Truth isn't always complicated
“You have eyes and do not see and you have ears and you do not hear, neither do you remember.”
— Mark 8:18
As we read the writings of the wise ones, the great mystics, the enlightened, one of the common threads of truth is that they have all come to the point of realization. Now I see, and it is so simple.
What is it they see, why is it so simple, and why is it they get this truth?
They claim to see the truth, or to see life as it truly is. Truth is not complicated. It is simple. Our societies, traditions and religious teachings seem to make the truth so complicated. If it is complicated, it probably isn’t true. So what is the “truth”?
A master teacher once asked his students what is it in each one of you that animates and gives life to your body? What is it that sees though your eyes? What is it that breathes through your lungs? The teacher went on to say it is the life force that runs through you, and it is the same in each one of you expressed uniquely. You are all individual emanations of source, of God.
The master continued: this life force can you touch it? Can you see it? Can you put it in a box? No. It is not physical. We can see the effects of it in the physical world, but we cannot see the thing itself. This is what you really are, and although you live in this physical world via your body, you are not physical. All else derives from this truth.
Seems simple, but very deep and profound.
Why do some people see the simple truth and others struggle in their ignorance? Are these people the chosen few? Why, and who chose them? The simple truth is they chose themselves. They chose to study, to learn, to meditate and employ the spiritual tools to awaken step by step, day by day. They chose to examine and reexamine the blinding beliefs and thought patterns that keep them in self-bondage. They simply have chosen to do this great work themselves.
Our world has kept us in ignorance, it does not teach us the truth of who we really are. Our world does not recognize the nonphysical oneness of our being. It is through our indoctrination into the experience of living in this physical world that we have forgotten who we truly are. ... and neither do you remember.
The good news is that we have a choice. Each of us can start down that path of remembrance. We can rediscover who and what we are. And when we do, there comes a peace that passes all understanding.
The world is not broken. Be in peace.
Jim Hatton is author (under the name James Apollonius Alan) of “A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life.” Send 600- to 700-word articles to Sally McKirgan at email@example.com.