Back on Your Power of Command, I mentioned the importance of telling the truth. “…not telling the truth diffuses our power of command.”
Similarly, from DON Miguel Ruiz, in the very first Agreement of The Four Agreements:
1. Be Impeccable with Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
He explores how you find your truth here.
The Yoga Sutra also speaks to this:
2:36 When truthfulness is established, activity and it’s fruit [consequence] are closely connected.
This means that the mechanics of action (karma) become obvious. We directly see the consequences of our actions, even thoughts. The value of self-responsibility becomes clear.
It also means much faster fulfilment of desires. And it builds on itself.
The connection between truth and happiness may not be obvious. Especially if we have not been true with ourselves. But honesty brings with it unexpected clarity and potency.