July’s Reflection: Corruptibility, Yet Integrity

July’s Reflection: Corruptibility, Yet Integrity

July's Reflection is July's Reflection: Corruptibility, Yet Integrity

Each month the Temple of the Jedi Order has a reflection. I got the honor of writing the sermon for the Temple this week about July’s Reflection: Corruptibility, Yet Integrity. Due to website updates, not many people got to read it and I believe the message will resonate with you whether you are a Jedi or not.

May the Force be with you, dear Jedi, as we gather today to reflect upon the essence of integrity, its significance in our lives, and its connection to the concept of corruptibility. In our journey as Jedi, we strive to embody the principles that guide us, and integrity stands as a beacon of light in the face of darkness. Today, we explore integrity as the state of being whole and complete, and we emphasize that it is distinct from mere morality. Let us delve into this profound theme, seeking wisdom and inspiration from the Force.

Integrity: Being Whole And Complete:

Integrity, at its core, is the state of being whole and complete. It encompasses the alignment of our thoughts, words, and actions with our core values and principles. When we possess integrity, we are integrated beings, reflecting a harmonious unity between our inner selves and the outer world. Integrity nurtures authenticity, sincerity, and transparency in our interactions, allowing us to build trust and deep connections with others. It is a quality that enables us to walk the path of the Jedi with unwavering conviction.

Distinguishing Integrity from Morality:

While integrity and morality are intertwined, it is crucial to understand that they are not synonymous. Morality refers to a system of values and principles that guide our judgments of right and wrong. Morality can differ across cultures and individuals, whereas integrity transcends these differences. Integrity is the unwavering commitment to our own principles and values, regardless of external moral frameworks. It is the steadfast adherence to the truth within ourselves, even when faced with the allure of corruption or external pressures.

The Corruptibility of the Jedi:

As Jedi, we are not immune to the temptations of corruption. The path we walk can be fraught with challenges, seducing us into compromising our integrity. The pursuit of power, recognition, or material gain can cloud our judgment and lead us astray. However, it is precisely in these moments that our commitment to integrity becomes paramount. The path of the Jedi requires constant vigilance against the forces of corruption, both external and internal. Recognizing our own vulnerabilities and diligently guarding against them is a testament to our commitment to the light side of the Force.

Cultivating Integrity:

To maintain our integrity, we must cultivate self-awareness and introspection. Regularly examining our words, thoughts, motives, and actions allows us to identify any misalignments and make necessary course corrections. Mindfulness and meditation provide powerful tools for this introspection, grounding us in the present moment and strengthening our connection to the Force. By nurturing integrity, we can resist the allure of corruption, remaining true to our values and the principles that define us as Jedi.

As we reflect on the theme of corruptibility, yet integrity, we are reminded of the profound importance of maintaining our wholeness and completeness as Jedi. Integrity is the unwavering commitment to our own principles, regardless of external pressures or moral frameworks. It is a quality that requires constant vigilance and self-reflection, as we navigate the temptations and challenges of the path we walk. May the Force guide us in cultivating integrity and help us resist the allure of corruption, so that we may continue to be beacons of light and inspire others through our actions.

May you feel the presence of the Force for the Force is with you always.

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