This is the question many of us who consider ourselves seekers ask. We’ve been asking it for some time, perhaps. We’ve searched high and low for the elusive answer, and have, at times, thought we found it, the answer, only to have that layer of the onion peeled away like all the others. I used to think there was some “objective” answer out there, somewhere. Objective being an answer that was accurate for all circumstances, transcending the personal point of view. I even spent twenty years learning, applying, and teaching a particular answer, all the time living in the belief that it was “The Truth”.
Although I still consider those years well spent, I’ve returned to square one with a whole new perspective. That perspective, however, is not the answer, but the same question at another level. My current take is there is no other answer but my own personal answer. There is no Truth, capital T. There is only me, experiencing.
When I realize my “Truth” is a mental model, a tool, I release my judgement of the “Truth” of others, and lose my attachment to the need to be “right”. Although this too is a mental model, it at least has the latitude to allow for the existence of other truths, lower case “t”. Just imagine how our society would be if we all could actually do this, respect and acknowledge each person’s truth as being as valid as ours, without conditions, or limits. Imagine what this would do to legislated morality. And this is just the proverbial frosting.
The most important thing such a shift in consciousness brings, in my opinion, is the placement of attention on the understanding that the most important truth is my own personal truth, my own light, or the lack thereof. When I move to this point of view, I am released from the burden of being concerned about the opinion of others.
Each new level of realization, however, brings with it a new level of challenge. So, now that I’ve realized the most important opinion I can experience is my own, I have to have one. Up to this point, I may have been so focused on the opinions of others, I may have neglected to form my own.
Suddenly I am thrust out of the illusion of certainty in to the abyss of incertitude. Am I ready for such responsibility? I’ve been blaming outside forces all my life. Now I discover that everything is really what it seems to be, for what “seems” is generated from my personal beliefs, and what I choose to filter into my consciousness through my perceptions. This interaction between my beliefs and what incoming data I choose to make important, forms my experience, my personal truth.
If I consider my beliefs to be nothing more than habitual thought patterns operating below the level of my surface awareness, and my perceptual patterns to be learned habitual responses or reactions, I have in my hands the raw material for intentional reality creation.
It may not necessarily be easy to install new beliefs, or unlearn conditioned responses, but it is possible. Even the idea that it’s not easy is a belief. Maybe things don’t need to be as difficult as we make them out to be.
Anyway, the important first step is to make our personal experience, our personal perceptions and opinions, first priority. This doesn’t mean that everyone else is “wrong”, but stresses the importance of intentionally formulating our own point of view and placing primary value there. If it is really true that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, that we are all equally creators, then the only true guiding light we will ever find is within us.