Yes Judes, there are two entities that make up the whole us, commonly called the lower and higher self, but the subject is too vast to discuss here, but we may cover it in depth at some point.
"H. P. Blavatsky and Alice A. Bailey were two controversial teachers who many believe to be in league with the devil. Let us suppose, for the sake of argument, that half of what they teach is not true. If this were the case would it not be better to look for the error so you will not be deceived? OR - is there still an advantage to look for truth as the prime point of focus? If the latter question is true - why is it true?"
Judes makes a good point here that it may not be productive to spend time studying material with a low percentage of truth. Even though this may be true, it is also a fact that we often approach new teachings without knowing the percentage of truth therein until we spend some time in study and contemplation.
It does make sense however, to spend your time in the arena where the greatest light lies.
Welcome to Jan, a new poster, who says:
"My question is, what is truth? My truth is different than your truth. We progress at different rates so tend to see truths differently than people with greater or lesser understanding. This also means our truths change as we progress. We know truth only through understanding. Until we understand something, we may see it as untrue based on our experiences in this lifetime."
We have discussed this topic at length in the past and if you are interested I'll bet Glenys could give you some good references from the archives.
I will make this statement. It is not the truth that changes, but our perception or our opinion of the truth. The Course in Miracles makes this profound statement.
"The truth is true and nothing else is true."
In other words 2+2=4 and nothing else is true. This principle applies to all truth with no exceptions. No exceptions to this principle have ever been presented or will ever be presented for it is impossible to make that which is not true into truth. That which is not true can have the illusion of truth, but that is all.
There is no such thing as relative truth, higher truth, lower truth or ultimate truth. All truth is merely what it is at the present moment in time and space. Some truth may be in the process of unfolding and from this point of view one may say he is seeing "higher truth."
That which is higher than truth are principles which is the language of the soul.
I loved Anni's answer to the current question:
"I would say that when you seek for the truth and find it your soul will confirm it to you. When you listen and seek further you'll get a new confirmation and if you listen you will find it much easier to discern all the time because your small still voice gets louder and louder.
"If you seek the errors, they are not confirmed as being errors. Spirit recognizes truth not errors. So it is much faster to look for truth and get it confirmed than looking for errors and not getting anything confirmed?"
Anni - A master could not have spoken better than this. Let me repeat your most significant statement:
"If you seek the errors they are not confirmed as being errors. Spirit recognizes truth not errors."
That which is not true is error, or in the true reality - NOTHING. If one spends his life looking for nothing what will he find?
Think of your circle of friends and pick one who is critical and always looking for error and red flags. Does he or she have any truth to teach?
If he does it will not have been discovered while looking for error.
Let us reiterate the Principles of Discovery that we have covered so far:
(1) Take the things you know (for reasonable surety) to be true and use them as a foundation or stepping-stones for testing additional truths.
(2) Be willing to let these foundation beliefs be either altered or dropped as some of them are replaced by higher vision.
(3) The teaching should be in harmony with common sense
(4) It should increase the power of Decision and free will.
(5) It should bring you to a new level of awareness and usefulness.
(6) Seek out true sources of knowledge, study and incorporate them into your life. Knowledge dispels error and illusion.
(7) Gather all the reliable information you can about a subject of interest and try to see the principles suggested by the data. Then draw conclusions and run the conclusions by your soul and see if you receive a response.
(8) Follow all the aspects of the Will of God that is within your perception and your sensitivity to the truth will increase.
(9) The Process of Elimination. Eliminate those things that are definitely not true and contemplate on that which remains.
(10) Effective Communication
(A) Communication through perception of the outside world.
(B) Person to person communication.
(C) Communication through the soul.
(11) Truth is in harmony with spiritual principles; therefore we discover that which is true through the application of those principles.
(12) The principle of planting and harvesting.
(13) "The Law of Correspondences." The principle behind it is "as above so below," and vice versa.
(14) Take that belief which is embraced by the world and look in the opposite direction. In this opposite direction much truth lies hidden.
(15) Discernment. In particular the disciple should seek the power to discern beyond physical seeing so he can see the difference in effects from the astral/emotional world and the world of the soul.
(16) Seek proven authorities and learn from them.
(17) Put your attention on finding that which is true rather than that which is in error.
Let us now introduce the next principle
(18) Faith in the "Dominating Good," or a belief that God is good.
Susan in her interesting post has already led us into this next principle without knowing it when she said:
"Fearing to be deceived seemed to keep people around me in so much darkness and boredom, I decided to risk it and learn truth from all sources I could get my hands on. I was asked often, aren't you afraid you will get to heaven and find out you were wrong? I replied that God knows my heart and would know that it was an honest mistake and I would apologize for my error, would be forgiven and would willingly be taught the truth."
Susan hit on something here that does indeed block many from the truth. That old enemy fear keeps many from moving toward the light of truth.
What do you suppose are the three basic fears that keep sincere people from discovering and accepting new truth?
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