The truth behind being truthful
The trajectory of our truth is not subjective, but rather objective. It discovers principle and the environment we are actively choosing to embrace — not based on external opinion or adapted versions of ourselves, but the mirroring of the heart and mind, and its rightful needs in our evolution. Have you ever experienced an intense build-up of anxiety that said “Hello!” to your body or a specific body part after expressing a hot lie or a necessary truth? These bodily encounters are normally change’s way of drawing us deeper into the understanding we have of ourselves and the community.
Both lies and truth have been taught to us in what we consume in our households, television, school systems, friendships, and also through our food and clothing. These external outlets of joined perceptions can often mislead us from our own truth-seeking when projected on to us at an early age or at a not-so-strong point in our lives. This is why listening is essential in our reconnection with truth. The spirit enables our conscious and subconscious mind to locate what resonates with our journey and the things that oppose it. I believe through opposition, whether positive or negative, we are presented with questions for self-discovery, where truth becomes practice in our choices, the shaping of our boundaries, and the expectations surrounding truth. The more we engage in the pendulum of truth, the more we gain bearing over its direction, as everything is energetic.
It is not by accident that a foetus and its mother converse through hearing before giving birth to physical life, and that hearing is the last sense to go before death occurs. Listening plays a special role in developing our relationship with truth. It paves way for discernment and conscious decision-making. When we choose to listen to the rhythm of our breath, the responses our bodies share with us, the environment we choose to exist in, and the repetitive thoughts that define our speech, we can begin to honestly question the role we play in truth. Creatively speaking, I often refer to the body as a “figure of speech”, where my mind and heart alert my body that I am safe or unsafe. These nudges grant me the space to acknowledge what is disarming my innate power and the things that anchor me into objective truths. I find that when listening is prioritised, decisions are formed based on intuition and wisdom, rather than fear and illusion. It is the way we connect to truth, the spirit.
Truth is both a question and also a statement, as it calls us to be the teacher unto ourselves and student our way through its discovery. In All About Love, bell hooks calls attention to the understanding that the heart receives justice when truth-telling is at the centre of our perception of ourselves and the world. Truth can only ritualise in our lives when we take responsibility for our journey and the choices we make. But this is established and cultivated only when we get clear on the world we are choosing to shape. Maintaining an objective through purposeful action, and remaining open to when we feel called to shift our objective, is key in shaping our truth. And this does not mean that truth will always create the outcome we desire, but it does shift something internally, whether we are aware of it immediately or not. The deeper we understand our truth and universal truth, the more our character forms, principles strengthen, and our direction is fine-tuned.
It is important to note that the feeling of truth-telling will not always be a feeling that is familiar to us; truth may feel anxiety-ridden after being expressed. But it is up to us to compassion our way through its unfolding and honour these feelings of discomfort, as this is a call to liberation.
Truth is a journey that will sometimes revert us into old patterns, but the feeling of truth will always resurface when we value our walk with creation, God and spirit — it is energetic. Expressing truth is a tapestry given with the tools to weave in our own unique way. It is a fine art that requires practice. In times of joy and also sadness, ask yourself the four P’s: What is my perception? Why is this my perspective? What am I choosing to project. How will I project it?