Accepting the truth in your life means you must come to accept the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. First, there comes an acceptance of the truth in your life that is causing you pain and is the source of your anger. This is the first step in the acceptance process, but it is by no means the last.
Next, you need to examine the whole truth. Often, this requires you to look at the situation outside of your experience and witness the truth from differing points of view. After you’ve taken in these multifaceted perspectives, it’s time to examine the truth in its entirety. As you come to see a wider picture of the whole truth, some of what you’ve come to accept as truth may need to be jettisoned. You must determine to accept nothing but the truth. You may have you have layered your truth with opinions, perceptions, reactions, and conclusions that are not, in fact, consistent with the whole truth.
Arriving at the truth is a process, especially the more deeply you hurt. It isn’t something that can be rushed. It rarely comes neatly packaged in a single revelation. Instead, the Master begins at a single point and proceeds over time to produce an acceptance of the truth, brushstroke by brushstroke, revelation by revelation, understanding by understanding.
It can be difficult to wait, especially when you’re in pain. You may want to be at a point of acceptance right now, immediately. But if the change was instantaneous, would it alter the substance of the miracle? Could it be that God’s miracle is changing you not merely on the surface but all the way down throughout your being?
Think about the miracles of a new life. It isn’t instantaneous. Instead, life happens over time, as each part is woven together inside the womb. Think about the miracle of aging. People aren’t born adults, they are born as babies who age and grow and mature. Perhaps we all would fail to fully understand and appreciate certain miracles if they happened too fast. Process allows for reflections and time to think and appreciate.
I say all of this to help you consider that the very act of acceptance is one that will take time. Accept the process as you learn to accept the truth in your life. Some truths will take longer to absorb and integrate than others. This is because some hurts are deeper and more impacting than others. Your focus should not be on the time it is taking, but rather on the progress you are making. Don’t doubt the process. Trust the truth and knowledge will come to you.
Authored by Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of The Center • A Place of HOPE and author of 30 books. Pioneering whole-person care nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Jantz has dedicated his life’s work to creating possibilities for others, and helping people change their lives for good. The Center • A Place of HOPE, located on the Puget Sound in Edmonds, Washington, creates individualized programs to treat behavioral and mental health issues, including eating disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety and others.