This is the question I ask myself when I am faced with a piece of information.
Would it hold up in a court of law?
If yes, I assign it a little more weight in a practical sense. It’s a bit more likely to be somewhat accurate.
If not, I put it on the “likely nonsense” shelf. Or, if I feel generous, the “maybe” shelf.
CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND UFO STORIES
Nearly all conspiracy theories fall short of this test. They are typically founded on bad logic and bad data, and would not hold up in any court of law.
The same goes for most UFO stories and similar. A few are supported by multiple sources of apparently solid data. (For instance, the Ariel school phenomenon and the US Navy UFO sightings in recent years.) And most would not hold up in a court of law.
WHAT ABOUT AWAKENING?
So what about awakening? Would it hold up in a court of law?
Maybe. And, in reality, no. And that’s not a bad thing.
Maybe, because it’s been reported by many people across times and cultures. If described logically and without relying on too much jargon, it makes sense to a receptive mind. And it’s something we all can check out for ourselves with some guidance. (Sometimes even relatively quickly, for instance using the Big Mind process or Headless experiments.)
And likely not. It’s not something that can be “proven” outside of logic and our own immediate noticing. It’s not something widely accepted in our culture, which also plays a role. And it hasn’t been thoroughly explored and described by science yet, although that can and maybe will happen in time.
In many ways, it’s a blessing that it likely wouldn’t hold up in court. It means we have to rely on our own explorations and check it out for ourselves. We cannot take anyone’s word for it.
- Hold up in a court of law
- The touch stone i use for myself
- nearly all conspiracy theories fall short
- Also, nearly all ufo stories etc (apart from a few more solidly documented)
- Of course, if competely paranoid, if invested in it, if emotional reasoning, then this check may not seem valid or important
- Does awakening qualify? Yes and no
- Yes bc described by people across times and cultures
- And can check for yourself through inquiry
- No if use very stringent criteria
- The beauty of awakening, is shared and can find for ourselves, and cannot be “proven” in other ways, at least not in a society where is not mainstream or thoroughly explored by science