Truth is not a thing! Truth is not an object that you stumble across one day as you amble along your life’s pathway, a bright and shiny object which you immediately recognize as “The Truth.” Now it is true that walking along this path you might stumble upon a spiritual tradition, a thing or object, which is intriguing and even having a “bright and shiny” quality to it which appears to convey truth. But this “bright and shiny object” can easily be only a spiritual bauble with which the ego can find amusement and self-gratification for a while. The Truth is not on the surface of any spiritual tradition, is not a “thing” in the least.
But if you have been raised in the West where we have been systematized and “thingi-fied” since at least the industrial revolution, it is human nature to see everything as a “thing” even spiritual matters which are intrinsically a “no-thing.” This is because our culture has turned our soul into a “thing” so that our intrinsic grasp of who we are is conceptual and therefore we will see other people, spiritual traditions, and even “god” as a thing. We can’t help it. It is human nature to perceive out of “the abundance of one’s heart” and the heart is always encumbered by the dross of the enculturation process. Any spiritual tradition will encounter “meaning” only when one has the temerity to look beneath the surface of his life which always will jeopardize spiritual traditions that have been passed on to him. Indeed, in some sense one must lose his spiritual tradition, his faith, his god if he is to find meaningful spiritual roots, meaningful faith, and a meaningful “god” who is not a mere idle thought rattling around in his skull. This is relevant to the admonishment of Jesus that we must lose our life in order to find it, our “life” consisting of the persona that by necessity we acquired and has served a useful purpose…and can do so again if we will allow our internal resources (i.e. “Spirit”) to be tapped and give meaning to this persona. And in my spiritual tradition, Christianity, the Christian persona is difficult to grasp as our ego does not want us to get a glimpse of just how much our faith has been an example of performance art. This is what Jesus recognized with the established religion of his day and called them “hypocrites” or “actors.” He, being a keen spiritual observer of his world, immediately recognized that their spiritual tradition had become merely performance art. I think that today he would call most Christians something like “Christian-oids.”
Truth is elusive and to put it into words is difficult, technically impossible. Words are only “pointers” in the spiritual realm and human nature is to take these words superficially and mistake the word for the thing. Truth is a process, not a thing, and in my spiritual tradition this process is described as a “Person” and this is a meaningful way of seeing and intuitively grasping Truth. But when at the core of our heart we perceive ourselves as a “thing” it takes a miracle for us to see any dimension of spiritual life, and life as a whole, as anything but a “thing.” Until we see and understand this, our relationships…even the closest and dearest relationships…will be one “thing” relating to another “thing” without the presence of any dynamic process that is the essential feature of the life process. Life is not static. We live in a flux and we are a flux but our ego resists understanding this as doing so requires a heart that has become “petal open” and therefore aware of its fluidity and the fluidity of the whole of life.
(I almost got carried away here. My ultimate point was the spiritual emptiness of our culture which has facilitated and even encouraged the development of Trumpism, with our President being only a symptom. I pose the question I so often pose here, and in real time, “Where is the church?” I could even say, “Where is God?” Yes, God has disappeared and one could even say “dead” as did Nietzsche presciently note in the 19th century but that is only because those purporting to believe in Him have turned him into a sterile concept, the “letter of the law” and as the Apostle Paul told us, this “letter” always kills anything it touches. Instead of droning on further, you might want to see a further amplification of this concern in another blog I posted yesterday. Here is the link: https://theonlytruthinpolitics.wordpress.com/)