While knowledge (1) and truth (2) are not the same as belief (3), in our daily life we rarely make a distinction between the the three. After all, isn’t belief based on knowledge and truth and therefor quite reliable. Why would you believe something if it is not true? For this and other reasons, we wholly accept without reservation the truth of our beliefs. This is perfectly understandable because we base so much of what we do on what we believe. If we had to question our beliefs constantly, making a decision would be difficult. Yet, what if many of our beliefs are not true? If we believe beliefs cannot be questioned, how to can we become aware of those beliefs which may be potentially destructive?
I think it is fair to say that most of us have beliefs that are fundamentally counterproductive to a sane and compassionate world. I realize that writing this will seem like a direct insult to most of you. Perhaps you will think that it is this writer who is the insane one. If you feel this way, I have two reactions to this. One, you might very well be right and only you can decide if this is true. If you do decide this this is true, then I believe continuing to read this blog would would have no benefit for you. What could an insane person possibly offer you. Second, if acknowledge my comments seems crazy but something in you thinks that I may actually have a point, continue reading. Truthfully, I don’t really want to insult anyone. Insulting people isn’t nice and gets you the wrong attention. So, let’s now see if I can explain the purpose of this blog in greater detail.
We all have what is called our shadow side (4). This is a side of ourselves which we cannot see. However, just because we cannot see it does not mean that our shadow does not influences our behavior. This shadow comprises our hidden desire and needs. If we are not aware of these, then we become a slave to them and do not recognize the harm they inflict. The tendency to believe what we we wish rather than what we know to be true comes from those unconscious desires residing in our shadow side. As long as these desires remain unconscious, we can effectively deny truth and insist passionately that what we believe is true even in the face of evidence that refutes our belief. A dispassionate observer would see this behavior as insane. Hence by previous reference to insanity. Sadly, almost every one of us, myself included, has a shadow side. The only variation is the balance between what is hidden and what is known. A fully conscious being is conscious because he/she has managed to bring his entire shadow into the light. This is one of the definitions of consciousness or enlightenment. As you can image, these people are very rare, but do exist. I have know one if my life.
Much of what I will write about has to do with shinning “light” into our shadow. This blog will be a continuous dialogue regarding our beliefs and misunderstandings fueled by our shadow side. I understand that this may make many people uncomfortable. If this applies to you, I ask that you simple abandon trying to read this material. It is not meant for everyone. If you are interested in continuing, I am happy to have you as a reader. Also, I wish to make very clear that there are many paths and many ways of expressing things. I do not make the claim of holding the truth; no one can make that claim. If what I have written makes sense, take it as your own. Discard all that you disagree with. If you can shine your light into your own shadow, you will become the arbitrator of truth and the master of yourself. Hopefully, this blog will point you in the right direction, but you must do the hard work.
Posts will be numbered in ascending order. Some posts may comprise a thread and will be noted in the first line describing the post as a series and listing the remaining posts that complete the thread. You can read in any order, but try to read the series in order. I realize this may be a bit confusing, but this method will make it easier for me to reassemble this as a book later. I thank you for your patience and appreciate any feedback you may wish to give. Finally, if you live in the Saint Petersburg Florida area, I am wanting to organize a Meetup around this material. If you are interested, please write an email to my gmail account using the username: aimfortruth. Be patient, I am busy, but will get back to you.
1. Knowledge: The state or fact of knowing.
2. Truth: A statement proven to be or accepted as true.
3. Belief: Mental acceptance of and conviction of truth.
4. The existence of a shadow side can be attributed to Carl (C. G.) Jung, 1875 to 1961. He was a renowned psychoanalyst famous for postulating the existence of a collective unconscious. Modern day “shadow work” is guided by his teachings. The following is a quote regarding the shadow side of man: “Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected.”