|I know quoting Gandhi is a little cliche but I wanted to start with it because in this statement we can see how non violence is inherently intertwined with this week’s topic of Satya or Truthfulness. Second only to nonviolence truth provides powerful moral guidance. It can be scary and unpredictable but it is also pure and righteous. Truth has the power to free us of our self made bonds and end suffering. It is relentless in its demands and gracious in its offerings. |
You may think that being truthful simply means to not tell lies. But Truth demands an integrity that is so much more than just not fibbing. Satya is a total commitment to truth— in being, words, actions and intentions.
When we choose to be truthful we choose to be real, we choose self expression over self-indulgence, growth over the need to fit in and fluidity over rigidity. To better understand the subtlety of truth we must first understand why we might lie in the first place. After all if the truth is so great why bother with lies?
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|So Why do we LIE? |
Carl Jung writes ” A lie would make no sense unless the truth was felt to be dangerous.”
Like water or electricity people tend to prefer to take the path of least resistance. Truth rarely seems to ask the easier choice of us and therefore in order to avoid perceived discomfort people lie. For example, the desire to fit in, make others happy or to avoid the consequences of our actions may entice us to lie. Driven by fear, lies are misguided attempts at self preservation that ultimately destroy the host.
It takes courage and integrity to be real with ourselves as well as with others. Truth invites us to places we may rarely go to or are completely comfortable with. But a person of substance is willing to stay present in life no matter what its initial discomfort. Truth has a boldness to it that, while not always enjoyable, is trustworthy and is worth the effort.
Truth can be complex, and because of its marriage with non violence has a fluidity to it. Because of this we will delve deeper into truth in my next post but for now if you find yourself unsure about what to do in a situation ask yourself…
Is it love or fear that is driving my decision?
If your answer is love… Great trust your gut! When we act from a place of love we can’t go wrong.
If not… Maybe you should consider reevaluating and choose a different path.