As Morpheus says in The Matrix, “There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” This is the greatest challenge any of us have on the path of personal transformation. How do we live what we believe to be true?
The first step is fundamental to my teachings: Don’t take anybody’s word for it. Not even mine. Find out what is true for yourself.
Sure, it helps to have insights and pointers. Programs, videos, emails, audio interviews, live seminars, and so on are wonderful ways to get closer to people who have discovered the Truths that you want to embody. Still, all of those are… pointers. Only you can “walk” the path as Morpheus says.
With that in mind, here’s a quick exercise I call “The Truth Walk” to help you discover what is actually true for you. It’s rather simple, and you can do it anytime and every time you’re walking. Here’s how it works.
First, bring into your awareness a spiritual Truth or lesson you’d like to embody more fully. I think that Dan Millman’s “Laws of Spirit” and Deepak Chopra’s “7 Spiritual Laws of Success” (and “7 Spiritual Laws Of Superheros”) are excellent places to find a few key “lessons” or insights.
Once you have decided which Truth to explore more fully, bring it into your awareness. Then go for a walk. If possible, go for an extended walk. And ideally in nature. As you walk, feel your feet with each and every step.
Some people refer to this as a walking meditation. However, the twist is this:
Every time your attention fades away from the lesson you’re exploring, feel your feet stepping on the ground again. Then bring your awareness back to the lesson.
This exercise has a couple of wonderful benefits. The first is that you are practicing being more present and in your body. Since your body is the vehicle by which you live in this world, it’s also the means by which you discover the Truth of your experience. Your mind is powerful and can “know” the path. Your body is your lifeforce, and it’s how you “walk” the path.
(and quite literally in this example!)
The second major benefit of this exercise is this:
When you bring anything into your awareness long enough, and you infuse it with your physical experience, the Truth will reveal itself to you naturally. Maybe you’ll discover that Dan Millman and Deepak Chopra are totally full of crap! 🙂 Or maybe you’ll transform your life faster than they did, simply because you are benefiting from them sharing their experience with you.
Whatever you discover, it’ll be true for you. And that’s what matters most because when we get right down to it, you’re the one who has to live with yourself twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week… for the rest of your life.
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