A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed… When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.
– Dresden James
The process of shaping this letter in my mind and the task of composing a satisfactory script has been particularly difficult for me. The introduction you are reading now has been started and restarted more times than I care to acknowledge. I’ve asked myself repeatedly, why is this one so tricky? I have plenty of words and information to support the aim of the letter and yet, there is something amiss. I will push on regardless as I’m sure the cause of this difficulty will become clear as the letter takes shape.
Ultimately, the aim of my open letter series is to bring you closer to your true self, however far from the path you may have strayed. In a style that may resonate with anyone who has a dominant right-brain function I will achieve this *fingers crossed* by taking the least direct route but by far the most scenic. The focus point of Letter 4 stems from the quote atop and aims to illuminate the reasons why truth causes such a commotion with hope that an understanding of this will assist those on the path to discovery.
The most fundamental basis for truth causing a commotion is because the human brain is wired to react to threatening information before it does anything else. Research has shown that when we’re presented with information that is contrary to our ideologies the reasoning part of the brain does not activate; instead what spikes is a network of emotion circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts. This is why we feel emotions such as anxiety and disgust. In such situations, prejudiced decisions almost always result because we blatantly ignore information that we cannot rationally discount.
With our minds already made up, the brain activity causing the negative emotional states recedes and the circuits responsible for reward spike up in their place providing a positive rush that massively reinforces the fear based emotional reaction. A compelling case has been made by researchers that most of a person’s everyday life is not controlled with deliberate, rational choices but with features of the environment operating outside conscious awareness. These researchers concluded that in our day to day living, conscious will plays a causal role only 5% of the time!
The haze of bigotry, bias, belief and trauma literally controls our lives. On a conscious level all we do is manage the anxiety we feel by rejecting conflicting information when presented to us. Highly fascinating to me was discovering that brain activity that occurs when our biases are confronted emulates brain activity that occurs when we experience trauma early in life; and that trauma experienced by a developing brain is the root cause our reasoning centres in the brain shut down.
When we experience feelings of discomfort, whether they’re caused by biases being confronted or by fears that keep blocked emotions suppressed, you are in some way experiencing the wall you have built up “protecting” you from experiencing an aspect of yourself that you don’t want to deal with. So in actual fact, the natural reflex that is designed to keep us safe and feeling protected actually stops serving us in a positive manner when we continually allow it to “protect” us from meeting an aspect of ourselves that we must meet if we are ever to become self-aware individuals who work diligently on self-improvement; mindful individuals who are unafraid of fully feeling; and committed individuals who can think critically to examine the complexities of life in a reasonable and honest manner.
The wall represents the belief in power over, the power of separation, which is one of the greatest maladies of the earth plane at this time, the disease of power over. And so, if you can find this metaphor (of the wall) within you and without you on not only the psychodynamic level but the spiritual level and the world level, you can use it as a tool for self-exploration and healing. You can use it as a tool for remembering who you are.
– Barbara Ann Brennan, Physicist and Energy Healer.
I have something to add to the quote atop this letter upon which this letter was based; which is, a truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how far off-track from our core we have wandered. As we start the process of realigning with our true self we being to understand that all of our power comes from self-responsibility and self-acceptance. For if our irresponsibility and denial of self has contributed to the suffering in our society, then our commitment to ourselves has a great deal to do with outwardly creating things the way we want them to be.
It is because of this tremendous power we hold that such an effort has been put into keeping us down. So now fellow humans, it is time to rise.
May each of us have the courage to consciously choose love, lest we shall remain in our default mode of fear.