Truth : the body of real events or facts He'll keep investigating until he finds the truth. 2 : the quality or state of being true There is no truth in what she told you. 3 : a true or accepted statement or idea I learned some hard truths about life. Mirriam Webster Dictionary
During our recent isolation, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the word truth. I am not sure if what we have been seeing on the news is the truth. I am not sure what I hear discussed with colleagues or offered on social media is based in fact. I’m not really sure about the intentions of those offering the information, and ergo, don’t know if it is biased by that intent, or indeed is real and truthful. At best presenters may be responding to their perceptions of given situations or information.
So, what is truth? I have often found that, in session, people will share with me very deep and meaningful instances in their life. I know enough through my own experiences that any retelling of events holds a bias, based on perspective. This perspective forms that person’s truth in the retelling of the event. Although the sharing may seem like the truth, certainly to the teller, it may not be factually correct or true from another onlooker’s perspective.
I also know that we are not always very truthful with some friends or family. If, for instance, what I feel I have to tell someone will make them feel badly, will I have enough courage to tell them? I have to be very clear of my intention – clearly, I am not telling my friend something to deliberately hurt them. I must be clear that I don’t have a second agenda. I can’t be worried that if I share this important thing that may be painful that they will sever the friendship. If it is the truth, then I trust that I will have the courage to tell the truth. This courage requires great compassion and no attachment to a certain outcome. It requires us to be willing to be more than what we think we are.
During these times that we are navigating, what is the truth? Again, I’m pretty sure there are some speculations, biased opinions, rushed or incomplete data, second agendas, and a myriad of other factors that are impacting the “truth” we are being offered by the media.
What I do know is the truth is that this pandemic deeply affects people: it is triggering traumatic memories, fears, anger, and reactions. Some people are being offered more closeness and deepening relationships with their families, and even though that closeness might seem like a great gift (and it is!), it can bring up fear, pain and discomfort! For example, we can all question or self-judge our skills as a parent or partner! (And let’s face it, we all have.) I think this might be the underlying meaning behind the Greek playwright, Aeschylus when he wrote “we suffer into truth”.
During this time of isolation and uncertainty, maybe there is only one truth for each of us, and that is our own individual truth: This pandemic gives us an opportunity to excavate, evaluate, feel and reflect on that.
As I mentioned in my previous newsletters during these challenging times, I offer all my friends and family this suggestion: Do your inner work: drum or rattle with healing intentions, transfigure often, take time to reflect and nurture compassion. Choose love, not fear. This is not only guidance for these times, but for always.
Journey to explore truth with this intention: Ask your helping spirits to assist you as you journey to understand your deepest truths. Are you courageous enough to be honest and truthful, without attachment? Are there times when this comes into question? What will your spirits share with you? As always, remember, no judgements! What will you discover? I invite you to journey with this intention and see where it takes you on your path to self-mastery.
Supplemental Newsletter March 2020:
In the past 15+ years that I have been doing a monthly newsletter, I do believe this is the first time that I have written a supplementary issue. This is certainly the weirdest one that I have ever composed.
I am having such mixed feelings about the state of the globe at the moment. I have a lot of time to think about this, as we are in self isolation, after returning home from England on Tuesday. Amidst the deserted airports, wild stories from those trying to get home before airlines shut down (or go bankrupt), and fear of the unknown, I am intending to trust that all that is happening is leading us more to working together as a planet and helping each other, although “social distancing” and “self-isolating” are counterintuitive to this intention on the surface.
To manage our self-isolation and to honour and protect my dear clients I will not be able to see clients in person until the end of March and will reassess the global situation after that time. For those clients who are booked in during that timeframe, I will contact you directly to offer a distance healing or rescheduling, whichever you prefer.
On a healing note, I offer all my friends and family this suggestion: Do your inner work: drum or rattle with healing intentions, transfigure often, take time to reflect and nurture compassion. Choose love, not fear.
Explore personal and global healing with this journey: Ask your helping spirits to assist you as you journey to a sanctuary in non-ordinary reality that is healing, safe, and quiet to receive healing for yourself, cultivating with love, and insight into healing the planet and all beings. What will your spirits share with you? As always, remember, no judgements! What will you discover? I invite you to journey with this intention and see where it takes you on your path to self-mastery.
Laini Risto and I are expecting our second cd, Snow Raven, to be released very soon. Please watch here for the release date!
The cd Spirit Bear has its own webpage to make your purchase of this music easier: https://lainiristo.hearnow.com/spirit-bear