Principle 44

This entry is part 40 of 98 in the series Principles

 The Principle Of Truth

What is the principle behind truth? I do not recall anyone ever giving this out.

Truth is an accurate description of what is being experienced, or is existing, is going to exist, has existed or been experienced in the reality in which consciousness finds itself.

Falsehood is a distortion of an experience or an existence to make that which did not happen or exist appear to have happened.

It is thus true that the moon is in the sky because it exists and we experience it. Even if the universe is illusion, as some teach, the fact that we experience it as well as the earth and moon is still true.

To say we have two visible moons would be a distortion or falsehood.

To say that I had an experience in a dream of a monster chasing me would be true. Even though it was a dream, the experience was real.

To say that I had an experience in a dream of a dog chasing me last night would not be true. If I had not such a dream then I did not have such an experience.

Many people make truth much more complicated than it is, but it is so simple a child can understand. It is what we experience and what exists in the world of consciousness.

Some truths are obvious and everyone agrees on them. For instance, all of us agree that we have one visible moon. But truths of other things are not so easily agreed upon.

For instance, which is the better system, a government that leans heavily toward socialism or one that relies on capitalism and free enterprise?

There are many with good brain savvy who have written on both sides of this argument and many on each side believe with all their hearts that their ideology is the best.

So why is the truth of this matter and many others so obscured that about half of the country disagrees with the other half?

In this case, and many others (such as religion), the real truth of the effectiveness of both systems is obscured by value judgments.

For instance, the socialist places a lot of value on helping the poor, and maybe himself, usually with other people’s money. In his mind poverty should just not be and we should use any means necessary to eradicate it.

The free enterpriser has a different value system. In his mind freedom of the individual is where his greatest value often lies. Since government social programs only work by diminishing freedom he sees them as a negative thing. He thus believes it to be true that capitalism and free enterprise to be the superior system.

Both sides tend to judge the truth of their system by their values rather than some gage of what is efficient and what is not, though one must note that the socialist relies more on what he feels should be true and the free enterpriser relies more on mental calculations.

For instance, the ultimate socialist/communist empire in the world is North Korea but that doesn’t discourage believers from pushing our government toward greater central control and more socialist programs.

To find the truth, where ideology and values are concerned, one must separate the whole into multiple parts. Then one must find the truth about the parts and put them back together.

Whether or not there is a God or an afterlife are other topics that have many truths and values on both sides of the argument, but no one can put them together in such a way as to prove beyond doubt which side is correct.

One thing that is eventually discovered by all seekers is soul contact which allows the consciousness to see beyond petty arguments and false values to the central governing truths.

People talk about “my truth and your truth,” but is this really an accurate phraseology? To find out let us take something that we all agree to be true such as 2+2=4.

Now suppose a guy comes along and says, “That is your truth. My truth is 2+2=5.”

Sounds kind of silly doesn’t it? 2+2=5 cannot be his truth because it just plain is not true. It would be much more accurate to say that it is his falsehood or illusion. At best one could say it is his perception of truth.

People often use the phrasing of “my truth” and “your truth”when discussing spiritual matters. For instance, two people may have differing view of what God is and when agreement cannot be reached one will say, “Well, that is your truth, but this is mine.”

In reality truth is neither yours or mine, but stands on its own. It is just true. If the speaker were accurate he would change his wording to something like this, “Well, that’s your belief, but this is mine.”

A belief is much different than a truth. A belief may or may not be true but “the truth is true and nothing else is true.” (From A Course in Miracles) If something else could be true other than the truth then that which is false could be true and this is not possible.

Concerning truth, there are two basic camps. One says that truth is absolute; the other says that truth is relative.

Basically, I am going to present another framework, but it will be an important framework because it will lead to a greater perception of truth in the end.

What people refer to as relative truth is not relative truth at all, but relative perception of what seems to be true. Because our perception is relative does not mean that truth is relative.

Consider again this quote: “For truth is true and nothing else is true. There is no opposite to choose instead. There is no contradiction to the truth. Choosing depends on learning. And truth cannot be learned, but only recognized. In recognition its acceptance lies, and as it is accepted it is known.” ACIM Workbook Page 257

Here is stated the great principle behind truth itself: “The truth is true and nothing else is true.” Run this by your soul and see if it does not resonate.

The truth of this has been demonstrated to me, not only because of soul contact but because no one in my entire life has ever been able to give me a relative truth. Relative perceptions yes, but not relative truth. There is no such thing.

One may object and give the example of the three blind men and the elephant. Each touches a different part and comes up with a different truth about the elephant. Isn’t that an example of relative truth?

