I had the great pleasure of taking my daughter, Maggie and my niece, Heather to see the new Alice in Wonderland (directed by Timothy Burton). The movie was visually spectacular and the plot a distinct improvement on the dreamy imaginings (some would argue drug-induced)of Lewis Carroll. Where the latter portrays the often directionless imagination of dreams, the former has a purpose and a message. The message, as interpreted through the genius of Timothy Burton, is “Alice, know and speak your truth and even better things shall be revealed.”
Naming, claiming, cultivating, nurturing and ultimately sharing our truth is a huge part of the spiritual journey. The goal of our spiritual (and I would argue, human) journey is to:
- Know God
- Know Yourself
- Know your gifts and how you are being called to share them in the world
Contemplation is the vehicle through which these goals are realized. As we maintain our commitment to diligent practice, we grow in knowledge of God, knowledge of self and knowledge of our gifts. As we come to know ourself and our spiritual gifts, we are then invited to share them freely and openly in the world. This self-knowledge and sharing requires us to express our truth in the world. Diligent practice gives us the strength and courage we need to express our truths freely, openly and generously in a world that may be resistant to our truths. This is what Alice discovered in the movie.
Freely expressing our truth can be a challenge in the world. The truths revealed by our Divine Source frequently fly in the face of our societal and tribal norms. We are most frequently socialized to comply and rarely encouraged to challenge. Divine truths most commonly shatter the illusions of compliance. Divine truth requires the following:
- Social Justice
When we speak for these qualities, we challenge the status quo. We become the one who rocks the boat, and the messenger that most would just assume shoot. Unfortunately, we shall never truly be free, individually and as a species until we learn to name, claim and freely express these truths. Fortunately, the fruits of naming, claiming and freely sharing our truths far outweigh the expense. As we share our truths in the world, we know
So, the moral of the story, as illustrated by Timothy Burton is:
Speak Your Truth Alice!