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I can be like a sponge, soaking up everything in my environment. That’s one of the reasons why I like to be out in nature so much. In every moment of every day we’re taking in information, we’re constantly learning and observing. I say all the time: we’re always teaching the efficacy of our choices. Everyone around us is watching us and noticing whether our choices bring us happiness or upset. They learn by watching, we learn by experiencing.
Along this spiritual journey, the time came when I recognized that much of what I’ve learned from what people told me is untrue. These untruths that keep getting passed along stem from a belief in duality. A belief in good and evil – opposing forces. Now, I know we live in a unified field – one and only one. Even though it doesn’t alway seem like it.
Evil is not a separate force, there is no separate power. Evil is simply that which appears to be destructive. The operative word there is APPEARS.
Now, I can remember that there are seasons to everything. Sometimes the winter season feels intensely destructive, and then spring comes and the renewal begins again.
I consider how many things I hear in a day that I could easily accept as true that are actually completely false. This is has been a daily topic of conversation in the news for years now.
There are all manner of untruths. There are so many that are commonly accepted that we don’t even stop to think about whether they’re true – we just accept them.
Consider statements such as:
People don’t change.
Life is hard and then you die.
It’s better to give then to receive.
Time heals all wounds.
None of those is true. They are beliefs that have become accepted as truths, but they are not true. They are false.
Any lie I choose to believe will create upset in one way or another – guaranteed. The upset calls the falsehood to my attention so that I can address it. Upsets are triggers that let us know when something is up for healing. Let’s not miss anymore healing opportunities. Let’s make use of them ALL.
In ZEN MIND, BEGINNER’S MIND, Shunryu Suzuki writes, “When you forget all your dualistic ideas, everything becomes your teacher, and everything can be the object of worship.”
Today I invite you to make a list of beliefs you’ve accepted that you’d like to forget and replace with the truth.
Be sure to include beliefs about yourself as well as beliefs about life and others. Doing this exercise will be profoundly helpful and healing, even if you only take 10 minutes with it.