If it's true that our life is a reflection of our inner truth, and if pain is the motivating factor behind the search for truth, then the only real truth we need to discover lies within.
Intellect. That’s what makes human beings different from all other living creatures. Of course, all living things have some form of intelligence otherwise they would cease to exist, but the ability and the desire to ponder life’s mysteries is unique to human beings. We have learned to celebrate and cherish our intellect so much so that we bestow great awards to those who study, and experiment, and achieve. Yet, there are those who still struggle to learn the truth.
We are meant to learn from one another – that is a truth, but the things we learn from others aren’t necessarily our truth.
What is truth? Are facts truth? What is considered a fact today could very well be considered folly tomorrow. Facts change when new information is made available, so I think it’s fairly safe to say that facts are not truths. When a person wants to learn the truth – it’s almost always in response to a negatively charged personal experience, and that kind of truth can only be obtained from one specific outside source – God – however you choose to define Him/Her/It.
We are driven to learn the truth when we feel that we have been betrayed. Lied to. Deceived. The quest to learn the truth can become incredibly distorted by our mind’s process, especially if the intensity of the emotion we attached to the untruth is itself disproportionate to the fabrication.
Our mind’s process can and does convince us of all kinds of untruths, so how does a person reconcile that? We must unlearn to depend only on our intellect and relearn to turn to and trust our inner guidance system – our intuition – our Spirit. Truth is recognized – not learned. We don’t think truth – we feel it. You'll know when you've heard a truth because if you aren't ready to accept it, you will attempt to attack it. Negative emotions will rise inside you and the need to defend yourself will become a priority. You will lash out at the person who revealed the truth and refuse to allow that truth into your mind. Your attack won't change the truth, but it will allow you to avoid it until you are ready to receive it.
The further away we moved from using a combination of Spiritual and human intelligence, the more complicated life became. When we don't like the truth we find, we look for an alternate explanation. This allows us to avoid facing the truth that we aren't yet ready to accept.
Intelligence is a gift, but we have forgotten that experience is also a teacher. More importantly, we have forgotten that we are more than our intellect. We place so much emphasis and importance on an idea that we can't tell ourselves apart from that idea. We defend our ideas as if we were defending our very lives, and the desire to learn the truth gets lost in intellectualizing.
When you think you are ready to learn the truth - as it relates to you - invite Divine Wisdom into your life and trust that you will be given everything you need to learn your truth. Remember, we can only see through our own eyes. What is truth to one person is not necessarily truth to another.