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Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

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Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Chris Cade Chris Cade writer. speaker. empowerer.

Chris Cade is a spiritual author, speaker, impassioned parent, entrepreneur, and professional empowerment artist enabling people to discover their innate joy, peace, and abundance. [www.chriscade.com]

The most meaningful element of my experience is the pursuit of truth. It infiltrates every aspect of my life.

For a long time, I had no interest in spirituality. Then I married a woman who was on a spiritual path. She worried that my lack of interest in personal development or spirituality would drive us apart, so eventually she said to me, “Either you get a spiritual path, or you get a divorce lawyer.” That made me angry, because it threatened the illusion I‘d built my life on. Reluctantly, I went to a bookstore and started skimming titles, looking for something on the topic that might interest me. I did find a few titles, and I started reading. That process started me down a path of personal and spiritual development.

One of the books I read, Diamond Heart – Book One, by A.H. Almaas, included a chapter on truth that flipped my life upside down. Almaas wrote about truth in a way I hadn’t thought of or considered and I realized that all the things I wanted – money, great relationships, and everything else – I wanted because I had an idea about them and about what they meant to me. That made me wake up to the realization that I didn’t understand myself.

So I started asking myself questions about my own truth. My answers fundamentally changed the way I live my life and how I engage with the world and with myself. I started asking myself questions like Why am I thinking the things I think? Why do I feel the things I feel? What’s going on inside me? And when I wanted something, I started asking What’s the real reason I want this? What do I want this money or this relationship for? What do I think I’m going to get out of it? Through that process I became much more aware of myself and my own truth.

I came to realize that there are experiences that come to me from the outer world that are required for my own development and growth – and I can’t grow without those experiences. So I moved further into a place of asking myself What am I trying to teach myself in this moment? What am I trying to learn?

As I’ve continued along the path of asking about and learning what’s true for me, my path is revealed and I move into deeper, more universal Truths. I’ve realized that the truth I seek personally is perhaps not separate from the bigger Truths. In the same way our own bodies are made up of different pieces yet are still whole, perhaps I am the arm or the leg of a Self that’s bigger than me.

What is real? What is true? Am I perhaps a vehicle by which a larger energy or entity is pursuing the Truth?

I keep asking the questions. I’m grateful to show up and see what happens.

– Chris Cade

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