We may often find ourselves saying – “…but the truth of the matter is…” or “…let me tell you the real truth about this…”. The subject of truth has often comes up in discussion during the various twitter chats in our #SpiritChat discussions. It may be hard to define what truth really is, because it may be a personal definition for many. The Wikipedia page on truth begins with…
Truth has a variety of meanings, such as the state of being in accord with fact or reality. It can also mean having fidelity to an original or to a standard or ideal. In a common usage, it also means constancy or sincerity in action or character.
Another aspect of truth is that we may often (incorrectly?) use it interchangeably with belief. We did talk about beliefs in a past twitter chat. One of the themes that emerged from that discussion was that we may need to re-examine our beliefs from time to time. This is to make sure that our beliefs are aligned with our life-purpose and that they are serving to move us forward on our spiritual journey.
But what about truth? Do we need to examine our truths from time to time? Is truth merely a statement of fact – or is there some practical, spiritual advantage for us to be grounded in some foundational truths? And if all truths are personal, where do universal truths fit into our life journey? What do we do if our truth conflicts with our friends or our loved ones? Is that a hindrance to our spiritual growth?
Truth may not depart from human nature. If what is regarded as truth departs from human nature, it may not be regarded as truth" – Confucious
The great Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi’s autobiography is titled – “My Experiments with Truth”. If you have read it, you will know that he tested the boundaries of established truths throughout his life. So, does this mean that truth is subject to change over time as we experiment with it? And where does faith fit in? What is the nature of truth necessary to develop faith?
For those of you who have read so far, you can see that this is indeed a vast topic. A lot of possible questions. We will try and explore the tip of the iceberg of truth in our #SpiritChat discussion on Sunday, May 20th 2012 at 9am ET – please join us. I invite you to share some of your truths with us.
Update: Here is the transcript http://bit.ly/sc-tr-0520 and questions – thank you to all who shared in the discussion on truth!
Q1. What is your definition of truth? Is it more than a statement of fact? Q2. Where does truth come from? Discovery? Society? Parents? Or... Q3. Why is expressing the truth or practice of truthfulness important to our spirit? Q4. What qualitites does it take to communicate truth to others? Q5. What are some consequences of not being truthful in dealing with our own selves? Q6. Are there any universal, spiritual truths that apply to all of us? Q7. What are a few personal truths that have served you well over time? Q8. What is one truth that you know today that you wish you had known ten years ago? Q9. Takeaway. What truths will you put into practice in the near future to serve others?