Nothing But the Truth!
Not only is beauty in the eye of the beholder, but so also is
ugliness; and this simple truth is a timeless fact that those who fear
self-knowledge fail to see. The Wise understand that Truth is
always beautiful, even when it is hard to look at sometimes.
Better to pursue the promise of Truth for one's whole life, than
to catch a lie and learn to live with it.
Don't be afraid to let the truth strike you.
What does this mean?
Whether in simple truths like the ones you're about to read, or
in a moment of great personal crisis, don't fear what life is
trying to show you about itself and about you. Welcome it!
Yes! Don't resist anything that threatens to pull the rug out
from under your feet. Welcome it!
Why? Try to see the wisdom in this. We should be thankful to
find out that we are standing in the wrong place!
One example of standing in the "wrong place" is depending upon
the undependable within ourselves or others. Then, when the
reality of our shaky situation suddenly springs up before
our disbelieving eyes and we start to take the fall we
get angry, blame-filled, or depressed... which is yet another
wrong place to stand, guaranteed to lead to another fall.
The point is that we live in a constant struggle to keep
everything at arm's length that doesn't fit into what we
think life is supposed to be about.
That's why I say you mustn't be afraid to let the truth strike
you. It is not dealing the blow that you think it is dealing.
Truth always heals, even though it may hurt at first.
Allow me to ask you: What do you see when you look out on the
world you've made?
Can you see that there is beauty, that there is such a thing as
unconditional love, as true compassion?
You see that these wondrous things exist all around you, and then
you look at the world you've made -- what do you see there?
You must not turn away from the canvas that is your
consciousness, although that's what we want to do. The first
thing we want to do is convince ourselves that there is
some missing color, something else that we're going to do
to that ugliness before us that's going to somehow
transform it so that when we look at it we won't feel the pain,
the emptiness, or loneliness.
Every man, woman, and even child, at a certain age, looks out
and says, "I don't like the world I've made for myself.
Look at me. I'm so many years old, I've got this many things,
I've got so many plans, but no matter how much I add to the
canvas of my life, it doesn't change what I
see." Of course it doesn't change. It can't. Here's why.
The world that you look out on -- and so often see all turned
upside down -- that world is within you.
That person who you don't like running into, that strained
relationship in any unwanted moment, is not outside of you.
The reason that you can't get along with other people has nothing
to do with the other people.
Sure, they're rude. Sure, they're cruel, spiritually asleep,
aggressive, all those things - but so are you.
Your feelings about the world you see, with all of its confusing
colors and schemes, are all reflections of your own internal life.
You meet and see yourself wherever you go. Nothing else. And
that's such an important lesson.
Can you handle looking at the world that you've made? Will you
let it strike you? As the truth of your finding strikes home, so will its
This writing is about how Truth can transform and heal what you
perceive to be wrong with your life as long as you're willing to face it.
-- Guy Finley, http://www.guyfinley.com
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