An offering of advice you can choose to take or not take. 😉
I’ll begin with some wise words from our past teachers.
“Do not accept what you hear by report, do not accept tradition, do not accept a statement because it is found in your books, nor because it is in accord with your belief, nor because it is the saying of your teacher. Be lamps unto yourselves.” Buddha
“The kingdom of God is within you.” Jesus
And some quotes from modern teachers
“What you perceive, your observations, feelings, interpretations, are all your truth. Your truth is important. Yet it is not The Truth.” Linda Ellinor
“Only write from your own passion, your own truth. That’s the only thing you really know about, and anything else leads you away from the pulse — yours or anyone else’s.” Marianne Williamson
And here is my own interpretation of this shared truth…
“The truth you discover through your own experiences, your own mistakes, your own epiphanies, your own revelations, and your own personal “ahhh-HA” moments, articulated with language that makes sense to you…that is the Truth that your Soul desires. ” Maria Lynn
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We have quotes like this to reflect upon because spiritual teachers share with us what worked, or is working, for them. Thankfully, they do share, because their experience is incredibly valuable. We can either choose to integrate their ideas with our own intuition, or not. What I love is that their stories contribute to hope; that inner peace and healing are possible! They also get our juices flowing so we’re well lubricated, and insights can more easily slip into our minds and feed our seeds. And then, God gives the growth.
When you read that last line, if you cringed or felt uncomfortable at the mention of God, then by all means replace it with something that resonates true for you. Maybe Universe, Goddess, Allah, Yahweh, Divine Collective Consciousness, or if you do not believe in a higher connecting energy/force/creator/parent, then feel free to disregard the entire comment, or replace it with something that makes sense for you. That is the point of this post; to remind us to acknowledge that we are the deciders of our own truth, and a way to live that out is by respecting others’ search for truth, which may or may not include divinity.
Personally, I do not believe anyone has all of the awareness to speak with absolute authority on any subject. I like to think of us all arriving here with our own lifeboat, with the freedom to chart our own course and discover our own truthful treasures. Of course, we can take a track that requires little contemplation and barely any imagination. There is smooth sailing along the mindless mainstream where all your meals are planned and you’re spoon fed what is “correct” thinking, such as what is funny, who to fear, what is cool, what is not, what to watch, what to wear, what not to wear, what to buy, while being amply supplied with versions of truth shared as “news.” It is our choice to believe all this blindly or seek out a variety of views to consider. Many of us have decided to veer off course from the mainstream and take alternative routes that include a diverse collection of serene streams, raging rivers, contemplative creeks, pondering ponds, and lovely lakes. Whichever aquatic path you travel, all the waters of the world empty into a vastly deep and wide ocean. Here, all of our truths are blended into Our Collective Truth. And here, we can chose to board the Mega Ship of Humanity, where we honor each other’s journey, share ideas, and hold all of our values equally.
Something that works for me is child-like imagination. For instance, in my poem that I posted called “Mama and Papa Love,” I describe divinity using metaphors including clouds, magic bubbles, teddy bears, and rose petals. That’s my kind of thing; for others not so much. I think the Universe is a mutable, malleable place that begs for our ingenious inventiveness to appear in unlimited forms.
Wishing you a joyful journey of truth seeking!