Live According To Your Highest Values
“The small truth has words that are clear; the great truth has great silence.” — Rabindranath Tagore
It is no secret that power and truth are synonymous, since one cannot exist without the other. As you assert your inner power, you live an authentic life which is bestowed in the truth of your being.
To live your truth gives relevance to honouring your highest principled virtue, bound by the essence of your highest self. The higher self is the quintessential aspect of who you are — it is the embodiment of your spiritual nature, unbound by human weaknesses.
Living your truth must come to represent that which is true for you alone and unhindered by outside influences. Your truth is the essence of your spiritual nature — that is, once the mental facade has been transformed, the truth gives way to the light of your being. In doing so, you overcome emotional impediments that may stifle your growth.
The truth is represented by the emergence of the authentic self, which is the soul’s true essence.
Noted for his acclaimed work as an internationally renowned psychiatrist, consciousness researcher and spiritual lecturer, the late Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., wrote many compelling books, his most notable being Power vs Force.
He teaches us of the essence of truth being akin to letting go of the falsehood of our thinking, “Like the sun, the inner Self is always shining, but because of negative clouds, we do not experience it. It is not necessary to program oneself with the truth; it is only necessary to remove that which is false.”
He goes on to say, “It is only the removal of the negative that is necessary-the willingness to let go of the habits of negative thinking. The removal of the obstacles to the experiencing of this will result in an increasing sense of aliveness and a joy of one’s own existence.”
Seeking the truth entails living according to your highest principles and values. You are pulled by your empowering beliefs, values and ideals, which you honour deeply, for these principles allow you to express your authentic nature.
As testament to this, the following list encapsulates my truths, which I have refined over the years.
How do you know you are living your truth?
Well, problems begin to give way to solutions in the easiest manner. Life has a vast richness, which is not bound by external forces. You are drawn to revealing the highest version of yourself, whilst knowing through personal growth you are constantly letting go of that which no longer serves your potential.
1. I respect and honour myself.
2. I invite others to reveal their authentic wisdom.
3. I treasure the knowledge and wisdom within me.
4. I respect and honour those I come into contact with.
5. I withhold judgment about others, for it is not my place to judge.
6. I honour my purpose by being of service to others.
7. I live in accordance with my highest truth by connecting with my inner wisdom.
8. I express myself according to my highest moral values.
9. I do not hold on to disempowering mental or emotional states,
10. I am the conduit and expression of life’s infinite creative potential.
Truth Should Unite Others Toward A Common Goal
“The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.” — William James
Your truth serves as your roadmap, it is your guiding force — your light and beacon to navigate your way ahead. Whilst we make daily choices that guide our life’s path, living in accordance with our truth is the highest choice we make.
What you accept as your truth becomes your destiny. Your truth influences your beliefs, thus impelling your actions. I truly believe at a deeper level we are striving to do the best we can, given the resources available to us at the time.
Your level of awareness shapes your life, for as you grow in awareness the veil, which obscures reality, is lifted to reveal the truth. There may be times when we unwittingly offend others through our choices and actions. If we abide by our truth, we trust that we cannot please everyone and therefore as long as we act morally and dutifully, we are following our deepest wisdom.
I am not suggesting our truth harm or offend others. As we live our truth, it should unite others toward a common goal, the expression of humanity through oneness.
History has been marked with those who have earnestly pursued their truth by opposing popular held beliefs and societal norms. Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King firmly believed in causes greater than themselves and were willing to take a stand for their truth, i.e. equality among men.
Consider what principles you hold close to your heart?
What moral values do you honour?
How does honouring your truth serve you?
When did you first encounter your truths and was there ever a time when they were challenged?
A number of questions to consider, yet if we fail to live by that which we hold value to, how can we expect others to interact with us when we have no measure of influence on our own life?
These questions must be asked if we seek to discover a fundamental blueprint for the attainment of happiness and a fulfilling life.
In many ways, today’s failed marriages serve to highlight the discontinuity men and women hold toward a nostalgic view of marriage. Their truth does not represent their own rather that of a collective society (media, friends, family, colleagues etc.), which asserts that you remain unfulfilled until you have married and had children.
Unfortunately a number of men and women buy into this false mirage by marrying incompatible partners to please their family, or even worse, owing to the fear they may remain single and very much alone.
Regretfully, divorce highlights the inevitability of both parties to naturally grow out of their union as they realise their truths no longer serve them — it was in fact someone else’s truth they were living.
Whilst I am using marriage as an illustration, we could relate it to your career, finances or key relationships. The value of the message is to realise your truth before someone else imposes theirs onto you.
It may take months, years or even decades. Besides what is the rush? It is better to discover your own truth through trial and error than to live other people’s truths.
Reveal Your Authentic Self
“Seek truth and you will find a path.” — Frank Slaughter
In his book Unapologetically You, behavioural science academic and author Steve Maraboli advises us of the importance of this position, “Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
Freedom is attained within the deepest realisation that your destiny rests in your hands. In many ways Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King were prepared to die for their truth by standing for something greater and more compelling than principles alone.
Whilst one need not die for his truth since we have become liberated from oppressive societal ideology, realising your truth represents the highest act of authenticity one can attain.
Beauty and honour is attained by those who stand for something — that is, someone who strongly believes in a purpose, a vision or an ideal for which they lose sight of the trivial aspects of life.
You need not strive to be a Ghandi — yet as you seek to represent your truth, you guide others to do the same by creating a path for others to follow.
It was the greatest intellectual of this century, Albert Einstein who wrote, “Man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”
Therefore, I invite you to discover the truth of what is, rather than what should be. Reveal your authentic self by becoming attuned to the essence of your being.
Your true nature is not concerned with what you do for a living, how much money you have amassed, how many followers you have on Twitter, nor how many Facebook friends you have accrued.
Your true nature seeks to connect you to your deepest beliefs by allowing them to serve you and similarly others in the unfolding of your deepest wisdom.
You seek the truth through the significance of the questions you put forth. In time, life reveals itself through you as you become the question; seeking the truth.