When one looks at the world today, one cannot help but notice that there are very few people living in the truth. We can blame it on the politicians, but the politicians reflect the population. Living in the truth doesn’t mean one has to be enlightened. It’s more about living in integrity with the best one can in terms of an inner truth. The more one meditates and are lived by the Six Foundations and Sevenfold Peace, the more one becomes in touch with the inner truth. It is just what happens. Living in the truth, which is not about any ideas, concepts, religion or belief systems, is something that is prior to all that. In essence, it is to live as the flow of the Divine. The closest single teaching that comes close to this is perhaps the flow of the Tao.
One cannot do that until one has that inner connection with that inner flow, otherwise it’s just a theory. Although, when one is living the experience of the inner truth through the process of meditation and prayer as well as the six foundations that is only part of the story. When one has access to the inner truth and there is power of authenticity and holiness in one’s actions, this begins to emerge. This does not mean that one does not make mistakes, for this is not the point. The truth doesn’t necessarily mean one is always right on the outer plane. The truth is living in the way that all actions bring sanctification to the world and to oneself. It’s a form of consciousness and of holiness. It’s the reflection of the soul and of the truth into our plane of outer actions and that is about living the truth.
Living as a sanctification of the world takes more than a little conscious effort. It means truly questioning oneself, not obsessively, but asking the questions, “what am I doing?” “Am I living in the authenticity and sanctification of the deeper truth?” When one is eating, is it in authenticity? When one is walking around in daily tasks, is it in authenticity? This is not quite the same as the witness state of observation. It is living in the flow of the moment, because one is connected to it. In that way, it comes closest to the Tao, which is based on direct knowing and, in essence, being one with the Divine will as it flows through us. It’s living in surrender to that Divine truth in alignment with all of creation This is the sanctified way of living which is different than morality and ethics; as both are culturally derived according to the political corrections of particular time periods. It could pertain to the teachings of this time period or of the last decade. Living as a blessing and sanctification of the world is based on the inner truth that of which is from the beginning of creation. It is being in alignment with the essence of who we are in relationship to the flow of creation. Again, conscious work, awareness and sensitivity are necessary.
There was a famous rabbi in the late 17th century/ early 1800’s known as the Kotzker Rabbi. He didn’t write any books but the message is captured in a book of his teaching called, “Nothing but the Truth”. Although he was a great inspirational teacher, he was somewhat withdrawn from the world and was aware of the cognitive dissonance between the perennial spiritual truth and cultural and political correctness of his time (1787-1859). He chose to live in the truth which resulted in him withdrawing from public light and essentially living in his room for the last 20 years of his life. Anyone who was really involved with a spiritual practice with him was forced to look at every action and question, if it was really the expression of truthful integrity. This is a very big challenge. It is key to practice of the spiritual path today as well since we are persistently being confronted with cognitive dissonance between our mind control, temporary culturally derived political correctness and living in the perennial spiritual truth, being guided by out meditative and expressions of our inner truth. This isn’t an intellectual pursuit but rather a way of being that comes from and is guided by our inner truth of our activated inner awareness. At the same time, not having awareness is not an excuse for not living in the truth to the best of one’s ability. It is a bit of a paradox.
In the world today, where much of the world is not able to hold this level of understanding and sanctified action, one has to be very thoughtful. It can be difficult to stay in integrity because not everyone is playing the same game. It involves learning to appropriately interface with the world. It involves living in settings where support is available and to be living in the truth without all of our pretenses. Possibly, the most clear guidelines for this is to examine our actions, discerning if it is aligned with our inner awareness of the truth, with morals, ethics and spiritual teaching including those of the last 6,000 years and of great scriptures. This provides us with a rudder. Without this level of rudder, we can make up whatever we want as cultural rational and political correctness. This is what we are experiencing today with many people getting both self-righteously abusive and intolerant.
Living in the cosmic alignment of the Tao cannot be simply morals and ethics we pull out of thin air to express our current view of political correctness. It is necessary that it be experienced as something more eternal rather than current humanistic intellectual constructs that link the inner flow to the personal connections to the way of God unfolding. It is quite subtle. It is not overtly obvious but it’s heroic spiritual effort to try to live the truth in manner of blessing and sanctification of the world. May everybody be blessed that we are able to have the strength to live in the cosmic spiritual truth in every moment. Amen.