DISCERNING TRUE FROM FALSE TEACHINGS
One of the first concerns we have about meditation or dreamwork is: "Am I being inspired by gods or by demons?"
Deep within our being lie great riches, but there are also dumpsters heaped with old garbage waiting to be emp-
tied. Inspirations and revelations can be distorted by ego and by dependence on mass media or social opinion.
Listening to authorities outside ourselves may be comforting because it gives us someone to blame when things
go awry. Before we can trust our inner guidance system, we must learn to discern true from false teachings and
messages. How do we know what to accept or to discard?
On her website, www.alunajoy.com/96aug.html Aluna Joy Yaxk'in presents a useful way of discerning truth. She
suggests "Authentic Truth" arrives under the following conditions: is "the message or messenger based in love?
Does it inspire and empower the receiver to use her own inner wisdom? Does it encourage her to use her inner
guidance by giving clues or showing her a different perspective to gain insight?" ...(Is it)... "short and to the point,
with simple, unique information pertaining to the current life experience?" ... Does it make her feel... "uplifted and
good about herself, energized and alive?" And, we might add, "is the message of benefit to all concerned?"
"Truth will never conflict with our personal moral principles".... "Truth can be received while being fully con-
scious".... "usually a quiet impression that needs to be translated into our own words. Truth should inspire action
with our body and spirit, encouraging us to participate in our spiritual growth."
Truth will neither limit nor exclude, but rather suggest possibilities moving us toward expansion and inclusion. De-
mands for obedience, sacrifice or surrender of free will are warning flags. Any message that is loud and de-
mands the use of its own language is interfering with our free will. Also, avoid trusting what de-values us, makes
us feel depressed or is too complex, vague or confusing to be easily understood. "Out of fear of being judged by
our peers, we may go along with a message we don't understand, so as not to appear__ "less spiritual".
On the other hand, be wary of flowery messages that flatter or glorify self, that project " glamor"or indicate that we
personally, or as part of an elite group, are somehow special or set apart from others. Flowery messages given
at a fast pace or in a monotone, hypnotize the receiver, leaving space for other energies to be interjected. This is
a form of mind control and does not have the well-being of the receiver or of humanity at heart.
Karma occurs when what we project outwardly to others recycles back to us from a different outside source with
ourselves as the new "target". Time will also tell whether a message was true or not; another good reason for Jour-
naling__ we can go back and read the original message. What was true for us yesterday may not be true tomo-
rrow. Truth evolves, too.
"Creating with Multi-Dimensional Technologies"
By REV. DR. MARILYN LA CROIX