Honesty means to refrain from lying, cheating, or stealing. It is aligned with concepts of fairness, honor, and integrity. However, most of us do not go out into the world with the thought “today I’m going to cheat someone.” What happens is what I call a progressive erosion of integrity. We get into a situation where if we say or do what we think is right, we’ll be ridiculed and lose face or prestige. Therefore we don’t lie, we tell a “little fib” or “white lie.”
In some instances we try to paint a different picture than what really happened by not telling the whole truth. In this case we convince ourselves we didn’t lie, we just didn’t tell the whole truth. We convince ourselves that it is okay, but what we are really doing is being dishonest with ourselves. Witholding the whole truth to paint a different picture than what actually happened is an example of intellectual dishonesty. Dishonesty, no matter the form, always lowers your spiritual vibration and erodes your sense of self.
Integrity is aligning with the truth of who you really are. You are pure spirit, and if you put your awareness on this thought or idea, you will always operate appropriately in any situation. An easy way to align with the energy of integrity is to put your awareness on your heart space and imagine a light. Then imagine a miniature you sitting on a chair…or standing…or dancing in the Inner Light. Check in periodically throughout the day to ensure you are still there.
When you center yourself in the light of your Authentic Self, you step into the truth of who you are. You automatically operate from your deepest truth. You not only act honestly, but you become honesty itself. You become a person of integrity.