When is the truth a lie; when is a lie the truth?

How can we know the truth in a world of illusions and lies?

When is the truth a lie?  And when is a lie the truth?

Take this man’s claims, for example. Off the cuff, we would most likely scoff at him. But what if he were correct? What if his claims are true? What if we and the rest of the world’s people are wrong?

Acknowledgements to Doktor James for the video at YouTube.

Perception is highly subjective. So, can it really be? You tell me.

The truth is hard to discern in a world of illusions.

About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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4 Responses to When is the truth a lie; when is a lie the truth?

  1. dispenser1 says:

    We can know the truth in a world of illusions and lies if the true God makes it known to us. The truth is never a lie and a lie is never the truth. But if someone believes a lie, that lie may seem to him to be the truth, and likewise, the truth may to him seem to be a lie.
    Paul said in Romans (in my version). “For the Placer locks the all together into stubbornness, that he may be giving mercy to the all.” I believe this is true. Do you?
    I believe the Earth is a globe, slightly bulging at the equator because of the 1000 mph rotation. But sometimes I do believe things that are false until I see differently. I do my best to ferret out the truth, using all faculties and info available, but I believe God determines who believes what at any moment. It’s a good education to have believed a lie and then had the truth revealed. I’ve found the truth to be incomparably better than any lie. It seems to me the ultimate truth is God himself, who is spirit, poured into and through us, becoming more and more in us each moment. I believe he is actually operating everyone, bringing everyone eventually into the realization of him as all in all. Even if it takes us through judgments and discipline, it will prove to be an excellent ride for all when he’s finished with this ages long project.
    Here’s a poem I wrote a while back, called “Placer’s Filling”.
    Placer’s filling; let the dew fall. Here in his love, he’s filling all.
    “Who is Placer?” someone may say. Who placed the sun, moon, Milky Way?
    Unpersuaded, some are locked in, quite unaware, dead in the sin.
    “I’m no sinner,” some sinners say. Placer just flows, making each day.
    Is he water? Is he a breeze? He’s a fountain, flowing with ease.
    Is all our need, part of his care? Every detail, down to each hair,
    every atom, matter of fact, scalar effects, all of them stacked.
    What’s to worry, where we are from? Back to Placer, here we all come.
    Is he a fire? Is he a judge? Is he nasty, holding a grudge?
    “Better be good!” some people say. I never could, try as I may.
    Then Placer came, made it all right, showed me his plan, gave me some sight.
    He is the source; all is from him. He’s the object; all is for him.
    Everything’s working; all is for good. Evil’s a tool; it’s understood.
    When he’s finished, all will then see, Placer’s filling, eternally.

    We are his house. He’s our house too. What a delight, all through and through!


    • Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem with us here. It is a remarkable paradox indeed that we use words and labels to describe something that is actually indescribable and truly beyond words and thoughts, all in our efforts to give it meaning and to render it meaningful in our lives. Thank you for your presence and the beautiful mind you bring.


  2. dispenser1 says:

    Last night I ran across a math exercise from MIT stating that aircraft GPS landing systems must take into account the curvature of the earth in their calculations. But the math exercise assumed a flat earth to simplify calculations for beginners in Calculus. It seems obvious to me that if an aircraft landing system assumed a flat earth, there could be a rough landing for someone.

    A belief is basically an assumption, based on perceptions. Perceptions truly are subjective, but not only in the sense commonly understood. That is, our perceptions, or lack of them, can subject us to lies, or to the truth. Are we the source and master of our perceptions? Or are they given to us by a source greater than ourselves? Jesus said some could not believe him because the Placer blinded their eyes. They were able to believe lies, but unable to believe the truth. “It is we who decide what is true, and what is an illusion.” And then, perhaps, there is a landing ahead that will confirm or disprove out assumptions.

    Since the Placer is able to raise the dead, reconcile everything and everyone, make everything new, and has said he’s going to do so, it’s all for good, no problem. A crash is not a big deal, just a miniscule lesson about an infinite subject.


    • Well said, dispenser1. 🙂

      The point you made about the aircraft GPS landing systems wonderfully exemplifies the mystical teaching that all human beliefs borne out of material sense, i.e., human perception based on the bodily senses, are expressions and illusory projections of the conditioned human mind. If we were to suddenly drop every human belief we entertain in consciousness, we would immediately see and experience things in their true light, perceiving them through the unconditioned mind of the God-Mind.

      Thank you for your comments.


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