"If you keep saying it the way it really is, eventually your word
is law in the universe."
Life is in speaking. Indeed, life is speaking. Who I am
shows up in languaging.
Now, if you heard a "my" in there ie if you heard "Who I
am shows up in my languaging" instead of "Who I am shows
up in languaging", you didn't get it. There's nothing
personal about who I am. Neither is there anything personal
about languaging. Hence it's "Who I am shows up in languaging" rather
than "Who I am shows up in my languaging".
Since life is speaking and who I am shows up in languaging, let me
speak. Although I'm aligned with the truth, let me not speak "the
truth" for the truth believed is a lie (thank you
Werner) and instead let me speak in a way which makes it
possible for a
to appear in which the truth can show up and go to work.
It's clear to me one of my impediments to speaking the truth is my
always present opinion. Even if I attempt to speak the truth,
what I'm locked into is my own opinion of the truth. I'm
clear my own opinion as "the truth" is distinct from the truth.
My own opinion as "the truth" is more than distinct from the
truth actually. I'm clear the one is totally unrelated to
the other. In actual fact, they're so unrelated they may
as well each exist in different countries.
What's also clear to me is when a conversation gets locked into
opinions as "the truth", both the conversation and
the truth get hijacked. That's just the nature of opinions: they
point to the truth but they're not the truth. Even with
the best of intentions, an opinion as "the truth" only
obfuscates the truth.
I'm pragmatic. What that essentially means is I'm more
than in being right. Lets assume when it comes to speaking the
truth, I can't speak anything other than my own opinion as
"the truth". If that's so, then what's left for me
to speak? Once I've seen it's
for me to speak the truth, then what's left for me to
speak which will make a difference? What will
Indeed, speaking the truth may not be an option available to me (or to
any other human being who has an opinion either). Speaking my opinion
as "the truth" isn't the truth. But speaking in a
way which makes it possible for a
to appear in which the truth can show up and go to work may be an
option available to me.
So I ask myself: what does that look like? What does
speaking in a way which makes it possible for a
to appear in which the truth can show up and go to work look like?
One of the ways it may look like is saying it the way it really is in
my experience. There'd have to be no convincing in it.
There'd have to be no being right in it. And neither could
there be any protecting myself or hiding out
in it. To get to that level of speaking, I'd have to
relinquish wanting to change things. I'd have to relinquish wanting to
add things. Most of all, I'd have to relinquish placing importance on
my opinion of things - or at least I'd have to acknowledge
my opinion when I'm opining and not endow my opinion with
any particular significance or righteousness. That implies speaking
simply what's there, what's right in front of me.
Speaking simply what's there, what's right in front of me isn't
going to change anything. It's not going to
fix anything either. Rather, what it accomplishes is
to simply be. And when
is allowed to simply be in a conversation, there's a space, there's a
for people to start getting their own being, their own insights, their
own ideas. That's the time the truth can show up and go to work. And
that's the time a real difference is made. In fact,
arguably it's the only time a real difference is
The part about my word eventually being law in the universe when I say
it the way it really is doesn't imply I'll initiate some kind of cosmic
coup d'état and take over, like a new celestial
sheriff in town, like a galactical dictator. Rather, what it says to me
is my word eventually is thesameas
law in the universe - which, come to think of it, it always was and
already is. Life is in speaking. Indeed, life is speaking.
Who I am shows up in languaging. There's nothing personal about any of
this. Life's languaging is my languaging. My languaging is life's
When I say it the way it really is in my experience without convincing,
without being right, without protecting myself, without hiding out,
without wanting to change things, without wanting to add things,
without endowing my always present opinion with any significance or
righteousness, what becomes possible is a
can appear in which the truth, law in the universe, can show up and go