The Library of Wisdom and Your Excalibur

In the conquest of any weakness in our mental or moral make-up; in the attainment of any strength; in our highest and truest relation to ourselves and to the world, let us ever make “love” our watchword, not mere “duty.” If we desire to live a life of truth and honesty, to make our word as strong as our bond, let us not expect to keep ourselves along the narrow line of truth under the constant lash of the whip of duty. Let us begin to love the truth, to fill our mind and life with the strong white light of sincerity and sterling honesty. Let us love the truth so strongly that there will develop within us, without our conscious effort, an ever-present horror of a lie.

If we desire to do good in the world, let us begin to love humanity, to realize more truly the great dominant note that sounds in every mortal, despite all the discords of life, the great natural bond of unity that makes all men brothers. Then jealousy, malice, envy, unkind words and cruel misjudging will be eclipsed and lost in the sunshine of love.” ~ William George Jordan

The cynical approach to living is a cop out. It is the refusal to mine for gold in the body of humanity and the field of circumstance. It is easy to write off a particularly challenging situation or difficult person, but the easy approach is rarely the wisest course.

It is hard, if not impossible to: “expect to keep ourselves along the narrow line of truth under the constant lash of the whip of duty.” Various religious sects have attempted it over the ages, as have do-gooders who desperately seek to do good while lacking the fundamental tools necessary – an intimate acquaintance with the truth – to get the job done with sprezzatura. Duty is necessary but not sufficient to living a life uncommon, one that harmonizes internal potential with outer revelation.

Duty plus love, however, does the trick. If you learn to love the truth with every fiber of your being, to gain acquaintance with the immutable laws and principles that compose the truth, you quickly gain access to the library of wisdom within you. Perhaps more importantly, your love of the truth imbues you with the humility, patience and strength necessary to work creatively with the limitations in your circumstances and in those around you.

There is no need to plead, beg or pray for the serenity, strength or wisdom to navigate successfully, for they are always present within you. Don’t be fooled, there is but one way to let them out: through a genuine, consistent and honest love of the truth.

This, my friends, is your Excalibur, your personal sword of truth which is handed to you from your inner waters of truth. It can cut through iron as through wood and it lets no blood and does not kill, rather, it separates the wheat from the chaff in all that you touch in your living. Consider these lovely words from Lord Alfred Tennyson:

There drew he forth the brand Excalibur,
And o’er him, drawing it, the winter moon,
Brightening the skirts of a long cloud, ran forth
And sparkled keen with frost against the hilt:
For all the haft twinkled with diamond sparks,
Myriads of topaz-lights, and jacinth-work
Of subtlest jewellery.

My hope for you today is that you become more deeply inspired to love the truth with all your heart and all your soul. Then and only then are “…jealousy, malice, envy, unkind words and cruel misjudging…eclipsed and lost in the sunshine of love.

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17 Responses to The Library of Wisdom and Your Excalibur

  1. Christie S. says:

    Beautiful post!

  2. Coco says:

    There you have the answer to the question or prayer, “How can I become a better person?”
    Simple and sound, thanks.

  3. Vincent says:

    Love and truth forever entwined – here is the romance of the gods, available to each of us!

  4. Joshua says:

    I am inspired to realize, and excited to share, the fact that the Truth is instantly available, for any and all who will but yeild to its nature.
    Do we need to do something to get it, nope.
    Do we need to be somewhere to get it, nope.
    Must we do all sorts of mental gymnastics to understand it, certainly not!
    For it is written… “And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”
    WELL, aren’t those words simple, like the Truth.
    Available from within, here and NOW, when we RELAX into it. A whole new world opens up and the stinky old world is eclipsed!
    You have no idea how much I appreciate your words this morning!
    with all that I am, thank-you.

  5. happytobehere says:

    The light doesn’t fight with the darkness it shines and fills all the spaces around it. I think of space as representing the places in our heart that are dedicated to love. We are also drawn in the direction of what we love and unify ourselves with whatever that is, truth or hate. If we find ourselves bonded with “jealousy, malice, envy, unkind words and cruel misjudging ” all is not lost until when faced with the decision to either let the power of love melt the chains we forged or remain wrapped in our prison of hate, we choose the latter. The truth will not impose itself against our free will.
    We are powerful beings it is our choice to choose the side we will live on.
    I love your posts, thank you.

    • Gregg Hake says:

      The truth is never imposing for it always emerges from within. The examples provided in the lives of others may provide the prime to your pump, but the waters of truth must flow from within outward to be known on a sustainable basis. Otherwise you suffer the fate of so many who see flashes of the truth in others only to watch the flash fade as quickly as it came in their own experience as they lack a sufficient depth of personal relatedness to it.

  6. Ricardo B. says:

    In reading this, the thing that comes to my mind is that you cannot know this love if you are thrown hither and yon in a world of agitation and frenzy – if you have let these qualities in your heart of hearts. This centering point of your world needs to be dearly protected, exquisitely so, so that nothing is allowed to enter that can desecrate this still point which anchors the very life force which animates your every thought, word, feeling and action.
    It saddens me when I have conversations with decent people, folks who have worked hard their whole lives and have raised families and all, and yet in the twilight of their years have become bitter or mistrusting, or afraid and grief-stricken. I think to myself, yes well, all those things on the TV may have some truth to them – the politics, wars and economic challenges – but why let that disturb a heart that is capable of so much more, designed for so much more? There is a purpose in that heart that is begging to come out, but can’t if that heart is consumed with counter-resonant and conflicting energies. It is equally painful to see the dawning of a young adult life enter into the workplace without proper orientation, though there tends to dominate the natural strength of optimism at this time that sustains youth through adversities, but even so that yolk sac does soon wear out and then lessons learned become much more difficult.
    This love for the truth unites the heart and mind as no other ceremony can. It is the ultimate minister that aligns your transmission and allows you to function as you were meant to function. I speak from my own experience, and of course challenges always are coming that can divorce the two, but keeping that marriage sacred by living a life that is noble and true will keep those wolves at bay, every single time.
    What an inspiring message you have given freely here. Herein lies true education – the continual drawing forth of the wisdom resident within :)!

    • Gregg Hake says:

      Thanks for your comment today. The conflicting programming you mention causes a lot of grief in the world. The truth, when loved and discovered, sorts all of that naturally and in season, unless the individual takes offense and re-ingests the lies he had previously been freed from.

  7. Colin says:

    This was a wonderful post. The ability to really love truth is the difference between true living and hypocrisy. Without loving the truth, you can’t really follow the truth, because you won’t really understand what the truth is. You might think you know, but what you really end up with is something like the spanish inquisition, where atrocities are committed in the name of the truth by people who have no inkling of what that even means. When you let love be the major tones in your life, however, this kind of thing would be an impossibility. You then will find what the truth really is, and it is probably has little likeness to what most people believe.

  8. Kolya says:

    So beautiful, thank you.

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