Or is it that the blind man’s perception that the elephant’s leg was like a tree is absolute truth?

Let me state the principle of absolute truth and go from there. “At any point in time and space (the reality where we presently reside) there is a point of absolute truth that will never change. If we are to move from truth to truth and realization to realization we must recognize those points as we pass by them, else our perceptions become dull and truth seems to be relative.”

So what in the world is the absolute truth that the blind man feeling the leg of the elephant sees when he thinks he is feeling something like a tree?

Answer: If he could see, he would not see that he was wrong. Instead he would see that he now has more power to find additional truths about the elephant and many other things. At that point in time and space when he felt the leg of the elephant, it was absolute truth that his sense of touch revealed that there were similarities between the way an elephant’s leg feels and the way the trunk of a tree feels. A million years in the future that point in time and space where that perception occurred will still be true.

Two plus two equals four is absolutely true at this point in time and space and nothing else is true. There are trillions of illusionary answers but only one right one. Nothing else but four is correct.

I am typing on my computer at this point in time and space and there is no other truth in the universe that will contradict this, either now or a million years from now.

Some say life is an illusion or a dream and nothing is real, nothing is true. Not so. Even in dreams there are points of truth. If I dream I am stranded on a desert island surrounded by beautiful women then at that point in time and space it was absolute truth that I was having that dream experience. That experience will still exist in time and space a million years from now.

If we are to find the truth, teach the truth and apply the truth then it is of extreme importance that we understand what the truth is and whether or not it is relative, absolute or shifts around like a moving target.

If we cannot generally see together the essence of this thing called truth then all the truths that are presented become nebulous and just beautiful theory of no practical consequence.

One of the current problems I see is in the use of the term “absolute truth.” Some seem to believe that this seems to apply to some great truth beyond the physical reality or maybe some one great truth centered around the One God.

All truth is absolute. My dictionary says the word absolute means: “Not limited by restrictions or exceptions; unconditional.”

Therefore 2+2=4 is an absolute truth. There are no exceptions. Every time you add 2+2 you get 4.

Playing silly games such as adding 2+2 in a foreign language or using a binary numbering system changes nothing about this truth.

I mentioned the truth that I was typing on my computer and that event would be true forever for that point in time and space. It is still absolutely true now that I was typing at that time. It will always be true.

Some may be rolling their eyes, I can sense it. Let me try and paint a picture that makes the point a little clearer.

Visualize a painting with innumerable pictures. You look up, down, left and right and can see no end to the images. This unlimited mural represents time and space.

Now you are curious about how the painting is created so you use some Star Trek device that magnifies it. The beautiful images become larger and larger until you can no longer recognize them and you get to the pixel level something like exists on bit map computer artwork. The difference here is that the pixels are not uniform squares but each one is a different shape and image in its own right. Each of these individualized pixels is a point in time and space, a part of the Eternal Now. When in the Eternal Now these pixels are stationary and eternal and ever present, but when present in time and space consciousness can only see one pixel at a time as if they are passing never to be seen again.

In time and space the pixels seem transient and have nothing to do with the great event called absolute truth, but in the Eternal Now no pixel is ever lost and is ever present to be retrieved by the mere power of thought.

What are some of these pixels? I just mentioned one. It was me typing at the computer. The pixel of that true event may seem to be gone, but it is not. It still exists in the great painting called the Eternal Now.

Now I can deny that I was at the computer. I could say I was having a wild party over at a friend’s place. I could make up a million different stories, but out of the million things I could make up only one thing agrees with the pixel in the great painting in the Eternal Now. This truth is absolutely true and nothing else is true. I was typing at the computer. This truth and all other truths and pixels are not relative to anything else. All truth stands by itself.

You can, however, stand back and see dozens, hundreds, and thousands of pixels as they naturally are gathered together and view a larger picture that brings a larger absolute truth to your consciousness. This does not mean that truth is relative. Instead you have adjusted or enlarged your perception of it and are thus able to see the bigger picture. The tiny pixels of truth are not changed because you now see the bigger truth or picture. The tiny pixels have to be seen correctly, and without illusion or deception, before the bigger picture can be viewed. If we are deceived about the pixels we will be deceived about the picture of truth they create.

Truth seems relative to many, but it is in the perception of truth where the relativity lies.

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true. Soren Kierkeqaard

Copyright 2014 by J J Dewey

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  1. In the above post we read of two extremist positions: 2 + 2 = 4, and 2 + 2 = 5.

    I am not an extremist, but rather a sensible centrist, and as such, maintain that the truth must lie somewhere in between.

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