Blog entry by Alan Chapman
Anyone in the world
Your Own Truth
It seems increasingly helpful, to me, to approach life on the basis that we each have the right and the capability to find and make our own 'truth' or 'reality'.
Central to this simple statement is that we reject any other version of:
- who and what we are;
- how we 'should' think and feel;
- and what we 'should' do and the choices we make.
Instead we can develop our own understanding of these things, which requires us first to question and to challenge our self-perceptions: our ideas of who and what we are, and what our meaning and purpose might be, and become.
For all of us, to one degree or another, our ideas about ourselves are formed significatly by our experiences of life since our conception and then from our birth, as we become conditioned by our up-bringing and education.
Very little is known about how our personality is formed; for example the degree and effects by which our attitudes are influenced by our birth, especially the level of trauma.
How soon, for instance, should the umbilical cord be cut?
It is not long ago that all babies were born with a smack to make us cry and breathe. What is the effect on our lives from such shocking trauma, on leaving the womb?
N.B. These notes above are based on our beliefs that time, space, all matter and energy, and all human experiences exist outside of our imaginings, which is rather nonsensical.
Obviously everything is sensed and processed in our imaginings.
We cannot know what was 'reality' prior to our being born, nor can we know while we are alive what will be 'reality' after we die.
Additionally, our hearts and our entire bodies and souls too, are always 'sensing' and processing what is 'real'.
So it's not just about our brains.
And it's not just about our individual sensing.
It's very much also about our collective sensing.
Concepts such as zeitgeist, and experiences such as the 'atmosphere' or 'mood' and 'power' of groups and crowds, are obvious examples of this:
That we are sensing individually and collectively, all of the time we are alive, and so making some sort or sorts of realities.