Thoughts on truth
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.
Watch the Lecture
The Science Behind Mantra Chanting by Jonathan
How Mantras Work by Amarjit Singh
The Truth About Lying by Laura
Continue from Week 1. WATCH: Julia Cameron on Morning Pages
Mindful Listening Meditation (5 min.) by Manjo Dias
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.
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, April 2 - Monday, April 8 following our live class.
NOTE: The forum will remain open.
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.
Morning meditation and Morning Pages, every day.
3. secrets inventory.
Are there secrets you are keeping inside you? This is the time to put them on paper. They can be very old secrets from childhood, or recent ones. The point in writing them down is to begin to take away their power. You do not need to go digging for things—if there’s nothing there, there’s nothing there—but often we have a handful of things we’ve kept to ourselves and they eat at us. You only need to write down the things that have weight.
You do not need to share this work on the forum, unless you want to. You’re also welcome to burn the page(s), or create some kind of ritual that feels right in order to release them.
“I used to sneak candy from my teacher’s locker in school.”
“I am attracted to a co-worker and fantasize about acting on it.”
“I stole prescription medication from a friend.”
4. lies inventory.
Similar to the secrets inventory, this is a list of the lies you’ve harbored. This is not a laundry list of every lie that’s ever crossed your lips (we would all have an encyclopedia worth), but a list of the lies that eat at you. Again, you don’t need to go looking for things. This is an exercise in being willing to put down on paper what you may never have said out loud. Keep this part of the homework to 20 minutes max.
Again, you do not need to share this work on the forum, unless you want to. You’re also welcome to burn the page(s), or create some kind of ritual that feels right in order to release them.
5. 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.
6. 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?