Fearless Reason

Fearless reason in an age of frightened absurdity.

Tag: Authenticity

Do You See Me, Beloved?

Do you
see me,
beloved?

Would you
like me
if you
could?

Do you
understand me,
beloved?

Would you
know me
if you
could?

Do you
love me,
beloved?

Would you
see and understand
if you
could?

Naked Beings

Spare me
your illusions
that mirage
of another person.

Do not
present
some abstraction
of being.

Forbear
an expected manner
and conventional sentiments
conventionally stated.

Remove
that grin
you wear
as a mask.

Abandon
the role
that has become
your identity.

Your bundle
of biases
beliefs
reactions
and habits.

Surrender
for a moment
to uncontrived
communion
between two
naked beings.

 

 

Practice Notes on Authenticity: Little White Lies

The next time a little white lie comes to your lips, pause and look at it. Question it. Who are you protecting; your ego, or that of another? Is your integrity worth protecting the lies we tell about ourselves? Is a relationship with yourself or another built on illusions worth protecting? Perhaps you will conclude it is better in this situation to cultivate humility instead of vanity, and honesty instead of deceit.

Foregoing one little white lie at a time, you will find humility and honesty are preferable to vanity and deceit. When you stop protecting illusions, you make room for authenticity, and authenticity is the foundation of open hearted communication and understanding.  Just as vanity and deceit are the foundation of all conflict.