The Power of Truth
Can lying actually make your body weak? According to Gary King, author of The Power of Truth, the answer is yes. In my Oprah magazine article on new starts for the new year, King cites the work of noted scientist, David Hawkins, MD, who tested the correlation between lying and human strength in thousands of patients: "[Hawkins] demonstrated that the body remained strong when participants told the truth and weakened when they told even a small lie."
King believes that you can become stronger, more self-confident and have deeper connections with everyone around you by simply telling the truth. That's why he came up with the 24-hour truth challenge. "For one day, you decide to tell the truth," he explains. "You don't lie to yourself or to anyone else. This causes a shift in consciousness."
Once you get past the initial discomfort of being completely honest, you'll start to feel stronger. "A lightness and energy and freedom arise," King says. "You'll notice a difference in your courage, the way you walk, the way you stand, the tone of your voice [and] the communication you have with the people you love."
Read my entire Oprah Magazine article.
Amen to this writing.
Telling a lie, even a small lie, compromises your integrity and sets you up for telling additional lies in order to cover the first one. Often you find yourself virtually looking over you shoulder hoping that your lie won't be discovered. And a lie is a breach of trust; easier to tell the truth, even if it hurts than to lie and breach a trust, which may never be regained. One of my favorite scripture sayings is 'there is nothing hidden that cannot be revealed'. I so believe this.