“Most people don’t get through childhood without having many experiences of being wounded for telling the truth. Along the way, someone told them, ‘You can’t say that,’ or ‘You shouldn’t say that,’ or ‘That wasn’t appropriate.’ As a result, most of us have very deep, underlying conditioning that tells us that being just who we are is not okay. We have been conditioned to believe that there are times when it is okay to be truthful and honest, and there are times when it is not okay to be truthful and honest. Most human beings actually have an imprinting – not only in their minds, but in their bodies and their emotions – that if they are honest, if they are real, something bad is going to happen. Somebody is not going to like it. They fear they won’t be able to control their environment if they tell the truth.
But telling the truth is an aspect of awakening. It may not seem like it, because it’s very practical and very human. It’s not transcendent. It’s not about pure consciousness. It’s about how pure consciousness manifests as a human being in an undivided way. We must be able to manifest what we realize, and we must also come to grips with and start to notice the very forces within us that keep us from manifesting truthfulness in every situation.”
Adyashanti. The end of your world. Uncensored straight talk on the nature of enlightenment. Sounds True, Boulder, Colorado, 2010.
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