Thursday, October 29, 2009

Integrating Integrity

by: Linda Mackenzie

I want to take you on a journey into the land of integrity. Integrity puts your power of thought into positive action. It actually affects and effects positive change for ourselves and everything connected on Earth and the Universe.

An integral component to the success of our current evolution of consciousness, it is timely and important to maintain integrity to actualize the concept that we are greater than ourselves and here for the greater good of all. The “ME” generation is over and the “WE” generation has begun. Integrity helps you take the “ME” to “WE.” It supports the “WE” with honor and respect.
So hop on board this integrity train - your trip is about to begin.

Striving For Wholeness

We’ll visit three stops in the land of integrity and coincidentally there are three meanings of the word integrity in the dictionary. The first meaning states: “the quality or state of being complete; wholeness; entireness; unbroken state.” Now doesn’t that sound grand and isn’t that what we are all striving for, especially for ourselves and all things on the planet?

In the “ME” generation the world was all about the individual. “How can I get a good relationship, better health, more money, cool career,” and the beat goes on and on and on. It was all about “ME”. However, in the “WE” generation the world is all about conscious connection. Where once we were striving to maintain wholeness for ourselves we are turning to wholeness for all.

Let’s stop for a moment to enjoy the scenery and I’ll let you in on a little secret. We are always whole in every minute of every day and we are always exactly in the right place we are meant to be. We don’t always recognize this because of the brain’s thought-striving mechanism built up of past programming by our family, society and our early experiences.

In actuality, too much thought becomes addictive and can create stagnation of the spirit. It’s like the dog chasing its tail. Thoughts seem to lead to more thoughts which keep the mind busy, which causes missing the wholeness and completeness of the Moment. Here’s another secret - the Moment is all we really have. More importantly, too much thought delays action. Action is a great mover and director of energy. Action is a true form of manifesting who we are and what we want for ourselves and everything on the planet. To take this one step further positive action produces and returns positive energy to all of us.

There Are No Negatives

To realize that there are no negatives in life and we always get what we need (not always what we want) are freeing thoughts that enable us to let go and live life entirely in connective wholeness. “Negative” situations and circumstances are just opportunities for growth. The sooner you recognize the lesson and take action, the sooner the “negatives” become positives. So when something you perceive as “negative” happens ask yourself, “What is this experience trying to teach me?”

When you complete the total lesson you’ll never experience the same “negative” –EVER AGAIN! However, if you only learn part of the lesson, the same lesson will come back to you over and over again, albeit in a slightly different way, until you learn the lesson completely.

Lessons are similar to Truth they will nag you until you accept them. Just consider life lessons as part of the school to Enlightenment and be ready to keep learning because the lessons never stop even when you get to the other side.

One way to complete a lesson is to take action - Stop doing the “negative” things that bring in the “negative” energy towards you. This includes your thoughts, words, deeds and actions. You have the Power and Free Will to do this. On a side note, although taking no action is still an action, it holds your energy “in place” and stops your movement so it is usually better to take some kind of action in most situations.

Sometimes there is a lesson that you just can’t seem to shake but you can still take action to minimize its “negative” effect. For example, I had a tendency to worry all the time. How did I conquer this trigger point of diversion and waste of energy? I learned to be consciously aware every time a “worry” thought came into my mind and then I consciously “let it go” which immediately brought me back to Wholeness. It now takes me less than 2 seconds to dispel the “worry” thought and it works every time. It’s time to board the integrity train for our second stop.

Turning the “ME” to “WE”

The second definition of integrity is: “the unimpaired state or quality of anything; perfect condition; soundness.”

One of Life’s greatest gifts is change. It is always constant. Just when you think things are all right something changes. During these times it helps to remember that change is cyclical - what goes up, must come down and then goes up again. Learn your lessons, take action and you can have an effect on the energy of change and get through the “down” times faster.

However, when you are on this ever constant sea of change, and concentrating to develop wholeness to get yourself to that perfect condition don’t forget the bigger picture. We are all connected. If you are just in a world about “ME” you can never attain anything but a short-lived, transient feeling of wholeness. This is because you are not integrating integrity accurately. For it is only by being part of and doing our part in the world for the greater good of all, that we can attain true wholeness.

Remember we are in a perfect condition and part of the whole in every moment. Concentrate on the positive whenever you get into a “ME” state, that will help the “WE” of the planet by default. We all can be working activists for positive change and activate positive energy out to the world - just by living a happy, healthy life honoring and respecting all things.

Sweeping a street joyfully is just as important as being a country’s President. No one is more important than another. We all have value. We all contribute to the whole. There is a grand plan and we are already part of it. So forget about materialism and its all about “ME”. The only thing you take with you when you pass over is the love you give and the love you receive. The “WE” gives you an unlimited opportunity to give and get more love and positive energy for yourself and the planet. It’s the “A” ticket ride, which means we are at the last part of journey – so let’s board that integrity train and go to our last important stop.

The Distinction between Right and Wrong

The third meaning of integrity is: “the quality or state of being of sound moral principle; uprightness; honesty and sincerity.” This is an important part of integrity. We all know the difference between right and wrong. It’s that inner voice that constantly screams at you “Be in Truth!” Sometimes you are willful and ignore that voice which then gives you more lessons and “negative” opportunities until you embrace truth and do what’s right. Sometimes, there may seem to be a subtle distinction between right and wrong – but you always know deep down what is right. When you make the right decisions you feel good and there isn’t any doubt or queasy bad feelings. Using your Free Will in integrity to choose and act upon what is right gives you real power. It helps develop your character into one that others look up to and sets you apart from the “ME.”

Let Truth Ring

Using integrity to follow Truth leads you on the right spiritual path 100% of the time. Both Truth and love resonate and stimulate positive energy on the planet that effects positive change. Being truthful and in integrity makes you walk your talk. It makes you trustworthy. Imagine a world of trustworthy people saying what they mean and doing what they say. Honest people who energetically support each other on spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and even financial levels. Sincere people not concerned with their egos, material possessions or power but who are proudly being who they are with respect for themselves, and all things. Wow! What a world that will be.

Acting in truth and with sincerity in whatever you do, gives you the gift of freedom from hypocrisy and helps you to be whole and complete without effort because there is nothing artificial.

So the journey is over. Hope you had fun. Remember take responsibility of your thoughts, words, deeds and actions. Walk your talk with integrity in every area of your life. This can change the world to become a better place but it starts with you getting out of the “ME”, embracing the “WE” and integrating integrity.

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