What is the Truth?

Oh Goodness, what a can of worms!

Does 2 + 2 always equal 4?  Eh…let’s not talk about math.  Even if it may be vaguely related to the Truth, it’s not exactly what I specialize in.

However – experience!  There’s something I know about. What kind of experience?  Personal experience!  The best kind, indeed.

Someone once said, “Experience is the mother of all wisdom.”    Perhaps wisdom is related to the Truth.  If one has experience and gains wisdom, then that wisdom manifest itself in behavioral change. Wyatt Woodsmall actually insists that learning is behavioral change.  If whatever you are so-called “learning” doesn’t produce a behavioral change, then there is little learning taking place.  Just so, thousands of doctors, family, and friends could tell you that drinking soda is unhealthy, but you still might not make a change.  So even if people might be “educating” you, if it’s ineffective and not producing behavioral change, then you aren’t really learning anything.  However, if you drink seven sodas a day for a year and notice symptoms of sluggishness, headaches, and obesity, maybe then – and possibly only then – will your gain wisdom from your experience and finally make that behavioral change for the Greater Good!  (Side-note: “Water is the only drink for a wise man.” – Thoreau)

It is one thing to read about an idea in a book, and it’s quite another to put that idea into practice and start living it.  Last night, as I prepared to sell some clothes on eBay, I took a picture of a hoodie that says on the emblem on the lower back, “Practice what u preach.”  At the top of the emblem it says the words, “Guilty as fuck.”

Go figure!  Very rarely do any of us practice what we preach and live congruently with the words, values, and beliefs that we spout so freely.  It is very easy to say one thing and yet do another.  Especially if one hasn’t learned the wisdom through direct experience, making positive change for the Greater Good is a rare feat.  Sometimes positive change only results from extreme amounts of pain, and that’s when experiences finally teaches us our wisdom.

Alas, the Truth!

Smile.  Whatever the Truth is, I’m pretty sure smiling is somehow connected to it.

Jesus said, “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.”  Or at least, those are words found in some Bible, somewhere, presumably.  Tricky business is writing about the Truth.  Every word (nearly) is subject to scrutiny!

Whatever the Truth is, I imagine it yields an overall sense of Goodness, or as Jesus calls it, Freedom.

At this very moment, if you’re feeling Good and Free, maybe even Light and Loving, then hey – you might be well on the way to the Truth!  Assuming the Truth yields Goodness might be a stretch, but I’m going with it based on personal experience, which as I discovered, is the truest grounds for any sort of claim.

I realize now that it might make more sense to talk about truth with a lowercase T.  I think truth leaves a bit more room for openness,  and truth is something carried by each individual at all times, manifest in the form of physical action and how each of us choose to live our lives in each and every moment.  As I heard a spiritual teacher say to a student once, “You want to know what you most truly believe about reality?  Let me follow you around for a day and I’ll tell you what you believe.  Because how you live your life says more about what you believe than any words you can speak.”

Beliefs and truth, truth meaning personal truth derived from all of your life experience.  What are your beliefs?  What is your personal truth?  What do your actions say about your fundamental beliefs about reality?

Sometimes I think the journey of life is the journey of utilizing our experience, wisdom, and truth to discover the jumbo Truth.  As we experiment and explore the world, our experience offers us all kinds of truth that we can apply to our lives to improve our well-being.  Ideally, along the journey, we connect with Truth, and then perhaps we discover the Freedom (Ultimate well-being!!!) that Jesus talks about.

Freedom, Lightness, Ease, Grace, Wisdom, Goodness, Compassion, Connection, Generosity, Openness, Playfulness, Cheerfulness, Unconditional Love and Acceptance, Joy, Peace – does Truth encompass these ideas? Are these ideals for all to experience?

What are your ideals?  What would your Heaven be like?  If you were the creator of the Truth, what would you want to be the Truth?

Live as though your Heaven is real, Here & Now.  “Fake it ’til you make it.”  Pretty soon, you might discover a lot of power and peace within.  That whole “Ask & Receive” thing might not be a bunch of malarkey after all.

My truth, as learned from personal experience, is that we can have anything we can ask.  To put it another way,  the thoughts I think create the reality I experience.  Every thought is really understood as a prayer (or request) for it, so the thoughts I think internally are continuously manifesting themselves in the world externally.  This means, among other things, that it’s important to train the mind so that it can focus on what I desire most (*cough* meditation *cough*)    Best part of all of this – is that ultimately I can choose the thoughts I think, meaning I can create whatever reality I desire.  And really, that’s kind of what I’d like Heaven to be like too.  🙂

What is your Heaven?

What does it feel like to Unconditionally Love everyone and everything, exactly as exists, Here, Now, & Forever?

Questions are wonderful objects of meditation.  When the mind receives a question, it immediately begins seeking an answer.  Allowing for time and practicing patience, answers to any question will soon arrive and flow abundantly forth from the mind.

This morning, I asked the above question about feeling what it’s like to unconditionally love everyone and everything.  The question briefly transformed into, “How could I unconditionally love everyone and everything?”  and then the thought shifted to, “What do I unconditionally love?”  The answer arrived: The Christ Spirit in All; The Guru; The Highest Self.  I realized that if I am to unconditionally love everyone and everything, then I’ll have to start perceiving everyone and everything as a form that I do unconditionally love.  At this point, the feeling of unconditionally loving everyone and everything became very real, and with each sensation that I perceived, whether it was the sound of footsteps, a door closing, or breath flowing in and out of the body, I understood it as the Christ Spirit being its radiant self.  With the eyes closed, white light abounded from all corners of consciousness.

