I used to think living my truth was taking a tough stance.
The experience is nothing like what I thought. There is a toughness to it, but it’s actually about releasing all blocks to the heart and feeling raw, exposed but strong and real in the process.
And since it’s an exponential experience, linear words can’t capture it.
Here’s me trying to capture it: it’s like jumping into freezing water in Norway in winter and then getting out in the cold air, but feeling free, vulnerable and stronger all at once.
It’s a freeing exponential contradiction of sorts.
I wish there were a formula. It’s seems more like a practice. Truth is won moment by moment by the one who chooses for a second to put aside his/her ego and do, say, create something real.
Why put aside ego and what is ego? Ego is anything that isn’t truth and that doesn’t originate from the heart. It was used to help us function in groups, help us measure ourselves (the microcosm) within the macrocosm. Sure you can have an ego, we all do. But it’s good to move beyond the limits of the ego and break through the pain body (see Eckhart Tolle for this awesome tidbit.)
It’s always good if we can point to living examples of truth. But honestly most people are so washed up in opinion, anger, fear, shame, jealousy, arrogance, false humility, that it’s hard to point to many steadfast examples.
So there you have it. No instruction book or five easy steps in this post. Truth is hard won. If you can experience it for a moment or two a day and then learn how to experience it more and more throughout the day, that is a true gift to the world.
Here’s a hint: Since truth resonates at a similar vibration to love according to writer, friend and truth teller Jen Ward, look for truth in kindness and those attributes that are somehow related to love.
I wish you passionate service and great abundance in 2017. May it be a year of kindness, compassion, and truth telling to yourself first and then to those all around you in nature, the animal kingdom and even people.
Brave the wilderness of the heartfelt moment and experience truth so that your thoughts and actions provide a bridge for the person next to you to do the same.
Much love, truth and kindness, – Therese