Centering yourself in truth requires establishing a conscious relationship between your inner core and the outer circumstances of your life. This involves the ability to perceive a fundamental wisdom that is reflected within yourself as well as others.
Truth is transformed into power when you disperse all prejudice and make yourself receptive to the world as it really is. This power can be a remarkable force indeed, yet is more rare than generally imagined. It is maintained by cultivating a genuine openness to the way things are — a willingness to see, rather than to merely look.
Whenever your inner life is clouded, your influence in the world is hidden in shadow. If you are fearful, you will be attacked; if you cloak genuine mysteries in dogma, opportunities for new insight will be lost. If you vacillate in upholding your principles, you will be tested. Yet, when you are firm and strong, the power of truth can break through even the most stubborn minds.
In a debate, the power to perceive the truth in the other’s position is essential to achieving success. It is possible to influence even the most difficult people, or improve the most difficult circumstance, through the power of shedding light on universal truths — for truth is something to which all beings naturally respond. Get in touch with that part of yourself that is aware of this universal force. Cultivate this inner resource, and you will become adept at using it to relate to those who share a common purpose.