Before we assign value to something by calling it “good” or “bad” all that exists is the "truth". Fundamentally, the truth is an impartial perception or idea; it’s not good or bad until we make it so.
When we put “good” and “bad” labels on the truth we create lies in the sense that we’ve altered the truth. As it would seem that we are always in the business of altering the truth, we can do ourselves a service by at least changing it in a way that’s self-supporting: by telling ourselves nice lies.
When Thomas Edison failed to invent the light bulb after hundreds of attempts he said that he didn’t necessarily see all those efforts as failures, but as ways of learning how not to make a light bulb. And it’s the same story for a lot of people who’ve succeeded in life despite adversity.
Looking at it from the other side of the coin, we can learn to stop changing the truth in ways that undermine our self-image or whatever endeavor we’re pursuing. For instance, sometimes when we perform an action that doesn’t go as well as we anticipated we assign it a "bad" value and call ourselves “no good” or “stupid” or “screw ups.” We've all been there. But a person’s behavior is not equal to the person. We all make mistakes and fail, but the truth is that none of us are mistakes or failures. When we change the truth by calling ourselves such untrue, negative things we’re changing the truth for our worse.
So if you’re in the habit of changing the truth for your worse then change it again, but this time in a way that supports you in whatever way you need. It’s good for your self-image and efforts to succeed if you learn to frame adversity in supportive ways. Or better still, learn to let things be as they are, make peace with the truth, and continue on your way.
"Good" and "bad" are just concepts, tools of the mind. And the mind accesses only part of reality. Later on I’ll show you what it means to get beyond your mind and experience life from that third, most subtle aspect of who you are.
BODY – MIND – SPIRIT