What do you unconditionally love?  Who do you unconditionally love?  How can you see that person or that object in everyone and everything? Practice, practice, practice 🙂

It’s been said that the purpose of meditation is to become that which you meditate on.  As far as I’ve experienced, unconditionally loving is one of the greatest feelings in the world, and experiencing that more often by spending 20 minutes a day in meditation on it seems like a worthy investment.  What feeling would you like to experience more abundantly?

Last night at a Unity Church, before beginning a Oneness Meditation, a new friend reminded me of the wonderful truth, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”  Ask and you shall receive.

Hallelujah!

 

 

“Every Great Life has carried with it a Great Renunciation.”

What does it mean to be an exceptional human being?

Perhaps examining the lives of people history considers ‘great’ will shed some light on the matter.

Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, Gandhi, St. Francis, Thomas More, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa.  That’s a pretty solid list, right?  As far as I know, more than 50% of the people in that list ended up dying as a result of the way in which they served the Greater Good with their life’s work.  Alas, a few people on that list didn’t end up being killed for what they believed in and how they served, so maybe we don’t all need to be assassinated in order to be considered ‘great.’  Hallelujah for that 🙂

Aside from the super powerful beliefs about reality, what else do these titans of history have in common?

Clothing!  Or lack of clothing, rather.  In today’s culture, these champions of humanity might very well be shunned for their lack of style.  Just imagining these people existing in human form, I am only picturing them wearing a single piece of clothing.  I don’t really see them waking up in the morning considering what outfit they’ll wear and how well the color of their shirt matches their pants.  Do you?

Instead of waking up thinking about what clothes they’ll wear for the day, they think about their most important beliefs about reality, whether those beliefs are related to God or the equality and liberation of all people, these people did not think about clothes.  Imagine if all the energy spent thinking about clothes was instead dedicated to thinking about serving the Greater Good and becoming a better person and living a happier, more fulfilling life.  The possibilities are endless!

The question now becomes…is it worth it?  Ugh, to wear the same clothes every day.  Golly, doesn’t that sound miserable?  Hehe, actually allow me to attest from a bit of personal experience (rocked jeans, white v-neck, and blue hoodie for all but a few days of the senior year in college), it is incredibly liberating!  Clothes can create so much separation amongst people.  It feels wonderful to free oneself from the separation and the judgment of ‘others’ and simply decide to wear the same clothes every day.  We are, after all, much more than our clothes, and why should we rely on our clothes to be our creative outlet?  Instead, when we normalize our clothing choices, we allow for our magnificent minds to channel our creative capacities to more productive expressions, in love and service to the Greater Good!

Think about what’s most significant, as much as you can.  That’s what people like Mother Teresa did, and it seemed to work out a pretty well for her.  What a hero!  If only we can all bring ourselves to wear a robe like hers every day, then our ability to focus and co-create a more compassionate world would skyrocket!

Ehh, but I guess it’s time to stop ranting and start being the change I want to see in this world.  Does this mean I’ll start wearing the same clothes every day?  It just might!  And maybe I’ll hold onto a rain jacket just in case…

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When asked for his keys to success in three words, Gandhi replied, “Renounce and enjoy!”  So simple, yet so true.  What could be your great renunciation?

Edit 8/26/2013:  I encourage you wholeheartedly to try wearing the same clothes every day.  It’s absurdly liberating!  Even better, wear only one color of clothing, and allow that color to stand for you.  Every color carries with it positive connotations, so choose a color that best resonates with you.

30 Day Challenge: Hallelujah! Every 15 Minutes. And Gratitude! Breathing…

For the past year or so, I’ve been on a journey of simplifying material possessions and possibly renouncing it all.  This summer, however, afforded me the wonderful opportunity of experiencing how technology can be used for good.  I realized early on that being in possession of watch to tell time and function as an alarm clock would greatly increase my ability to serve and effectively lead some campers on a fantastic journey through space and time.  Visiting my dear friend, Amazon.com, I found a watch that seemed highly functional, and $30 and 2 days later a watch manifested itself on the physical body commonly referred to as Brad.

Little did I know that this watch not only could tell me a sometimes more practical time than “The time is NOW!” (speaking of the Now, I love you :-)), but it also carries it with an incredible function known as Hydra.  Still not exactly sure why the Hydra function exists or what it is for, nor do I care to Google it – needless to say the function has become one of my very best friend, right up there with Amazon.com and you, whichever beautiful soul of the world you might be.

The Hydra function, when activated, goes off like an alarm clock every 15 minutes without needing to be reset.  For the past 6 days, I’ve been waking up each morning and setting Hydra, and every 15 minutes I’ll hear a melodious beeping tune that serves as a reminder for me to take a three deep breathes, think about God, exclaim Hallelujah! and express some gratitude, usually for the Abundance of Goodness that is Here & Now.

It’s been a fantastic 6 days so far, and I’m pretty stoked to see what kind of wonderful transformations this function might catalyze in this experience of consciousness.  Nothing like being reminded to think about what’s most important 🙂

If you were to be reminded of something every 15 minutes, what would you want to be reminded of?  What would you choose to focus on?  What actions might you perform with that magnificent mind and body?