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Where Do We Find the Truth?

Does this quote resonate with you as it does me? (Many thanks to my great mentor, Sydney Baker MD, extraordinary physician and Functional Medicine pioneer, for sharing!)

“Follow those who seek the truth, but flee from those who have found it.”

-Vaclav Havel (1936-2011, Czech Republic)

 He reminds me that:

The truth is really our truth.

And we misplace our power when we see the truth everywhere except within ourselves.

There may be times when we don’t see it or know it, but it’s there. Our truth is in there. In that small quiet voice. The voice that is our inner wisdom and power. The power we give away to the “experts” who know more than we do. To the outside sources we ask to “fix” us.

Somewhere along the line we lost the knowledge that we are innately wise.

We turn to others who have more experience than we do, who do this “for a living.” It’s good to seek their wise counsel, but none of those experts knows us better than we know ourselves. None of them has more experience in being us than we do.

Now let this beautiful Rumi quote wash over you:

“I have been a seeker and still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.”

-Rumi (1207-1273, Sufi poet, scholar, mystic)

Seek experts and teachers, but beware of letting their voices drown out your own. Run their advice past your own inner guidance system. Does it resonate? Is it collaborative? How does their truth make you feel? Empowered? Hopeful? Supported?

If not, run like hell.

Have a Beautiful day.


p.s. From my Archives:

Inner Wisdom: How to Find and Trust It. 2018.

Karyn Shanks MD


Karyn Shanks, MD, is a physician who lives and practices in Iowa City. Her work is inspired by the revolutionary science of Functional Medicine, body-mind wisdom, and the transformational journeys of thousands of clients over her twenty-eight year career. She believes that the bones of healing are in what we do for ourselves.

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