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"Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being..." Psalm 51:6
Truth has always been important to me. Being honest. Being right.
Truth has many cousins, especially in all the nuances of growing up and learning to engage one's self, family and world. Getting the answers right on homework. Understanding the way cars and sailboats are meant to work. Using proper language. Doing things the way they are supposed to be done. Wearing the right sort of clothing.
When this is put into a religious context matters of ultimate truth come into play. What does God's truth look and sound like? What is Bible truth? What is true belief and faith?
The answers to these various questions are sometimes helpful, sometimes instructive, sometimes problematic, sometimes judgmental, and sometimes alienating. I have spent hours in my various classrooms, both as student and as teacher, wrestling with the implications of Truth in its many forms.
Right now the question on my mind and heart is this: "What is my truth?"
Until very recently this question has been a non-starter for me. Truth is not relative to the person, I have insisted. Truth, if it is indeed truth, is absolute and universal. If this is not what one means by the word find another word. If I phrase the question differently and inquire after my own personal clarity of perception, the notion of truth seems less absolute and more a matter of individual filters and inclinations.
If I suffered an eye, ear or brain injury at a certain point in my life it would be fair to say that my perceptions of things before and after might be profoundly different. Accuracy of perception? In some ways one might insist that it is only the accuracy of current perception that matters. The current realm is where one lives, not the past. Wear glasses, hearing aids, or psychotherapeutic adjustments and see, hear and know things as they really are.
If the current perception, however, is significantly distorted by past trauma, such that aids and adjustments address only the superficial, then current perception is to that degree relative.
Coming to know My Truth, then, is a matter of gaining an understanding of these distortions and seeking clarity about something more original in "the inward being". This is not a matter of saying that, "Gravity might work for you, but it doesn't work for me." My Truth has to do more with clarity about my choices, my values, my relationships...and my past.
I fully acknowledge that I have only a partial understanding of this right now, but I am excited about moving in this direction, as it seems to be a direction divinely endorsed. I don't need to be right; just clear.