There is a new hire at work I started working with today. So of course there was social conversation throughout the day. On the way home I mentioned this forum, and he asked me what it was about. Now of course I had to think about it a bit. Then I asked him if he went to the grocery store a lot. Of course he said he did. I asked him to think about his favorite thing in the store, the thing he buys most often. I asked him what row it was in, before he could answer, I asked him what was the first item in that row. He said he couldn't answer. I asked him what was on the shelf next to his favorite item, and he said he couldn't answer that either.
I explained to him how that was a pretty narrow focus. I asked him to consider the number of different things in that store, and the number of times he went in. Then I asked him to consider that same narrow focus, and what he saw when he walked out his front door. He admitted that he probably didn't see that much. I told him that (in general) is consciousness, and that he could choose to expand it.
I then started talking to about science. I asked him if he was familiar with the saying "The whole is more than the sum of it's parts"? He said that he had heard of it, and through a brief conversation showed he had a good understanding of what it meant. I then asked him, in general what is science about? He answered that science was about discovering facts or truth (again in general, and again a pretty good understanding). We then discussed the "big bang theory" When he described a sufficient understanding of that. I pointed out to him that one of the precepts of our science, part of the very foundation our science was built on, was that you can't get something from nothing (that in general thing again). He immediately (to his credit), said then science is wrong.
He has training as an auto mechanic, so I tied the scientific method, to how he figures out what is wrong with a car. I then pointed out to him how his trouble shooting actually begins before he ever lifts the hood, how as he approaches the cars he is looking at the whole car, listening to it, whether he was aware of it or not (I dropped the consciousness thing on him again), and tied it to "the whole is more than the sum of its parts".
I reminded him, that I was a technician, and told him that is how I look at the world, and myself. I told him that I believe there is a singular truth, that that truth is represented in everything, that we see different aspects of that truth, and thats how we see all these different things. That each of them is the whole truth, but that we only aware of what we "like" or are familiar with. That as a technician I am trying to see that singular truth in the big picture that is everything.
Then I answered his question and told him what I think Theosophy.net is about. I told him I come here to expand my consciousness, and see more when I walk out my front door, and when I look at myself.
P.S. I'm going on a hunch here. Let me be the first to welcome him to Theosophy.net.
P.S. we are all messengers in my opinion. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all adopted the saying "don't shoot the messenger?
yes there are many reasons to keep our truths to ourselves in our current society, that speaks to the illness of our current society though, and says little to nothing about our truth, or about the need to share it.
I have glanced at your post on today's quote and plan to visit it momentarily.
Sorry for missing your point.
I agree with you statements (basically: Communicating things that have "power" are very dangerous,)
>>>> I am aware of how offensive speaking my truth plainly can be
I do not find it offensive.
>>>>> for me to be at peace within that truth for eternity, when my time here has passed, I must find that peace now (understand that truth), while I still have time to describe it to everyone else.
Note today's quote by Krishnamurti. It is a lot of work no matter which way one heads. You get to pick your Path, and change it often if needed...
There is not a lot of reason to keep it silent anymore. All of the ideas are "out there" in this day and age. You are maybe just a messenger.
I sincerely thank you for your reply. I can only hope that you understand when I say, that is not what I am looking for.
I made that post because it illustrates (quite plainly in my opinion) how it is necessary, within some environments, to put in place some perspectives, before one can speak their truth with any hope of another to even have a chance of understanding what one is actually saying within the others perspective.
Communicating things that have "power" are very dangerous, and can have far reaching influences (how I would define power) without the understanding of the experiences of the speaker. I use Albert Einsteins life's work as an example of this. He (as far as I am aware) was trying to help us, but because he bucked the system (as it were), and delivered powerful knowledge without delivering first, the understanding of the experiences that allowed him to become aware of that knowledge in the first place, is responsible (at least in part in my opinion) for the harm we created with it.
You can't give a gun to a child without being responsible (at least to some degree) for how it is used, even though the choices of how it is used are those of the child.
I am aware of how offensive speaking my truth plainly can be. Jesus would be my example for that. He spoke his truth without consideration for himself. My understanding of that shows me how cowardice my introverted life has been. I openly admit I do not want to leave this earth a coward, but I can't allow my fears ( my mistakes of the past) to be the cause of even more mistakes in my future.
I have allowed our society (which is the result of those same mistakes of the past (at least for my part in it) to keep me silent any longer. Because I am of the perspective that a singular truth existed before our universe manifested (by whatever means that was accomplished), I have to admit to myself, that for me to be at peace within that truth for eternity, when my time here has passed, I must find that peace now (understand that truth), while I still have time to describe it to everyone else.
This is the only way, I can see, to atone for those mistakes, and be able to judge myself worthy of that truth.
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