Every interpretation is a story
Every experience is truth
This simple guidance will set you up for life, it will bring you peace, settle your mind, and guide your every action. What you can experience is infinite, the understanding that comes from this comes from a deep truth in your being, it has nothing to do with story.
Story is dangerous. It limits you; it causes you to do things blindly, it makes you blind to truth. Stories are uninvestigated belief structures and are believed when you are disempowered towards your own inner truth. When you are deeply connected with yourself you know there is only truth, and no story stands the test of pure experience. And I do mean that.
At a gross level this will be easy to see. If I went out in the sun on a very hot day when I was a child and got terrible sunburn and came home and my mother said, “the sun is dangerous, don’t go outside anymore!” I may well believe her. I have had the experience of sunburn, and my mother’s story is “the sun is dangerous”. I may well spend the rest of my life indoors, afraid. And we may laugh at this example, but we do this all the time, we are doing this with COVID 19 right now. When I say every experience is truth, I really mean every experience. Which means going out and testing it again and again, I go out and test if I stay out for 5 minutes, is it dangerous? I see other people are walking and playing outdoors and I am curious about that. I begin to research and educate myself on what is known about the sun, and then I test, and test, and test. And for something like sunburn, it’s easy to see that depending on my skin, what is true for me, is not true for someone else. If my skin is dark I can go out for hours, if my skin is fair I cannot. My truth is my truth, yours is yours. But in all cases, it is testable.
Stories are untested, uninvestigated beliefs. To carry on the analogy to ridiculous lengths (but happening all the time) Let us say I realise my mother’s story is not my story, I venture out and begin to explore what is my truth. As my skin burns easily, I know to stay out for only an hour then I must protect myself, or I will burn. But then I meet a group who tell me this is nonsense – everyone can stay out as long as they like. Obviously, my Sun chakra is blocked. To unblock it I must meditate under the burning sun until I can withstand the entire day, I need to chant a special Sun mantra and do specific Sun breath exercises, become one with the sun, it is simply my resistance. So, day after day I sit, and I burn.
Uninvestigated beliefs mixed with disempowerment. Painful for me both physically and mentally – as I now begin to think there is something terribly wrong with me, on top of the excruciating sunburn.
After some time, I think to myself, no this really isn’t right for me. I risk the group rejecting me and getting upset when I don’t believe the same thing. I have a choice to stay and try to continue with the torture, or I can go and find others like me who burn after an hour.
I take a huge risk, leave the group and search for one more like me. I find one because in reality there are infinite groups representing all our beautiful diversity. This new group tell me the other group was terrible to enforce their beliefs on me, every one knows you can only sit in the sun for an hour. The other group are either cheating, or delusional. I am so happy! I have found my true place. Then some people join the group who can only go out in the sun for 15 minutes. Obviously, these people need to cleanse their auras. I tell them to go vegan, and take a special herb, then they will not burn. As they continue to struggle and burn I can only assume there is a big blockage somewhere, and they are not taking their diet seriously. Clearly, they are doing something wrong.
And so it goes on.
Stories are dangerous because they begin with the premise “I know the answer”. Experience is your truth because it allows you to come to “I know the answer, for me, today” Experience is not static, it is continuous. This is what life is about. An ongoing and continuous investigation of knowledge, experience, and stimulus.
There is no such thing as “I know the answer”. As Usui said “just for today” I will strive to be kind and grateful. I will strive not to worry or anger. I will test, test, test. Be alert, be awake, be present. Today, what works and what doesn’t. What feels right, and what doesn’t. Clean slate, every single day.
This is not easy to do, at all. But this is what I refer to when I say every experience is truth.