You Can Talk The Talk, But Can You Walk The Walk_


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You Can Talk The Talk, But Can You Walk The Walk_

  1. 1. You Can Talk The Talk, But Can You Walk The Walk?There are two faces of religion; that which we profess, and that which we project. Our professedreligion follows our scriptures and our beliefs and are what we declare to be our truths, our ideals. Itsthe talk we talk. Our projection of our religion is how we act, what we say, how we say it, and whatand how we think. Its the walk we walk.For example, we might profess love, but project (openly or surreptitiously) hatefulness if someonedisagrees with our religion. The divergence between these two faces means that we could be livingan hypocrisy, which indicates that we are not whole, not integrated, and therefore life becomessubconsciously unsatisfactory for us causing us to experience negative emotions all the time. We getdepressed and dont know why.We can reject the notion that we are hypocritically religious by justifying our hypocrisy, or evendenying it, but instead if we can simply and honestly look at ourselves and see where we are at, wecan begin becoming truly religious. After all, we want to be happy, and if we only believe that we arehappy while at the same time expressing emotions that create unhappiness for ourselves and others,such as separation from others, anger, judgmentalism, self-righteousness, or conceit, then we arebeing hypocritical with ourselves.If we find that we are indeed a persistent work in progress that doesnt seem to really improve at adeep level, for example with our depression, our anger, and maybe even our guilt, then a realpossibility exists that either our religion isnt working for us, or we arent working our religion. Workingones religion involves self introspection to see exactly where we are, not where we think we are. Howdo we feel about our neighbors? Do we truly love them or just tolerate them if they are Hindu, Muslim,Christian, Buddhist, Asian, White, Black or Latino?This self introspection of course requires a clear observation of ourselves with the ego out of the way,and not just kidding ourselves. This is actually the first step in changing ourselves for the better;seeing clearly what is actually going in our hearts and what we publicly project, opposed to what webelieve is going on. Are we angry? Depressed? Do we still worry, do we want things to always go ourway? This is all symptomatic of believing that we have changed when in fact we have not changed atall.A good test is when someone says to us that our religion is stupid, a childs fairy tale. How do wereact? Usually, an undetected anger flairs up for a moment before the mind reacts psychologicallyand says "I am not an angry person so I will therefore feel sorry for this uninformed, unbelievingperson." What happened there is a hypocrisy, not being in tune with your true feelings. And when wedo that, we lie to ourselves which is breaking a commandment. We will never change this way, neverbecome Christ-like, or Buddha -like.We dont change because we can never see and accept what we actually are. We kid ourselves; welie to ourselves in order to maintain a certain image of ourselves which we desire. But it is not truth.Being only one-faced, not only in our religion but in our lives, is key to being integrated and inharmony. This means that we dont have to remember how to act because we allow our actions to be
  2. 2. spontaneous. We dont pretend to be loving if we are hateful; we openly express our hatred, and inthe reaction to that hatred within our relationships is the possibility of our changing. Then, our actionswill truly reveal what we are and where we are with our religion. If we fake it by being one way onetime and another way another time, then we never really reveal the real us, even to ourselves, andtherefore can never really work on what our religious failings are.Of course, if we are not interested in improving our lives and becoming basically religious and goodpeople, and are content in just saying that we are, and only want to make points or win arguments toboost our egos, then our destiny in the next world will of course reflect that dis-ingenuousnessbecause we are only using our religion as a weapon, not as a way to become better human beings.So if we find ourselves being two faced, we should delve deeply into our religion until we find theinstructions on how we can integrate ourselves and become whole. Without this, a life of hypocrisywill be a life lived subconsciously in uncertainty and confusion, while putting on a face of confidenceand clarity.asian girlfriend