Truth is very important to self. Truth is the first lesson of discovering self and the poetry of life. This is why I published Discovering Self: The Poetry of Life. If we cannot live truth, we have not yet entered the level of Spiritual image that all humans search for and that sustains us as the joy of living the journey of life. We cannot grow if we cannot learn to live the equality and truth of our Soul and Spirit energy. Truth helps us cast a different image of our internal power. I have been teaching this for a long while and my goal always is to see the growth of my students as they learn to discover the beauty of self. As we discover self and love ourself, we discover the value of truth in the world around us, including other people. It is my joy to be able to see the growth of other people, just as it is to live my own growth and change every day.
One familiar idea we have in our world is that “there are no original ideas.” Yet life has changed very dramatically over time for each and every one of us. In our own mind we can go back into our previous lives and deal with our previous ideas. This is very good, because it helps us to create a new reality. When we try to “cash in” on other people’s concepts, ideas, or intended growth, we interfere with our own growth. Knowledge is essential for growth.
I used to see this in grade school. I could see the ones who copied and those who didn’t. It was a different focus of preparing your homework and of learning. Ours was a rural school. There were nine different groups and the teacher divided them into rows. We could always listen to others as they tried to learn. People who do not understand their own power are the ones who lie, cheat, and steal, and this behavior is focused primarily on ideas rather than physical things. The “right and wrong” and strength of our character shows up in our behavior. I learned early on, taught by my parents too, that I wanted to learn my way. At that time there wasn’t the same support at school and the multiple tools for different levels of learning. What was taught was basically the belief of the teacher.
Before I started school, my parents were always teaching us. They showed us the difference in learning lies and learning truth. They gave us examples. You have to learn your own way. In our one-room schoolhouse copying was fairly common. This “sat on my soul,” really bothered me, then as it does now. Even then I questioned, how are they going to learn anything?
My parents encouraged me to talk about it, and they helped me to understand it. I felt very angry at a girl in my class who was copying my schoolwork. My father talked to the teacher and gave her a way, a process, to tell how to know what was truth for one student or another. He would watch and question the student. He probably learned this method when he was in the military.
We have a lot of information in our mind. If information is “new” to us, we can believe it is original to us. What matters is what we know about ourselves, our exposure to knowledge, and how we handle it. A lot of people don’t think much about the stories they tell. They tell a story as a fairy tale but identify it as knowledge, or truth. When we are taught the wrong knowledge, it interferes with all of life, including our future lives
If we’re living a life in which we lie, cheat, and steal, we don’t understand what we’re doing. These lessons will stay in our reality until they’re learned. We have to learn truth and live truth.
We do have a lot of ideas that others have already learned in their own history of growth, but we also have ideas that are open to other interpretations. The mind loves creating and the mind resents lying, which has a huge impact on how we think and live. Lying to ourself is the most dramatic part of lying because it shows us we don’t know what is true within our own mind. Not understanding truth interferes with our life until death. This is one of the reasons that “life until death” concept is so prevalent in our world. We have to learn to please ourself first. If we don’t know love, we don’t understand our own responsibility to learn. We’re always dealing with the challenges we create(d). This is why it is important to discover self and the poetry of life.
Talking to someone who hasn’t discovered self becomes a burden. The language itself becomes a burden because we are always struggling to present what is in our mind in the right way. We are always trying to present knowledge to our own mind. This is why knowledge is critical for our own growth.
The secret is many times liars don’t usually recognize they are lying, even if others recognize the lies. When we recognize that someone is lying, we feel uncomfortable. People who are talking to someone who is lying may not recognize why they feel uncomfortable. This is why we do not need to run from our feelings; we need to learn from them. This is how we discover self. When something is uncomfortable for us, there is a reason. We have to look at our own soul. We may have a belief that is not truth which we do not want to acknowledge to ourself or to others. Lying can dissipate friendships and deny other connections between people, because we are denying our soul and spirit and therefore the internal power of love within us and within others as part of our inherent Spiritual design of Ethical Values. That is our evolving consciousness.