Part I: How do we perceive truth?
Political lies and “truths” represent deeper underlying spiritual worldviews that lead to bias based on individual levels of spiritual development.
The politics of calling the opponent a liar has overwhelmed the United States, and the world, with dueling versions of truth and illusion.
For about five hundred years, we have increasingly understood the world from a particular scientific paradigm in the West. The Western scientific paradigm has entailed mainly left-brain analyses of tangible measurements of physical objects as well as of observable events. This approach has led to helpful observations and theories of humanity and our world on many levels: physically, psychologically, biologically, chemically, and so on.
For thousands of years, in the Eastern hemisphere, a more holistic science has also developed, based more on right brain forms of “knowing” and observing through experience, while measuring or sensing subtle energies as much as physical processes and correlated outcomes. This holistic Eastern science has identified energies that course through human bodies (as in acupuncture, yoga, Reiki, and Tai Chi), and has also explained the development of human health as well as the nature of what it means to be human, including spirituality (again, as in the philosophy of yoga).
If we would like to move beyond our current limits of understanding truth and illusion, humanity probably needs to combine these approaches in order to understand ourselves and the universe more fully. We need to use both sides of our brain to engage in fully knowing ourselves and understanding our world.
To this end, I have arrived at a holistic understanding of humanity’s struggles with truth and illusion, including the diametric opposition of understandings of “truth” in Western, political spheres, by combining aspects of Western psychology with Eastern holistic understandings of human development.
The specific Western concepts that I include are: the concepts of world views, psychological development from concrete thinking to abstract thinking, moral development, and emotional learning and development.
The specific Eastern concepts that I include are: the yoga philosophy of human development along the chakra system of the body, the chakras, and the spiritual evolution of the human soul.
What happens when we combine these two approaches? We can finally arrive at an understanding of why one person’s lie can be another person’s truth.
Essentially, then, what we are seeking to understand is how a person’s orientation toward life, or their worldview, either opens up or limits their sense of what can be true.
I will give a personal example in order to portray, in part, the limits we sometimes experience based on our understanding of reality.
In 1996, I was given a copy of Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. I tried to read the book, but there were literally too many miracles for me to believe it was real, so I stopped reading the book. This presented a dilemma, because these were the actual stories of this holy man’s life, so how could the stories be untrue?
My left brain worldview led me only to trust Western scientific understandings of reality. Miracles, for me, in 1996, were therefore not “true” or real in any rational sense. I had two scientifically based degrees, and could not wrap my mind around how these stories of Yogananda’s could be true.
Then I realized that, by not believing that Yogananda was telling the truth, I was not practicing multicultural respect, and I was disrespecting a holy man. Having grown up in multiple countries, I knew the importance of multicultural respect, so I decided to begin to read Autobiography of a Yogi again, practicing multicultural respect, and believing that Yogananda was somehow speaking his truth and that his truth was somehow in the direction of “the truth.”
I realized this might require me to shift my understanding of the true nature of the universe a complete 180 degrees from my current understanding. Despite my reluctance to allow that shift, I read the book, and indeed, the book began to shift my perspective, in part, because I had begun spiritual practices which enabled it to do so.
What I have discovered, then, through the book, and through two decades of meditating and practicing energy healing, is that our left brains only perceive part of reality, while our right brains perceive other aspects of reality, which, to our left brains, do not even appear “real,” let alone “true.”
So, in order to access truth, which, as Jesus expressed it so long ago, will “set us free,” we need to combine both Eastern and Western worldviews along with engaging both our left brains and our right brains. That is the only way we will be able to understand each other, let alone the universe.
Stay tuned for Part II – Love and Light,