Have you figured out why “The Truth Will Set You Free” is not all that it’s cracked up to be?
Seeing through the lies that anxiety had been telling me brought me to the realization that who I am does not rely on what I do.
That just like you – in and of myself, I am enough.
Other people may disagree, but the truth is that each of us has an inviolate rightness to who we are just as we are.
Realizing that simple fact was a truth that set me free from one set of anxiety’s lies.
It also gave me a whole other set of challenges with which to deal.
The truth is (ha!ha!) that after a truth has set you free what you initially have to deal with is:
- a surge of energy
- the physical results when that energy dissipates
- a new sense of vulnerability: physically and emotionally
- more sadness
- a whole lot more confusion and
- a surge of desperation because
- you realize that nothing in your life is going to change unless you take this opportunity to change how you think about yourself.
The truth will set you free from the emotional jail anxiety locked you into..
But your freedom will be short-lived unless you figure out what you how you need to let that truth express itself in your life.
Pushing for Answers and Trusting You’ll Get Them
The technique Strengthening Your Intuition describes how you can give yourself more options and increase the number of ways you can get answers.
Like using symbols that resonate with you to help you make changes, I believe that focusing on the questions you want answered will get you the answers you need.
The answers may come in unexpected ways so you have to be open and pay attention to things that whisper to you or catch your interest.
That includes books, television programs, movies, the desire to do something that you’ve put off, or thinking about other questions that pop-up.
Essentially what you’re doing is increasing your awareness of yourself and what’s pulling at you.
Just this morning as I was ruminating on what I wanted to write for this week’s blog,
- what had really sparked the clarity I experienced,
- how I could winnow it down
- how much do I include
- thoughts about adages like the truth will set you free not telling you the whole story
- what’s my thread going to be that’s going to hold it all together
a book caught my eye.
I knew if I took a moment and gave my attention to it, I’d open it to a page that would provide some help.
From page 242 of Daily Zen Doodles:
Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. Thich Nhat Hanh
Dealing With a Mish-Mash of Answers
You’re going to get answers that on their own may not make a lot of sense. In fact, they’ll frustrate you and will have your anxiety escalating.
Ground yourself in trusting that like the ingredients of a recipe they’re being mixed together and starting chain reactions. With a little more action on your part, something will spark the transformation process.
Before cake, ingredients. After cake, ingredients, answers and sweet satisfaction.
The Shame That Sparked My Transformation Process
Have you heard of or have you seen the movie “Hidden Figures”?
Here’s a link that tells you about the story as well as the stories of other black women and the issues they faced living and working in the American segregated South. It also has a movie trailer.
I grew up in the North and as a child I knew little about the South or the Civil Rights Movement, and I have to say that I don’t know that much more now.
The movie gives you glimpse of what life was like as a black woman in the early sixties. You feel for these three women and what they had to live with.
Yet they did so much.
They knew, because they had been raised to know that they were valued for who they were, that they were enough.
Regardless of the laws, or how people treated them, or how the finish line kept getting moved on them, they just knew that they were worthy of the effort they put in to following their hearts and doing what they wanted to do.
I’ve come late to understanding that I am enough.
I also have to admit that after learning the story of these women’s lives and what they did in spite of everything I felt a bit ashamed.
I’m good at signing petitions and sharing information to help people become aware of what’s happening in our country right now, but I’ve not actively participated in helping to make change.
That was the spark that I needed to turn all those bits and pieces of information I’d been collecting this past week into a something meaningful for my life.
These women are my inspiration for recognizing how my new truth needs to be expressed in my life.
Their story has given me a strength that I’ve not had for a very long time, and for that I am very grateful.
So I’ve come to the end of this post, and in doing so I thought it would be fitting to pick up the book Daily Zen Doodles and ask it to help me close the post out with a good quote.
I held it in my hands while asking for its help and opened it to page 320.
Release the past, the present and the future. Give your mind the freedom it needs to take you beyond suffering. Buddha
All the best,