Truth and Lies

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  1. Channa’s avatar

    Erica,

    Thank you for your inspiration. A much needed reminder of the beauty and pain in truth.

    Big Love,
    -Channa

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    1. admin’s avatar

      Glad to help, Channa. Hugs, E

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  2. Trevor’s avatar

    I love your work.
    I just question telling the truth when it is harmful. Perhaps, sometimes it is kinder to withhold the truth out of kindness to others.
    I wonder about self-inquiry before we speak. Am I withholding the truth to protect a perception that, I or the other person, have of me ? Or am I genuinely concerned about their feelings?
    I am thinking about my parents in their 80s. To speak my truth may be liberating for me but devastating for them!
    metta, Trev

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    1. admin’s avatar

      All good questions, Trevor. There is an art to discernment–when someone will be able to hear your truth, and it will therefore be helpful and not harmful. Sometimes, I feel compelled to speak, because if I didn’t I would regret it, and sometimes we really only get one chance to do it…Anyway. Thanks for your reply. I enjoy our dialogues. :) E

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    2. Richard Bird’s avatar

      In 1994 my younger brother robbed a bank and was sentenced to 23 years in prison. While Aunts and Uncles knew of his incarceration my 90 year old Grandmother did not.

      We (my siblings and I) were instructed by my father not to tell her for fear it could kill her. She once asked me: Richard, how is Tom, what is he doing? My response was I haven’t, seen him in years.

      I knew that Gram knew something wasn’t right. She passed that year. Since that time my thoughts were always that it was more damaging to withhold information of this type because as we know “energy doesn’t lie”.

      For the elderly (in this case anyway) they need not second guess themselves and their inner knowing and guidance system. They seek validation of their inner promptings and telling the truth can be just the medicine they seek. Many elderly today begin losing their mental abilities and seem to become more child like it becomes our dilemma as to what is best.

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      1. admin’s avatar

        What a fascinating story, Richard. Thank you so much for sharing. hugs, E

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  3. Hannah’s avatar

    Hullo Erica! I’m a fellow Forrest yogi and I enjoy reading your blog, you have many good things to say and you say them well. You are obviously a deep thinking and feeling person. My comment to you with only the best intention in mind and heart, is that as I watched your video clip on Truth and Lies I found myself wanting to hear more stories of your own personal experiences in life as you put these teachings into practice. It would help me feel more of a connection with you if you told a personal story that I could relate to. Give us an example of how you took a teaching to heart, applied it in your own life, and what were the results?
    Thank you for putting yourself out there and sharing your practice with us, I know it’s not always easy.
    -h

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    1. admin’s avatar

      Hannah! Thank you for the feedback! I will do that. Sometimes I don’t include stories because the really impacting ones involve people from my own life (of course) who deserve my respect and their own privacy. I’ll definitely think about how I can provide some more examples that are “clean karma” so that you can understand even better what I’m talking about. Thank you! E

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