There is a difference between reality and truth. Reality is what we imagine life is, truth is what life actually is. Every time something happens we imagine what it means and weave it into the story of our lives. Let’s examine this- first there are the facts- perhaps a telephone call was made and there was no answer. Then there is the attempt to decide what it means that the telephone was not answered. Figuring out what something means is pure imagination. Reality is created from imaginings while the Truth is created from simple facts with no interpretation.
What you know to be the truth about you does not need to be interpreted. To say I have a heart of service could be interpreted that you a good person. But it really it is only a statement that acknowledges that you have a heart of service. To say- I love people could be interpreted that you are spiritual. But in truth it simply means that you love people. One is truth and the other an imagination of meaning. This could also be reversed. I was angry, therefore, I am a bad person. I told a lie, therefore, I am not spiritual. Accepting what is without trying to connect it to another concept leads to freedom of mind.
When we take a journey into the dark (of interpretation) to find the light of truth…we are attempting to find the thing itself not our stories about it. So as we take the journey of the Metta (loving kindness) we will need to work our way past the interpretations and stories about appearances into the truth of each statement.
May all beings have-
Fresh air and water
Food to eat
A home & someone to love
A meaningful purpose
Be well and happy
And Free from Suffering
Life is not wonderful because you have thoughts and interpretations about what is happening. Although there isn’t anything wrong with having thoughts about your life-try to think about the possibility of separating fact from generalization and storytelling. Life can be wonderful when you live in the Light of Truth knowing you are sacred, compassionate, and human spirit. So, try to allow your stories to mean less and your life become more meaningful.
It is a fact that we are going to like some people and not particularly like others. This does not mean we are bad, unspiritual, or emotionally defective in some way. Not liking some people doesn’t mean anything unless we decide it means something. Remember that there is a deeply entrenched belief system about perfection. Most of us are trained into the idea that there is a certain standard by which we must live. As soon as we begin to measure ourselves against some imagined state of perfection we are creating a delusion, a fanciful measurement that will most likely find us wanting . This is not real!
Going into the dark is finding your way out of the illusions and imaginings into what is awake and true.
We are sacred because we exist. Because we are. Because we are a unique expression of Great Spirit energy. Some people would tell us that in order to be sacred we must be able to take action. But a rock is sacred and it is not taking action- it’s only being. What exists can be considered sacred. It has life- even a stone has life- it has an indwelling spirit. One of the challenges that happened for humankind was when we decided we were the only ones with an indwelling spirit. Some people have even decided that not all humans have an indwelling spirit so they can be killed or used in some way because they are not sacred.
All life is sacred and precious and a unique expression of divine creative energy of the All Spirit Beingness. Before we were born we were in the dark. There was nothing for us to do and we did not understand that we were supposed to be bored. We just existed. For most of us- our experience with our mother was that we were precious even when she could not see us or hold us. Let us go back into the dark womb of the Great Mother so that we can find the Light. There is nothing to do there. There are no questions to ask.