“Will Murtha: If I constantly questioned everything that was ever said to me, I would go mad. I need to have some trust in the world.
Voice of Higher Presence: You misunderstand my point. I’m not saying that you should not trust another. Trust is the bedrock of a compassionate, sane and civil society. I’m asking you to contemplate this: Whenever a statement or truth is given to you by another, do not swallow it whole. Digest it first. Look at it. Analyze it. And then, if it feels right, make it part of your own truth. Embrace it into your own heart.
Will Murtha: I like that. Never swallow it whole. That is a very good point. You are so right…But it is easy being drawn in by someone you love, trust and respect.
Voice of Higher Presence: It is because as human beings we need to trust certain elements that make up our world. We need to believe that certain truths are sacred. That certain wisdom is universal. Trust and love are the pillars that bond us together and instill hope. But here is a fundamental truth that belongs to everyone: Believing and trusting the inherited beliefs of others without first running those beliefs past your own “filter” is a blasphemy of the highest order. It is a blasphemy that robs and suffocates your own power and your own intentions.
Blind faith does not mean giving away your power and integrity. It doesn’t entail handing over your truth to anyone, no matter how much you love, trust and respect him or her. Therefore, always go inward first. No matter how reliable a source appears, first listen to your own inner voice.”
William L. Murtha, in “Dying for a Change”
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