DELUDE YOURSELF INTO TRUTH
Using what you already know
So often we don’t want to believe what is true. We would rather believe untruths that feel bad, then truths that feel good. We like to hold onto stories that create distress for us rather than generate stories that create a sense of inner peace. When I speak of the word truth what I am pointing to is the ultimate source of goodness from which all, include us, arises. Truth accepts all as it is. Truth is vey different than rightness. Rightness has to do with human preferences and judgment. Truth sees no right or wrong, but rather the pure perfection that is all.
You may ask why it is that we don’t want to see the pure perfection that is all? Well because we have preferences of how we think or want life to be, mostly our life. So we forego truth and find ourselves in a world of right & wrong, good & bad, confusion, judgment, lack, separation and polarity. That is the world of untruth, of which we have deluded ourselves into believing as the truth. We have done such a fantastic job at deluding ourselves into untruth (mostly unbeknownst to ourselves) that all the conflict, confusion, lack and separation feels very real to us. It feels like the truth. Like the reality. We are very convinced of it.
It can be challenging to dismantle our thoroughly deluded beliefs in untruth because they seem so real and like all we’ve ever known. Rather than attempting to change every stinking untrue belief you have, which is a lot by the way, the best way I’ve found through is to continue the strategy of delusion, but use it for truth instead. This may seem a little crazy at first, but I assure you it’s the surprisingly sane route and will get you more of what you actually want in this life rather than what you think you want. You may wonder how you might exactly go about deluding yourself into truth. Well you are already kind of a master of this, it’s simply that you are using your skills in a slightly different way. First simply recognize that everything you see, think, feel, or sense is based on some belief that you have, some meaning you’ve given to your experience, whether or not you are aware of it or not. All interpretation and meaning is based in belief. If you are perceptive you can begin to see that you are creating this entire experience of what you call reality. Reality isn’t out there somewhere in some physical object over there. Reality is in your head, well not literally in your head, but inside your psyche, inside your beliefs. When you realize this, like really get it, then you can see that you and you alone get to delude yourself with truth or untruth. The power is in your hands, or better said your mind.
Following what feels good
Now some of you may still be a bit confused about what is truth and what is untruth. Truth is the perfect acceptance of exactly what is. Untruth is all the stories, meanings, and interpretations we create about what is. One of the ways to discern this more and more for yourself is choosing to believe what feels better. Say for example you are presented with a situation. Let’s say you unexpectedly got fired from your job or you lost your entire business overnight. Pick whatever is most applicable for you. For most people this would be hard to accept. I know very people, who if presented with this situation, would have no thought about it and would joyfully go about their day, that is unless they were ready to quit their job or let go of their business. The reason for this is that we have umpteen-million things we think this means for us. Maybe it’s a loss of financial support so we wonder how we will eat or pay bills, maybe it’s a loss of purpose so we wonder why we even exist, maybe is a sense of betrayal from the universe and we wonder if God even cares about us, maybe it’s loss of connection with others and we feel all alone now, and on and on and on. None of these thoughts feel good. In fact they all feel really, really bad.
Many of you have heard me say this, but one of the beliefs I choose to live by is that if things feel good they are closer to the truth than things that feel bad. Said another way if things feel bad they are less true than things that feel good. In the above example believing that losing our job/business overnight means we won’t eat, pay our bills, have purpose, are alone and that God doesn’t care, are all less true than what would feel good to believe. What would feel good to believe is that we will be able to eat abundantly, pay our bills, that we are on purpose, that God does care, and that we are more connected than ever before. This is closer to the actual truth, but this is hard for us to believe because of how we’ve either been conditioned or conditioned ourselves. So you see this is where delusion comes into the picture. We must delude ourselves into the truth, and I promise you it will feel like delusion to your mind even though it is more true. It is quite the seeming paradox. Your mind most likely will not want to believe what feels better to believe, but with some persistence you can get your mind to do so, because after all you are the one in charge of your mind, nothing and no-one else is.
This is a really fun game to play with yourself. It will also radically change your experience of life. Life will become less and less of a bummer because you will less and less be perceiving things in ways that feel bad. You will create more and more of what you actually want, which is simply to feel good. We think we want all the stuff, the house, the kids, the cars, the friends, the relationships, the businesses, the travel, the purposes, but what it all boils down to is that we want to feel good. When you feel good you radiate. You are naturally and effortlessly of service. There is nothing in particular you have to do to fulfill your purpose. You are your purpose. This is to live truth. Truth feels good.
Dr. Amanda Love, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado