What is Truth?

What is Truth?

Jesus gave us the truism: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

Question: In what way does the truth make us free? Give an example.

Readers made some great comments but let us focus on this one:

“I think it is also interesting that Jesus doesn’t state that ‘knowing the truth shall make you free’, but ‘the truth shall make you free.’”

Most people know about the truth; fewer know the truth; fewer still are the truth.

So what does it mean to know about the truth? You know about the truth when you have memorized some facts that are true. For instance, Grant is buried in Grant’s tomb is a fact of which most of us know, but it does little to make us free.

Jesus says you shall first know the truth, and then it will set you free. If you do not know the truth through rote memorization then how is the truth known?

In fact, an alternative meaning of the scripture is revealed with a slight rewording.

“You shall know what truth is and knowing this principle will set you free.”

When one reads the regular translation, the average reader gets the idea that you are to get some true facts in your head (like Jesus is the Messiah) and this will set you free.

On the other hand, we know that even some good true facts do not necessarily bring freedom. For instance, the Conquistadors enslaved the Native American Indians with the idea of convincing them that Jesus was the Messiah. In this case a true fact helped to enslave rather than bringing freedom.

Even though true facts are useful, this is not what brings freedom.

If true facts by themselves do not bring freedom this must mean that truth itself is a principle different than a true fact. What is this principle of truth and how does it make us free?

The Hierarchy of Truth

JJ: The group gave additional good thoughts. This statement “The Light of truth” is a profound one and suggests the group use this as a seed thought and see what comes to mind through contemplating it.

Obviously, facts are useful and true facts are liberating to a degree, but the principle of truth that makes us free goes beyond facts on the physical plane.

That the sun is shining may be a fact, but it does not shine all the time. To understand the principle behind its appearance one must understand the principle of rotation and cycles leading us to understand that the sun rises and sets approximately once every 24 hours. This understanding keeps us from going out to get a suntan at midnight. We can calculate when the sun will appear and also when it will be in its strength. This gives us the freedom to use its power to our advantage.

I have said many times that a principle is worth a thousand facts, but it takes a thousand facts to paint the picture of one principle.

The truth that makes us free is found in the understanding of true principles.

The challenge for us to advance from facts and data to the language of principles and then, when a principle is understood, advance to a higher principle still.

There is a hierarchy of truth. The bottom of the hierarchy is truth manifesting on the physical plane. At the top of the hierarchy is the truth that there is One Great Life we call God. I am only stating God as a fact, a piece of data, because the principle behind God is a great mystery which has never been revealed.

As we advance from physical plane truth to truth on the higher planes, that which binds us is loosed and greater freedom is obtained.

As we seek to advance up the hierarchy of truth we must understand the steps on this ladder.

Question: How is truth manifested on the physical plane? The astral or emotional plane? The mental plane? The Buddhic plane or the plane of the soul?

Why did I ask these questions in this order?

Because the highest truth originates from God and the lowest level is the physical plane. See this God point as a mustard seed which sprouts and grows to a great tree with a great trunk, many branches and leaves. The leaves are the physical plane. To find the higher truth one must find the truth on the physical plane first (the leaves) and then follow the life-giving fluid to the branches, then the trunk and finally the root.

The problem had by many is that they want to miss all the steps and make one giant leap to the root. This may create the illusion of returning to God and finding the ultimate truth, but in reality such a move creates a fungus which is in a place where it does not belong, attempting to drain the life energy it has not yet earned.

Instead, we must start out where we are, as a leaf and follow the life-giving energy until the source of life and truth is discovered.

To make this journey we must learn to recognize and embrace truth in all the spheres. If we cannot recognize truth on the physical plane then we have no chance of understanding truth on the astral and mental planes.

So how is truth manifest on the physical?

Answer: On the physical plane truth is manifest as facts. Now we know that even though facts are not as useful as principles that they are still guideposts to higher truth and, if ignored, will cause the pilgrim to stray from the path.

The average person ignores facts he does not like and embraces those he does which causes him to wander in darkness until he corrects the problem. Before he uses the truths on the astral/emotional plane he must face the facts, good and bad, in season and out of season and put them together to face the full picture.

The difficulty in doing this is illustrated by the frequent political debates.

There are problems with both presentations, but both sides brushed off facts they do not like and presented a distorted picture of their guy’s success.

People want the truth to verify their desires rather than lead them somewhere unforeseen.

If facts belong to the physical plane, then where are the truths on the astral plane? Name a truth to be discovered on this plane? How is a truth from the astral plane used here in a physical body?

“Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.” Chinese Proverb

Sept 30, 2004

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Love and Wisdom

Love and Wisdom

A reader comments on the quote, “Truth that is true and nothing else is true.” He asks who it is that determines what is true as many think their false beliefs are true.

This quote comes from the Course in Miracles.

Truth is not determined by anyone. It just is what it is and does not change because of anyone’s determination or judgment.

For instance it is true that I will write three X’s in the next paragraph as follows:


Now if a person “determines” that there is four X’s, will that change what I have written here at this moment in time and space?


It will be true for all eternity that at this moment in time and space I have written three X’s. What someone believes about what I have written changes nothing about this post I am making.

Now some make a valid point that a misconception or illusionary perception of a past event will cause a current belief system based on illusion that seems as real as one based on truth.

Let us suppose for instance that Ben Franklin was a bad dude and sacrificed children to satanic rituals. Up to now we have had no evidence of such deeds and our belief toward him is as if he were squeaky clean. On the other hand, our illusionary data does not change the nature of what really happened at that time and if he did malfeasant deeds they will have created subtle long lasting effects of which we are consciously unaware.

From Keith’s last post I think we are seeing eye to eye. The victor in any war will certainly color their history in their favor. True history is difficult to discern. To get a true picture one must either read two points of view or the writings of an historian who lives maybe 100 years after the event so he has little emotional investment in the presentation.

Take Bill Clinton these past eight years, for instance (written June, 2000). Two people, one a friend and one a foe, could write a biography of him today and you would think they were writing about two different people. It may take some time period before he will be able to be judged impartially.

One would have to be close to initiate status to write an accurate book about him today.

Yes, it would be a shock to learn for sure that Ben Franklin was a Satanist who sacrificed children. If this is true it would mean one of two things.

(1) He was a plant from the Dark Brothers to subtly sabotage the drive for independence. It is interesting that before the war he did all he could to reconcile the colonies to the crown.

(2) He was a worker of light at heart who temporarily yielded to temptation. I tend to go with this option (if the story is true). Workers in the light have been known to take some great slips and then recover and redeem themselves. Paul who persecuted the Christians is a prime example.

Note: At the time the discovery of bones in Franklins English residence was in the news. Here is a link to more details:

A reader says:

“No ‘thing’ can happen to you, without your conscious or unconscious thought.”

There is no such thing as unconscious thought. Thought only springs from consciousness. What people call the unconscious within us is really computer-like programs that are on line running with no more consciousness than this computer I am working on. All of our programming though was created by conscious thought at some time in the distant past.

I think we all clearly observe that many things happen to us that originate outside of our own conscious thought. I may step on some gum and not know it for some time. The event had to do with the conscious thought of whoever chewed the gum and threw it in my path rather than any thought I possess.

The reality of this is so obvious I am surprised this subject would come up.

Cause and effect manifesting thought and decision caused chaos to gravitate to organization. All organization we see before us – such as the human cell or DNA is the result of conscious thought on some level, but now operates automatically below the threshold of consciousness.

Thought and energy corresponds to the chicken and the egg and are related. Thought is organized energy.

You are not your body, you are not your feelings and you are not your mind or thoughts.

What are you?

You are that power within that can make a decision from which purpose and potential power reside and from which all things spring.

A reader maintains that we can insulate ourselves from all negativity with the right attitude of thought.

No one can close the door to all negativity. As long as we live in this reality, the door of the dualities of positive and negative is always open and only seems closed to one in illusionary thought, though an enlightened soul can successfully navigate the waters of the waves of duality. The good sailor does not pretend the waves do not exist, but makes a judgment about the conditions and acts accordingly.

There is much misunderstanding concerning the Dark Brothers. The most common one is that the aspirant will often think he is being targeted by them when he is merely undergoing the trials of ordinary living. Only when you personally become a threat to their goals will you be in danger of attack. They do affect average people but only through group influence and not individually.

It is illusion to believe that a positive attitude, having no fear, or just closing a door could shut them out. This seems to work for most new agers with this attitude because they pose no threat to them, but if a powerful Dark Brother or his group decided to attack what we would call a normal positive person with no obvious fears or negativity I will guarantee you this person would have an instant change of thought in his view of the dark forces.

Every great avatar that has ever walked the earth, including Jesus and Buddha, has had to wrestle with a direct attack from these Dark Ones in one form or another. I know of no current disciple greater than they.

If one is attacked, positive thinking and the control of fear will help but that alone is not enough for victory. Other factors include centering your attention on the true light within and strengthening your link between matter and spirit. The disciple must gather around him spiritual force of equal or greater strength than the dark brothers have in negative energy through which they attack.

