I've just started learning so this might be a noob question.
Displaying Custom Fields
With a Custom Field added to the post, it's time to display your books and mood to the world. To display the Custom Fields for each post, use the the_meta() template tag. The tag must be put within The Loop in order to work. Many people add the_meta() template tag to the end of their post or in their Post Meta Data Section.
I think I'm misinterpreting the bold part but I tried to add the tag
<?php the_meta(); ?> in my post and it's not showing up.