These days, there is much said about lying, fake news and hypocrisy both at the personal level and in organizations such as the media, government and churches. It seems almost as if there is a national dialogue going on to determine who or what is true. I hope this debate not only causes people to reflect on what constitutes the basis of truth, but also encourages them to look beneath the glitzy surface to the hard reality that forms the substance of truth.
Dreamwork: Getting to Know One’s Own Driving Forces
One of the many benefits of dreamwork is that it gets us acquainted with the driving forces of our own behavior—forces which remain largely hidden, and thus unknown, to people who have done little self-reflection concerning what goes on beneath the surface of their daily thinking. Dreamwork thus helps us know who we really are, with the amazing combinations of light and shadow that make up our individual souls. When applied with a loving, open heart, it helps us own all these energies by recognizing, accepting and integrating what we thought was lost or what we thought was unlovable. This coming together results in a brilliant transformation that speaks truth out of its own experience. This kind of depth awareness becomes the basis of knowing and judging what is true and not true.
Self-Ignorance Leads to Fake Behavior
For people who have not undergone this transformation, truth is only true because somebody else said it was true or because society or the church says it is true. As a result, many people constantly look to others to define the truth. Peer pressure is an example. Teens and others who often have little reflected life experience of their own to draw personal conclusions about what is true are subject to the power of others’ opinions and behaviors. As a result, phony behavior flourishes, people ape their peers, lie to hide their shallowness or to please others, or blindly give lip service to the dictates of a church while compulsively acting out destructive actions. In government, people with no spiritual depth or inner compass easily succumb to the compelling charms of dictators. Given the current state of affairs, one has to imagine that this is what happened, big-time.
In our national and personal quest for truth, let us hope it brings us to a deeper part of ourselves, collectively and individually. Dreamwork can help for those with the courage and imagination to go within.