Direct attacks from the Dark Brothers are only used when nothing else works for them. Overall they have found that honey works better for them than vinegar. They can manipulate unsuspecting people of goodwill through their illusionary beliefs and egos and often achieve their ends by dividing and frustrating the work of disciples.

Some are against war or killing in any situation. They think that it was wrong for the German conspirators to attempt to kill Hitler even though it would have saved millions of lives.

Many within the New Age community seem to have this type of thinking. To this let me present the writings of a Master of Wisdom (Djwhal Khul) given during the time that World War II was raging and it seemed that the forces of light were in danger of losing to Hitler.

“It is because of the delay in right understanding, and the slowness of many to appreciate the true situation, that Those Who guide the race and work on the spiritual side of life have been unable to do much up to date except spiritually strengthen the hands of the workers with the Forces of Light. The faith of many has kept the door ajar, yet even these have forgotten frequently that “faith without works is dead.” It is only when faith finds active expression upon the physical plane in right cooperation and sacrifice (even unto death) that the door can be forced wide open and divine intervention become possible. It is only when the vision and dream of peace-which beguiles so many well-meaning people-gives way to the determination to take every possible means to achieve that peace in practical ways upon the physical plane that the inner spiritual forces will be enabled to work also more actively on earth.

“Curiously enough, they are often hindered today by the idealists, who love their ideals more than they love humanity and who cling to their special interpretations of what they think Christ meant, at the same time excluding that real love which characterised His every act and which would drive them into active, selfless service to the Forces of Light. They do nothing to bring the conflict to an end because they are preoccupied with their own dreams, ideals and interpretations; when they can let these go because of love of humanity, then the new vision will come and the world will be saved; the Forces of Light will find potent expression and the forces of aggression will go down to defeat.” The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Pages 256-257

“… The neutral powers are still selfish (though they seek by philanthropy to veil it), but they are rapidly awakening to the true issues, and when there is real synthesis of goal and of purpose and a true unification of vision upon the mental plane, of fixed and unalterable desire upon the emotional plane, and a dedication to practical effort upon the physical plane, then there will be hope that the embodiment of “the desire of all nations” will appear.

“That embodiment is one mode in which divine intervention can take place. The Prince of Peace will lead His people-through war-to peace. Those who think only in terms of peace as they understand it and desire it are apt to forget the Biblical implication that the Prince of Peace takes a definite part in the battle of Armageddon (now in full progress). After achieving victory, He will then lead His triumphant cohorts through the gates into ‘Jerusalem,’ the city of peace.” (Pages 258-259)


“There are two great handicaps to the free expression of the Will force in its true nature. One is the sensitivity of the lower nature to its impact, and its consequent prostitution to selfish ends, as in the case of the sensitive, negative German people and its use by the Axis nations for material objectives. The second is the blocking, hindering, muddled but massed opposition of the well-meaning people of the world who talk vaguely and beautifully about love but refuse to consider the techniques of the Will of God in operation. According to them, that Will is something with which they will personally have naught to do; they refuse to recognise that God works out His Will through men, just as He is ever seeking to express His Love through men; they will not believe that that Will could possibly express itself through the destruction of evil with all the material consequences of that evil. They cannot believe that a God of Love could possibly employ the first divine aspect to destroy the forms which are obstructing the free play of the divine Spirit; that Will must not infringe upon their interpretation of Love. Such people are individually of small moment and of no importance, but their massed negativity is a real detriment to the ending of this war, just as the massed negativity of the German people, and their inability to take right action when Hitler’s purposes were disclosed, made possible the great inflow of ancient and focussed evil which has brought the present catastrophe to man. Such people are like a millstone around the neck of humanity, crippling true effort, murmuring, “Let us love God and each other,” but doing nothing but murmur prayers and platitudes whilst humanity is dying.” (Pages 345-346)

Interesting thoughts from a Master in the midst of the greatest conflict the world has ever seen. We must ever remember that the heart center is composed of two cooperating energies: Love and Wisdom. In this situation it was indeed wisdom to put Hitler down in any way possible, else love could have no chance to fully manifest upon the earth.

June 27, 2000

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The Seeker’s Guide to Soul Contact, Part 16

Day 173

To Tell the Truth

When we were kids the moral lesson most of us learned was that we were supposed to tell the truth. If we didn’t we got in trouble with our parents who expected nothing less than full honest disclosure from us.

When children grow up the lines between truth telling, white lies and full-fledged deceit become blurred. Some become deceitful for personal gain while others do it to avoid conflict or hurt feelings. Some go so far as to say that lying is a good thing at times. Some politicians take pride in being good liars.

So then, how important is it for the seeker after soul contact to tell the truth?

The answer is that it is of extreme importance. How can one expect to see the truth in the world of the soul if our fellow travelers cannot see the truth in us? If we are a source of deception to our friends then the soul will be a source of deception toward us.

How can this be? Isn’t the soul, or Higher Self, always a source of truth?

Yes, truth comes from the soul, but it must be filtered down through your mind and emotions. If the mind and emotions are corrupted by deceit then the truth from the soul will become corrupted as it filters down through them until it comes to your consciousness. Even the purest words will be corrupted by the darkness of deceit.

The deceitful person with a corrupted mental and emotional atmosphere will not only distort attempted communications of the soul, but all words. Such a person can read the words of Jesus in the Bible and see them through a filter that robs them of their light and truth. The same may encounter an honest person doing his best and see him as an enemy that needs put in his place.

It is of extreme important that the seeker of truth be the truth by making sure that all his words are true. Would we expect God, Christ, angels or messengers of God to lie to us? Then we must gain that same trust from our associates. Those in relationship with us must come to believe that we are telling the truth to the best of our ability.

Assignment: review your life and assess how often you have told lies or deceived. Now ask yourself what you can do for the remainder of your life to avoid these mistakes of the past from repeating themselves.

Affirmation: “The truth is setting me free.”


Day 174

The Way of Escape

There are many reasons given to justify some lies. Some are reasonable and some are not. Indeed, there are a number of situations where almost everyone would lie.

Let us suppose that you lived in Nazi Germany and the SS troops came knocking at your door looking for your child to arrest him. To save his or her life any parent with a heart would indeed lie to misdirect them.

Then on another level many lie to avoid hurt feelings. The mate knows he is in trouble when his wife asks him if she is too fat.

The problem with lying, even when it seems justified is that it never produces an increase of light. If the disciple wants to maintain a clear channel to the soul and higher realms he must always tell the truth.

Does this mean that the parents should have revealed to the Nazis where their child was?

No. In an extreme situation like this, one would have to weigh the negative results of a lie against a possible murder. In this case the least harmful is the lie.

Because no win situations do come up then wouldn’t total honestly be an unrealistic goal?

Total honestly may be more realistic than you think. The first thing the seeker must assess on the path to honesty is his own limitations. We all have a point, which, if reached, we would lie. The example of saving the life of a child would far exceed that limit for most everyone with a pulse.

The seeker must look ahead to all possible situations that he may face and see where his line of limitation may lie. When the limitations are found, which, if crossed, you would lie then what must be done is to arrange your life in such a way that these lines of limitation are never reached. If you are not tempted more than you can bear then you will never have to lie.

Einstein was smart enough to get out of Germany before the holocaust so he did not have to participate in the deception that would have followed.

The apostle Paul made an interesting statement regarding temptation:

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” I Cor 10:13

There is always a way of escape, but many do not find that way because they do not look for it. The key is to look in advance.

Let us take another situation. Alan is driving home thinking about his wife. She has been concerned about her weight lately and has been wanting his opinion about it. She is a little overweight and he has been avoiding telling her so. He has a feeling that she is going to soon just come out and ask something like, “Do you think I am too fat?”

Alan thinks to himself, “How can I answer this question harmlessly and still tell her the truth?”

Now as Alan rehearses in his imagination possible answers he is doing what the seeker must do to follow the path of honesty.

Here is just one way he could handle the situation:

Alan’s Wife: Do you think I’m too fat?

Alan: What makes you ask that question?

Wife; I was already too heavy and the scale says I gained five pounds this week.

Alan: Really. Must be those great meals you have been making. Maybe you ought to let me cook. Then we ‘d all lose weight for sure. (A little humor is always good.)

Wife: Very funny, but don’t you think I’m looking like the Goodyear Blimp?

Alan: Now, who’s being funny? Look, I didn’t marry you for your weight, but for you and I’ll love you no matter what. What weight do you need to reach to feel comfortable with yourself?

Wife: I think I need to loose about 20 pounds.

Alan: Well, let us work up a plan then and maybe change some of the things we eat. I’ll even eat more salad with you if that helps.

Alan’s approach may not be perfect, but he did not have to lie and he stayed out of trouble.

The seeker should have faith that the scripture is true, that he can find a way of escaping the temptation to lie, but he must use all his resources and look ahead and plan his moves.

Life is a bit like a game of chess and you are not going to win without planning.

