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“Only I Know the Truth”

July 7, 2022

What is it about human beings that seek the truth outside of themselves? We look for an authority or guru to tell us what is the truth, some outside influence to keep us on the right path.

The ancients sought wisdom from the gods, the Greeks from myths and legends, the Jews from their one God, Christians from the Bible. Christians are a good example of how truth can be manipulated even though they start from the same reference point. That is why there are Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, etc. Each defines the path to the truth a bit differently.

Then there are sects and cults that were founded because one person had a vision or had an encounter that only they are privy to, and to whom the truth was revealed. Joseph Smith saw an angel who guided him to the golden plates that he then dictated into the Book of Mormon. Mary Baker Eddy who in a moment of spiritual revelation founded the Church of Christian Science. L. Ron Hubbard had a spiritual awakening crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and founded Scientology.

The idea that truth is given to one person who then passes it on to the rest of us should be a red flag. This has proven not to be the case and has resulted in tragedies such as Jim Jones and Jonestown, David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, and Marshall Applewhite and the Heaven’s Gate cult, just to name a few.

While there are still those that continue to fall into believing that one person or group has a lock on the truth, those that profit from the naïveté of vulnerable people are probably the worst of the lot.

An old scam that has re-emerged is the idea of a person who channels an entity who supposedly holds the truth of the universe. This person will be the only one who can hear the voice or voices and then proceeds to enlighten the rest of us. This is a modern version of fortune telling and seances. One such figure, now very popular, is Paul Selig. Selig has authored books, held seminars, and has grown a following that believe he actually is the median or voice of spirit guides, in his case nine, and has become well off in the process. (The nine guides sound similar to one of the original shows on the old Star Trek). According to these guides humans are on a cusp where a wave of change is happening and either “we ride the wave or get crushed by it”.

Like any teaching or philosophy there is just enough truth in what Selig says to allow people to buy into the rest. And buy they do. His books are popular, his seminars sell out, and for a fee he will give you a personal evaluation of your life and finances, $350 for thirty minutes, or an expedited version for $500. For $350 (registration fee only) one can sign up for a two day retreat to be enlightened. Or if you really want to immerse yourself in the truth you can go to a 5-day retreat for about $2000, and they even offer payment plans.

Watching Selig channel is a trip, if not annoying. He mumbles a phrase he is receiving from the guides then says it out loud for all to hear. His books are supposedly dictated directly by the guides and he only edits them after they have been “written”. The guides tell us that to reach the “kingdom of heaven” on this earth we have to ascend to the upper room. They have the truth that will get us there and if you buy his books you can learn it also.

The problem with most if not all of these approaches to the truth is they rely on something or someone else to validate whether or not we are worthy. Christians have priests and ministers that become the gate to whether or not we are worthy. Scientologists have e-meters interpreted by others to say if we are worthy. Cults have leaders that determine if we are worthy. Channellers have spirit guides that tell us if we are worthy.

All have the idea in common that if you believe, commit, or accept then you can ascend and those that do not will not. A classic us vs them approach to the truth.

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