Seek Truth, Not Its Effects
A few weeks ago I wrote about Truth and Its effects and not confusing them. What inspired that article was my reading of Jan Frazier's book, When Fear Falls Away. While the book was directly useful to me by validating my experience and helping me to delineate the distinction between psychological wholeness and spiritual Wholeness, I felt something was missing from her story. And that was Truth Itself. This is what reminded me to turn inward to Truth. And, as it always does, this caused important shifts for me.
I first wrote about this in March, 2017, after I’d realized, with great relief, that love and peace, and joy were only effects. Like everyone I chased these, but chasing them misses the point. Truth is the point, not Its effects. They are important because they indicate Truth is here, but to seek them for themselves is to lose sight of Truth.
When the Golden Light of Love burst into my mind in August of ’17 I was so caught up in It that I almost forgot about Truth Itself. When I remembered, I felt relief. All tension left me.
I had this experience again when I was going through the dismantling of my former life. I was so consumed with it I’d forget the shifts were caused by my awareness of Truth. Truth, not the shifts in my consciousness or in my outer life, is What matters. Because Truth is the truth!
And it happened again the other day. I was comparing the ego’s (personal thought system’s) limited world and the Vision of Spirit, Which reflects the Love I am back to me. At the time I was putting together my next collection of articles for publication and came across an article in which I discussed the difference between a Revelation (a direct experience of Truth) and a higher miracle (reflection of Truth). I finished that article with “But I can tell you, as joyous as the reflection is, it is as different from Heaven as a photon is from the sun.” And woooosh! All the tension left my body.
Only the Truth is true. Anything else, even Its reflections (miracles), are illusions. To chase Truth’s reflections is to chase illusions. The reason I feel relief each time I remember Truth is, well, truth, is because I experience the true forgiveness that A Course in Miracles teaches. The higher state of consciousness that results, where the Love I am is reflected back at me everywhere, always, is not forgiveness, but the state of forgiveness. It is an effect, not a cause.
It doesn’t make sense to seek a higher state of consciousness. Instead, grow your awareness of Truth and the higher state of consciousness will result.