|Your Code of Honor|
A Releasing Your Unlimited Creativity discussion topic
Copyright 2009 by K. Ferlic, All Rights Reserved
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In many adventure stories or myths such as the Greek myths or the stories of the medieval knights, before one started out on a quest or journey, they were required to answer two essential questions. These two questions were
These questions apply equally well for any journey or quest into exploring our own unlimited creativity or our journey to manifest any intention that we undertakes in life. Conscious creating, such as a a conscious experience of the heart and/or the unique expression of our creative life energy, is a journey like any other journey in life and the answers to these two questions should be considered in our journey.
Whether we realize it or not, we are on a journey into the unknown as we go through life or exploring the path to manifest any intention we hold. Creativity is a journey into the unknown by the very definition of originality and what it means to create. In this journey, we encounter a variety of people, ways of being and situations to which we are asked to respond. When we respond we will need to know why we respond the way we do and what we are holding as sacred. We will need to know what is the intention that lies at the very root of our desired creation. Our questions here is, "What are the principles to which we adhere in our response to life." That is what principles, such as ethical or moral principles or particular philosophies, that we use when we encounter both old and new situations in life. These principles are what we feel ensure our integrity of our personal truth in any situation. It is that code that will prevent us from becoming that victim and will not shut down the innocent wonderment of the childlike play.
What do we seek? What do we seek is a rather obvious questions. Before embarking on any journey it is wise to have clarity as to what we are seek and to understand the intention as to why we seek what we do. What we seek and the intention behind that search will greatly determine what we discover along the way. Without clarity, we may even not recognize success when they find it. To say "I see to be happy no matter what" with the underlying intention to avoid pain will result in a much different journey than "I seek to find and understand what makes me happy" with the underlying intention I will face whatever pain is necessary to find that answer.
What is our Code of Honor? Our Code of Honor are the principles to which we will adhere to during our journey. Whether or not the Code of Honor includes our social ethical or moral principles does not really matter. Rather the Code of Honor is what we will not violate. It is what ensures the integrity of our journey, not the journey of society or someone else.
On this topic, we all have been raised with a particular set of ethical and moral principles. Many of us have been taught a set of principles by the culture and society in which we live, especially that society and culture in which we grew up as a child. However, we also have a set of personal values and ethics which we carry with us that may or may not be reflective of the general culture of what we were taught. For example, most cultures within the United States teach that it is wrong to take the life of an other human unless we are a authority of the state fulfilling the laws of the state or an authorized military representative of the state fulfilling the desires of the state. Other cultures, like the traditional Quakers, say that it is wrong to take any life even taking a life under the laws of the state or as a military representative of the state. If called upon for military service many Quakers will claim a conscientious objector status. They are willing to work in the hospitals and such, but will not bear arms against their neighbor. So too within our own being. We may be taught a certain set of principles and moral codes that is reflective of the general culture in which we live, but we have a deeper inner code that fits our preferred way of being and existing in the world. The questions is, "What is our individual Code of Honor and how effectively are we able to live it in the world in which we live?"
Whether or not these social ethics and morals violate our personal Code of Honor is another question. Sometimes our personal Code of Honor goes well beyond the of the society in which we live and at other times, we may find the social morals actually violate our Code of Honor. Our Code of Honor are those principles and beliefs do we hold sacred that we will not violate. These are not principles that we have been taught or give to us by some tradition, spiritual or otherwise. Rather, they are the principles that we ourselves must follow or we feel we will violate the deepest parts of our being. It is our Code of Honor that had been violated as a child such that we lost our innocent childlike play and created the defensive way of being in the world to protect us from the pain and hurt that we would feel in living our truth.
Our Code of Honor is our personal Code of Honor that we will use to help us in your journey of creativity. It is not a code that we have adopted or taken from someone else, some organization or some tradition. Our Code of Honor should stand by itself. Our honor code may contain elements that we learned from someone else, some organization and/or tradition, but it should stand alone independent of them.
In seeking an experience of the unique expression of our creative life energy by consciously creating, it is recommend that one principle that we included within our Code of Honor is that we do not violate the truth of our being. That is, we live our truth. The reason for this recommendation is quite simple. If we are a unique expression of the creative life energy of the universe, we have to be the embodiment of that energy without denying it in any way so as to have the experience of that energy. If we deny it for some reason because it seems to be taking us away from external social or ethical principle, we will be denying our own being. Somewhere, sometime, we will need to give ourselves permission to follow that unique creative life energy that is within our being if we wish to truly know what it looks like. It does need to be understood that in doing so, we are also taking full responsibility for where that energy takes us. For us to say, "I am not responsible because I was following my unique creative life energy, is a denial of our truth and in turn is a denial of the energy itself." We are responsible in every way, especially to surrendering and follow the flow the energy.
It is recommended that we identify and write out our Code of Honor to the best of our ability. We can add to it or change it whenever we wish. However, we do need to be aware of what Code of Honor we will be following when we make this or any other journey.
Our Code of Honor becomes essential when we face the suffering and pain of the past and any new situations in life that cause us to run away and activate the defenses we designed to protect ourselves in the past as that young child. Part of our journey is into this pain and suffering and unless we have a strong Code of Honor which includes not denying the truth of our being, we will again be overwhelmed by the pain. Part of our Code of Honor may be simply to swear a loyalty to living in the wholeness and oneness of our own being and to no longer live in separation within our being.
A test we can do on our Code of Honor is look at each element and become aware of how wee learned of that element. Did we learn of it through personal experience or did we learn it from someone else. For example, we were hurt by another. In our acute pain we swore that we would never hurt another soul. That is learning through personal experience. However, if our Code of Honor says, "I will not hurt another" and it comes from some loyalty to an organization or tradition, that would not be something personally experienced.
Now the issue with our Code of Honor is what if the person, organization or tradition from which we adopted our Code of Honor totally changes and completely change their loyalty demands. That is, they completely reverse their Code of Honor. Our personal Code of Honor would not change in this circumstance and we would be willing to risk isolation because our code is now different. Our Code of Honor not does not readily change because the external world changes. We can change our Code of Honor because we change. But it does not change because the external changes.
This of course is a tricky issue. As our external world changes and we learn more about ourselves and life, we may change our code. But this in not changing our code just because the external world changes. We change our code because we change.
Our Code of Honor should accurately reflect who and what think we are so that we do not have to deny the truth of our being. We of course can change that code as we become more aware of exactly who and what we are. As we evolve and grow into a deeper awareness of our inherent creative power and creative ability we should, or rather, can expect our Code of Honor to change.