In this moment
This article is going to discuss two very dangerous words.
The two words? Truth and True.
The word truth is a noun meaning factual, real, undeniable. It’s too often applied to judgmental beliefs that proponents wield to cause division. Truth is a weapon used to hit others over the head. It’s a cocked gun pointing at the opposition.
Christ said, ‘The truth shall set you free’. But most of the truths humans promote set no one free. Truth burns witches, generates racial inequality, permits genocide, oppresses minorities and justifies holy wars.
Truth is a rallying word. A trumpet call to violence. A fight to the death.
It shouldn’t be. But it is. The word truth has been ruined by misuse.
We’ve lost sight of the truth that sets us — all of us — free.
The word true is an adjective. It describes something that is correct, accurate, genuine.
In his letter to his friends in the town of Philippi in Greece, Paul the Apostle wrote:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever thing are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things . . . and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:8–9)
The implication is that things that are true bring peace.
But, historically, what we thought was true hasn’t brought us much peace. It’s brought us the same things truth has — misery.
Mindfulness and Truth and True
So, where can we find the truth that sets us free and true things that bring peace?
Only in one place: Now.
Usually, we’re in our heads, busily superimposing thoughts we’ve collected over the years, come to believe, and labelled as Truth or True.
These beliefs obscure the clarity and beauty of truth and true that are only available when we inhabit the present moment.
The truth, and what is true, arise in the moment. If we want to have them, that’s where we need to look for them.
The present moment — the now — holds all the truth that that moment requires.
The things you long for like freedom and peace, truth and true, abide in you. They are an integral part of your essential nature, available when you allow them to emerge.
These things are yours. They’ve always been yours and will always be yours.
Uncover them. Let them out into the world.
The world needs more freedom and peace, more truth and true, right now.
In this moment.
With love, Marlane
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First published on Medium.com/Illumination