What is your personal truth?

The following excerpt is from CWG (p. 155 in the hardcover edition) .

“Thinking is hard. Making value judgments is difficult. It places you at pure creation, because there are so many times you’ll have to say, “i don’t know. i just don’t know.” Yet still you’ll have to decide. And so you’ll have to choose. 

Such a choice – a decision coming from no previous personal knowledge – is called pure creation. And the individual is aware, deeply aware, that in the making of such decisions is the Self created. 

Most of you are not interested in such important work. Most of you would rather leave that to others. And so most of you are not self-created, but creatures of habit – other-created creatures. 

Then, when others have told you how you should feel, and it runs directly counter to how you do feel – you experience a deep inner conflict. Something deep inside you tells you that what others have told you is not Who You Are. Now where to go with that? What to do?

The first place you go is to your religionists – the people who put you there in the first place. You go to your priests and your rabbis and your ministers and your teachers, and they tell you to stop listening to your Self. The worst of them will try to scare you away from it; scare you away from what you intuitively know. 

They’ll tell you about the devil, about Satan, demons and evil spirits and hell and damnation and every frightening thing they can think of to get you to see how what you were intuitively knowing and feeling was wrong, and how the only place you’ll find any comfort is in their thought, their idea, their theology, their definition of right and wrong, and their concept of Who You Are.

The seduction here is that all you have to do to get instant approval is to agree. Agree and you have instant approval. Some will even sing and shout and dance and wave their arms in hallelujah!

That’s hard to resist. Such approval, such rejoicing that you have seen the light; that you have been saved! 

Approvals and demonstrations seldom accompany inner decisions. Celebrations rarely surround choices to follow personal truth. In fact, quite the contrary. Not only may others fail to celebrate, they may actually subject you to ridicule. What? You’re thinking for yourself? You’re deciding on your own? You’re applying your own yardsticks, your own judgments, your own values? What do you think you are, anyway?

And, indeed, that is precisely the question you are answering. 

But the work must be done very much alone. Very much without reward, without approval, perhaps without even any notice. 

And so you ask a very good question. Why go on? Why even start off on such a path? What is to be gained from embarking on such a journey? Where is the incentive? What is the reason?

The reason is ridiculously simple. 


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