Authenticity, or, Diogenes in the Twenty-first Century

What You See Is What You Get.

Authenticity communicates “confidence in what we hope [we’re looking at] and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV), proclaiming the substance is solid through and through, congruent with the image being projected.

“Heaven will not be found in the world. It must be brought here. It must be demonstrated through the giving of people and through authentic relationships and genuine service to the world. This is how Heaven is brought to Earth.”  (Honesty, April 5, 1992)

Can humans strive to perfect the congruence between their walk and their talk? This would mean no more sin. We are spiritual beings in a material world and for us as imperfect beings in an imperfect world, error is not entirely avoidable. Yet it is possible to reduce the occasion for sin.

Rudyard Kipling’s “If” is a caution not to broadcast your own progress on this task of spiritual development.

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies.

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise.

authenticity burns brighter than any hedge around it
The wise remain hidden. Perhaps they do hide their lights under bushel baskets, an effective strategy until it gets dark.

Authenticity vs. being nice

“It doesn’t really matter how good you look to yourself or to those whose approval you seek. Heaven doesn’t engage with that. So all of these spiritual niceties that people love to indulge in is not a product of Heaven. It’s just personal enhancement, looking good because you don’t feel good, looking good because your life isn’t really going anywhere or accomplishing anything, looking good to compensate for the fact that inside you feel empty and lost.” (Marshall Vian Summers, Receiving “What Really Matters”)

Authenticity vs. “ritualized imperfection”

Not only rock stars but preachers with wide audiences cultivate a polished, glamorous appearance with a deliberate rip to communicate a common touch–a touch of faux authenticity? As if to say, “I could be wearing a burlap bag and still look this fine” and how underneath all the glamor is a real person.

“There is so much that is done in the name of religion and spirituality that is not honest and that is not authentic.” 

The design on the back of the dollar bill shows an unfinished pyramid whose cap is meant to be finished by the divine, signifying the boundary between the material and the spiritual or perhaps the will of the mind surrendered to the greater Knowledge within, a signature statement that allows no human creation without acknowledgement of the Creator of all manifest life.

“If you cannot follow what God has given you to follow, if you cannot follow the deeper Knowledge that God has placed within you to guide you, then your prayers and your prostration really are not authentic.” (The Sacred Rendezvous,  January 29, 2009)

God’s Revelation for the world today is being given, in answer to many long hours of prayer and dedicated action. It is an authentic Way of Knowledge as taught throughout the universe. The most accessible entrance point is simply to take the Steps.

The Opposite of Authenticity

What lights up the brainWhat people are finding at gatherings that draw large numbers is spectacle, the opposite of authenticity.  The dazzling display that defines a spectacle also has an effect meant to stun the senses and to cause thinking minds to be extinguished or checked at the door. Or feeling types to become nervous, feeling like they don’t belong somewhere they are being welcomed to join, checking for any alerts felt within or any question about the consensus reality or agenda.

“You do not understand the reality of life in the Greater Community. The revelation of this must be given to you from God if it is to be real and authentic and not some form of manipulation from some other race who seeks to gain advantage here.”  (What Will Save Humanity March 30, 2008)

 

 

 

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