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Many People Lack Integrity

A lack of integrity is rampant in our society. This article begins to explain the deeper causes of this lack of integrity.

“By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascents to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descents below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master.”

-As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen, a 100 year-year-old classic (Since this is so old, please do not be put off by the use of “man” rather than “As a Person thinketh.” Being politically correct was not a primary issue when this book was written!)

Our planet is in trouble due to a lack of integrity – a lack of high moral principles that are in alignment with who we really are in our souls. Why is there such a lack of integrity? What is the issue underlying a lack of integrity?

As the quote above indicates, how we THINK determines our level of integrity. When we are addicted to thinking thoughts that create fear, we may end up behaving in ways that lack integrity.

Why would we want to think thoughts that create fear? Because this is what our programmed mind – our wounded ego self – knows and thrives on.

Our wounded self – which is our ego programmed mind – learned many ways to protect us from the things we feared and could not handle as little children. We might have learned to lie to protect against our parent’s anger. We might have learned to steal to get what we wanted. We might have learned to have temper tantrums to get our way.

We might also have learned to think thoughts such as:

“Being kind gets you nowhere. If I’m kind, people will run over me and take advantage of me.”

“If I don’t fight to get what I want, I won’t get my fair share.”

“There is never enough to go around, so I had better make sure I’m at the head of the line, even if others get hurt. The end justifies the means.”

This kind of thinking will always create fear and a need to be in control. Out of this fear, people will behave in many ways that lack integrity and go against who they really are. They continue to behave as they may have as little children – lying, stealing, having temper tantrums, doing anything they can to have control over getting what they want, even when it harms others. We have only to look at government, many big businesses, drug companies, and insurance companies to see that a lack of integrity has become the norm in our society.

This will not change until people change their thoughts. What if people thought thoughts based on truth and caring rather than on fear? What if the following thoughts were the norm?

“Being kind to myself and others empowers me and gives me the strength to stand up for what is right – both for myself and others.”

“There is enough for everyone to have what they want and need. Abundance is a law of the universe.”

“Behaving in ways that are in alignment with the spiritual values of compassion, kindness and caring – which is who I really am – brings me great inner peace and joy.”

Obviously, people who operate from these thoughts rather than from the thoughts of their ego wounded selves, are the people who are in integrity.

As long as people operate under the false belief that happiness lies in getting what they want externally, rather than in whom they choose to be in the world, they will be lacking integrity on their way to getting. Only when they finally see that deep inner peace and joy comes from being in alignment with their inner spiritual values will they consistently behave with integrity.

[Margaret Paul Relationship Toolbox]

CO-CREATOR OF INNER BONDING Dr. Paul is the author/co-author of several best-selling books, including Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By You?, Inner Bonding, Healing Your Aloneness, The Healing Your Aloneness Workbook, Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By My Kids?, and Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God? Dr. Paul's books have been distributed around the world and have been translated into eleven languages. Margaret holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is a relationship expert, noted public speaker, workshop leader, educator, chaplain, consultant and artist. She has appeared on many radio and TV shows, including the Oprah show. She has successfully worked with thousands of individuals, couples and business relationships and taught classes and seminars since 1967. Margaret continues to work with individuals and couples throughout the world -- mostly on the phone. She is able to access spiritual Guidance during her sessions, which enables her to work with people wherever they are in the world. Her current passion is working on and developing content for this Website, as well as distributing SelfQuest®, the software program that teaches Inner Bonding® and is donated to prisons and schools, as well as sold to the general public. Margaret is passionate about helping people rapidly heal the root cause of their pain and learn the path to joy and loving relationships. In her spare time, Margaret loves to paint, make pottery, take photos, watch birds, read, ride horses, and spend time with her grandchildren.

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