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August 01, 2018

The Truthsayer’s Medicine

Tags: Honesty, integrity, speaking ones truth, wounding

There are people born with the difficult gift, or medicine, of being a Truthsayer. They see through the muck, masquerades, and posturing to the very heart of things. For better or worse, they see us at the level of the soul. They see our strengths, our weaknesses, and they see how we cover them up to get what we want. While this gift is instrumental to a healer, it is difficult medicine to have. Much like mastering the wielding of a massive sword, it takes considerable skill to use the Truthsayer’s medicine with grace.

To see is a gift, but what one does with that information is the journey. An inexperienced Truthsayer will just blurt things out, without realizing the consequences of their actions. Their words can cause discomfort, casting ripples across the pond that come back around. Their sudden flashes of insight can be quite unnerving, and even call forth unexpected defensive responses from those caught feeling exposed. People balk at the implication of being disingenuous and can quickly distance themselves from the Truthsayer. It is a long and arduous journey learning how to use a filter, discerning when to speak the truth, and realizing when “just knowing” is enough.

The next level of growth for Truthsayers comes after they understand that there will be pushback. Consciously persevering, they turn their gifts into tools of adversity. Their worth becomes defined by pointing out deception and wrong doing. Welcoming the challenge, they take it on, knowing the consequences, and willing to incur the wrath. They see themselves as great warriors fighting injustice. Their shortcoming, however, is in not seeing the long game. Living a life where your value depends upon fighting on the front lines is lonely and exhausting, and more often than not, fosters burn out and disillusionment. 

The Truthsayer’s blindspot is their unresolved wounding. All people’s truths are tenuous and tempered by their perceptions. Perceptions are perspectives that come through filters of past experiences. If a person has been abused or betrayed as a child, they will see through the lens of that child’s abuse. Innocent strangers, for example, become potential predators in their minds. Truthsayers are no different. In the non-personal arenas of their lives their truths are solid, so they come to rely on that inner certainty. If their need for safety, however, latches onto that certainty, it can fuel reckless self righteousness that wreaks havoc in their personal lives. They may see betrayal, for example, where it isn’t, and strike out blindly, driving their sword deep into the guts of any perceived betrayer before they see their err. Until they resolve their past wounding, many precious relationships are under threat. 

Mature Truthsayers sit quietly, mostly, watching the dramas around them unfold. They have their swords wrapped loosely in their sheaths beside them. They know they are there, but realize the edges are sharp and the weight is mighty. Sometimes it is enough to just hold that sword to the sunlight, and twist it slightly, letting the glint from its surface do the work. While bad behavior happens, often it is unconscious. There is no need to call it out and ram it down someone’s throat, one simply does not engage it. This leaves it hanging, unopposed, denying it the traction of opposition. With no place to land, it floats in the air for all to see, ultimately revealing itself for what it is. 

The sword of the Truthsayer is sharp and its weight onerous. Using it with grace, and choosing our battles is the journey. Gifted with this medicine one learns when to speak, and differentiates that from the driving voices of their fears, or inadequacy. It is doing our inner work that restores our value and need for safety, not being right. Use your light, not your might!

Christina Allen, Shamanic Healer, Teacher, and Founder and Director of the Austin Shamanic Center, combines a strong science (BA Physics, MS Neuroscience) background with decades of applied ancient spiritual wisdom (Master Yogi, Reiki Master, Shamanic Healer, based, in part, on Q’ero Indian traditions of Peru). ASC offers profound Shamanic Self Development Workshops, professional trainings, and personal healings. Learn more at

© Austin All Natural, August 2018.

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