So easy to say — just tell the truth. For most of us, this is easier said than done. Truth goes to the core of our being and our authenticity. Don’t we all, at times, stretch or deny, the truth? Do “little white lies” slip off our tongue? Does being liked or approved of push us towards lack of honesty? For most of us, this is how we live. But we don’t have to!
In embracing the Truth of yoga and Divine Consciousness, we are already approved. We are pre-approved from the time we were born and even before. Not remembering this, causes us to trust the ego more than trusting our inner core. Rather than embracing the light, we instead let fear inch its way into our awareness and behavior. As I learned early in my yoga training and study — fear is the basis for all of our suffering and misery.
So go back now to the last lesson about Truthfulness. Now I capitalize the word to set it apart from just plain old “truthfulness.” This goes deeper than some rule like “do not tell a lie.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the renowned German poet and artist whose work, Faust, had a lot to say about Truth, said:
The first and last thing required of genius is,
love of the truth.
You don’t have to qualify on some random scale as a genius, just knowing and living with this principle is enough. It makes you a genius in my book. But I am not saying it is easy. to be untruthful to others is one thing, to tell lies to ourselves is another. We can only try, while still loving ourselves in the process.
So let go of fear. Move boldly forward with Truth in your heart.
With love and namaste, Deanne
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