Finding Truth

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Contents of the Book: Finding Truth
By Philippa Sue Richardson

Chapter 1 Finding Yourself


Travel and escapism

Drugs for mind expansion

Relationships and finding love


Chapter 2 Finding guidance


Tools to succeed

Spiritual Practices

Healing and healers


Chapter 3 Finding Knowledge


Metaphysical sciences

Psychic development

Clairvoyance, cognizance, sentience and audience


Chapter 4 Finding Spirituality


Beliefs

Choices and the individual

Religion


Chapter 5 Finding Failure


Mental health

Mental health issues

Treatments

 

Chapter 6 Finding Science


The Future and the Unknown

Psychological Sciences

The Problems

 

Chapter 7 Finding Meaning


My Personal journey

 

EXTRACTS

Chapter 1.

Travel and Escapism

I’m not even sure exactly what you may mean when you say these terms ‘finding yourself’. When I say them, I am referring to finding your truth, your message, your purpose in life, your place of belonging, your career, your friends and your tribe. Finding yourself can mean many different things to different people. For me, I felt like I found myself at the age of 16, as I found myself in a loving relationship, I felt I had been set free. After being given the opportunity to travel with friends for the first time, I felt I made a connection to the world that I had never had before.

Finding yourself can come in many ways, from travel, escapism, art, experiences or people. Many common themes among finding yourself include being immersed in nature, travelling away from your home town, meeting people you find a soul connection with and finding someone to love and who loves you. Amongst these experiences, we develop a sense of connection to place, create meaning in our existence and break free from the structures that society placed upon us.

Chapter 2.

There are many tools to use when seeking guidance. There are services within society for all sorts of queries. First you must look. Guidance comes in many forms, from a mother’s advice to a friend’s recommendation. Professional guidance comes at a cost, a justified exchange. The right words of encouragement have the potential to make significant life altering changes to a person’s situation. The same goes for unjustified negative criticism, or discrimination.

 

You tell me I can’t, I’ll tell you I can!

 

It’s a great saying that the teacher will appear when the student is ready. Leaders in our lives have an impact. Our parents, school teachers, role models and friends, all impact the way we think and act. They affect our behaviors and our decisions. Ultimately it is our behaviors and decisions that lead us to our destinies. Each decision we make, no matter how small it may seem, will play a part in creating the bigger picture. That is why guidance is so crucial to succeeding in life’s endeavors.

Chapter 3.

Many of us from the Western world spent over 10 years in some sort of institutionalized learning system. During my first 13 years of formal schooling, I attended 5 different schools. I then attended TAFE in NSW, Australia, and then several Universities. Public schools I compare to the military, with daily routines, mandatory attendance and strict schedules. Particularly high schools, where classes are divided into subjects and are around an hour in length, the tedious repetition and flooding of information, I found often pointless, meaningless and a way to just keep us off the streets and out of trouble.

University is a whole new system, and an enrolment is a sale. The same goes for TAFE, yet TAFE is far more reasonable, and provides more practical learning, where University offers a theoretical based approach. At University, they are not classes, they are lectures. Information is presented to you, in a generic way, where you are expected to learn the content, do the assessments and pass the exams. That’s the system, and compliance is necessary if you desire that empowering piece of paper. I did not agree with the Australian University system. I know I am not the only one who finds it difficult to memorize facts and figures and regurgitate them on command in a high-pressure environment.

Chapter 4.

Beliefs

A belief comes from a person’s influential role models, their exposure to culture, a person’s own understanding of the world and how things work, and what a person chooses to accept as truth. What may seem highly fictional to one, may be a heartfelt belief to another. It all comes down to what you accept and understand. This infinite universe forever evolving and changing will expose you to many ideas which are foreign, incomprehensible, or something you do not agree with. Accept people and their differences, as this is the only way we will ever co-exist in peace and harmony.

Beliefs throughout history have been the cause of conflict and war. Beliefs in who owns what, who can go where, what you’re entitled too, who should rule and who should pay. Human conflict in its essence comes down to beliefs, in what is right and wrong, in power and authority and in economics. Beliefs also bring people together, in unity and in celebration. Beliefs allow us to achieve as teams with unified goals or targets. They motivate, drive and create cohesion within society.

Chapter 5.

As the counter balance to success, and another part of life and its mystery, failure should be viewed as a blessing and a lesson. The marks you did not score in school may have been because you were excelling in other areas of life, you were forming lasting friendships, discovering your own interests and talents or taking care of loved ones. Not getting the job you wanted may have meant that you did not have to deal with the pressure of the role, that the people there may not have suited you or that you would not have had the opportunity to grow.

From failure comes freedom, to choose a different path, to learn from your mistakes and gain clarity or insights. Everyone has failed in their lives, at something. We hear stories of people going in to large amounts of debt, to then go on to succeed tremendously. Everyone has a story to tell, and in that story, there will be battles lost and won. Life is a ride, of crests and troughs, ups and downs. We are not made to remain static, our dynamic nature sees us experience a range of emotional states.

 

Failure is just a mindset to overcome.

Chapter 6.

The Future and the Unknown

Major scientific fields are introduced to the population in early school. Biology, chemistry and mathematics are among the most popular forms of science in schools of the Western world. The world of science is fascinating, it has a whole new language and unique perspective. Science is flawed, there exist so many gaps between knowledge which it can provide, between that which is known and that which is unknown. Some of the major questions of society remain unanswered by science. The location of one’s consciousness, whether life exists on other planets and does god exist, are most likely not going to gain answers amongst scientific studies.

Science is limited and contains physical and logical boundaries. Scientific knowledge is bounded by logical and rational thinking, and therefore excludes many possibilities. When you gain a scientific understanding of life, you label, categorize and contain life in groups of things of similar structure. Scientific reasoning can not always be best applied to everything, and somethings can not be explained logically through science. Beyond science lies an infinite universe of divinity.

Chapter 7.

My Personal Journey

My childhood left me feeling like there was no such thing as a happy ever after. That all marriages end in divorce and men were going to leave me in the future. My teenage years I mainly spent on a horse, or on drugs. I got to travel with my teenage boyfriend in his kombi van, up and down the east coast of NSW, discovering places like Boarder Ranges National Park, Nimbin and Byron Bay.

When I was about 19 years old I had discovered the occult, witchery, ecstatic states of being and sexuality. I wanted to experience something more, something like a real spiritual awakening. I came across a dance workshop called ‘Kundalini Dance’ in early 2006. It was to be held in the Round House at Sydney University one Saturday afternoon. It cost sixty dollars for the several hours. The workshops are still running I believe, as of August 2018.