We belong to ourselves. We must remember this if we are to be real and true—we belong to ourselves, to nature and to truth, not the limits of our upbringing.
Despite the common thinking of the world that argues we belong to our parents, our families, our culture and their values and traditions, this is not true. We do not belong to limited people or systems that would confine our growth and damage our spirit.
We belong to ourselves and to universal principle and must leave the limits of our upbringing to live true. But there is a struggle.
There is great pressure from our families and conventional thinking to stay behind and honor mother and father and their world no matter how limited, dysfunctional or cruel and it takes an unusually gifted soul to leave. We were born into this world of our parents and our departure has a heartbreaking aspect to it, since it is hard to see the failures of our first loves, mother and father, and face the limits of our culture of origin.
Those who didn’t have the courage to leave will always resent those who did. In fact those who stay behind will work hard to shame, guilt, withhold love and even shun those who escape the snares of a closed, cultist family system. This is a sad and cruel manipulation. Those who stay behind see those who leave as a threatening reminder of what they failed to do—become themselves, true people. The free spirit of those who left reveals the closed prison of those who took the easier path of conformity and stayed behind.
But the troubling manipulations of the family to return to their world do not work. Those who have tasted freedom and belong to life and its mystery do not return to the prison of safety and convention. Rather these free spirits soar to higher realms of consciousness and wonder, unknown to the average.
Like many of us, I wanted to change the world. But my best efforts seemed irrelevant as the steamroller of average people’s destructive living plowed through, almost taking me with it. Then I had a revelation: that despite this troubled world, I had grown—evolved. I had changed.
As a Seeker, I was different—more self-aware, more profoundly human, more accurately me. And this brought me to my second revelation: that since I had changed, the world had changed too. When you and I change, the world changes—and it only takes a few to set new ways in motion.
Our humanity is sacred because of our capacity to interface with truth.
Our true self is that juncture where our human limits interface with the expansiveness of truth. This juncture is not just a connection with the collective unconscious, the combined, generational experiences of our common humanity that has also settled into our cellular knowing. Our sacred self is greater than this.
At our core, we connect with something deeper and more profound than human experience—we interface with truth. The site of this intersection of humanity and truth is sacred—it is our true self, our sacred self.
People who have not healed their wounds of childhood have a propensity for violence—and live looking for a fight. From bickering with a partner to self-destructive behavior to squabbles at work to outright international warfare, all violence stems from adults who have not addressed the wounded child within and instead seek revenge outside.
Only adults who have confronted our parents—either face-to-face, or more essentially, within our psyches—and resolved our childhood rage can approach conflict in a mature manner. Continue reading
Currently humanity is undergoing a profound transition. Our old way of being human, Homo sapiens, is not sustainable. Ruled by trauma, not truth, Homo sapiens are not capable of acting in their best interest and will self-destruct.
But nature will answer this crisis as it has in the past through the mystery of evolution and a new species is emerging, Homo veritas. This new species is ruled not by trauma, but by truth.
The 4 types of humans on earth now are as follows.
Homo sapiens are the most populace and are not sustainable. They number in the billions. They are ruled by trauma, not truth, and lead destructive lives.
There are 2 transitional types: Rebels and Seekers. Rebels abhor the destructive ways of the average, but in their reactivity do not envision a new way. Seekers also see the destructive ways of the norm, but become proactive in healing their traumatic past in order to find a new way.
Finally the new type of human is Homo veritas, ruled by truth, not trauma. They are the next step in human evolution. They are sustainable and the hope of the future.
These ideas are more fully explored in my book Field Guide to a New Species—a new, sustainable way to be human.
The transition from outer definition to inner truth is a lonely path.
We must leave much behind—including conventional friends and limited family members. We must also leave behind old definitions of self, constructed and endorsed by the culture. This too is a great loss.
As outgrown, external structure collapses, out inner structure has a chance to emerge. But this inner structure is tested to be true. Can it hold our developing and authentic, sense of self? Can we shun the noise of the world and its claims of authority in our lives to listen to the subtle voice of truth at our core? Can we stake our claim in an internal identity, apart from the seductive allure of the external world and the majority that conforms to it? Can we live from within as the outer world shouts its outrage at our defiance of its supremacy?
It takes great courage to live from within and out of our core of truth. And the transition from outer definition to inner truth is a lonely path that few travel. That’s why it’s good to listen in quiet reflection to the voice of truth that whispers encouraging words and reassuring support that we are actually not alone at all—but surrounded by universal forces that delight in our daring venture to live out of what’s best in us and best in all reality. With that realization, even during what feels like our loneliness moment, we see we are not alone, but with the best company of all—our true self and the forces of nature and the universe that delight in our being true.