As often happens, a comment left or read on one post, leads us to another… and another…and another. The web of relationships weaves itself more vastly and tightly as we explore, connect, and tie ourselves together. This week was no exception to that reality.

I wrote a post on Thursday. Renae commented and referred to another she’d left on a different site. I clicked on that hyperlink and left a comment myself. That blogger sent me an email. Now, its content makes its way back here to today’s post.

I am feeling connected, tied to others, grateful, and aware that when truth is spoken, by its very  nature, it will be heard, echoed, made manifest.

That, in fact, is often what keeps us from doing so, from speaking the truth, isn’t it? Our deepest fear is often just this: that we will be heard, that patterns will be disrupted, that relationships will be stretched, that lies will be unmasked, that danger will lurk, that harm may come. But not speaking it; not living it? Our hearts cannot bear it for long.

Truth remains truth – spoken or silent. Eventually, it will come out. It will be heard. And when it does, there’s no going back.


Here are the words that made their way back to me:

I cannot un-know what I now know. I cannot unsee what I have seen.  I cannot unfeel and unhear. I cannot become unconscious again in the places where I have peered through the dark into the light…”

I love this and, simultaneously, I feel its ache. Truth is painful in its beauty; tender in its strength. In my own places of truth-telling, it has not all been champagne and celebration. It has meant significant loss. Many tears. Unanswered questions. Unresolved conflict. Endings. And so many beginnings…

No, there’s no going back. No unknowing. No unseeing. No unfeeling. No unhearing. No unconscious(ness).

And I’m OK with that.

Truth stood on one side and Ease on the other; it has often been so. ~ Theodore Parker

Candor is a double-edged sword; it may heal or it may separate. ~ Wilhelm Stekel

The truth was obscure, too plain and too pure. To live it you had to explode. ~ Bob Dylan

Truth is powerful and it prevails. ~ Sojourner Truth