Any mage worth their salt recognizes the need to speak truth. For one, most persons are amazingly good at detecting bullshit and being known as a liar screws up your ability to accomplish what you need.
Aside from the obvious however, is the deep power of truth. Have you ever read a book and had the words just slam into you like the book punched you? Have you ever heard a speaker or a quote that literally knocked you back? There is truth in most everything. However, there are also truths that align powerfully with a situation. When spoken truths align with the truth of the moment, they have power. Spoken truths are like sails catching a powerful wind drawing you toward your deepest values.
Obviously this leads to the idea that speaking lies weakens you. Your manifestations come less clearly, you confuse yourself in what you’ve told who and you disconnect with flow. It’s like boating comfortably down a river and then deciding to jump out and start swimming. You probably will survive, but you made yourself a WHOLE lot more work than you had before.
Rather, jump into truth. Taste it. Study the world around you. Understand it. Grok it. The more truths you know, the more that you can be empowered by them. You can clearly ask for the experiences you want. You can clearly organize your spells and communications.
With ‘The Wizard of Earthsea’ series, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote an enchanting series of books where all magic was based on speaking “the Language of Creation.” While I’ve never experienced spoken words having her storybook level of universal effect, I have experienced sounds which have so much power that merely intoning them causes effects.
I have one song in particular which my friends have “banned me” from singing if there are events happening, because wind and rain Divas show up out of nowhere when I sing it. I was taught this song by a thunderstorm about 6 years ago and it was one of the few things I thought to actually put into my book of shadows at the time.
One year at our local Pagan Pride Day it was a wonderful, calm and warm day, but a couple people commented that it would be nice to have some rain. Being the thoughtful and careful mage I am, I thought it would be fun to sing the song.
5 minutes into my singing the song the wind began kicking up. If you’ve ever experienced the thrill of being in the magic; you find yourself wanting to keep at it and ignore evidence that perhaps you shouldn’t... 20 minutes and many blown away tents later some tiny clouds that had been on the horizon were overhead and pouring rain on us.
Unfortunately, once the wind got started, everyone started packing up and PPD ended prematurely. The wind completely died as soon as the rain started and 15 minutes after that the rain stopped and the sun came out. By then though most everyone had already either left or were mostly done prepping to leave. I was left celebrating the rain and the fact that for some reason most pagans don’t think any of us have the power to do that kind of stuff... silly silly pagans. It's like Christians thinking their God won't directly answer prayer.
*Update*: I was looking at the weather a while ago and had the urge to sing. I decided to not sing the rain song as we’d had a lot precipitation lately. I felt the urge to sing a new much more simple song that had a power. The next day we had an expected 2-4 inches of snow turn into 3 feet with 30 hours of constant snow.
This brings up another aspect of truth magic. Cause and effect are hard to tell. I still don’t know if I only have the urge to sing the song when the weather is coming, or if the song has an effect.
My testing indicates a possible cause/effect relationship. A few times now I’ve sung the rain song during a completely dry time in the desert and had rain arrive and only hit my property and 1/4 mile nearby within hours/days. This is in Reno, NV where we get 330+ days of sun/year… often we will have no precipitation whatsoever for 2-4 months at a time.
Additionally a couple of times I’ve heard weather Divas inform me that my order has received and will be fulfilled at the nearest available opportunity. One friend even heard some Divas apologizing that a storm I was singing down was “planned for a nearby farming community, but that they could get us some rain tomorrow.” True to the friend's word, we had no rain that night even though there was wind, thunder and lightning. And of course, we did receive rain the next day.
Finding Truth with Words
I have various “Truth Detectors.” You MIGHT have caught one of them at play a couple times in this article: Puns. Puns are statements which hold truth in multiple layers of the realities we are experiencing. I’m not talking the stupid “Watch Time, Spice Thyme” Puns. I’m talking the kinds of puns where you realize that:
- These words, in this moment of your life, are intersecting with multiple layers of your reality at the same time.
(The sentence above was a pun and NLP at the same time btw…)
The same friend who I had the Diva Experience with was also the person who originally introduced me to magic. He was a huge fan of puns… unfortunately he liked the stinky ones as well as the truth bombs. Once in a while though we would get going!
At one point I was freshly into the idea that our thoughts control our reality. I also was intrigued by the argument that this is all an illusion and that the very nature of matter argued that there is a whole lot of nothing in having everything around us. These two thoughts, at that time of my life, led to a 11th order pun (aka we found 11 different truthful meanings to the statement).. “Nothing Matters.”
A forced 2nd order (2 meanings) pun stinks. A 4th order pun hits you hard and you spend a few moments trying to figure out what it all means. An 11th order pun has you spending the afternoon astounded and celebrating the coolness you just experienced.
In awe of how hard this pun hit me at the time, I ended up trying to share it with another friend. He wasn’t all that impressed at first, so I took it on myself to explain all 11 meanings of the pun so he could see how funny/impressive/powerful it was.
About meaning number four I said. “I believe reality is an illusion.” To which he quipped “I don’t believe in illusions.” Hearing the truth in the statements together, I experienced Satori as the illusion disappeared completely for a bit …
Any truth that can effect you this strongly? Definitely powerful!
I’ve heard of a way to have a similarly powerful experience from a rather darkly practicing acquaintance: Spend time questioning literally every experience, every thought. Question the validity of the truths we consider commonplace. “Am I breathing air?” … “Am I breathing?” … “Am I?” … “Is there an I?”
The exercise is a search for new truths by questioning all truths we consider self-evident. However, it was recommended that one avoid doing so for more than a few hours at a time lest they find themselves questioning whether the white jacket and white room they end up being placed in really exists.
Truth is anything which empowers you to think, experience or act; so make a habit of consistently letting go of old truths for new ones which empower you more. You will be amazed at how wonderfully your entire life shifts.
Keep in mind this isn't a one way trip. If you let go of a truth for a new one you are free to pick up your old one later. However, you may be surprised at how often you will clearly see the benefit of the new truth to the old one after you've changed it.