Updated: Nov 2, 2022
Lie: noun. a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood. something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture: His flashy car was a lie that deceived no one. an inaccurate or false statement; a falsehood.
Easy, we know this; don't lie, and we know too, the story about Pinocchio, and the boy who cried wolf. You don't make things up and tell others. Most of us can grasp this, most of us have been burned by the perils of a lie, but most of us don't understand the nuance behind what it means to lie.
Likely, you lie to yourself all the time. Likely, you tell little lies about how you feel, all the time. Likely, you choose the convenient comfort of a well-placed diversion, regularly. Likely, you are the one who suffers at the ends of these small untruths.
It's time to come clean.
Satya talks about the lies we live deep inside, Satya calls us to come out of hiding, after all, that's all any lie really is, a place to hide.
Why lie? Sometimes lies happen for small reasons, but almost always they point to something so much bigger. People lie because they are afraid, and once fear is involved, even in a small measure, our egos will do anything to hide from it.
Sometimes people lie to avoid hurting another person, we know a deep truth that would change a dynamic, or be painful to deliver, so we avoid it, or blatantly cover it up. In an effort to avoid hurting ourselves and the other, we fabricate a "comfortable" reality, but the thing about the truth is, it always comes to light.
The things we "know" will nag at us until they are seen out, and the space we leave open where the truth should be, throbs with hollow need. The truth wants to live.
It's popular now to use the phrase, "living my truth" and damn is it a good thing. For how many generations have we held back the sweet song of our honesty, how much damage has been done by hiding behind the expectations of culture and family.
The movement of truth is a reckoning and it's for the best, but watch the old world rage at the death of their lies. Lies keep us separated from one another, separated from our true nature, and separated from love.
When we hide our truth, which is the deep lie that Satya really strikes at, we deny our role in the fabric of life. This is why truthfulness or non-lying, is so important, most of us, by adulthood, have left behind the white lies of childhood, "I didn't break it! I don't know how that happened!" and the innocent misdirections intended to avoid getting a scolding. Yet, the far more damaging lies we persist with, stay in play long after childhood, and scolding soon becomes the consequences of hiding; bitterness, sadness, resentment, and fear.
We lie when we accept relationships, jobs, and circumstances that are misaligned with our desires, dreams, and goals. We lie when we hide the complexity, or simplicity of our feelings, we lie when we hush the quiet knowing in our gut.
Like every worthwhile practice in this life, Satya will challenge you, it's going to ask you to look at yourself, your behavior, and your boundaries. It's going to ask you to examine your relationships, your path, and your goals, it's going to ask you to get real, and then it commands you to do something about it.
Examine where it is in your life that you surrender your truth and authenticity in the name of keeping the peace and see where an aspect of your work resides and get at it.
Shaking ourselves free from the limits of the little and big lies we maintain to hide our truth opens a previously unattainable field of opportunity.
Lies are your limit, do away with them.