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Monica Pickard spent twenty years of her adult life as a child care provider. During that time, with the help of her husband, she raised her son who has been diagnosed with Autism and Developmental Delay. She learned to navigate a world that was new to her – the world of Special Needs. She now shares these experiences and the wisdom they taught her, with love and heartfelt compassion for the human condition.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Belong to the Truth

“Jesus speaks of those “who belong to the truth.” It is not something you say, but something you own. You belong to it. It is rooted in self-acceptance and open-hearted awareness.” Gregory Boyle in Barking to the Choir

We know the truth deep in our bones when we hear it or read it. We know it. It makes our heart soar with glee and our eyes beam with love. When it is a truth we are not comfortable with, that doesn’t fit our political or economic agenda, it feels like a stab to our heart or to our gut. This is when we let the false-self take over our thinking and look for, sometimes even conjure up in our own minds, a reason or reasons for it not to be true or at least for it to be acceptable to ignore. We don’t want to know that we have supported something bad. But, we still know. The truth knocks on the door of our heart each time we hear it and we must continue to bar the door, to be blind to it, to keep our Self from belonging to it.

Be one who belongs to the truth. Fight for the truth. No matter the cost to your ego. I know it hurts, but not for long. When you belong to the truth you are protected by peace. I know this because I had to fight my own ego so that my Self could belong to the truth. I still do sometimes. It gets easier. And I am at peace because I know that I belong to the truth. I will not allow my ego to tether me to a lie. Some of the truths I had to belong to were under Obama. He supported things that hurt innocent people, like TPP and Monsanto. I also had to be truthful with myself about the ways my political party has tricked me into supporting some things. And, so should you. It does not mean you are a traitor to your party. We cannot betray someone who was never loyal to your values. They have already betrayed your trust. No matter what party you support, they spin, they manipulate, they fear monger, they propagandize. “When we see clearly, we behave impeccably,” says Sylvia Boorstein, a Buddhist teacher.

You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything. People in politics like to use that sentence to make their bipartisan point. But an honest bipartisan sentence would go like this: When you stand for someone, you’re likely to fall for anything. We put party and politicians over policy in politics, but it is the policy that should matter, not the party or the politician. Your true Self knows good policy when you hear it. Often, our ego distracts us from that truth with, “Yea, but…” What is happening right now in our country, in this administration, has happened before in history here and around the world. These same types of events led to some horrific, murderous, genocidal acts. We can change the trajectory, but we all must belong to the truth in order to do that. Stop turning a blind eye to suffering children. Stop making excuses for it and other things this president is doing. James Baldwin wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Let your heart face it.

Belong to the truth. 

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