When we base our truth on just what we know, we limit our ability to have a deeper understanding of the truth.  However if we are aware of what we know or don’t know, it helps us understand our version of reality and the truth we are experiencing.   Knowledge and truth are both influenced by one’s level of awareness. Let’s first consider knowledge, and one’s awareness of it. There are four aspects of this:
  1. The things we know, we know 
  1. The things we know, we don’t know
  1. The things we don’t know, that we know 
  1. and the things we don’t know, that we don’t know 
When we don’t know what we don’t know, we are blind to other perspectives and knowledge of the truth. This aspect has been referred to as our blindspot, the place we don’t know knowledge exists. Our lack of awareness of this knowing limits the amount of the truth we can see. When our blindspots are left unchecked, we are held back from a greater understanding our true reality. Just like in the story of the Six Blind Men and the Elephant, the blind men missed seeing each others’ perspectives. If they opened themselves up to the other perspectives it would have illuminated their unknowing space, and they would have discovered a greater understanding of the truth about the elephant. Similarly when we are looking at a situation through the lens of only what we know, we are missing the bigger picture and possibly a deeper understanding of the truth.   Yet our knowledge is not limited to just facts, it is influenced by our five senses. The old adage confirms it by proclaiming “Seeing is believing!” When we experience a situation we often use our senses to reinforce the facts of our truth by our sight, smell, taste, hearing and or touch. Keep in mind our senses are personal, limited by our filters of comparison and judgement we use to decide what is true or not. These filters are based on our past experiences, our limiting beliefs and the problem with this is most times we do it unconsciously so it can create a bias to our truth we are not even aware of. Being aware of our senses’ influence is key but it doesn’t mean we are to dismiss the truth of our senses entirely. Part of our truth is our interpretation of it as we experienced it with the level of awareness and understanding we had at that given moment. It is not something to dismiss, but rather another component of our truth to consider so we may decide how we want to evolve it.   While our knowledge, perspectives, facts and senses all create our interpretation of our truth, we also need to consider our truth in terms of the intangible. Even though we cannot see something in front of us as true, doesn’t mean it does not exist. Our intuition for example is just that, it is our gut feeling, our knowing that comes from within, which is not based on facts or thoughts but rather a deep inner feeling that can be difficult to explain. Even though we may not have words or theories to back up this inner knowing, we cannot negate it existence or that it influences the way in which we view our truth.   We must remember that what we know and our awareness of it, layered with our senses and intuition represents only our truth. Our truth is not the same as the Truth. It only has our perspective of the truth and therefore cannot be the whole truth. It is a version of the truth that is limited, it is still valid and meaningful, we just need to acknowledge it is based on the lens we are experiencing our reality right now. As for the whole truth, we may never know it in its entirety, though it doesn’t mean we stop seeking it. By expanding our understanding of the truth we tap into the opportunity to evolve, grow and challenge beyond our own perspective.  And the truth is, we need to go beyond facts, knowledge, senses, and intuition, perhaps we may even need to go further than this dimension to expand our understanding of the truth. Whatever “beyond” is, it’s entirely possible it is the blindspot we don’t have clarity on, yet.  If that seems unreachable, think about what was true centuries ago and how that may not be today. It doesn’t mean it was never true to begin with, it’s just that the truth was incomplete. The truth then was based on the level of understanding and awareness of that generation, and as we evolved as individuals and as a society so did our truth. How can we continue to evolve our truth?  
  • Stay curious for the truth
  • challenge yourselves to go deeper than the facts
  • acknowledge the blindspots exist and be open for exploration 
  • build on the knowledge you or others have, challenge it so you can learn how to expand it
  • be an observer so you can see what is lens you are viewing a situation in
  • be open to other perspectives and learn from each other
  • explore the resources around you
  • go beyond your truth and the truth the world knows
By exploring the truth beyond what we believe we can stretch ourselves in the discoveries of life, our world and the limits of the truth we create.  With light,  Kohai Hadad, 3rd Degree Black Belt, Renge Dojo WARRIOR SPIRIT CIRCLE Dianne Hadad, Wellness & Energy Coach, CPC 647-203-4882 |  dianne.hadad@gmail.com instagram.com/warrior.spirit.circle The WARRIOR SPIRIT CIRCLE creates conversations and courses for kids, parents and martial artists to discover their true self and embody their warrior spirit. Our mission is to share the practical wisdom from the classical martial arts virtues and philosophies to inspirit resiliency, confidence and vibrancy.