In my last blog post, “Conceptualizing Truth”, I wrote about how the presence or absence of truth may affect us, both internally and in our efforts to negotiate our world. One of the comments I received on that post stated that I had failed to question the nature of truth, to explain what it is. And that comment is correct, I had.
So, in brief, truth is an accurate representation of an event, person, object or other phenomenon. I like this part of Wikipedia’s definition; “…that which is … in accordance with fact or reality”. These statements work for me. Though sometimes people may interpret facts or reality in different ways, the interpretation doesn’t alter the physical reality of what is being interpreted.
Throughout history we have been reliant upon the views, the interpretations of events of a minority of people; historians, writers. Do events ever become distorted in the interpretations that those relating the events render? Of course they do. Much of the history of our planet is somehow related to war or adversarial events. And as Winston Churchill said: “History is written by the victors.” Truth can and does sometimes get pushed aside in order to have the story go forward as the victors prefer it. Or may be discarded due to a myriad of reasons pertaining to how those writing the story are predisposed to want to see it recorded.
What if we could somehow tune in to past events, see first hand what actually took place? By no means is it just armed conflict that would interest us when imagine what we might like to know regarding historical events. What was DaVinci like? Cleopatra, Michelangelo, Helen of Troy, Buddha, Mary, Christ? What happened to Amelia Earhart? The list of historical personalities and events we would like to know more about is all but endless.
For the first time in recorded history, we can begin to talk about the nature of truth in scientific terms. This applies to any truth, not just scientific formulas or mathematical equations. What opens the door to this exciting reality is our growing awareness of and ability to measure and decipher energetic vibrations.
Getting started let me say that there are essentially two types of truths that I am aware of; objective truth and subjective truth. Objective truth can be objectively verified, subjective truth is a matter of the interpretation of a given individual. An example of a subjective truth might be the statement that Sting is an excellent songwriter. To me that is a truth. To someone else that may be a falsehood. However, for purposes of this post I want to focus on objective truth.
An example of an objective truth is; in the U.S., the color of the light in a traffic signal which tells a driver to stop is red. Ok, I can already hear someone saying “but, not everyone perceives red, or any color, in the same way.” I picked this example deliberately to show how our increasing understanding of energy and frequency can provide a concrete reference for what have in the past been only subjective experiences. So while it is true that by a subjective standard red may be hard to define, we know in this day and age that every color, every variation of every color, has it’s own wavelength, it’s own vibrational frequency. Colors can be measured. We can objectively state that the color which the world-at-large predominantly regards as red lies within a certain band of vibrational frequency. Therefore if the color vibrates at that frequency; it is red.
While the technological aspects of this reality, the ability to measure and decipher energy signals are very new in historical terms, the concept that somehow events are “recorded” in the ambient energy around us is not a new one. Many centuries ago in or around India there emerged the concept of the Akashic Record. Wikipedia offers the following concise statement regarding the Akashic Record: “Akasha is a Sanskrit word meaning “sky”, “space”, “luminous”, or “æther”, and it entered the language of theosophy through H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891), who characterized it as a sort of life force; she also referred to “indestructible tablets of the astral light” recording both the past and future of human thought and action, but she did not use the term “akashic”. The notion of an akashic record is attributed to Alfred Percy Sinnett, who, in his book Esoteric Buddhism (1884), wrote of a Buddhist belief in “a permanency of records in the Akasa” and “the potential capacity of man to read the same.” “
As we understand more about the nature of our existence this concept becomes less and less far fetched. We know that radio and television signals broadcast into space potentially go on for light years. And we know beyond a reasonable doubt that we are in fact energy beings. The least common denominator for our observable, material reality is energy. Everything that is, when we start to break it down, is ultimately, commonly, composed of energy. We exist within a “sea” of energy as surely as fish exist within a sea of water. We know that events which take place in water can and do leave evidence of their occurrence. Water is a material medium and the evidence we can collect from events which take place in water are of a material nature. Although, as with everything else, water is also ultimately composed of energy. And energy has physical qualities which can be observed and measured. So sometimes the evidence of events we can detect within water are more of an energetic nature. Such as changes in temperature.
“Free”, ambient energy is of a much finer nature than water. Energy responds to the slightest of stimulation. While, to the best of my knowledge no one yet can detail how our words, actions and thoughts can be recorded in the ether, or energy, around us, we know that the human mind can receive information which is sent to it via a psychic (energetic) medium. While this is still questioned by many, myself and many people I know have experienced psychically receiving either an emotional impression or actual concepts from others who may be close or may be very far away. I have known at least one person who experienced hearing what she called the “echos” or energetic recordings of past events in a certain place. And I have known more people who experience feelings of comfort or uneasiness in various locations. Feelings that seem to be associated with an event or events that took place in those locations. Lobsang Rampa, a controversial personality who described himself as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, described accessing the Akashic Record in one or more of his books.
Back to the technological aspect of all this. Right now, at this moment in time, a device exists which can receive brainwave signals and translate them into speech. (See link below.) This removes all doubt that, using technology, organically produced energy vibrations (brainwaves) can be received and deciphered. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. So, what is so far fetched about energy vibrational patterns lingering in an area or being “trapped” in a specific location and then being accessed and deciphered/observed?
I imagine it could make a difference how many people were involved in an event as to how strong the residual signal of the event might be. It might be much, much harder to try to track down and isolate the signal from a lone individual than from a large group who are actively involved in the same activity.
In summary, while the ability to utilize technology to pull “echos” of past events out of the ambient energy, ether around us does not yet exist, there are claims that what exists in this world leaves an energetic imprint of (the truth of) it’s existence. We might think of it as an unintentional diary. There are those who claim to be able to mentally/spiritually access this record. Sooner or later I believe, that if the Akashic Record is real, we will be able to technologically reference this record and get a higher degree of objectivity on the events of our world.
I am somewhat embarrassed by realizing after having his post up overnight that I left out one very important aspect of truth; the judgments that are placed upon it. Sometimes the goals, the agendas people have become a yardstick with which they assess the value of any and every truth. If a truth supports their goals and agendas it is “good”. If it contradicts what they want to believe it is treated in one of several ways; ignored, denied, considered suspect, and/or banned are a few of them. There is a story that once upon a time Confucius and Lao Tzu had a debate. Confucius argued that humans are inherently corrupt, Lao Tzu argued that humans are essentially good. Lao Tzu won the debate with the point that if humans are inherently corrupt, then that argument comes from a corrupt mind and is itself inherently corrupt.
I view truth, as a general concept, in much the same way. As long as our goals and aspirations are in harmony with the nature of the world we live in, truth, as an accurate reflection of the world we live in, is itself inherently good and will ultimately always serve us well.
Post Script: There is quite a lot online about what has been researched and written about water having a memory. Google “water has memory”!