But, living in a place of truth with self is absolutely essential if you want your life to flourish. Denial is the destroyer of emotional growth and emotional growth is the very essence of a joyous life.
However, being in a place of truth is impossible if one is not taught self-reflection.
Being in a place of truth is impossible if one is not taught self-compassion and empathy.
Being in a place of truth is impossible if one is not taught the potentials of being human.
And being in a place of truth is impossible if one has unresolved emotional damage.
In recent academic conversations I am regularly questioned regarding the weight I give the emotional experience; which I think very reasonable indeed at 50/50 with mental reasoning.
This pressure to undermine the emotional experience has become more and more intense over the last twenty years (the reason a topic for another blog…hint….pharmaceuticals). So let me put this clearly;
An emotional experience that warps the psyche can absolutely screw up a person’s whole future without the right assistance. And the right assistance is becoming rarer and rarer.
We all want deep love…this person is less likely to ever experience this.
We all want a positive life long relationship with that babe we hold in our arms. This person is less likely to get it.
We all want to contribute, to feel valued by our community. This person is less likely to get it, indeed they often get the very opposite.
And come on, no pharmaceutical/drug experience will ever provide you with a quality life experience…with a flourishing life. I worked for fifteen of my twenty-four years in psychiatry in Acute units. I know this to be true!
Now there are some folk who are persistently telling us that the emotional state is simply a neurochemical reaction to thought processes and hence easily manipulative to scientific tinkering. Yep.
So…now they are experimenting on a drug that can chemically lobotomize short-term memory. Well, if you like these ideas well…I guess you won’t have to know yourself. You can feel ‘happy’. If that’s what you want.
But oh my friends, there is so very much more. There are depths, richness, and inexplicable joy on the path of self-truth.
I know…and I mean know…that You are so much more…that Life is so much more than suffering, than neurochemicals, than confusion, than anger and tears and bitterness. And it is so much more than the experience of one.
And I know, the only way to reach that richness is to Know Thyself.
And with the desire to simply Know Truth.
You don’t have to protect yourself from yourself. No matter who you are. But you do have to face yourself without illusion, without comfortable excuses, without denial.