A young girl shared something with me to which I replied "Wow, that's pretty interesting." She then said "You didn't know that?" - with a certain tone that insinuated that I should have known what she shared with me.
We rarely think about how it is that we believe we "know" things. A child reads a book and then recites what they learn, believing they now "know." But what if the book they are reading is incorrect? Who wrote the history book that I studied in high school? Given these past two years and seeing all the different "sides" of things, who is it that will be writing about the history of Covid, because if the "left" writes it, it will look one way and if the "right" writes it, it will look another. Whose perspective will be writing that book? And, is any perspective really truth?
It's like the same idea of witnesses to a crime all having different stories. How can five witnesses see five different things? How is that possible?
It's possible if we understand the mechanism of the mind, a certain level of consciousness, that we all live from. That mechanism is the commentary that always tells us what we are seeing and what the meaning of each and every moment is. The commentary is based on our individual past experiences, not only of this lifetime but of lifetimes.
For example, let's say that a witness to an assault incident had a past where there was a red-headed man in her life that physically harmed her. The assault incident involved a man with red hair. The woman's accounting of the incident was skewed by that past incident wherein she stated to the officer that the man with the red hair started the assault. The others said just the opposite. The commentary in her mind delivered to her what took place in that incident based on past experience. The woman, albeit unconsciously, agreed to listen and identify with that dialogue, all the while thinking that it was her own voice, her own true self that was seeing what it was seeing.
That is what is exactly what is taking place in each and every moment of our individual lives. We have this "armchair quarterback" that feeds us the meaning of what we are seeing and experiencing and what to do in each and every moment. When we live like that, its like living while looking in a rear-view mirror. Can we really see or know anything from living that way?
It is possible to see Life through a different kind of lense if we so choose - a lense that we were actually intended to see Life through. It has never been about "what took place" in any given moment. What took place, took place. The event is intended to trigger inner hidden parts of us that can be seen in no other way other than with the event taking place the way that it does.
Through this different lense, this "higher lense", we see that we are the ones that need to agree to be changed or change will never happen in this world because nothing can change by looking into a rear-view mirror.
For example, let's say that an event brings up a very strong feeling of "unfairness" in us. Instead of acting on what we believe to be "the unfairness" by complaining, blaming and taking action as we typically do and have done, we instead choose to wait and watch. We watch the commentary that is going crazy about what just took place, all the usual "old" commentary and the feelings that are attached to it, and we wait for that tornado of self to spin out so that something higher can reveal something new in that moment.
There is a certain suffering of ourselves that takes place when we agree to do that, but that suffering is a useful suffering because it is transformative. Useless suffering is when we suffer uselessly by feeding that lower mechanism in us that always believes it knows, but the "knowing" that it "knows" comes from looking in the rear view mirror.
Real truth, is always revealed in the moment when we agree to wait and watch, and is not something we can ever know ahead of time.
When we believe we know, we are dead in the water. True knowledge can only be given from a level of consciousness above our own. "Blessed are the poor in spirit" and "The meek shall inherit the earth" - for those of you who like scripture.
Remember that, and you will come to know a beautiful secret that can only be known when we agree that we truly don't know anything in and of ourselves. We can then share that beautiful secret with our children who will then have a real opportunity to truly "inherit the earth."
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But the problem is, when it comes to truth....we need to know things FOR ourselves and FROM ourselves.