Truth: How can we know what is true?
Blog by Paul Temple
Greetings – Paul Temple here from the Diamond Light Network. This blog is part of our series about activating the human heart and the next step in human evolution.
I will start with a quick reminder about the basic premise of the Diamond Light Network, which is that we invite people to consider the possibility that the human heart is one of the most important and powerful resources available to humanity in this time – and it is possible that the next step in human evolution involves a critical mass of people activating their heart centers so as to raise the collective consciousness of humanity. This would provide a much greater possibility of resolving the many problems facing humanity in this time by creating a more peaceful, collaborative and enlightened civilization.
When I speak of the heart I do not mean the physical heart, nor the heart chakra. I am talking about the place that is the center of love, truth, courage and spiritual connection that we sense in the middle of our chest. It is the center of our energy body and the seat of the soul. Much of what we need to do is simply remember that the heart is real and powerful – and the source of our spiritual awareness.
So this blog is about “truth” as it relates to the heart center.
A friend recently asked “How can we discern what is true amongst today’s kaleidoscope of mis-information, fake news, political trolling, conspiracy theories and biased media?” How can we know the truth?
As said above, I believe the heart – as we speak of it – is the center of love, courage, spiritual connection – AND TRUTH! One of the skills people can develop as they activate their heart center is to more easily sense, or feel, or perceive truth – meaning one is better able to discern truth from falsity, distortion and illusion by contemplating in the heart center.
Our language is not good at articulating this activity of “feeling” truth. While Isense it as a type of “feeling’ – this is different than “feeling” emotion, or the tactile “feeling” of hot or cold. This type of “feeling” is sensing the quality of subtle energy. It is an intuitive sense that provides insight into the intention and integrity of an energy stream.
Learning to feel or differentiate truth is one of the “evolutionary skills” I believe humans inherently possess — but these skills are not recognized or developed in our culture. Other evolutionary skills include clairvoyance, telepathy and other forms of intuitive sensitivity. I call these “evolutionary skills” because I believe that developing these traits are part of the next phase of human evolution. By learning these skills and activating the heart center to its full potential we can become a more sensitive, knowledgeable and “enlightened” species of beings. There is more about this next step in human evolution in my other blogs and on www.DiamondLightNetwork.com.
So as we develop these evolutionary heart skills, we can begin to better differentiate between truth and illusion. It is important to note that this intuitive ability to perceive truth – and to discern truth from falsity – is actually the foundation of our trial by jury system. Long ago there were judges and jurists who recognized that the ONLY way to give a fair trial and determine what is “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” – is to have a jury of twelve peers use their skills of discernment to determine truth and justice – guilt or innocence – even in situations involving sentences of life or death.
This is a big statement about our ability to discern truth. I have sat on a jury and felt the weight of this responsibility. It calls the heart to truth. Our hearts recognize the importance of truth and justice in our topsy-turvy world and it is important to remember that a mainstay of our justice system is based on this ability of people to perceive truth.
But getting back to the conversation about perceiving truth in today’s social and political turbulence, the question brought me to recall the truths invoked in the US Declaration of Independence in which the founding fathers said:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, and among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
In speaking these words I feel the deep truth and higher alignment in them – and I wonder – how did the writers recognize the “self-evidence” of these truths amongst the chaos of their world? How did they perceive this lofty vision of a government free from the tyranny of Kings?
I suspect it is because they were men of great heart – and through the power and connection in their hearts, they were given a vision of a new form of governance to resolve the many challenges of their day. They took the courage to speak this truth to tyrannical power – and to inspire the hearts of others to risk their lives to pursue this vision of independence and freedom. This is an important reminder of the power of these heart skills – the power of vision, truth and courage – to bring forth positive change in times of chaos.
The more we connect with and activate the heart center, the more we are able to discern truth from illusion, falsity and distortion. The heart is our moral compass. It is like a gyroscope at the center of our being that keeps us balanced, connected and centered in truth, in love, in courage and other heart-centered qualities.
I find that when one’s sense of truth comes from the heart that there is less need to argue, to be right, or to make other people wrong. As the poet Rumi says, “Out beyond ideas of wrong and right, there is a field. I will meet you there”. This is the field of the heart space.
This is not to say that the heart tolerates injustice or abuse. This is where courage arises. The courage to speak truth to power, to act against injustice – this is also an important quality of the heart.
When the heart is awake, we can know in our heart what is true. We can feel it — in our heart. And beyond trying to decipher the relative truth of whether someone is lying or not – there is a greater truth which comes through the heart – the truth that is beyond the complexity of human affairs.
This is the truth that inspires courageous action, the truth that gives hope, the truth of divine awakening. This is the greater truth that we can also feel in our hearts.
The Buddhist teachings differentiate “relative truth” from “absolute truth”. Within the kaleidoscope of earthly human consciousness there are many varieties of relative truth.
My understanding is that absolute truth – the vast truth of the multi-dimensional universe — cannot be comprehended by human awareness. But we can get tastes and glimmers through the portal of the heart. We can connect with quantum consciousness and our own higher awareness through the heart center.
Many of us have had epiphany moments looking at the stars, or standing on a mountain or listening to music. These moments of beauty and connection with nature open our hearts so we remember the greater truth, the vastness of the universe and our connection to it. Time stands still so we can experience the immensity of the present in our heart.
This is the truth the poet Keats speaks to in his famous lines:
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,
That is all we know on earth,
And all we need to know.”
However, we always need to be cautious and humble in our discernment of truth. It is VERY difficult to separate subjective opinion, perception and experience from real truth. It is way too easy to lock into the lens of our perceptual belief system and declare it as truth over all others. We see this in the world everyday – and throughout history.
As a balance I offer this modification of a Biblical extract, replacing the word “Love” for “Truth” in this wonderful piece from Corinthians:
Truth is patient, truth is kind
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking.
Truth is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Truth does not delight in evil
But rejoices with justice and love.
It always protects, always trusts,
Always hopes, always perseveres.
Truth never fails.
In conclusion, it is not difficult to connect with your heart center. It is there waiting to be connected with. So if you are feeling lost and overwhelmed by the chaotic kaleidoscope of mis-information, fake news, political trolling, conspiracy theories and biased media – you can simply bring your hands to your heart and breathe into the pearl of light therein. Take a moment to connect with your heart, to remember the centering balance you heart can provide. This is the real truth. This is the voice that can guide you. This is all we need to know.