Assignment: Think ahead to events that may befall you in the coming months and try and see situations where you may be tempted to lie. When you see these possible situations then look for the way of escape that is promised.

Affirmation: “I accept that there is a solution to every problem.”


Day 175

The Truth Principle

A common misunderstand of honesty is that you have to tell all you know. This is not a requirement. If it were then none of us who wanted to be honest would ever stop talking because we all know much more than we say.

Total honesty, the type that provides a channel for unhindered soul contact requires that all the words you speak be true, but not that you reveal all you know or that is on your mind.

Even of God it is written:

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing.” Proverbs25:2

Like God we are all entitled to our private thoughts and to conceal whatever we think is appropriate.

Even so, the word of God is true, but many of His words are concealed from us

Let us say you have a valuable recipe that you want to keep to yourself and a friend asks you for it. If you tell him that you are not revealing it then you are not being deceptive by withholding information, but honest in your statement. Maybe you could give him a hint by giving out several, but not all ingredients. Again you are telling the truth, yet concealing things.

A mistake made by some critics of telling the truth is that one sometimes must be rude if he is honest.

There are pleasant ways to say the truth, even inconvenient truths and then there are rude ways. One can almost always find a non offensive way to tell the truth. Telling an overweight person he is fat is rude and unnecessary.

One may be reminded of the Seinfeld episode of the ugly baby. The group went to see a couple’s new baby and were aghast at how ugly it was. The producers wisely never showed the viewers the baby and left it up to our imagination. Jerry and friends lied and said it was gorgeous while being sickened just looking at it.

The way out in a situation like this is to find something positive you can truthfully acknowledge such as a good feature on the baby, or maybe its nice cloths or its room. If you tell parents their baby is ugly you are going to be in for a lot of trouble.

Many teachers have overlooked simple honesty as a basic principle for soul contact as this is something taught to children in Sunday School and it seems to be more engaging to talk of more exalted subjects. The problem is that the simple truth must be mastered before the complex ones can be used effectively.

The principle behind honesty is this. We reap as we sow. If we want the truth revealed to us then that which we reveal to others must be true. He who deceives others will be deceived and he who enlightens others with light and truth will receive the same.

Assignment: Make a commitment to be a vessel of truth so all the words you speak will be true.

Affirmation: “I seek the truth and pass it on.”



Day 176

Seeing Corruption

One of the problems with the truth or any inspired idea built upon truth is corruption. No sooner is truth spoken, than many who hear it will alter it, thinking they are doing the world a favor, but instead making impure that which was once pure.

The seeker of true soul contact must learn to look through the eyes of the soul and distinguish between that which is corrupt and that which has true principles as its foundation.

Unfortunately, corruption is the natural order of things in this world where illusion dominates. Here is how it often works.

An inspired individual or group taps into the plane of divine ideas and formulates a plan to materialize here on the physical plane with the idea of being great service to humanity. The idea begins to take hold and many see its benefits and come on board to participate. Then the founder dies or is replaced and a new generation takes over.

The new guy or guys want to put their mark on the plan and come up with their own ideas and incorporate them thinking they are making improvements and will receive praise for their intelligent input.

The trouble is that over nine times out of ten the new leaders do not see the vision of the founders and the changes they make are in the direction away from divine ideas, not closer to them. The original inspiration that founded the idea is usually lost or very corrupted after three or four generations of leadership. If the founders were to be born again after the sixth generation they would be seen as heretics to be driven out, not as heroes as depicted in their statues that adorn the headquarters.

Indeed, if Jesus had shown up incognito after Christianity became established they would have burned him at the stake, all the time thinking they are doing the will of God.

The game of Chinese Whispers illustrates this principle. You gather eight to twelve people in a circle and one person concocts a phrase, like, “the cow jumped over the moon,” and whispers it in the ear of the person on the right. Next that person whispers what he heard to the person on his right. This keeps going until the last person receives the message. This person then states what he heard. When I have played it the last guy says something senseless so far away from the original that the group laughs at the irony.

Unfortunately most real corruption is not funny and has been the cause of much terror and persecution that has happened in the history of our planet.

Fortunately many are starting to wake up to the corruption going on in their midst and are seeking for true principles to be governed by.

One persons awakening and seeing truth through the eyes of the soul can awaken others until one day critical mass will have been reached. In that day the words of Isaiah will be fulfilled:

“They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Isa 11:9

Assignment: Find three divine ideas that enlightened people tried to initiate and follow them through the years until the corruption set in and hindered their manifestation.

Affirmation: “I accept truth as it is and give glory to God.”   



Day 177

The Lessons of Pain

The eyes of the Higher Self see pain as a guide, whereas the lower self sees it as an obstacle that merely needs to be eliminated.

Of course, the Higher Self does not suffer physical and emotional pain as do us mortals, but it is aware of pain that faces us and sometimes arranges for that pain to occur in order to guide us in a positive direction.

A lesson that the seeker of soul contact must learn is to see pain in its correct light, which is this:

Most pain is caused by resistance to the spiritual energies of the soul attempting to guide us toward liberation.

The exception to this may be some accidents, some problems related to old age and some things related to karma.

Most major accidents that cause life problems are not totally accidental but arranged to teach us certain lessons. Even in old age many problems that bring pain are there to teach us to not resist the spiritual flow of the soul. Then too, when pain comes because of karma there is still a lesson to be learned and once learned the pain can often be eliminated or drastically reduced.

When the stubborn person goes through much pain to the extent he becomes frustrated and looks to the skies and shouts out, “Why, God???” he has then reached a point of tension which is also a point of opportunity. That opportunity comes in listening for the answer. If the person does not expect or try to listen for the answer then the opportunity to eliminate the pain is lost.

We are told that approximately one hundred million people in the United States suffer from chronic physical pain. That is about a third of the people and most of them take dangerous habit forming drugs like Oxycontin for relief, which takes their attention away from looking for the real source of the pain.

In addition to that, most of the other two thirds have suffered significant pain one time or another in their lives.

But, in addition to bodily pain we are also faced with emotional pain which is often worse than the physical. A lost love or relationship problem is probably the largest cause of emotional pain. Then there are others such as the failure of an endeavor, rejection from peers, lack of recognition or job satisfaction, guilty conscience and others.

Overall, there is plenty of pain to go around for everyone and we have all complained at one time or another.

What does this tell us?

It tells us that most people are not listening to the inner voice, which can guide us away from pain to the way of peace, physically, emotionally and mentally.

Assignment: Assess your own pain, past and present. Have you had pain in the past that has gone away? Was there a lesson learned? What was it. Do you suffer any pain now either physically or emotionally? What lesson is there that you are supposed to learn?

Affirmation: “Pain is not my enemy, but my teacher. I will listen for the lesson.”



Day 178

The Message Behind Pain

Once the seeker accepts that the true cause of pain may hold a lesson for him the next step is to discover what that lesson is. Once discovered the seeker can then make a correction and negate the cause of pain and the tread the path of healing.

Resistance to soul energy causes most pain. In other words, the soul has sent a message and the seeker is ignoring it. Therefore, the only recourse for the soul to be heard is through pain. As soon as the seeker begins to suffer pain, distress or illness he snaps to attention. Unfortunately, instead of asking what is the spiritual cause he will enquire about a physical one and seek only physical remedies.

If he completely overlooks seeking for the spiritual cause and solution then the soul will increase the distress. This cycle will keep happening until the person cries out, “Why God?”

The next step is to seek for the answer to that question. That is the problem for the seeker which is, how does he proceed in finding the answer? Here are some guidelines:

(1) Fist realize that there may be a message behind the pain, distress or disease.

(2) This message involves something you should be doing, but are not.

(3) Ask your soul directly what it is you need to do or learn to negate the cause of the pain. You can do this by praying to God to send you a message through the soul or to meditate on the answer.

(4) Examine your life, especially the past ten years. Before the soul will send you a message through pain it will try other methods. Before the pain you probably had inner feelings of what you needed to do, perhaps even messages in dreams, but you ignored them. You may have also had circumstances come up several times to push you in a certain direction, but ignored the signs.

Now, if the last resort of pain is used by the soul one must examine the past and look for clues that may reveal the message it is sending.

(5) Look for signs in the problem itself. If the pain or distress is caused by illness of some kind look for the symbolic message behind it. This leads us to today’s assignment:

Contemplate these questions in preparation for the next lesson.

Disease is either centered on congestion or inflammation. What is the clue in each?

What are the clues if the disease is centered around the heart, or the throat, the solar plexus, or the head?

The type of disease and its location is just not a matter of chance, but contains a symbolic message.

Affirmation: “I receive correction with gladness.”



Day 179

Learning Through Symbolism

The world as a whole has a strange approach to disease and pain. The common idea is basically this. Diet, exercise and attitude contribute to health but only a certain amount. Most disease is just due to bad luck, beyond which there is nothing we can do. The idea that pain may be a sign that there is a lesson to learn which is being ignored would seem ridiculous to many. Many think it is just outrageous to think that pain is a sign that some behavior correction is in order.

