“Truth is a torch but a tremendous one.
That is why we hurry past it, shielding our eyes,
indeed, in fear of getting burned.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Being in the holistic presence of the Master Spiritual Teacher is being in the flames of this torch. The Master Spiritual Teacher’s holistic presence constantly highlights and shatters all our illusions, simply by being in his/her proximity. And yet, in this empowering space, we still habitually attempt to shield ourselves from “getting burned” in the light of truth. This is the nature of the transformational journey.... the oscillation between truth and illusion, surrendering and shielding.
Within this process, holistic awareness is proportional to balance, especially with regard to the primary trinity of body, emotions and mind. When the truth shines through our illusions, we can either surrender to it or attempt to run away or shield our eyes, out of fear. The “confrontational insanity” that is catalyzed when the truth is so blatantly seen in relation to our fraudulent beliefs, is the “burn” that we fear. I suppose it is most intense when the difference between the truth and the illusion are the greatest. It is like a shock to one’s whole reality – end of show – back to the drawing board. And yet, in these most challenging moments, when truth reveals itself through the shields we maintain, we are free!
In these breakthrough moments, we need only watch the madness, delight in the confusion, feel the flurry of emotions, listen to the avalanche of mind chatter and ache with the pains of the body as we re-write the software of our soul. Or.... we can try and shield ourselves from evolutionary transformation. However, the latter choice cannot be sustained in the proximity of the Master Spiritual Teacher, or the “tremendous torch of truth”, because it is an illusion. We are evolving whether we surrender or resist!
The burn of truth, in holistic reality, is nothing to fear. The experience of this burn is a most glorious, enlightening grace.... a gift and “the experience whose time has come”, for those who are evolved enough to actualize it. The question then is, are we able to weather the storm of our own madness, in relation to this gift of truth? This is where the tests come, revealing the payoff of all our practice. So.... meditate and watch yourself in relation to the truthful torch that is the Master Spiritual Teacher.
In celebration of the Master Spiritual Teacher and holistic living, the truthful reality that he/she embodies and entrains in us, consider this relevant quotation:
“Let yourself be open and life will be easier.
A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable.
A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.”