“Truth” or “Perspective?”©

From a very young age I was taught things that my parents and other important people in my life told me was the “Truth” and that it was only to be found in a strict, literal reading of the Christian Bible. It seemed very comforting at the time to know that the Truth is in one place and always available when you need it.

At some point (I don’t remember when), I noticed that the Bible didn’t seem to mention our church—or any other churches in my town for that matter. Curious, I asked why there are so many churches and why they were apparently so different from each other? The answers I received (many quite different from each other) seemed a bit superficial, so I queried further regarding which ones were “the Truth.” While the answers were all over the proverbial map, they were usually followed-up with a hasty and insistent “But we don’t believe that.” When I asked, “Why?” the answers were almost always “It’s (presumably) in the Bible,”—as explained in my Sunday School classes and the pastor of my church. But sometimes no one could show me where in the Bible it was written. In other words, “Because I say so!”

By my mid-teens, I had worked my way through the various ranks of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and ultimately Explorer Scouts. After finishing the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout, I began working toward the God and Country Award, which in later years I characterized as “learning what you are supposed to believe” from the perspective of one’s own religion. For my own curiosity, I had started the daunting task of reading the entire Bible (not a requirement). What I read in numerous places frankly blew my little mind. I read things I had never heard of before and I read things that seemed patently not in line with what I was taught either in Sunday School or from the pulpit.

One day in a meeting with the pastor of my church, I asked about what Jesus said in John 10:34 (“Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?”—referencing Psalm 82). His response was, “Well, we don’t believe that.” I was dumbfounded. For years this very fine gentleman had prescribed “the Truth” because it was written right there in the New Testament. And now the person I respected and trusted told me, “We don’t believe that.” This incident didn’t start my search for “the Truth,” but it certainly poured gasoline on the fire. My subsequent search for “the Truth” became a passion at that point. This was long before I discovered the existence of comparative scriptural studies, the history of western civilization and eastern philosophy classes, comparative religion, spirituality, metaphysics, quantum physics, and other influences that only fueled that passion further. These influences eventually coalesced into what I labeled as “my Truth.” But was it “the Truth?”

Over the years (decades actually), the definition of “my Truth” expanded, morphed, and occasionally accommodated new perspectives from a variety of religious and secular sources from what I now more broadly refer to as the ancient wisdoms and modern science—hence the byline on my website and for the classes I teach: “From the Ancient Wisdoms to Quantum Physics, it’s ALL about the Energy!” And in that process, the litmus test for inclusion and/or accommodation into “my Truth” became, “Wisdom is where you find it. It doesn’t matter who said it or where it was written, only whether it helps you to grow, to become a better version of yourself.”

And then one day (nearly twenty years ago), I came across the teachings of Maitreya (channeled by Margaret McElroy). As I read more and more of Maitreya’s newsletters and conversed with him through Margaret’s channeling, I noticed that he quite frequently wrote and spoke about “Truth”—in over 40 of his newsletters. For example:

•  “The [Lower] Self sees itself as perfect. It will argue with you to preserve its own truth. It can never see a positive outcome of any situation! The list is endless of what the Self will do to reign supreme. And what of the Higher Self, what does that do? It does nothing! Absolutely nothing! It does not have to justify itself because it knows God knows its own truth is correct. It can stand in front of God and know it is telling the truth.” ~ Maitreya (Newsletter #113, February 26, 2004)

•  “Discernment means that you have an open heart to accept everyone and everything as it is, without judgment and criticism. With discernment, you understand that everyone is entitled to have their own truth; everyone has chosen their own path to learn their life lessons, and to attain their own spiritual growth.” ~ Maitreya (Wisdom Card #22)

•  “The first step in becoming spiritual is to speak your truth to others even when you know they will not like what you have to say.” ~ Maitreya (Newsletter #149, February 26, 2004)

In my early studies of Maitreya, I had some problems with the phrase, “entitled to have their own truth.” And then one day I found it. There is one Truth! It’s the one we all realize when we reach that level of understanding.

•  “I have said before, every soul has their own TRUTH, but when one leaves the lower levels of consciousness behind and rises through their own work to the higher levels of consciousness, especially to their merging with a Master’s energy, then all those souls see the SAME truth! There is no more illusion, for only the Self sees and seeks illusion! The Higher Self can only see the TRUTH and there is only ONE TRUTH when one reaches the higher levels of vibration. When these levels are reached one does not need modalities of knowledge, one has ALL knowledge, one has no need for the trappings of the Earth plane. Oh yes, one needs still to live, but nothing means anything anymore, there is no need for anything and one is at peace!” ~ Maitreya (Newsletter #99, February 26, 2004)

Until we all reach that level of understanding, we are left with our own “Truth,” which is okay; it is what it is and there is nothing any of us can do about it except strive to become the best version of ourselves we can imagine moment-to-moment, day-by-day. That “Truth” that is unique to each of us is good if we are consciously trying to better ourselves. But we can’t afford to stop our own spiritual progress by insisting that “my Truth” is right for anyone else.

Indeed, “my Truth” has changed many times during my lifetime, and I sincerely hope it continues to change as I consciously try to grow—to become a better version of myself—one step at a time. If it does, then I am making progress. If not? Well, that is a choice, the consequences of which will help to guide me toward a more constructive approach to life—if I allow it. But it is my choice.

•  “There are no rights; there are no wrongs—only what resonates with you. It is your choice.” ~ (The Essence of Maitreya’s Teachings)

But you know, I’m now thinking that this business of “Truth” is far over-rated. I (and everyone else) will “get there” (understand it) when we are vibrationally ready and not before. And until then, I am entitled to “my Truth.” But I know it really isn’t “Truth” at all. The word, “Truth” has such a definite, finite, and end-state connotation to it that it really doesn’t (can’t in my mind) describe the reality of the situation. Rather, I’m now thinking that I should just call it “my Current Perspective.” I know (I certainly hope!) that it will change, a sign that I am not stuck in the comfort zone of “my Truth.” I look forward to understanding “the Truth.” Until then, I have work to do: me. That is my Current Perspective.

The word, “Perspective” signifies an approach, a point of view or a particular way of considering something, which then becomes the basis for a feeling or opinion about that thing or person. When Maitreya says that “every soul has their own truth,” he is really talking about how we—as individuals—approach or view people, things, and events in our lives which then invites an opinion—all too often a judgment—as I have addressed before in my blogs (see “Judgment!”, “Opinion vs. Judgment”, and “More on Opinion Versus Judgment)”—and that’s a potential problem to be aware of.

•  “What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” ~ Mark Twain (1835-1910; pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens; American humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit)

“My Perspective” seems to me a much more accurate phrase and far less limiting—much more open, willing to change—than does “my Truth.” Adding the word, “Current” (now; at the present time) to “Perspective” formally acknowledges the temporary state of affairs for one who is consciously trying to grow into a better version of themselves (Conscious Living). I personally like that and I Choose to” carefully use the words I speak and write about this in the future. What is your current perspective?

Have a great month!

Dennis
www.DennisDossett.com