On the other hand, how logical is it to believe that most pain and disease are just the result of bad luck? This idea completely negates the idea of justice in life or fairness meted out by God.

If we reap as we sow and if there is fairness in life then every happening has a reason behind it and control is assumed when that reason is found.

Does this mean that some poor soul who is suffering with a crippling disease deserves to be lectured to and told that his problems are all his own fault?

Of course not. That would be cruel and it is not our job to offer what may be construed as critical remarks when the person is already suffering. The solution is between the one suffering and his own soul. If he seeks your help and you feel impressed from within to give it that is well and good. If he does not ask then do not go into the spiritual causes unless impressed to do so from your own soul.

That said, let us examine yesterday’s assignment. The first question was:

Disease is either centered on congestion or inflammation. What is the clue in each?

Congestion is caused by holding something (hurt feelings for example) in and inflammation is from letting too much out with intensity. (Anger would be an example)

Cancer would be an example of a disease of congestion and a rash would be one of inflammation.

Next question:

What are the clues if the disease is centered around the heart, or the throat, the solar plexus, or the head?

Heart problems are connected with the development of correct use of love which come from the heart. There are numerous levels of understanding related to love, and when the seekers next step in this area is ignored then he may have heart problems as a signal that he needs to increase the quality of love he is giving out.

The throat is the creative center and a problem in that area is a sign that the person needs to have more creative expression in his life.

The solar plexus is the seat of emotions and a problem in that area is a sign of some emotional problem that needs correction.

The head is where thought and ideas come from and a problem there often signals that the person is a dreamer who does not materialize his ideas and dreams.

Assignment: Contemplate the symbolic meaning of other problems such as:

A headache

A pain in the neck

Back Pain

Problems with the legs or feet.

Also consider this question: Does an understanding of spiritual causes of disease eliminate the need for other methods of treatment?

Affirmation: “There is a reason for everything and I am finding those reasons.”



Day 180

A Holistic Approach

The assignment was to contemplate the symbolic meaning of problems such as:

A headache

A pain in the neck

Back Pain

Problems with the legs or feet.

It is interesting that the symbolic meaning of many things are already embedded in the consciousness of humanity and used by many of the rank and file.

For instance, we complain of non-physical problems giving us a headache. Then we complain of irritating people being “a pain in the neck.” Also the guy who will not stand up for himself is accused of being “spineless” or having “no backbone.” Finally, the guy who is too dependent on others is told to “stand on your own two feet.” If he needs more incentive he is told to “get a leg up.”

Basically, the mind of humanity understands that there is symbolism in all physical things and subconsciously incorporates it into everyday speech.

Let us look further at those four problems.

(1) A headache. Headaches can be caused by physical problems such as an accident or diet, but if there is no obvious reason for one that keeps reoccurring then a non-physical cause is probably at play.

There are numerous areas of wrong thinking that can contribute to headaches, On an emotional level excessive worry and stress can have an effect. On a mental level confusion and lack of clarity in thinking can aggravate the problem. Soul contact will pull the seeker above the fog of muddled thinking and allow him to see with much greater clarity. When this happens the life force is enhanced, overall health is enhanced and headaches tend to disappear.

(2) A pain in the neck. As stated earlier the throat area is linked to creative endeavors. A pain in the neck would indicate that something or someone is frustrating your creative goals. In other words, that someone is being “a pain in the neck.”

(3) Back pain. Back pain that doesn’t seem to have an apparent physical cause indicates that the person is not standing up for himself. Perhaps he lets others walk over, or bully him into submission. Or it could relate just to himself. Perhaps he has set goals for himself and just has not gathered enough “backbone,” or will, to achieve them.

(4) Problems with the legs or feet. The legs and feet allow us to stand, walk and run and be physically independent, Problems there are thus related to independence and not following the highest one knows. We need to “get a leg up” and motivate ourselves so we can stand “on our own two feet.” Doing this will help us to have good health in the legs and feet.

Finally, we asked, “Does an understanding of spiritual causes of disease eliminate the need for other methods of treatment?”

No it does not. Often the cause of pain and disease is a combination of physical and spiritual problems. And even if it is mostly spiritual often there are physical treatments that can aid in healing. If a person is suffering he should try any treatment that seems to have a good chance at success. Some cures given by orthodox medicine are worse than the disease. The seeker needs to be wary of them.

Assignment: Cancer is a dreaded disease that is the cause of much distress and pain to millions. It was already mentioned that it is a disease of congestion. Contemplate on what it is that is being held in that could cause such a thing.

Have you noticed that most people who have cancer are very nice people? Why would this be the case?

Affirmation: “I am treading the spiritual path to perfect health.”


Day 181

Releasing Negative Feelings

One of the many advantages of soul contact is the seeker will attain a much greater ability to recognize truth. Often he will see the underlying principle that supports that truth.

When faced with a belief in either Higher Intelligence we call God or nothingness he will marvel at creation and see that there is a guiding hand at play.

When faced with a choice to believe in life after death he will feel the vibration of his own soul and knows he will survive death of the physical body.

When he looks at the world of causes related to health he will internally register that much more than physical chemistry is at play. Even the hardened atheist senses that the mind, emotions and attitude has some effect on health, but one with soul contact will see more. He will see a connection between spirit and body – that many invisible forces are at play including an intelligent guiding hand that teaches us lessons through the pains that we suffer.

The one without soul contact will lean on the accepted medical authorities and follow their instructions even if it kills him. The one with soul contact will sense when authoritative advice should be questioned and will find much value in alternative methods. He will be able to see the difference between charlatans in the alternative world and the real thing.

Cancer is an interesting disease in that it is an obvious disease of congestion. Yes, there are physical ingredients that may stimulate the disease, but the tipping point is often caused by suppressed emotions. Suppressed anger, rage, guilt or hurt feelings can later manifest as a malignant growth.

People who get cancer are usually seen as very nice people because many of them have suppressed negative feelings. There are times when giving the other guy a piece of your mind is a good thing as it frees the person from an emotional build up.

Negative emotional build up not only increases the risk of cancer but it blocks life-giving energy and can cause other problems. It is therefore of extreme importance that the seeker release himself from suppression.

When you feel an emotion within you that you are tempted to ignore or suppress what should you do? What if it will offend others by bringing it out in the open? What if it makes you look petty or unenlightened? Should you do it anyway?

The answer here is yes; find a way to release the negative emotion even at the risk of causing disturbance.

There are three ways to release such emotion. Can you guess what they are?”

Let us suppose that someone makes you so angry that you feel like harming them. What should you do? Here are three different lines of approach.

(1) You can take physical retribution and actually try and strangle the guy. Now after you do this you may feel great for about five minutes, but this is not a wise path for as soon as your rage expires you will suffer a lifetime of regret, remorse and possible punishment by the authorities.

(2) You can do nothing, but hold the feeling in and hope it goes away. Whereas you hurt another person with number one you hurt yourself with this approach. This approach redirects the attack away from the offending person to you and the negative energy then attacks your own body as well as dams up your healing soul energy. The person with suppressed negativity may wind up suffering much more than the guy who was strangled.

(3) You release the negative energy by communicating the feeling to the offending person.

Suppose Lynn offends you so much that you feel like strangling him. You rule out number one because you do not want to hurt him and you rule out number two because you do not want to hurt yourself. What then do you do?

The answer is that you resort to pure honesty and communicate how you feel. It doesn’t matter if the insult seemed huge or trivial, small or great, intentional or not intentional. The only thing that matters is that you hurt and you need to communicate it so it can be released.

So how do you do this? Quite simply you tell Lynn in a pleasant way that you wish to talk to him and in as harmless a manner as possible say something like this.

“Lynn. You may not realize this and you probably did not mean to hurt me, but when you said XYZ you made me feel very angry. In fact I felt so angry and still feel angry to the extent I feel like grabbing you and shaking or even strangling you.”

Now after this communication a strange thing will happen. The negative package of energy that was in you is now released and is sent to the person who caused the offense. When this occurs one of two things will happen.

(1) The offender, Lynn in this case, will feel bad he hurt your feelings and attempt to understand and make things right. If he does this, the light of the soul comes into the relationship and dispels the negative energy forever, no more to return.

(2) He takes no responsibility for your negative feeling or your pain. In this case the negative energy remains. You are now free from it because you released it through communication, but Lynn now has to deal with it. Because the negative energy remains in Lynn’s aura he begins to release it in some way, usually by lashing out or attacking you.

If he does lash out at you, you must not return fire no matter how hurtful the words are. If you do, the negative energy will return to you. Instead show only love, compassion and understanding. If you do, the offender is likely to come to his senses and show love in return, which will dissipate the energy. If he is so hardened to resist your love he will then keep the negativity to himself because he inwardly believes he deserves it, but at least you are free.

