“There is a work to be done, a teaching to be lived, and no one is exempt.” -Richard Moss
I openly talk and write about subjects such as awareness, energy, spirituality, awakening, truth, the creator, freedom, and healing. I am often asked about the nature of my faith or belief system. A few years back when I asked a friend about the nature of his faith he put it rather succinctly, “I try not to believe anything.” Initially taken aback with his statement, I grew to realize the inherent and valuable humility in that decision.
I have always been drawn to honesty. Whenever someone would come to me in dishonesty, whether openly or hidden within their mind, I could tell – even from childhood. It was very confusing as a little girl when people would say one thing and I could feel they were in conflict with their words. Why wouldn’t they just tell the truth?
I grew to have my own experiences with dishonesty. Plenty of it. The most alarming experiences were interwoven with safety, trust, loyalty, friendship, and honoring – or dishonoring – my family. Ultimately, anytime I was dishonest with another, I was driving dishonesty deeper into myself – and my relationship with life.
In 2007 I hit misery. My life as I knew it was falling apart. Failing marriage, home foreclosure, a child with severe food allergies, and self-disdain that had been building since childhood. It was then that I first stepped consciously on the path of truth. I had to be honest with myself. It was time to take responsibility for my life in a whole new way. I could no longer depend on outside circumstances or people to make me feel good. I had to go within.
This was a spiritual opening for me. I faced death twice in six months and realized that who I think I am is a limited perception, a piece, of the source that breathes me. As this realization deepens I am able to open to the love and life within, allowing it to flow through and out into my life, the lives of others, and the world.
I have been questioned about my faith and I always come back to truth. I walk the path of truth. Many people have highlighted this path. Jesus Christ is one of them. To answer the question, do I believe in Jesus? Yes, I believe his living example demonstrated the power we have to live in harmony with creation, all of life. One verse that particularly speaks to me is Matthew 5:38-48.
Do I believe in religion? Not necessarily. It depends on the point in question. Humans have twisted and skewed the interpretation of sacred texts so much that even religious devotees have trouble discerning between beliefs and truth, leading them to thoughts and actions that are no where near congruent with the two commandments highlighted by Jesus, that all else recorded in the Bible rests upon: Love the creator with all of your heart, mind and soul and love your neighbor as yourself.
“Truth is a pathless land.” -Krishnamurti
Truth simply is. Although we can outline a specific path to recognize the truths of life, religion, God, relationships, parenting – or any other compartment of life, the specifics are only pointers.
Each person’s experience with and recognition of truth is unique.
I walk the path of truth, one foot after the other, for all of humanity. Some call it integrity. Some call it radical honesty. Some call it Christianity, Buddhism, or some other religion. It doesn’t matter to me what label you apply – one word will suffice: truth. It is the path that Jesus and so many other spiritual messengers before and after him have shared – and still share today.
In moments of question, trust truth. That’s all we need to do.
“Trust truth with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge truth and your paths will be made straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Are you struggling as a parent? If so, I’d like to share something with you: a story and some hope.