When shit gets real (or hits the fan), we cut the bullshit.
When the bullshit is cut, you can say what you mean.
When you say what you really mean, you can come to an authentic understanding. A heart to heart. True communication. Communion. There is no more separation between the inner mind and outer representation.
When you don't say what you mean, you fall "asleep" and can even start believing your own bullshit. It's the shit that you think lets you hide from conflict or embarrassment. Instead it creates confusion and separation.
In some cases other people believe this shit. ..but mostly people are hip to it.. even if they can't put their finger on it...they can probably feel it on some level. (just like you do with them)
A major part of awakening was awakening to the fact that, I too, was full of shit. I had hidden behind stock answers and people pleasing for too long, and The real me was living behind a mask, but I wasn't aware of it.
It's not pleasant to own up to your shit. It's embarrassing, and scary. Then later...liberating.
I realized I couldn't change this (the embarrassment), so I set out to begin cutting the shit as best as I could and forgave myself along the way.
When I was growing up, I perceived "religious spirituality" as avoiding and suppressing the bullshit, I've realized that nothing is more truly spiritual and practical than owning up to, and cutting my own bullshit. (..and not "playing along" with other peoples.)
At some point, you realize that complete and total honesty is the only way. Complete and total honesty.. it might not please everyone at first.. or you. It's the only path to where you really want to go.
-----Although we all hold it as an essential value, it can be hard to truly understand honesty, because the ego (false self) is always trying to calculate the best scenario...the path of least resistance... Unfortunately, it's the practice of self dishonesty that leads to the unconscious ego in the first place.
Be honest.. and cut the bullshit.
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Just a personal note: There is nothing new under the sun. I am just attempting to present info. here that has helped me. I hope to present it in a clear way based on my experience with anxiety which was a spiritual, psychological and emotional awakening for me. In retrospect of this experience I have been reading as much as I could to come to a deeper and more grounded understanding of this seemingly mystical thing that happened to me (so that I could share it with you). I'm not a doctor or a scientist. Please know this is only my experience. Yours will obviously be different, but since my experience was so similar to others I've talked to, I am hoping this may be helpful or useful to you in some way. It's also a way that I hope to share the love with you. That is my purpose here.