Do not be deceived into not communicating because the cause of the hurt seems like such a small thing or trivial. Your emotional body is not subject to logic and it matters not if the cause is significant or not. Do not be deceived into thinking that you will not communicate because you may hurt someone’s feelings. If you do not communicate, you will hurt yourself and your relationships anyway. Unless there is complete forgiveness on all sides there is going to be some hurt to deal with and there will be no way around it, so you might a well start the process of neutralizing it.

Assignment: Assess your own emotional state. Is your energy low because you have suppressed feelings? Have you successfully let them out in the past while at other times you did not? Is there anyone living with whom you need to clear the air?

Affirmation: “I will find a way to harmlessly release my feelings.”



Day 182

Listening to Your Body

Good health is a tremendous asset for the seeker. Without it he is hindered in his quest to be of service to humanity, and, worse yet, he may be a burden on those around him. Instead of being a servant, he finds it necessary to be served.

This is one of many reasons to seek soul contact as it will guide the seeker in the direction of health, vitality, peace and happiness.

Most of us have had health problems or suffered through pain at one time or another in life. Fortunately for many, these situations have been temporary but others have had long term problems. As stated earlier one of the solutions is to tune into the soul to discover the lesson that is being attempted to be communicated through the disease. Often a change of behavior or thinking will bring healing.

We must not overlook the fact that exercise and good diet are part of the ingredients for good health. In fact sometimes the lesson the soul is trying to teach may be connected to these two things. Sometimes a lesson that is needed at a certain point is the discovery of what foods are good for you and which are not or possibly the type of exercise you need.

Not only is it important to understand the various spiritual links to health but the seeker must also understand orthodox common sense linked to it.

One thing that is very helpful is to listen to your body. Your body is a living instrument and tries to give you subtle communication of what it wants and needs. The trouble is that very few tune into it until pain arrives and then they are forced to pay attention. Unfortunately, they notice the pain but many do not seek the reason behind the pain and instead only seek its suppression.

The assignment today is to practice tuning into your body and how it feels about how you are treating it. Each time you eat a particular food mentally ask your body how it likes it. This has nothing to do with taste, as some things that taste pleasant are not what your body needs.

Then do the same thing with drink. Is your body happy with the water you are drinking? Maybe it is too polluted. Then ask it about other liquids. Are you drinking too much or too little of various beverages?

Do you take food supplements or vitamins? Ask your body about them as you swallow them.

Finally, ask your body if it needs any food or drink that you are not presently consuming.

After you ask the various questions sit back in silence for a few moments and listen for the answers.

Next take this same approach with exercising. Are you getting enough or too much? Are you getting the right kind?

Remember that energy follows thought and when this principle is applied results will follow.

Affirmation: “I respect my body as a holy temple where revelation occurs.”



Day 183

Talking to your Body

So, did you attempt the last exercise and tune into your body? Hopefully you sensed a few things. Some may say they tried but were not sure if they received anything definite. Fortunately, there are other ways to check with your body that do not require and extra sensory perception.

A popular method is through muscle testing. There are a number of ways to do this but the basic principle behind them all is that your body knows what it needs and can signal you with a yes or no. Therefore, you need to devise a means whereby your body can communicate a yes or no to you.

A popular method involves two people. Have a partner ready with all the questions you want to ask your body. Hold out your right arm straight ahead and try to hold it in place. Your partner then asks you a question and pushes down on your arm at the hand. As he does this you try and hold the arm in place. If you are able to hold your arm firmly in place then your body is signaling yes. If your arm weakens and can be easily pushed down it is signaling no. You can tell by the strength or weakness in your arm how much your body leans to the yes or no.

If you want to test yourself for how much your body will benefit from certain foods or pills then place a sample in your hand, hold out your arm and have your partner test you. If your arm becomes weak then this tells you that your body doesn’t like that particular item. If it remains strong then this is a sign it benefits from it.

A simple way to test yourself without the need for a partner is through the use of a pendulum. Fortunately, you do not need to buy one but can make do with a needle and thread. Get a reasonable sized sewing needle and thread it. Leave the thread about 18 inches long. Then hold the thread between your thumb and finger with the needle dangling below. Tell your body that if the needle goes in a circular motion to the right the answer is yes and if it swings to the left the answer is no.

Next ask your body any question you want. After you ask the question hold on to the thread and attempt to keep the needle still. After a few seconds it will not stay still but will give you an answer by circling to the left or the right.

Keep in mind that sometimes you may have to ask a number of yes or no questions to get what you want, but by being creative you can get any answer you want.

Assignment: Use the pendulum method and discover three things about your body’s needs.

Affirmation: “My body has messages for me and I will listen.”


Day 184

A Fun Exercise

The seeker may wonder how it is that your body can give you these answers through muscle testing or a pendulum and how accurate they are. Also one may wonder if they come from the soul.

These answers do not come from the soul, but from the subconscious mind. The subconscious that can be accessed with these methods is like a supercomputer with lots of data and intelligent programming that can give you some pretty interesting answers. It is not flawless but often is quite accurate. If the seeker will keep his skeptical mind out of the way then the messages concerning the body can be quite accurate.

That said one can use the pendulum or needle and thread method to ask questions on many other subjects besides the body. It is not as accurate in areas that one would consider psychism but it is fun to experiment with a variety of questions to see what answers you receive.

Let us say that you misplaced your keys. Now the chances are that there is some record in your brain about where they are that can be accessed. If someone else misplaced then then your brain would have no such record.

To find your keys you need to ask a series of yes or no questions such as:

Are the keys in the house?

If yes ask: Are they in one of the bedrooms?

If no ask: Are they in a bathroom?

If yes ask: Are they in the master bathroom?

This should give you the idea. You keep asking until you get the location. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, depending on the user’s sensitivity and whether or not the subconscious has the answer.

In addition you can have fun by asking the pendulum or needle questions such as:

Will I find love during the next year?

Should I quit my job?

Is my partner faithful?

Will I win the lottery?

Will I get a raise?

Assignment: Go ahead and have a good time asking whatever comes to mind, but afterwards sit back, tune into your soul and ask it what was true and what was not. Take note of any impressions you receive.

Affirmation: “I take time to play as I move toward the truth.”


Day 185

Yes or No and the Soul

We have been talking about using questions with yes or no answers to access information contained in the subconscious mind. Now the question is – can this principle be extended to access the soul itself?

The answer is yes, but the soul works through the conscious mind rather than the subconscious. Therefore, the method must change and approach must be to the consciousness rather than unconsciousness.

Approaching the soul with yes or no questions is pretty simple. All you have to do is sit back, relax, close your eyes and ask yourself questions while imagining that the soul is listening in and will give you back yes or no answers. Most likely you will not hear the actual words but instead will receive a positive feeling for yes and a negative feeling for no. The type of feeling and the intensity will vary for each person.

And how will the seeker know he is receiving the answers from the soul instead of his astral/emotional self?

If the person has never contacted the soul he will not know for sure. If he has he can recognize the vibration and know with a surety as long as the impulse was strong enough to positively register.

Okay, let us get started. First ask a couple questions to which you are sure the Higher Self would give a yes. Go ahead and visualize your Higher Self as you did in previous lessons and call on Its name if desired.

Relax for a moment and ask: “Is there a God, or a Higher Creative Intelligence that is our Source?”

There may be a lot of wrong-headed ideas of God out there but all spiritual students recognize that some type of Divine Intelligence exists.

The reason for asking this question is you already know the answer through your soul will be yes. Therefore, it will be advantageous to focus on how the yes must feel when it comes from your soul.

Next go through this same procedure and ask: “Is there life after the death of the physical body?”

Again the seeker will know the answer has to be yes and he must sense what that yes feels like coming from the soul.

If you have been successful you will now have an idea of what a yes answer feels like which comes from the soul. A no answer will be a negative feeling in the opposite direction.

Your assignment today is to proceed to other questions to which you may want to know the answer.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Am I fulfilling my life’s purpose?
  • Is my thinking in alignment with my soul?
  • If not, am I close?
  • Is there something big I am neglecting in my life?
  • Are the teachings of ____ reliable?

Remember that sometimes to get the real answer you want may require a number of yes or no questions.

Affirmation: “All truth is hidden in the duality of yes or no, or positive and negative.”

Copyright by J J Dewey

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Finding the Real, Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 49 in the series JJ Lectures

It is important to realize that is there is truth. There is not your truth and my truth but THE truth. What your truth is, is what you perceive to be true because you want it to be true. What my truth is, is what I perceive to be true because I want it to be true; but then there is THE truth. And when we find THE truth it does something a little different. When we are attached to an illusion and we believe it to be truth it doesn’t produce joy. When we find what true reality is it produces joy and happiness. That’s the difference between the two. And you watch people that are in an illusion like I like watching these debate shows on TV where they are strongly arguing different points. And I notice the guy that seems to be the farthest off the mark is always the most unhappy of the two. He’s shouting the loudest and he’s getting the most emotional. In other words, the greater the illusion the guy seems to be in the more unhappy he seems to be. His truth isn’t making him very happy because he is in illusion. But the guy who seems closer to the truth, in my point of view anyway, he seems a lot more stable, is not nearly as ruffled. He may be passionate but he doesn’t seem unhappy with his belief system. And this is what I’ve found as I’ve had greater and greater truths dawn upon me. I’ve had greater peace, had greater joyousness, greater happiness, greater contentment and greater ability to accept what is.

