Facts and Logic Vs. Truth and Experience
Facts and Logic: An excerpt from “Achieving Peace”
Since birth we are taught how to use logic to determine possible outcomes. Logic is an extremely valuable tool which is so precise it can be used to prove just about anything. If you are intelligent enough, you can apply logic to any argument and prove your point … even if your point is faulty. For example, if you have read “Freakonomics” and/or “The Tipping Point” you will recall outstanding research which accounts for the dramatic decline of crime in America–and particularly New York–in the 1990’s. While the former promotes Row v. Wade as the primary factor, the latter promotes the theory of “broken windows.” Both books are so logical and intelligent in their approach, that by following either train of thought, you may easily be swayed to believe whichever you read most recently. The reason I bring this up is that being logical and being spiritual can sometimes feel like opposite states. Over and over in my recent spiritual conversations I have noticed a trend: Those that use logic as their primary mode of decision making have a difficult time accepting spiritual truths even if those truths feel right. Instead, they are looking for facts only and want a connect-the-dots way of achieving peace in their lives.
However, a difference needs to be drawn between something that is true and something that is a fact. A fact is a concrete reality that no amount of reasoning will change. If I were to say, “I have two eyes,” this would be considered a fact. (While I’m sure you are looking for ways to debate this right now, it’s not necessary and will be damaging to your peaceful undertaking.) Facts are not discovered or created, they are simply acknowledged as such. A truth on the other hand, does not always string together in a completely logical order. For instance, it is true that those who meditate correctly and at length become more aware of subtle energies and are able to use these energies to the betterment of their lives (and the lives of others). However, while this can be substantiated with facts, it is not a fact in itself. Facts may “point to” certain truths, and truths may be used to help us better understand certain facts, but they need to be distinguished at this point to hasten your peaceful momentum.
The reason for this differentiation is just this: If you are waiting to achieve peace until all of the dots are connected, you will be waiting a long time, perhaps the entirety of your life. I’m not asking you to believe in what I’m saying: I simply want to point out that achieving peace is an experiential process not a process of connecting the dots. Once you can “feel” what it’s like to be peaceful, once you can trigger that response in yourself at will, you will have no need for facts, figures and graphs to prove WHY you feel peaceful. Let’s be clear, I am not asking you to have faith. Instead, I’m just asking to you invest some time in seeing things through my eyes to find out if they work for you. If they do work for you, you will have found more peace through discovering certain truths for yourself. I can help point you in the right direction, but the truth of my words must be discovered for yourself. If you are still skeptical at this point, it is perfectly fine. Just be skeptical WHILE you are keeping an open mind. The alternative is to keep doing what you’ve been doing up to this point and to keep getting what you’ve been getting out of life via those habitual thoughts and actions … just sayin’