Step 7 – Honesty


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the mind is a tricky beast; it often deceives us, leads us astray. It paints the best picture of us, reflects back a righteous, good-acting human being. Are we ever in the wrong? In almost every argument, aren’t we the injured one, the one who has been maligned, insulted – but is this always so?

surely the person on the other side thinks the same thing? that they are in the right?

being honest about motivations and feelings is a lifelong grapple.

see the mind, with all its little intricate tunnels, thought forms that we have built over time.

honesty cuts away, and reveals the inner beauty.



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6 Responses to “Step 7 – Honesty”

  1. Laura Smith Says:

    Hello Friend. I like this very much. You likely knew if I was going to comment, I’d have to bing some Bible off of it. =) Here she goes… Jesus points to the heart as being the central issue of sinful man. He says this in the Book of Mark, Chapter 7 (from The Message paraphrase): “Listen now, all of you— take this to heart. It’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life; it’s what you vomit—that’s the real pollution. It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution.” Well, yep. When I take an honest look at the not so lovely things I did as recently as today, I can tell you they came straight from my deceptive heart. I thank God for a Savior! TY for sharing – I am trying to take cues on how to be more concise from you. So far, this Southern Rambler ain’t doin’ so hot! Happy to You! ~L

  2. bundleocontradictions Says:

    It’s a very true concept. Many of us (including myself) don’t consider anything but their own experience. Sometimes we need to take the time to explore ourselves.
    Lovely music. It was a refreshing change from what I was listening to. 🙂

  3. de la lune Says:

    Ascension indeed could strike at any time… And I see that you’re trying to achieve it through music. You’re a brave, brave soul 🙂

    I love a lot of what you’ve written. It makes me think and rethink about my own thoughts and the way I am. I also like the music. Your brain–it pleases me.

  4. travelerseeker Says:

    Hi, GGW. This blog really resonated with me today. The reason? I’ve been dealing with friendship issues, some of which are related to honesty. I sometimes call people on their behavior in a very direct and brutally honest way (when they’ve done something to hurt me or ask for my opinion). And not everyone likes this. And in some cases, it leads to the end of friendship. While this is upsetting, I think I’d rather not have a dishonest friendship.

    You’re right about how tricky this is/can be. I try to look at myself, to see how I’ve contributed to the situation. Sometimes, though, I think I’ve done my best and been honest and the other side hasn’t.

    Any advice for dealing with this type of thing?

  5. llanera solitaria Says:

    You’re right. The ego is a wiggly beast, requiring constant wrestling.

    Honesty cuts beautifully. It takes great and constant courage for one to allow it to wield its blade.

  6. Renée Says:

    It takes courage to live honestly with oneself and with others.

    Your entry was a good reminder of its importance.

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