Welcome to day 11 of the 40 Day Spiritual Practice!
21 days – Science shows that it takes 21 days to break old habits and create new neuro-pathways.
40 days – The universe and spirit creates in 40 day increments, re-birth. (Solar Year)
This program is a 40 day program where you pick one new thing you would like to create in your life. You will be doing this one thing consistently for 40 days. If you miss one day, you must begin again at day one.
The purpose of having a Spiritual Practice is to live in alignment with your truth….Integrity!
When we are living a life that is in alignment with our truth we are in ‘Integrity.’ We no longer feel that void within ourselves. We feel complete. Having a Spiritual Practice is the path to reaching that ‘knowing’ that is in each and everyone of us. No one can do it for you. Only you can discover yourself. Only you can unveil your essence.
Dass Ram explains ‘Integrity’ in his intro to the book ‘Journey of Awakening.’……
An Integrity of My Being
“The inner experience of these past years have changed the perception and meaning of the daily events of my life:
achievement, sexual desire, anger, boredom, pleasure, money, relationships, work and play.
I no longer feel that one part of me is fighting another.
I experience any integrity in my being that includes the deepest as well as the most superficial.
More of the time, the moment- no matter what I am doing –
is permeated with space, peace, equanimity, joy and lightness.”
– Dass Ram
What is integrity mean to you?
“Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honest and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy, in that integrity regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs.”
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed,
but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
– Abraham Lincoln
The word “integrity” stems from the Latin adjective integer which means whole and complete. It is an inner sense of wholeness. It is to be honest and consistent in ones behavior of who they are.
Our culture has turned integrity into a label, a place of judgment, of better than or less than. Integrity is a personal thing. It is a threshold of the ending of the inner battle. It is the merging of our inner critic into our best friend. It is the arrival of the present moment. It is a level of heaven on earth.
I think most people believe integrity is like a commitment to be your word. This is not what integrity is. Integrity is an energetic alignment with the universe, with yourself. It is knowing the truth, that you are whole and complete exactly the way you are. And once you know this, you are able to accept yourself completely as you are, releasing any resistance to yourself. Once there is non-judgment within oneself, there is the possibility of becoming who we want to be.
I remember the day I experienced ‘integrity’… I just was. It is like love. It just is. A relationship is different, very complex with agreements and paradigms, but love just is. Integrity just is, you always have it. No one can teach you how to experience it because it is something that happens between you and the universe.
Someone can be a militant robot and alway do what they say they will do, but not be in ‘Integrity.’ When you are doing what is not in alignment with what is in your heart, you are not in ‘Integrity.’ Someone can work their entire life, make millions, have a consistent family that looks good to the culture and not be in integrity because they are miserable every waking moment pretending to be happy.
When you step into being authentic you naturally become your word…..you naturally want to help others……you naturally have ethics and virtues, because you are one with everyone and everything.
“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.
Think only on those things that are in line with your principles
and can bear the light of the day.
The content of your character is your choice.
Day by day what you do is who you become.
Your integrity is your destiny
– it is the light that guides your way.”
1. What does it mean for you to have integrity?
2. Who in your life seems to be in integrity and who doesn’t?
3. Where do you feel are you not in integrity in your life?