That’s a really important thing – just to accept what is. I’ve found that the people who are most miserable and that’s at least half of humanity, just can’t accept what is.. Half of humanity are pretty unhappy with everything aren’t they? And when you talk to somebody that’s grumbling about what they’re unhappy about, it’s usually just because they can’t accept what is. “Well so and so they just really irritate the dickens out of me” Well, you say “Why don’t you this accept them for what they are?”  He can’t accept them and why not? “Because they irritate me” well why do they irritate you – it’s because you can’t accept them. You just accept the way they are, look through their personality and look upon their soul and just accept.

They did an interesting study on surveys. I think the Gallup organization did or somebody. They prepared these questions. As a matter of fact it was a study to try to get accurate surveys. So they did this study to find out how accurate their surveys were. And they prepared this line of questions and they trained two groups of people to go out and ask the questions; all with a straight face; all with no bias; but just read off the questions and write the answers down. They only did one thing different between the two groups. The first group they said “Now according to our studies 70% of the people will agree with the conclusions of the survey”. Then they told the other group only 70% of the people will disagree with the survey”. And they sent these two groups out to take the surveys. Guess what the response was they got back?

Right! The people that gave the survey were trained to have – you know – stone faces that didn’t show any bias just ask the questions; yet the ones that were told to expect 70% to agree got exactly 70% to agree. The others had 70% disagree. It was amazing! –an amazing thing! –

Why did they receive this result? They were trained to do everything exactly the same way but they got diametrically opposite results. What produced the opposite results? Both had the same training – they only had one thing different – one group was told to expect one thing and the other group was told to expect something else. But it had to be more than expectation, though.  The expectation produced subtle differences in the way they asked the questions. They gave subtle little hints to the people about how they were supposed to respond.  It’s about like the news people. The news people – they all say they are not biased at all, but they can produce – they can manipulate – what we think of the news by what they select for us to hear. Say there’s five news stories. Four of them are negative about a certain politician, and one is positive but they like this politician so they only go with the positive story about him. And they do this every day – eliminate the four negative and pick the one positive.

What’s the public going to think after a while about this politician? They will think “Oh, this politician’s a pretty good guy, he’s doing everything right.” And so he gets good accolades by all the public because the public isn’t aware of all the negative things that have happened. Maybe he is having an affair that they’re not recording or something like that. So what we expect will often be what we accept as our truth. It won’t be the truth but it will be our version of truth. Now probably both of those survey results weren’t correct, because it was an experiment. Probably the answer is somewhere closer to the middle. But these people were expecting certain results and that’s what they got. So it’s fascinating when you think about it. This is the way it is with truth. We think a certain thing is going to be true, and because we think a certain thing is going to be true we keep finding evidence of it. And we keep finding evidence of it and we confirm it again and again and again.

Let’s take the prophecies of Nostradamus. Did you ever notice that after some big event happens like 9-11 or the assassination of Kennedy or whatever; they dig up Nostradamus and they say “well, Nostradamus predicted this.”  “Well, if he predicted it why didn’t you see it before it happened?” Well, I just didn’t see it for some reason!” Well it’s because he wasn’t looking for it.

But after it happened he looks for it then he finds it.  Now, in what we call the rags, like the Enquirer and those types of magazines – As I’m checking out (at the supermarket) whenever it talks about prophecies of the future I always read them as I’m waiting in line. And I don’t know how many times I’ve seen some headline “Nostradamus predicts end of the world” or whatever and I read about Nostradamus’ prediction and they say Nostradamus clearly predicted economic depression, the end of the world – assassination of the president, or something like this is – it’s going to happen a certain time – they’ve got all the details and then I wait a few months and nothing happens the way it was predicted. So far of every Nostradamus prediction that they have concocted, that they have looked for in the future, not one single one has come true. Not one single one I have seen.

Now they’ve also done this with the Bible code. They come out with the Bible code and they say “Well, this Bible code is really great because it predicts the assassination of Kennedy, it predicted 9-11, and it predicted all these things.”  So when they first developed the Bible code they found all these things in there. So someone said: “Well what’s about the future then? Boy this is really great we can tell the future.” So they predicted a whole bunch of things that were going to happen the next couple of years. Do you think that they were right or not? What do you think?

Audience: No.

JJ: Right. nothing happened. Nothing happened accurately. So have you noticed that when anybody talks about the Bible code now they never talk about the future anymore? They say “Well it’s in there. I mean, it’s impossible for it to have been this accurate about the past. ” “But why can’t we predict the future?” They are making rationalizations for it: it’s just too complicated; we haven’t got the formula down good enough. Well, the reason they find stuff in the Bible code is the same principle – the same principle that has happened with the surveyors. They find what they’re looking for. They put different words in for the computer to find and the computer finds them. So they find what they’re looking for and when they find it they are amazed.

They think “This is really great – this is beyond explanation!”  But then they try to find the future and it just doesn’t work, because they don’t know what to look for in the future. If they knew what to look for in the future they could find it in the Bible code. If they knew the world was going to end tomorrow they could find it in the Bible code. They could punch in words “world end tomorrow” or whatever. To find the future in the Bible Code you would have to know the future already; and because they don’t know the future already; they cannot find the future in there.

Now I hope I’m not disturbing anyone’s belief system in the Bible code. I know a lot of new agers believe in that real strongly. As a matter of fact it’s amazing the cross-current of people that believe in the Bible code. A lot of the religious people believe in it. A lot of the new age metaphysical community people believe in it because it’s acquired a mystical theme. But the fact is, getting back to the point, that we find what we’re looking for.  So the question that needs to dawn on us is this: If by searching for truth, by looking for what you want to be true doesn’t work, then how do we go about searching for truth? How do we find what is really true? Anyone got any good answers?

Audience: Something about the way it feels.

JJ: The trouble with finding the truth: If you desire the truth strong enough and then you find something that confirms it, even though it’s wrong, you’ll still feel pretty good. Right, Blayne was smiling, I’ll bet when you were in the Mormon Church you had that happen several times. Right? You found several things you were excited about then but now on hindsight it doesn’t look quite so right. Alright, Blayne’s agreeing with me for the sake of the recording here.  If anybody wants to talk longer than a few seconds come up and grab the mike from me.

So the question arises, well how do we find out what is really true. It all boils down to escaping illusion because illusion is caused by wrong programming in our mind from the beginning. But before we can even get to correcting that programming we have to master our desires. And this is why you read in the scriptures and many sacred works about the prophets being tested one way or another because we all have to undergo a series of tests from our souls to prove to our higher self that we put truth above what we want – what we desire.

Copyright by J J Dewey

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Finding the Real, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 49 in the series JJ Lectures

Jan 16, 2005
I was thinking about what to talk tonight to you people and we may open it up to some questions at the end, but the thought that came to me is this:– There is reality as it really is and then there is what we perceive to be reality – two entirely different things. In other words, people have in their mind their certain beliefs and these beliefs are usually based on what they want to be true. So what a person wants to be true is often quite different than what is true. Visualize these as two paths; one the path of what you want to be true and the other the path of what is really true. Sooner or later the twain shall meet. And when they meet you have what is called the rude awakening. Has anyone here had a rude awakening before?

Right, I’ve told this story several times about how I first heard myself singing on a tape recorder and I was rudely awakened to the fact that I didn’t have a professional sounding singing voice, and I was not going to be the rock star that I thought I might be. When I was a kid a tape recorder was rare, and my dad had to go borrow one from a friend. That was really a rude awakening for me. It was a good lesson for me because it kinda kept me aware for the rest of my life thinking, you know this reality of what I perceive to be reality may be different than what is reality. And so this is an important point: What we believe to be true is often just what we want to be true. Have you found that to be true? What we believe to be true is often what we want to be true. What we want to be true often turns into what we believe to be true. But what really is always true and can create a rude awakening.

But then when we are awakened what happens? How is our perception of the truth changed, after the awakening occurs? Do we begin to like the truth? I’ll bet Blaine would be a good one to ask on this. You’ve had quite a journey through your life. Through your life Blaine, once you perceived something – found out that something was true – that maybe when you were younger you didn’t think it was true, but once you finally embraced the truth was it something you started to like after you embraced it?

(Inaudible, but Blayne seems to agree, but points out that truth can be hard to take at first.)

JJ: Yeah, you don’t like it when you find out certain things. This often happens even in calamities, Maybe you‘re in love with a certain woman and the woman breaks it off with you and you’re heartbroken. You thought she loved you but she says “I never really loved you – you’ve been like a brother” – you know – that type of thing. You’re just really upset, you’re devastated but then a little bit later you meet somebody twice as good, twice as compatible. Then on reflection 10 years later after you’re happily married you might be thinking man sure glad I didn’t marry that first one, she was totally wrong for me. So that rude awakening you had that she didn’t really like you that much you were like a brother was really good on hindsight, once you see the whole picture.

