Facing The Truth About Ourselves

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”- Winston Churchill

Accepting What is in Order to Change it.

There are two ways to solve any problem.

You can find a solution or you can remove the cause of it.

The world is drenched in supposed solutions, but the problems remain when the cause is still lingering around.

It’s like taking an aspirin for a headache.

Unless the source of the headache is dealt with, the headache will continue no matter how many aspirin you take.

The source of my headaches was actually caused by a pinched nerve in my shoulder-blade. The pain shot all the way up the left side of my neck and created massive pain and pressure in my head.

After receiving some massages in my shoulder-blade area, which eventually released the tension, my headaches were gone.

Buddha Truth Quote

Cognitive Dissonance – Face The Truth

To hold two contradictory beliefs simultaneously and to accept that both are true.

It is also known as double think.

An example would be someone who preaches to everyone that the world is abundant and to share your money yet they are very tight-fisted and seldom share any of their money.

Cognitive dissonance creates an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously.

When someone has two beliefs or behavior patterns that are fundamentally at odds within their mind, it creates an unpleasant feeling known as emotional disharmony.

It feels as though there is an inner friction inside of us (dissonance).

Something must be done about this feeling so many people change their beliefs in light of the new information such as in the case of the man who preaches abundance.

He knows that he is “tight” with his money so in order to relieve his inner-tension he promotes an idea that he doesn’t live by.

I'd agree with you but we'd both be wrong

New Age and the truth

I had read dozens of new age books in my life and while there are many inspiring stories and feel good ideas, the new ways being taught never fully resonated with me.

They are merely ideas and cannot fundamentally change who we are. Reading books never cured anything unless you used your awareness to create an action plan.

It’s coming to a point that we have to accept “who” we are, warts and all.

Spiritual Integrity

Integrity and character

Meaning what you say and saying what you mean is my definition of integrity.

Very simple and straight forward.

How many times have you dealt with someone who is full of crap?

They say that they are going to do something yet they never follow through. This is called a lack of integrity and I find it really frustrating interacting with these kinds of people.

Time To Change

Acknowledge Ourselves In order To Change Ourselves

We must acknowledge that what we are doing is no longer working or serving us in order to change it. Take the abundant preacher man story.

He must realize that talking about abundance and not living abundantly is a form a cognitive dissonance.

Cognitive dissonance and denial is very similar to sticking your head in the sand and having a “wishful thinking” attitude. Ignorance is bliss-but only for a while.

It is what it is

Face the truth – Accepting what is

The cure for cognitive dissonance is accepting what is.

This means consciously being aware of what is happening as opposed to resisting, or even worse, ignoring it. What you resist persists as the saying goes.

By accepting what is, you will become aware of new possibilities to solve your problems.

How many people have died from curable diseases because they were too afraid to go to the doctor?

Or stayed in unhappy,tired, loveless relationships because they were afraid to face the economic hit. These things happen everyday my friends.

I remember back in high school during my senior year our football team was in the second round of the play-offs.

We hadn’t lost a game all year.

We barely beat the Edgewood Rams 24-20 in the first round of the playoffs.

We were behind big time most of that game and rallied ourselves to a major win in the end.

Edgewood was big, tough and dirty.

They were literally throwing dirt in our eyes while we played.

Several of us had to flush out our eyes so we could see what we were doing.

Our record was 11-0 up until that playoff game and if we had won we would’ve played for the state championship game at The University of Maryland.

We plowed through every team that we played that year, and no one was even a match for us, except for the team that we played in the first round of the play-offs.

They gave us a fight.

The day of the second round of the playoff game it had rained all day and the football field was soaked with water and muddy as hell.

Our game began at 7:00 pm and all we had to do was beat this little backwoods team from Middletown.

They were small and not very impressive at all visually compared to the team we played the week before.

I thought the game was in the bag and was preparing mentally for our trip to College Park for the State Championship game.

Well, without going too much into it; we lost 17-7 that night.

The muddy field played a huge part in our loss because my team was built on speed and quickness.

Middletown went on to win the State Championship as well.

The loss carried on with me for years after that.

I had a real hard time looking at and accepting the reality that we lost.

I had excuses and complaints and none of that mattered.

It was as it was.

When I finally accepted mentally that we lost, the woes of my mind began to disappear. Yes I can say that I accept that we lost that game despite wishing we didn’t.

 

Remember This Prayer

God/Consciousness, grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change:

The courage to change the things I can;

And the wisdom to know the difference.

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