Exploring Your Truth

What does it mean to be truthful, transparent, real?

The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off." —Gloria Steinem

We often don't want to see what is right in front of us perhaps because it is too painful or it makes us uncomfortable. I believe it comes down to fear, and that if we acknowledge the truth we may have to make really hard choices that will change our lives moving forward.

Recently I have been looking deeper into what my beliefs are, and also what I know for sure to be my absolute truths. You may ask, what is the difference? Beliefs are conditioned - whether we learned them through our parents, our friends, or our environment. 

A knowing on the other hand, is something that we feel. It is visceral, and almost hard to verbalize because it is such a deep feeling. There are many things I know for sure, that as much as you tried to convince me otherwise, I would not waiver. I feel it is important in life to distinguish between what are our beliefs and what we know, and then to live more from what we know. 

Our beliefs tend to get in our way. We are stubborn defending them. A knowing is something we don't have to defend, because we are so secure with the feeling of what we know, that we don't have to convince anyone to see what we see. A knowing feels peaceful and calm. Our beliefs tend to feel rigid and insecure. 

In Kundalini Yoga, we use a mantra, Sat Nam, which means truth is my name, I speak my truth, and the consciousness in me sees the consciousness in you. Our truths become our energy and our consciousness. Begin paying attention to how you speak, think, and behave and ask yourself if they are coming from your beliefs and ego, or if they are coming from a place much deeper within you from a soul level. 

Learning to see our truths takes awareness and the willingness to face our beliefs in this moment. Ask yourself the question,"What do I truly know for sure?" When you can answer this honestly, and then compare that to how you have been living, you will see many of your beliefs are not serving you. And with your next breath, you can choose to start over, let go of what is holding you back, and begin living from a peaceful place of knowing.