And this is the way it is –truth – there’s a scripture that says: “truth cuts the wicked to the core”. It’s an interesting scripture. It cuts to the core people that are not prepared for the truth, because we have our mindset as to what should be true and the mindset goes along with our desires. And what produces pain? Pain is produced by frustrated desire. Buddha taught that in order to avoid pain, in order to free ourselves from pain is to free ourselves from attachment to desire. He says if we can do this then we can free ourselves from pain. And nothing produces pain more than having a desire for something to be true and then having that desire shattered.
It’s interesting that Blaine and several here mentioned early Mormon connections and several of us were Mormons as one time and Joseph Smith made those interesting remarks about beliefs and truth. As you know in the early Mormon Church they went through a lot of persecutions. They were persecuted from city to city. The leaders were tarred and feathered, Joseph Smith and the leadership of the church were put in jail. Joseph Smith was kidnapped. Many of the leaders had their children killed and raped, and their wives raped. They went through all kinds of things and no matter what they went through it didn’t seem to phase them.
Joseph then made this very interesting comment. He talked about all the persecutions they went through and how it didn’t seem to discourage them, but then said, “There has been great difficulty in getting anything into the heads of this generation. It has been like splitting hemlock knots with a corn-dodger for a wedge, and a pumpkin for a beetle. Even the saints are slow to understand. I have tried for a number of years to get the minds of the saints prepared to receive the things of God; but we frequently see some of them, after suffering all they have for the work of God, WILL FLY TO PIECES LIKE GLASS as soon as anything comes that is CONTRARY TO THEIR TRADITIONS: they cannot stand the fire at all.”

That’s interesting, they go through all these persecutions, their wives are raped their children killed, they are drug through the streets and they just get stronger and stronger and they said, “We are going to take what God dishes out.” Then Joseph presents them with an interesting truth – like he presented the idea that man and god are one, that man can actually become as god is – and that shattered a lot of people like glass. It really, really upset a lot of people because it was so contrary to what they had been taught. It’s very close to what the new age philosophy and the ancient wisdom teaches. He began to teach about god and man – that man was more than just a man. But man was a god in embryo. The saints went through all this persecution; all this pain; and they stand no matter what happens no matter how much you shove them around. But present them just one thing contrary to what they want to believe and they will shatter like glass.

And people haven’t changed that much have we? People will still shatter like glass when their mindset is challenged.
It’s interesting in the last political election people were divided in two camps and one camp believes very strongly in their beliefs and on the other camp they believe very strongly on theirs. And of course out of these two camps one of them had to win, It’s interesting the nation was so polarized between the Democrats and Republicans that when there was a winner the losing side suffered a lot of pain. Many democrats had to take counseling to ease their pain over the election of George Bush.

I’ve heard on different talk shows how they had a lot of psychologists giving out free treatments to people and then there’s another story about a guy who went to the white house made an announcement – and shot himself – and another guy who went to the empire state building and jumped off. But this – the last election was so polarized that whoever was going to lose it was going to be really, really upset, because both sides in the political system today are very attached to their belief system. Both sides are, and of course both sides have flaws in their belief system and if you are in a room with either side talking about their belief system and you point out one of the flaws in it, you’ll find that they will shatter like glass, they will think you’re the enemy.

I’ll just give you an example on both sides. And some people here may shatter like glass because I’m going to give you an example on both sides. Let’s talk about the abortion side. Lets suppose you’re talking to a bunch of conservatives and they all voted for Bush and they’re all gung ho about the conservative cause and you mention “Well, did you know there is no where in the Bible that tells you it’s wrong to have an abortion?” Oh Boy. Their minds will go “does not compute, does not compute” like Verger on Star Trek? Remember that?

Remember that Kirk hit him with some reasoning – this flawed machine; and it started smoking and blew up because it couldn’t handle the logic.. So if you point out to somebody on the right: “Well, it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible anywhere about abortion, or when life begins or anything. Do you have some revelation from God on it or something? Why do you think you’re right on this?” And they will look on you like you’re their worst enemy on the face of the earth. You are shattering their belief system.
On the other hand let’s suppose you are with some people on the Left, and these guys all voted for John Kerry. You say “Well, there’s no real evidence of global warming. All the evidence they have is pretty much fabricated. And they go “WOW where did he come from? – What are you some Bush Zealot?” So they will go on and on and on and will almost attack you and are ready to devour you before you leave the room. So it’s interesting that both sides are vulnerable – if you hit them with something contrary to their belief system – and probably I’ve hit both sides right here contrary to your belief systems because there is probably both conservatives and liberals here. So hopefully nobody here shatters like glass. I think we’ve got a little bit more malleable group here than you would normally have.

But this is the interesting thing about truth. There is truth that is perceived because this is what we want, and then there is the truth. There is the way things really are. A lot of people try to confuse the system because they say “Well that’s your truth and I have my truth” OK so you think 2 plus 2 is 5 and I think 2 plus 2 is 4 and your truth is 2 plus 2 is 5. Because that’s your truth does it make it the truth? Or perhaps I think 2 plus 2 is 6 and he thinks 2 plus 2 is 5. Both of us are wrong and we both need an awakening to what reality is. There’s reality and then there’s illusion. Just Like in the days of Columbus many people thought the earth was flat. Because they thought it was flat and it was their truth was it really the truth? No it was their illusion not their truth. There’s your illusion and then there’s truth.

The Course in Miracles makes an interesting statement and I’ve talked to very few people who believe the Course in Miracles who believe what the course actually says. And it says this about truth. “The truth is true and nothing else is true.” Now think on that. The truth is true and nothing else is true. 2 plus 2 equals 4. Well let me put it this way – 3 plus 1 equals 4 – right – but 2 plus 2 equals 4 and 2 plus 2 doesn’t equal anything but 4. No matter how many times you try to add it up 2 plus 2 will equal 4.

Now, one side will think “Well that’s being narrow minded. If you are open minded you’ve got to be open to the fact that it could be 5.” Ok, I’m open to the fact that it could be 5, but whatever it is the truth is true and nothing else is true. I’m here at this spot, right now, at this point in time and space. The date is what? January 15, is that today? 16th? – Where did the 15th go? I missed a day somewhere. – OK so January 16th 2005 – 8:35? 8:32? It’s one of them. The time is somewhere there. Whatever the time is that’s what it is, She says 8:32 and I say 8:35

Audience: How do we know society someone back in time didn’t screw up the calendar and its really January 14th?

It could be. Yeah, right – that’s true. And whatever it is that’s where it is. We could be a few days off with the calendar but then you’ve got to go back to the starting point of the calendar. But in our reality here it’s a certain time, we are in a certain space and that’s what it is. People say “Well gosh we could just all be dreaming – maybe we’re not really here.” Well, even when you’re dreaming, a dream is still truth. If you dream you’re being chased by a monster it’s still true that you’re dreaming that you’re being chased by a monster. It’s still true that you went through that experience.

So whatever experience you’re going through is true and nothing else is true. We are all going through this experience together and we can philosophize about what’s going on around us- what’s causing the experience – if it’s a dream – if it’s all the atoms coming together – if it’s the mind of God making it happen, or whatever is causing it – whatever is causing it that’s what it is. We may not know all the facts. But when we find out the truth, the truth is true and nothing else is true. We’re going through this experience right now, all of us together in this room, having an experience together and this is what is true in this moment in time and space.


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Interview with the Devil

This entry is part 6 of 31 in the series 2011B

On another forum this question came up. Suppose a teacher appeared and taught some things that were interesting and could be true. You find them stimulating and want to continue learning from him.

Then you find out the guy is a real bad dude. He has lied to you and others many times, has misused people, has an inflated ego, squanders other people’s money etc. In other words, the guy has the faults of a typical cult leader.

The question which arises then is this. Do you throw everything you learned from him out the window? Do you dismiss as untrue everything new that comes out of his mouth?

Suppose he was Hitler himself reincarnated or Satan born in the flesh. Does this mean one should reject everything he says?

One could turn this question around and ask: Suppose you met another teacher of impeccable character and you found out for sure that he had regular visits from divine messengers – or better yet was Christ reincarnated? Are you now to place your powers of discernment on hold and just accept without question everything that comes out of his mouth?

I think most of us know the answers to these questions – at least in theory. In the real world though we humans are fairly lazy and are always looking for the easy way out. If we could just find someone with all the answers then we would no longer have to struggle with right or wrong, truth or error on a personal basis.

There is a great attraction for many to the guy who will do all their thinking for them. It’s a lot like discovering a government program that pays us not to work. Even though one may have reservations about hopping on the bandwagon most would take the freebies and once the free lunch is relied upon the individual will then defend his situation with all his might and will resist doing hard work again.

