This above all: To thine own self be true, for it must follow as dost the night the day, that canst not then be false to any man (or woman).
I have been very focused lately about the importance of being honest with one’s self. We often expect others to be totally honest with us, but don’t necessarily ask if we are being honest with our self. What is our inner truth saying to us?
I have been doing a small experiment around this idea, which has proven to be a useful tool around these kinds of honesty issues.
This is what I do; before I go off on a complaining tangent about how someone hasn’t been totally honest with me,
- I stop and ask myself. “When prior to this issue or challenge wasn’t I totally honest with myself?”
- The result was, that there was always a moment when my instincts or intuition told me to respond or rectify the situation.
- But because of veiled fears attached to my conscious or unconscious mind, I find reasons to let things slide. Oh dear, don’t you hate that!
The saying goes – “There is really only One of us here anyway”.
So, I suggest that we might as well start with our self. The outcome will be, that your perception of what is going on will alter – and that’s because you have brought it to the ‘Altar’ of our true self.
Something to ponder and perhaps give the “question yourself first” idea a go. It might take a bit of practice at first because the key here is to stay objective, without any blame, which means not blaming yourself also. Simply addressing the truth for truth’s sake.
Heart to Heart Elizabeth