Do you always tell the truth? Perhaps not, most people shade the truth from time to time. Yet are there any benefits to telling the truth, why would you want to?

Why do many people recommend it, and then ignore their own recommendations? Is it even beneficial to tell the truth? All good questions!

Consider the results
Let's contemplate the implications of the last question: If everyone did this, would things improve in the world? Or would they get worse?

Would we all benefit? Would the world be a better place if we all told the truth? And does that mean at all times?

What does this even mean?
What does telling the truth even mean? Let's get some clarity on this important issue, and explore the five levels of truth-telling.

#1 tell the truth to yourself about yourself
#2 tell the truth to yourself about another
#3 tell the truth to another about yourself
#4 tell the truth to another about that other
#5 tell the truth to everybody about everything

Some people even see the first one as difficult, while practically everyone finds the last one challenging. These five levels of truth-telling come from the amazing work of Neale Donald Walsch.

When you do not tell the truth, then you deceive. Either yourself - or others. No matter where you are going, or where you want to get to, deception will impede you in getting there. Whether it's deception about where you are now, deception about where you want to get to, or deception about what needs to be done in order to get there - it's still deceiving.

To know the truth you have to tell the truth, only then can it work its magic - and set you free!

We all laugh at: "Honesty and sincerity are really important in life today. If you can fake these, you've got it made!" Yet many a true word is spoken in jest.

Should You Tell the Truth?
Should you tell the truth? Only you can answer this question for yourself. Do you prefer to hear the truth, or are you happy being deceived? If you don't like being deceived, then you need to work on improving your truth-telling. What goes around, comes around! Yet be realistic, work on improving one level at a time, and observe what happens!

There's an enormous benefit when you tell the truth: It's easier to remember what happened and what you said!

Furthermore, one untruth requires a thousand others to back it up. Could this be one reason why some people have such bad memories? They lie so often that they get confused and forget who they told what!

Food for Thought
"The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold."

- Aristotle (384 - 322 BCE), Greek philosopher, logician, teacher of Alexander the Great

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A long-term interest in spirituality, combined with the rationality of a scientific education, has given Alan Blake a fascinating edge. His outlook on life combines both these along with many other interests. To change your life, overcome any unhelpful beliefs and eliminate your self sabotage, check out the change my life page at Life Strategies.