With the national election now behind us, it might be interesting to step back and consider what personal lessons might be learned, from a modern spiritual perspective. Much was made during the campaign of candidate Mitt Romney's penchant for obscuring the truth. He's a Mormon. A tenant of their faith is called "Lying for the Lord." Simply put, it condones lying to protect their Church.
While we might be offended by the concept, what might this reveal about ourselves? Who is your Lord? What do you lie about, to protect what you believe is sacred to you? For instance, do you ever exaggerate? It's a common habit. You could exaggerate your abilities to inflate your significance with others. You might rewrite your history. After all, who really wants to remember himself as the bad guy? Memories become fish stories. The fish gets bigger, the good deed gets mightier, and the shadows of social misdemeanors flee in the light of revisionism.
What might we learn from this? To be truthful, no matter what. But what would that mean?
They say that you only need a good memory when you lie! That's so you can remember what you told who on what occasion, and keep the story straight - or risk exposure as a fraud.
If that sounds harsh, let's get as basic as we can. Who are you? Are you a truthful expression of your authentic self? Or are you a substitute, an imposter, some character pretending to be you? Here's how you know the difference. An authentic self accepts and loves him or herself just the way they are, and they eagerly invite ongoing personal growth from a place of humility summed up by the words, "I know nothing." Basically, the opposite of ego arrogance (which we saw a lot of during this campaign)!
They say that you can tell when a politician is lying... his lips move! Cynical, but often true. How can you tell when you are lying? When you stop being authentic. And you know the moment it happens; you can feel it.
The flight of integrity makes itself known – to you. Dishonesty may be hidden from everyone except the one that matters the most - you. And living with yourself, knowing that you lie, that's a heart- breaking affliction.
So, perhaps there is something to learn from this Lying for the Lord oddity. Looking in the mirror, we could challenge ourselves to be authentic, wholly real and truthful, all the time, no matter what. That could become our loyalty, above all else.
Only this enables us to offer the essential leadership politicians will never provide. Spiritual leadership (not religious) that spreads wisdom, joy, forgiveness, love... the many priceless qualities that pour from authentic individuals. All freely shared.
While we celebrate, or mourn, Obama's victory, let's embrace the opportunity to be one of the true "elect," those who choose to take personal responsibility to "be the change" we wish to see in this world. Surely that begins with utter honesty within ourselves.