Wise men spend a lifetime seeking the truth. Then there are those like me who, in the name of seeking the truth, seek their own truth. There’s a big difference!
The truth I most often delude myself into thinking I’m pursuing is the truth of my being right about what I’m doing, believing, or defending. I have a great need for this truth because it affirms me. It tells me I’m right and others are wrong. I seek the truth that gives me comfort – not the pure truth. We feel we need to embrace the fabrications we make about ourselves; but thus we thwart our search for real truth. If we consider that everybody else is also seeking their own truth we might be able to see why there is so much hatred and vindictiveness in the world. When each individual is right, everyone else is wrong.
It is both humbling and discomforting to admit that we do not have the truth – that our truth is not the pure truth. We are slaves to our own truth but the pure truth sets us free. Everyone has access to this truth no matter how deeply it is buried beneath our own truths. It is the truth of the center of our being; it is the truth of life; it is the truth of forgiveness and salvation; it is the truth that God’s unconditional love sets us free. We need no other truths!
Sometimes some of the truths we fashion for ourselves are harmless, sometimes they are even necessary, but never are they absolutely essential. The only thing that’s needed is the pure spiritual truth of our inner being – our true being. All the rest are manufactured to cope with the physical being that exists between our birth and death. When we get caught up in these the pure truth of our being and our relationship with You is clouded.