If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything. – Verses on the Faith Mind
Yesterday I saw my new book called “self-centered for someone who is all about detachment.” That was hard to let go of.
This morning I called in for an interview on a live radio show and the host said “Pardon my personal view, but for our society to be raised right it takes more than tree hugging.” That was hard to embrace.
As I backed out of the driveway to take my daughter to school, I spotted a ticket on the spare car we keep parked on the curb. The overnight parking permit had expired four months ago, an oversight that was hard to keep from citing someone else for.
This practice is hard, particularly when I don’t practice it. The truth can be hard to admit, although the truth is never hard to see. What truth am I talking about? The truth of what is. Some of us spend our whole lives in a search for truth, and yet the truth is always staring us in the face. We don’t need to do anything to find it, and even less to cover it up.
One of the things that helps me deal with the thorny business of competitiveness, authorship and ownership is my view of the truth. My view of the truth is that it’s not mine, or at least, not mine alone. Wisdom is not mine to manufacture. It’s not in a clever turn of words, a brand, or a trademarked slogan. It’s not even in my unique story. My story isn’t unique. My practice isn’t unique, and if I truly practice, I don’t have anything left to call my own. I don’t deal in anything original. None of us do.
Why does the sorting out seem so complicated? The for and against. I use three signposts to bring me back to the truth of any situation:
1. The truth shines. It isn’t hidden. It is not the product of rumination or analysis. It requires no research. The truth illuminates as the sun to the sky. It is the sun. It is the sky.
2. The truth is simple. Not complicated. If a teaching seems confounding or contradictory, the teacher is confused. If your life is confusing you, then you are confusing yourself. See the first signpost.
3. The truth is what you already know. That’s why we call it wisdom. It resonates so deeply in your gut that there is no equivocation and no doubt. You recognize it on sight with nothing added to it. All you have to do is face it.
The truth is not hard, except as I make it that way. My way.