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Thoughts on truth

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
— John 8:32

This week, we transition into Truth. This area of our body, the throat, is where the body connects to the mind. We move up from the more gross energetic fields of the body to the ethereal ones like our mind and intuition. This space is where we express what we feel and experience in the lower parts of our body: emotions, sensations, information about our environment. If we are blocked here, there is no relay system between our body and mind--they are actually disconnected and therefore we become disconnected. We cannot access the higher self. We cannot speak what we know. We cannot translate knowledge into feeling or action and therefore we cannot manifest.

I want you to think of truth as a neutral, universal thing. The Truth has a frequency and I believe that frequency is the same as Love. We can set ourselves up to resonate with that frequency and when we do, we are able to live in integrity and alignment. When we live lives that are too noisy and busy, when we don't get silent enough to hear our own voice, we aren't able to hear or resonate with the truth. We become lost; a person run by the mind, a series of reactions. Tuning into Truth allows us to align with something bigger, to have space in our thoughts, to identify with them less and make room for other, wiser voices to be heard.

This week is a tuning process. We are going to quiet our environment and set ourselves up for as much space as possible to be quiet and listen through simple practices. And we are going to practice tuning our frequency through using our instrument (voice) in a specific way.

The following is from my essay, The Truth About Lying.

"What you’ll find—what I’ve found—is that the truth is ultimately life-affirming. Even when it’s ugly and inconvenient and has the potential to dismantle your life. It feels like relief and freedom, I believe (and this is my pseudo-scientific woo-woo explanation) because the energy of truth is in integrity with the energy of the Divine. Not in a “this is good and now you're not bad” way but in a “this is real and therefore you can stand on it” way. The truth has a soft-click sound. It is a release valve. The truth is uncomfortable but expansive; lying is uncomfortable and confining. You know the difference when you feel it."

I hope you have a beautiful week exploring this.


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Homework

Daily Practices

Morning Pages

Continue from Week 1. WATCH: Julia Cameron on Morning Pages

 

daily MEDITATION

Mindful Listening Meditation (5 min.) by Manjo Dias

 

Mantra

The mantra for this week is:  The truth brings me closer to love.

  • Write it down in your journal each morning before you begin morning pages.

  • Put it as a reminder into your phone to show up at noon each day.

  • When fear comes up, repeat it out loud or in your mind.


Assignments

 

1. turn down the noise (AKA: social media break).

Per the lecture, we will collectively take a break from the noise of social media from Tuesday, October 9 at noon EST to Saturday, October 13 noon EST (after our second call this week on Saturday).

NOTE: As part of this practice, we will not be active on the Facebook group until Saturday. If you have questions or thoughts, you can email Laura and the mentors here. We will respond within 24 hours.

How to do it?

  • Delete the apps from your phone. Don’t rely on your will to just not open them—so much of this is habit so set yourself up for success.

  • Logout of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, on your computer(s).

  • Note how this feels in your Morning Pages, or throughout the day.

 

2. Listen.

Morning meditation and Morning Pages, every day.

 

3. use your voice.

Get in a place where you can sing along/chant these songs without worrying about other people hearing (if you care about that) and where you can really let go. Sit in a comfortable position, spine straight, arms resting on your thighs. Eyes can be open or closed. Feel free to move your body—let the music move through you. You can do both songs in one sitting or at separate times. Do as many times as you wish this week, but at least once each.

  • Sita Ram by Krishna Das (7:26)
    Meaning: Sita Ram, as a mantra, evokes Rama as Truth, the Soul and virtue; and Sita as primal energy (kundalini shakti). Rama symbolizes the inner fervor in the Manipura (solar plexus) chakra that purifies the body and spirit. Sita symbolizes the energy of the Muladhara (root) chakra that provides grounding and calms the mind. Both sides of the brain are balanced through the practice of reciting the Sita Ram mantra. It is also believed to improve health by removing impurities from the body and mind, and to encourage self-awareness.

  • (Bliss) I am The Light of My Soul by Sirgun Kaur & Sat Darsham Singh (8:11)
    This is one of my favorite songs to sing to. The chorus comes from a Yogi Bahjan mantra:
    I am the light of my soul. I am beautiful. I am bountiful. I am bliss. I am, I am.

 

4. TRUTH INQUIRY

All week, you are going to engage in a very simple (but not easy) inquiry. 

  • Is this true? Was that true?

When you're in conversation, or about to say or write something, ask yourself, Is this true? Just notice. Witness. Or, if you’ve already said something and realize it was dishonest, as yourself, Was that true? Just notice. Witness.

Write your findings in your journal throughout the week. Things to note: Are there certain people you are habitually dishonest with? Are there certain things you habitually lie about, big or small? Can you discern why?

 

Watch or Listen to the Live Class

Audio

Resources

All the True Vows by David Whyte

The Work of Byron Katie

Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford

Enjoli by Kristi Coulter

Free Yourself From the Bondage of Guilt with Meadow DeVor

Spiritualish- Ep. 12: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire