A long time ago, say 1964, across America there were four big magazines, Time, Look, Life and Saturday Evening Post. There were three television channels, and in Dallas, where I grew up, there were three radio stations. We got what we knew from these reliable sources. Some of us also read the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News. And that was it.
Today we are bombarded on all sides with media outlets wanting us to pay attention. But at the same time, we hear all the talk about fake news and alternate facts to such a degree that an average person, like you or me, has reached the point where we do not know what is true and what is false.
Paul Ryan tells us that we should not provide free lunches to poor school children because the state of hunger is good for their souls. The President and others tell us that there is no issue with global warming or ecological degradation. The FBI tells us that Russia tampered with our national election and no one seems to know what we are doing in the Middle East or why. Television preachers, between ads for their churches, tell us that the end is near and only their view is right.
You and I listen to all of this, and when we are truthful with ourselves, we realize that there is nothing about which we are certain. We do not know how to deal with conflicting facts any more than we know how to deal with conflicting beliefs. We are uncomfortable in an environment filled with ambiguity. And the people and institutions we once trusted, including the church, have created so much conflict that we do not really want any part of them and we discover that much of what they have taught us is all made up anyway.
If you are anything like me, and I think you are, you know from this point forward we are on our own. We are the deciders of truth. This is occasionally a freeing feeling, but most of the time it is scary. I have resolved this for myself in a way that may be helpful to you. I tell myself almost daily, “I am my Guru. I am the arbiter of truth for me.” That has become my job. That is so because I can trust what I choose to believe or see with my own eyes.
Even though I am in the Faith business, I know that what I put faith in is not necessarily what you trust.
So how do we know, in this uncertain environment, how to make decisions or who to follow or where to place our trust?
I’m my guru. I decide what is true and what is not. Here is the secret to making those decisions. At our conception, the first thing that developed in our bodies was our heart. Everything else in our bodies developed from the heart. Once born our hearts guide us to understand and follow the our own truth.
What you know in your heart is the truth, even though it is different than what I am led to believe in my heart. But my soul came to earth this time around to learn specific lessons that are unlike what your soul came to learn. AND, each of our hearts knows the way that will lead us to our lessons and our successes.
Faith or certainty? Forget certainty…...clearly there is no such thing in this Brave New World. However, we each have a powerful guide in our chests and regardless of what we hear or are taught, our heart knows the way.
Trust your heart.
Chuck and Karen Robison broadcast a Consciousness interview show locally and internationally. Their work can be found at http://www.whatifitreallyworks.com/about/ .