Honesty becomes interesting when it is first and foremost about one’s self. How honest am I towards myself? Towards my feelings, my thoughts, towards my own personal truth of who I am here and now?
How does what I say reflect on what I do and vice versa?
In an ongoing inner discourse about the process of becoming crystal clear I found the following extract from A Course in Miracles inspiring and challenging as it puts this rather spiritually outdated term back on center stage.
“Honesty does not apply only to what I say. The term actually means consistency. There is nothing you say that contradicts what you think or do, no thought opposes any other thought; no act belies your word; and no word lacks agreement with another.
Such are the truly honest.At no level are they in conflict with themselves.
Therefore it is impossible for them to be in conflict with anyone or anything. Peace of mind is therefore largely due to honesty. Conflict is the result of self-deception, a challenge the presence of doubt.”
The image this conjures up for me are the crystal and liquid matrixes against which one is able to mirror oneself in the quest for self-refinement.
There is no need for proof or conviction there is no need for defense. Truth simply stands naked. Whether another is able to stand in the light of it or not is yet another discourse.