Last night, a restaurant owner told me a non-truth.
“So what?” you might ask.
I made an inquiry about the evening’s menu offerings and was told that there was an issue with vegetable availability. I knew this was a non-truth because the restauranteur’s energetic field went from being its natural, shiny and luminescent self to a dull and deeply non-luminescent haze. The observation of this radical, spiritual shift was painful for me to observe, as I had come to trust this individual to speak truthfully with me.
Internally, I countered with the questions, “Really? You have to lie to me about vegetable availability?” (Vegetable availability is generally a non-issue in the US restaurant industry, unless an establishment is committed to serving locally-sourced, fresh produce.)
Non-truths, when wittingly thought, held, spoken or acted upon, cause Spirit to become damaged or injured. Even simple, so-called, “white” lies, such as this non-truth would qualify to be labelled, are injurious to the person speaking them and disrespectful of the inner Light abiding in would-be hearers.
Truths, non-truths and attempting to understand what the Truth might be are things with which all of us struggle—because it is often difficult for us to sort through and articulate our very personal, internal emotional experiences about the world, as well as our being habituated to living the bulk of our time quite separate from the inner sanctum of the heart, where ultimate Reality or pure Spirit resides.
When I first became aware of how critical connecting myself to my perception of my current, working Truth was, I ended up choosing to move into silence.
At the time that I moved into silence, I felt there were almost no words or perceptions that I could safely state without bumping up against some form of non-truth. Then, I entered a phase where I qualified my verbal observations with clauses such as, “My current perception of the situation is…,” “It may be that…,” or “It seems to me, at this time, as though….” My hope was that by couching my observations amid these qualifiers, I could remain open to questions about what the “Truth” was, is, or might be, as well as avoiding further damage to my inner Light.
What I have learned is this: Words and the manner in which they are used are—potentially—powerful tools and shapers of our experiential reality. In most cases, I have found it is better to check my perception of “Reality,” with two key questions, “What is going on here?” and “How, if at all, am I to be involved in this situation or with this/these person/people?”
Silence has become a dear friend and a critical place of refuge, because, more often than not, we are operating, drawing conclusions, making decisions and engaging in concrete actions based upon incomplete, inaccurate or out-right false narratives. Still, there are times when we must speak and act in order to better learn about a situation, place, person, time and to discern the extent to which we should or should not become actively involved in a set of circumstances.
Thus, the next time a group of words leaves your mouth, consider the manner in which you are sharing your personal observations or current, working truth and how you might retool your word choices or what you choose to share, so that you are speaking, as accurately as possible, about your perception regarding the Truth of a situation. It is one of the best ways to honor Spirit.