With our teachers we are like pendulums and swing from one extreme or the other. A teacher is seen by many as being all right or all wrong. For fundamentalists Christians every word in the Bible is true and not to be questioned, but accepted even if it seems to not make sense. Jesus and all the prophets are to be accepted without question. On the other hand, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita or the Book of Mormon is to be rejected out of hand.

Then we witness that the Mormons bypass the filtering process and accept, the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith and the current prophet without question but will flat out reject any revelation or prophet not connected to the church.

This black and white attitude is pervasive and remnants still surface even in true seekers trying to rely on the inner voice. When an outer voice comes along that seems to have all the answers the temptation is great to become lazy and quit doing the hard work of discovering and verifying for oneself and to just sit back and accept the other guy without question.

Then we also want a neat littler package of structured beliefs so we can outright dismiss any new doctrine that comes along.

The question then is what is the right approach? Suppose you had a change to interview the Satan himself in a safe environment. How should you approach him? Do you automatically assume everything he tells you is a lie? Is it possible you could learn some new truth?

According to legend he was once an archangel and had access to all the mysteries of God so he probably knows a lot more truth than any mortal and is smart and cunning. We are told he is a liar so you can’t trust anything he tells you but that doesn’t mean there isn’t truth in many things he would say.

They key, of course is to rely on the inner voice and confirmation. If a true seeker listens to this master of deception speak he will register some things as true and some false. If he is able to pick the devil’s brain then he may come up with some interesting pieces of the puzzle of life.

Now, if someone introduces you to a teacher and testifies that he is full of light and truth, what should be your approach in judging the truth of his words?

Verily, it should be the same as if you were talking to the devil himself. Some of what he says will probably be true and other things no so much.

Now merely investigating teachers and attempting to discern the truth of their teachings can be fairly harmless as long as one takes the good and leaves the bad behind.

The problem occurs when the person becomes a follower. If he becomes a supporter and gives his time, labor and money to the teacher then he must make sure he is going the right direction. In this case your leader should be a person of virtue. Giving your support is much more serious than just listening and learning. By giving your support you will now further the goals of the teacher and if his goals further the dark side then your efforts could support an enemy of truth.

The conclusion that the disciple must arrive at is this. Go ahead and listen to all teachers, philosophers and politicians that you find interesting and use your best judgment to assimilate the good and discard the bad.


If you are going to support them, first get inner confirmation to the extent that what you are supporting makes perfect sense to you and you are confident people will benefit from your efforts.

If all would do this, the earth would soon become a paradise.

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1.  “It is not the discovery of truth that is an indication of your evolution. Instead, it is your power to perceive truth.”

2.  “True equality can only be achieved through truth, not illusion.”

3.  “No ultimate truth will ever ‘stand up’ for us. We must seek it in our quiet moments. As we become sensitive to the revelations through the soul we will all discover truth in some odd places.”

4.  “If we expect truth to always verify our desires we develop a mindset which becomes an enemy to truth.”

5.  “The highest truth originates from God and the lowest level is the physical plane.”

6.  “To find the higher truth one must find the truth on the physical plane first.”

7.  “We must learn to recognize and embrace truth in all the spheres. If we cannot recognize truth on the physical plane then we have no chance of understanding truth on the astral and mental planes.”

8.  “Truths discovered by Newton were not replaced by Einstein, but added to. Every truth discovered by Newton is still true and has not changed one iota.”

9.  “All truth belongs to all and is the exclusive property of none.”

10.  “When people use the phrase “my truth,” they generally mean “my opinion.”  If we are honest with ourselves, we will see that the phrase ‘my truth’ and ‘your truth’ are illusionary statements.”

11.  “The only stand I ever concretely take is either for the truth or the pursuit of truth wherever that path may lie.”

12.  “The truth is always relevant and if your goal is to expose the truth your impact will be powerful and lasting.”

13.  “If the seeker believes he is willing to accept the truth no matter what, yet is still governed by his attachments then he has no impetus to take the final step to truth.”

14.  “If I were to make any claim, it would be that it is possible to know the truth, especially principles that reveal truth and this is through reflecting the material off your own soul.”

15.  “There are times when you are faced with a choice between the real and the unreal, what is true and what is false. When faced with such a choice you seek the truth within your heart. In this case, there will be a sense of peace surrounding the truth, and fear connected with the false.”

16.  “Since all truth from God is reasonable then to abnegate reason is foolish indeed.”

17.  “The seeker must become as a little child, and be open to all things and have a willingness to learn any new truth, even if it diametrically opposes that which he has held dear for many years. Then when the truths of the Holy Spirit do distil upon his consciousness, he must not resist, but follow. If he does not follow, depression is likely to result for he will not be able to completely set aside the feelings from his innermost being that he is not living up to the highest of which he is capable.”

18.  “There are many truths beyond our ring-pass-not that we are unprepared for and would be devastating for us to prematurely learn.”

19.  “Truth can also bring fear and terror. Consider the person who discovers that he has been traveling the path of illusion for forty years and now must backtrack and start from square one. This truth will make his heart sink.”

20.  “Truth is simple. It is what is. When we experience ‘what is’ then we know the truth whether it be 2+2=4 or the Light and Love of God Itself. Meanwhile, I am waiting here for Santa Claus to have an experience with him.”

21.  “The only way to harmonize with the Word which is pure Truth is to become the truth ourselves.”

22.  “Only truth can be experienced as true.”

23.  “Take away your body, feelings and mind and you still exist, but you are unable to assimilate the truth.”

24.  “Truth is that which IS at any point in time, space or thought. It is sustained by the consciousness of all that is and exists independent of individual consciousness.”

25.  “Anything that is experienced is a true experience.”

26.  “There is no such thing as infinite truth.”

27.  “The desire for the truth must be the only desire in the consciousness as the truth is sought.”

28.  “If one perceives a truth as clear as the morning sun but cannot convey that truth it will only seem as the blackest night to him who has not heard.”

29.  “The truth is that God is good and the eternal path of light is the path of dominating good.”

30.  “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.”

31.  “There are two types of truth that we can ponder. First there are true facts. These are pixels of information about events or ideas. Secondly there are true principles.”

32.  “We are much better off to concentrate on the discovery of truth as we understand it and as we can understand it.”

33.  “As far as some absolute truth beyond our understanding why even talk or think about it, for it would be beyond our understanding. Why teach a slug about nuclear physics if he can’t understand?”

34.  “Our only religion here is truth and that is what we will pursue no matter where it leads.”

35.  “Diversity, to fill the needs of all those seeking truth at their own level, is always needed.”

36.  “We must understand what is not true before we can understand what is true.”

37.  “Truth is not determined by anyone.”

38.  “Truth alone is the religion of the soul and it does not matter where it comes from.”

39.  “A love of the truth and a certain amount of ability to perceive light and truth is essential. Unfortunately, almost all, high and low, claim to love truth and think they are as good as the next guy in perceiving it.”

40.  “The truth is that only a handful truly loves truth.”

41.  “If the seeker has a casual interest in the truth, but that which is not true is the object of his desire, he will see that which is false as the truth.”

42.  “If everything is true just because you think it then the search for truth ends for there is nothing left to search for.”

43.  “If the search for truth ends then no further increase in light will come and the person is reduced to a stagnant I AM rather than I AM BECOMING.”

44.  “An accurate perception of truth does not change truth.”

45.  “There is no such thing as anyone owning truth.”

46.  “The truth is out there but it is very illusive and that’s what makes the game of life so interesting.”

47.  “The important thing is to balance off a healthy skepticism with a considerable weight given to earned authorities to come up with the truth to the extent that it registers with your soul, mind and heart.”

48.  “Many people seek to prove a thing true by looking for errors and flaws. The idea is that if they find no error then only the truth is left. Why is this approach not reliable? Why is it easier to find truth by looking for truth?”

49.  “Truth is always independent of perception making truth absolute, but perception relative.”

50.  “All classifications of truth being relative, is in reality caused by calling perception truth; whereas that which is perceived is often not true.”

51.  “Mind is not the ultimate source of truth and eventually must reach numerous dead ends that can only be crossed by revelation from Spirit or the Higher Self.”

52.  “The truth is, truth seems relative, but in its essence is absolute.”

53.  “Truth brings a feeling of joy and peace or tranquility. This is certainly true if it is the discovery of a truth that we ‘seek’ as Christ admonished us to do. When we seek and find there is indeed joy.”

54.  “Einstein increased our perception of truth about gravity, time, space and other things but he did not change anything that is true. He obtained a more accurate vision of reality than Newton, but an accurate perception of truth does not change truth.”

55.  “Truth is not found in perception but exists independent of individual perception.”

56.  “Many teachers present their perceptions as ‘the truth.'”

57.  “Only by releasing ourselves of our preconceived notions and looking at the esoteric facts and influences can we get at the truth.”

58.  “Follow all the aspects of the Will of God that are within your perception and your sensitivity to the truth will increase.”

59.  “A scientific truth is as true as any truth and truth will harmonize with truth.”

60.  “I know from personal experience that it is possible to reach agreement on any point of truth.”

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