The Honest Heart

 

“Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, you raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.”
— Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

 

Yet so often we keep our hearts hidden even from ourselves. How many of us are willing to open up that much? Basic honesty, living without lies seems the most difficult thing to handle. We lie for the stupidest reasons also. We don’t say what we feel, not out of fear of hurting someone but out of self-protection to avoid angering others or causing conflict. We end up all too easily becoming passive aggressive shells. What would be so bad about saying, “No I don’t want to do this?” or “This is not what works for me” or even “I disagree”
Honesty gives way to more honesty while lies cover up the essential self and are soul killing. The first part of letting the world tickle your heart and exposing that ‘raw and beautiful heart’ has to be a willingness to be slapped rather than tickled and let the truth of who you are shine through. We cannot call ourselves fearless if we fear to tell the truth.
Blessings, G

 

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3 thoughts on “The Honest Heart”

  1. I have tried to be truthful with others but often it seems they don’t want to know. They have their own versions of the world and respond with silence or incongruous words. This communication thing is never easy, it seems, except sometimes, that we all miss each other. When it happens, however, it appears as a miracle, when it feels as if it should be an everyday truth…where are we?

    1. More and more it seems to me that I need to be honest despite what people may want to hear not for their benefit even but for my own… I have been learning how soul crushing even the most well-intentioned lies can be…

      I recommend heartily the story Satan’s Children by Spider Robinson which has a fantastic treatment on the idea of what would a world based on truth be like…

      You can hear him reading it on two of his podcasts
      Here: http://media.libsyn.com/media/spiderweb/SOTW079.mp3
      and here:
      http://media.libsyn.com/media/spiderweb/SOTW080.mp3

      I actively recommend almost everything that Spider has written as I have learned more about love and communication from his writing than I had from years of spiritual study

      He also has a wicked sense of humour and is a transplanted east coast yank to west coast Canadian

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