By John Smith
There are many words in the English language that are frequently used, while many of us have little or no understanding of their true meaning. One of these words is “truth”. When thinking about this concept in preparation for this article, the thought, “What is the truth about the truth” suddenly came to me, which I then decided to use as the title. Let us examine and discover what truth is really all about.
Firstly, let us look at the meaning of the word. The Collins Pocket Preference English Dictionary provides, amongst others, the following meanings - “in accordance with facts, accurate and correct”. The first meaning, “in accordance with facts” immediately raises an important question; namely how do we know if the facts are correct, or the truth for that matter. I think it is safe to state that not all facts are correct. That is the difference between truth and error. Upon further analysis though, there is another aspect to this statement that provides a clue as to what truth really is. Read the statement again and see if you notice. The clue lies in the words “accordance with”. A synonym for the word “accord” is “agreement”. In other words, truth implies agreement. Agreement with what? Before we answer that question, let us philosophise a little about the concept of truth.
By John Smith
There are many interpretations and explanations of the meaning of the word “faith”. Some believe it to be a religious concept that only applies to those who practice a certain religion. Others equate it with the general concept of belief. In this article we will endeavor to answer the following questions. What is faith? Does everyone have faith?
Let us consider the original meaning of the word faith, which includes “conviction, credence or persuasion”. The difference between knowledge and conviction is that the former only requires the acquisition of information while the latter requires acceptance of this information by the mind as truth. Firstly, it is important to understand that the human mind consists of two parts namely the conscious mind – the rational mind which is aware of its surroundings, interprets information and forms thoughts. The second part of the human mind is the subconscious mind, the irrational mind that receives information from the conscious mind without questioning or analysing, ultimately forming convictions and beliefs about the information. It is with the conscious mind that we evaluate the veracity of incoming information through questioning. The subconscious mind however, does not evaluate or question, but involuntarily receives that which has been accepted and sanctioned by the conscious mind.
It is imperative that we always question everything we hear, essentially whether it is truth or superstition; whether it is empowering or disempowering. The biblical principle, “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free”, should be the measuring stick by which we evaluate the information we receive in the conscious mind. The quality of the information will determine the quality of our thoughts and ultimately the quality of our beliefs in the subconscious mind. In turn, these beliefs determine the quality of our lives. Unfortunately, most people measure the veracity by the source of the information instead of the information itself. Parents, teachers, preachers etc. are usually considered reliable sources of information. The truth is that this is not necessarily always the case. We need to question what we hear and discover truth for ourselves.
By John Smith
Most people have at some point expressed the desire for some form of change in one or more areas in their lives. However, making the commitment to do what is necessary to effect the desired change is something few are willing to do. Most would like their circumstances and situations to change, but few are willing to take full responsibility for their lives and make the necessary changes within themselves. In your personal experience, how many people do you know that you can truly say have taken full responsibility for their lives, including their mistakes and failures, as opposed to blaming others and playing the victim? Why is it that so many people would rather continue being miserable in some area of their lives, rather than take responsibility and do what is necessary to bring about change?
This article is devoted to those who are not only desirous of change, but are also willing to take responsibility and commit themselves to the mechanics of the process of change. I want to share some information that has helped me greatly on my personal journey towards change.
Let us look at three issues that play an important role in the process of change.
- Our number one enemy is ignorance.
- Our number one obstacle is our conditioning.
- Our number one challenge is commitment.
Let us consider the first point - our number one Enemy - Ignorance.
The natural way of getting what you desire
By Kenneth Ho
I'm writing this article because I thought it is important for you. I remembered during one of the classes that I've conducted, there was a conversation that went like this......
I asked one of the participants, "If everything is possible for you, what do you want to achieve?"
"I want to do my own business!" The participant replied. "Why do you want to do your own business?" I asked. "So that I can make more money."
"Then why don't you start doing your own business now?" I asked. "Errrr, because I don't have enough money. If I have the money, I'll do my own business."
"If you have all the money you need to support your business, what business do you want to do?" I asked. "I don't know. I haven't thought about it."
"If you don't know, how are you going to start your business?" "When I have money, I'll think about it. There are so many businesses I can do."
The purpose of this article is to share vital information that has the potential of revolutionizing our lives if we truly grasp the importance of it. The core value of all those who seek to bring about transformation in their lives should be knowledge. There is a biblical principle that states, “People perish for a lack of knowledge.” This implies that the reason we fail in any area of life is due to a lack of knowledge in that area. It is important to understand the following:
- Our # 1 enemy is ignorance
- Our # 1 obstacle is our conditioning
The fact the ignorance is the enemy speaks for itself. Understand that ignorance has nothing to do with intelligence, but with whether or not you have the correct knowledge you require to deal wisely with any matter. Ignorance not only implies lack of knowledge, but also incorrect knowledge. The question is whether your knowledge is empowering or dis-empowering you. The fact that conditioning is an obstacle may not be that obvious. Someone once said that “we don’t see the world as it is, but as we are”. This simply means that we interpret and perceive the situations, circumstances and events in our lives according to what we have been conditioned to believe from childhood, with information that few of us ever questioned or challenged. In this article we are going to examine truth that will hopefully challenge some of our dis-empowering conditioning.
In a previous article on the topic of universal laws and principles, we looked at the fact that every aspect of life, whether objective or subjective, is governed by immutable laws that we either obey or violate. If we obey these laws and learn how to implement them correctly, we reap the benefits and blessings that are inherent to these laws. Through correct implementation, we activate the inherent principles that create what we experience in our lives. This applies in reverse when we violate a universal law. When we do, we suffer the consequences which are inherent to violating these laws, this time in the form of suffering and pain, which we may perceive as punishment.
It is imperative to understand that as long as we try to change the circumstances, situations and events that are causing us pain in our lives, we are merely dealing with effects or symptoms. This is tantamount to trying to cure a brain tumour by taking medication for the ensuing headaches. When we learn to deal with the cause by questioning what the origin of our apparent suffering is, we are then more open to learn the lessons of how and where we are violating universal laws and make the necessary changes. This can be achieved by learning about these laws that determine our experience of life.