The Truth About A Partial Truth

A partial truth isn’t a true at all. It’s a lie. The mind hooks us with a thin sliver of truth (usually a negative or distorted perception) about anything in life and asks us to believe that this small truth is the whole truth. For example, since childhood I’ve had a tendency to lose things. My ego hooks me with this small truth about myself with the intention of creating a negative feeling. It tries to convince me that the whole truth about me is contained in this one trait. By penning the story: I’m a person who loses things and that’s a bad thing and therefore I’m an inadequate person, it leaves out the rest of the story. The whole truth about my character is that it includes many other positive qualities rounding out the entirety of who I am.

It’s only when we forget the whole picture of who we are and buy into the ego’s small truth that we suffer. Forming a painful myopic view is what the ego does best. If a thought causes you to feel bad, you can know that it’s too small a truth. To be blunt about it, it’s a lie and there’s no need for you to waste your time or give it your attention.

The thin sliver of truth about food is that it tastes good. There’s no problem with this except that once again the ego leaves out the rest of the truth: if you eat too much or consistently eat unhealthy food, you experience a slew of negative consequences. In exchange for the few moments of pleasure you spend overeating your favorite food, you experience much longer-term discomfort. You may be flooded with negative feelings like shame, blame, self-castigation, regret, anger, or sadness, not to mention damaged self-esteem, indigestion, listlessness, and potential weight gain. If eating this way is your habit, you are likely to create ill health in the long run.

Our ego hooks us with the thin sliver of truth about food—it tastes good—and leaves out the rest of the picture: all of the negative consequences of overindulgence. When you are in the habit of going under the ego’s spell, your relationship with food becomes the ego’s relationship. In other words, you value food based on the taste experience it delivers, rather than seeing it as fuel to meet the nutritional and energetic agenda of the body.

When you want to eat junk food, you imagine the pleasure of the taste experience rather than seeing whole myriad of negative consequences that ensue from this fleeting indulgence in pleasure. From essence, the wise part of ourselves, we see the whole picture of this lousy bargain. Occasionally we will still indulge, but from a place of awareness and conscious choice. There is a world of difference between this place and the self-deluded place of ego that plays the game “let me pretend that I can peal the pleasure away from the ‘pleasure/pain’ coin and only experience the positive consequences of my choice without the negative ones.”

This deluded perspective is called magical thinking. Thankfully, once we realize that we’ve been fooling ourselves, we can chose differently by seeing the whole picture of our choice. From this place of clear seeing, we form a new healthy relationship with food—one that includes the pleasure of eating because it’s part of the whole truth. The difference is now we’re free—free to choose consciously from the wise part of ourselves that values health and well-being.