"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom," - Thomas Jefferson
And, coincidentally enough, it's the first chapter in "The Four Agreements". I recently dug out my copy of this favourite by Don Miguel Ruiz, and the first agreement to "be impeccable with your word" really spoke to me.
Toltec wisdom teaches that without honesty and integrity in everything you do and say, it is impossible to overcome yourself, your ego, to find "heaven on earth" or enlightenment.
"Impeccable" means without sin. When you are impeccable, you take responsibility for your actions. You chose truth, love, purity and righteousness. You don't do anything you feel the need to lie about. Being impeccable with your word then, means speaking only the truth, with respect, love and integrity for yourself and those around you.
Although it is easier said than done, your word is your power - use it for truth and love. Misusing this power in the form of dishonesty has dire consequences for yourself and the world around you. Our energy is borrowed, and using it unwisely with dishonesty is a sin against that energy, the higher source, as well as our very own mind, body and spirit.
It doesn't even have to get that 'deep' or complicated. It's as simple as this, nobody respects a liar because a liar doesn't respect themselves. How much we love and respect ourselves is directly proportionate to the quality and integrity of our word. Love and respect yourself enough to be honest, and others will love and respect you too. It's an irrefutable fact, nobody respects a liar, a sneak, or someone willing to be shady for the sake of their ego, or other selfish gains.
From a physical point of view, being dishonest is like taking a poison. Being less than honest about anything raises your anxiety and blood pressure, whether you realise it or not. You can ignore your conscience and put it out of your mind, but you can't put it out of your body. Even if you do realize it, but chose to lie anyway, guilt and shame always come along with telling a lie, and these too have dire physical repercussions, such as sleeplessness, tension, and much more severe over the long term. What a terrible thing to do to ourselves!
The truth shall set you free. Without honestly and an impeccable word, enlightenment is unattainable. Regardless of how many hours you log on the yoga mat, in meditation or counting the beads of a rosary, being honest and pure in what we say and do is vital to our wholeness. Don't disconnect yourself from the truth, as this is disconnecting yourself from your higher power! An authentic man cannot lie. It takes an intense amount of integrity to be authentic and honest in all things, but our impeccability measures our strength, our faith, our love, our goodness.
"You can attain heaven in this one agreement; be impeccable with your word."
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