Should the truth feel like anything? If so, why should the truth feel like anything? If not, why not? You may have heard that different people have different “learning styles,” (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, etc.) I am clearly a visual learner. I know this because when I recall something I read, I recall the part of page it was on when I read it. Visual learning is great for some things (like spelling, for instance), and not so great for other things (like auto repair or downhill skiing). But when it comes to the truth, it’s not good enough to rely only on your dominant learning style. It’s necessary to have the witness of what you feel as well. Step 18 of Steps to Knowledge declares “Truth is something you will feel with your entire body, with your entire being.”
I’m writing to confess my bewilderment with the practice instruction for this step. I was asked to give my full attention to feeling the truth arising within myself. At the time, the very instruction seemed non-well-formed, gobbledygoop. I normally don’t think of myself as giving attention to feeling something or not feeling something. Left to my own devices, I usually just feel what I feel or don’t feel what I don’t feel. Am I being asked to feel something in my mind’s feelings, in the same way I often see things in my mind’s eye? Am I being asked to tune into a certain vibration of feelings, as if I had an internal radio dial? There was some recognition of this in the instructions, as it said “…do not be discouraged if it is difficult at first.”
I was also instructed to pursue my true goal in life during the day. I think the point of that instruction was to demonstrate that I didn’t have a clue as to what my true goal in life was, and that whatever I thought my true goal in life was, was only a body of preferences and aversions.
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