Ludwig Feurbach wrote “But for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, appearance to essence, . . . truth is considered profane, and only illusion is sacred. Sacredness is in fact held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be seen as the highest degree of sacredness.” To surrender the ego to the truth can help in ones journey out of the illusion. The truth provides for a more vast and connected way of seeing and experiencing life that can not be know by the ego. It partly involves entering into and experiencing our vulnerability; an experience that has come to be intensely guarded by the ego.
Christine Louise Hohlbaum writes that learning to experience vulnerability is contagious. “When you rest in the vastness of your utmost truth, others start to settle into theirs.” In coming to let go of what has been until now known, we come to be open to what has been guarded and we do this in a way that we are naturally more open to join with others. Ultimately this involves a quality of sharing that is about relating with another from a more authentic and intimate place. There is a distinction to be made when we are talking about sharing ones experience with another. That is between analysis and direct sharing. Analyzing ones experience is not such an intimate and authentic endeavour. There are times when analysis is a practical and useful tool; but it is not always so helpful in the attempt to discover what is authentic in our experience. It seems to in fact serve to shield us from that vulnerability at times in that it is more about an assumed, assured sense of knowing, all be it deceptively so.
In sharing that reflects a more direct truth of experience I am more open to learning the truth about myself, about others and about life. Words often don’t directly grasp that truth completely but they can reflect something of it and it’s not so easy at times to put the truth into words but it is all we have in terms of communicating with one another. If we want to openly and honestly know ourselves and in turn each other; it seems to me that it is worth while to explore words and language that can express and reflect that.