex can just as quickly release us when we know how to let go of our critical subjective nature, acknowledge the feeling, allow the feeling without denial, choose to release it, observe its release and accept a better feeling. Sounds so simple in theory. What if it really is?

This practice is a relatively simple yet profound tool for transformation and transcendence. You might already realize the advantages. What you will be doing is synergizing your breath with your feelings, releasing the emotional blocks or bottlenecks to your true freedom and flow.

Depending on what you uncover, it can work quickly or take some time. The process, once perfected, can be used anywhere at any time. The results are experienced in many ways, all of them good, as they offer deeper understanding of your own feeling patterns.

We can either respond or react to any situation. By responding, we pause and reflect before we act. The observer within allows us to step away from the emotional attachment to outcome, yet helps us define those attachments because we have become aware of them now. Once aware, we can choose how to respond rather than react out of some unconscious pattern of old behavior.

Personal growth does not have to be painful. Why would we want to continue to experience pain, then? We can observe and not be engaged by the disturbance. So recognizing that the observer is a really powerful place, how do we find it? The focus of this exercise is to move beyond disturbance in your emotional patterns, the blocks or resistance to change or growth, and become the observer of your process.

Sometimes we have enough awareness to be able to ask why we reacted to a situation in such an inappropriate or incongruent way. That question is an opportunity to explore the deeper causes of our reaction. The following exercise is designed to allow you to garner greater awareness and control of your responses to stimuli.

New Year – New Awareness – New Life

Exercise:

  1. Recall a situation where you reacted emotionally out of control.
  2. Remember the feeling that triggered the reaction. Embrace it now.
  3. Feel the feeling as deeply as if it had just happened again.
  4. Take a deep breath and let it go. On the exhale, feel yourself relax and release.
  5. Imagine that the feeling is now gone, replaced by a better feeling.
  6. Breathe deep, again and breathe again. Feel the tension leave your body?
  7. Notice that you feel better, less stressed and less tense.

That is the process. It is that simple. You probably had forgotten about the feeling, right? There could be a bit of residual emotion still. That, too, can disappear with practice. Imagine if you took conscious breaths on a regular basis.

Here’s to the continued deep breathing, embracing what is and choosing to be happy this year!