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Friday Inspiration - 28 November 2008
By Melissa Bult

What is Truth?
The theme of honesty and truth seems to be really prevalent in my life right now so I decided to contemplate this topic.  And today’s inspiration is the result of what I came up with.
In the last couple of weeks a couple of my friends have decided to get ‘honest’ with me about how they were feeling.  In this honesty I received a great many gifts but I was disappointed that I did not receive the information earlier and therefore could not make changes which would have benefited the relationship.  We are often afraid to get honest with people because we are worried that they might get hysterical or not like us anymore.  We also tell ourselves that we cannot tell others the truth because we might ‘hurt’ them, but often in not telling the truth we hurt them more. 
What is the truth anyway?  This is a question I have been asking myself.  We all have our own maps of the world by which we operate.  These maps are based on our ideas, beliefs and past experiences.  But the map is not the territory and therefore is not a true reality.  We will express our truth based on our map of the world.  Your map is not the same as someone else’s and this is important to understand.  People will share their good advice and ‘truth’ with you all the time but you must understand that they are sharing from their understanding and you are receiving via your understanding.
When people are being ‘honest’ with you it can be a very powerful and healing experience but it can also be a distorted experience.  We need to own the fact that we have our own agendas and our own views based on our life experience.  Five people can witness the same event and all five will tell you ‘honestly’ what happened and you can bet that each account of the event will be different in some way.
This is not ‘wrong’ or ‘right’, it just is.  Honesty is very important and it is a great gift.  The truth as they say ‘will set you free’.  However the most important people we need to be honest with are ourselves.  When we are being truly honest with ourselves we will automatically be honest with others.  Setting yourself free means that you can allow others to be free also, rather than feeling the need to ‘judge’ them or police the universe. 
Remember also that whatever you see in others that you do or do not like is a mirror reflection of yourself.  The people that have been honest with me recently about my behaviours are displaying exactly the same behaviours just in different ways.  The things that irritate us about others are the things that trigger our own insecurities.  This is why it is so important to own your own ‘stuff’.  It is not an exact science but when you really look at what you are judging in another person you will find there is something inside of you that is un-healed in that area also.  That’s why you notice it!  The Universe is very clever at giving us the opportunity to mirror each other so we can discover aspects of ourselves and heal them!
We often run from the truth, hide from the truth or distort the truth because looking at ourselves on that deeper level can be painful and we will do anything to avoid pain!  However as long as you are dodging the truth you will still be in pain, it will just be a long subtle pain rather than a quick one.  It’s like ripping off a band-aid, you can do it slowly or quickly.  The more you avoid it the more your higher self will search out relationships for you that mirror your pain and with each experience the people just get smarter and the intensity gets stronger. 
These relationships are perfect opportunities to do some healing but often we think that unless everything is going smoothly or fits our perceptions of how relationships ‘should’ be then it is a ‘bad’ relationship.  God on the other hand thinks the whole situation is great because some growth is occurring.  You can run from the truth but you can not hide! 
‘A Course in Miracles’ tells us that if you do not show your wounds then they cannot be healed.  From my own experience being honest with yourself is not an easy task but it is very rewarding and will indeed set you free. 
So own your truth but understand that your truth is not the same as another’s. Be willing to know new aspects of truth as they are revealed to you and release your tight hold on your ideas and beliefs so that you can come with an open mind and an open heart to any relationship or situation for the highest good. 
Quotes on Truth:
The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off. – Gloria Steinem
Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult. – George Eliot
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. – Galileo
Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true. – Demosthenes
Truth springs from argument amongst friends. – David Hume
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. – Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Have an amazing weekend!  May your light shine brightly.
All my love
Melissa x

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