When we see hypocrisy the enemy of integrity we are cautious.
If we condemn it as Jesus and the great teachers did we expose ourselves to attack.
No one likes to be called a hypocrite, yet at some level we all know that we are.
The word comes from the Greek hypokrisis, which means “actor.” Yet it is almost inevitable that we pretend to be or feel what we are not, or do not, even if we would also like to be what we pretend.
We don’t have to despair about our in-authenticity, simply admit it. That defuses it and prevents our false self from blocking the way to the deeper level of consciousness.
The sign that we are heading there is that we don’t take ourselves too solemnly and that we laugh at our false self and welcome other people to do the same.
Gradually the actor’s mask becomes as in great theater rather than in soap opera a transparent means of revealing the deeper truth.
Form can then communicate the emptiness that is fullness. The wonderful thing is that this happens if we allow it and make the space necessary in subtle ways and in the most ordinary things of life.
That is why Lent is about small things. And why meditation is more about practice than good intention.
In our daily life we have to be cautious of hypocrisy, coming from us or from our environment.