Seeking Truth, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I was teaching a Kabbalah class last week and was especially moved by the delicious desire of this group to explore and find Truth. They were creative, curious and spiritually seeking.  The clarity in the room was refreshing and restorative.

Today, I am comparing that refreshing honesty with the current political atmosphere. Some days it seems there is no seeking for “truth” out there in the world of politics or world order. I become discouraged in the divisive atmosphere of who is right and who is wrong.

I was reared with strong moral values that I thought were teaching me to think and act with ethical clarity. Now I question if I was simply being taught to judge and divide. The questions haunt me.

Then I came across a writing by Thomas Merton:

“If one reaches the point where understanding fails, this is not a tragedy: It is simply a reminder to stop thinking and start looking. Perhaps there is nothing to figure out after all: perhaps we only need to wake up.”

I got it then! I am waking up from the darkness of doubt and duplicity into the simple light of the call of seeking truth.

Truth does not dwell in the knowing. It is in the seeking that light shines through.


Susan Austin-Crumpton
Executive Director & Founder
The Estuary, Inc.