For as long as we have had records, we have sought to discover the ultimate truth. The basic facts on which everything else is based.
Over the ages, the most commonly held fundamental truths have varied widely. Today we consider ideas of a flat earth at the center of creation laughable. Science seeks the holy grail of physics, a single theory that covers all of the known laws, Unified Field.
The only problem is, they are leaving out huge hunks of our experience, such as the simple experience of who we are. How can a theory be ultimate truth if it does not allow for all experience?
What we have failed to recognize is that truth is relative. Truth is based on our degree of mind functioning. Put another way, our level or degree of consciousness. As Maharishi puts it, “Knowledge is structured in consciousness”. As consciousness changes, so too does knowledge.
Its quite easy to illustrate this. We just have to look at basic human development. How a child grows into adulthood. At first, they see themselves as one with the mother. Then gradually, a baby begins to experience separateness, then reaches for that separateness to become an individual. They begin to associate with a family group, then a peer group outside the family, and so forth into adulthood.
At each of these stages, what is “true” changes. Who you see yourself to be changes.
We tend to have this idea that once you reach maturity, our perspective stabilizes and thus our truth becomes constant. For some people, this can be relatively true. But if you have any exposure to other cultures, other social strata, or even the opposite sex, you soon discover that there is a wide range of perspectives within any community.
Further, we do not generally keep a stable worldview over time but rather it evolves with life experiences. You can talk to any senior about their youth and the changes in the world they have witnessed. Or look at some advertising from within many of our lifetimes: the roles of women, cigarettes, computers, and so on.
Knowledge and the resulting truth thus becomes relative. No wonder people feel insecure and hold to sometimes irrational ideas!
I have found however that if we study the human growth and development cycles and records of human potential from many cultures, we find basic commonalities and a pattern. A series of “realities” we tend to step up through, each with their own basic truths.
Trying to live truths that are not our experience just creates a disconnect with ourselves. Pretending we are “one” when it is not your experience, for example, simply cultures mental illusions rather than truth within our perspective.
Life becomes easier and more comfortable if we are able to be easy with the truths of where we are, yet have a sense of where we are going, what are the next highest truths.
The ideas of the recent film “The Secret” lit a fire under many people as it gave them a vision of the “next steps”, of simple ways they could adjust their thinking that would move them out of a sense of being a victim of circumstances and become self-empowered.
As is the cyclic nature of growth though, many have found that once they get a handle on the principles around how their thinking affects their lives, they soon discover a still bigger picture. A picture that many in the west are unfamiliar with.
There is an ultimate truth. But it is quite simply beyond the range of us to grasp. And that is simply because it is beyond mind, so beyond words and conceptions. It can only be experienced to know it. It has a direct relationship with who we are. A lot of people have never stopped to ask that question, let alone find an answer. An answer that can turn your previous understanding on its head.