The Death of Socrates
by Jean-François-Pierre Peyron (public domain)

Many years ago I graduated from a Jesuit college. They required all students to study philosophy every year. I was fascinated by the subject, and one of my favorite philosophers was the ancient Greek, Socrates.

Socrates was condemned to death for speaking his truth—as he always did fearlessly.

William Shakespeare famously said, To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

One of my all-time favorite writers, Richard Bach, said “Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.”

Finally, another of my favorite people, Pope Francis, recently said “Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.” That’s quite a different perspective from the Catholic Church I grew up in.

Here are some thoughts from Spirit:

  • Violating your conscience, to us, means doing or thinking anything that does not serve your highest good, and that of others.
  • While you may not be violating the prescriptions and proscriptions of some “authority”—church, government, parents, schools, etc.—you are violating the trust and love your spirit has given you, the human aspect of itself.
  • That, to us, is the biggest “sin” you can commit.
  • Always be true to yourself. Then, as Shakespeare said, you will always be true to others.
  • Always speak your truth with love and without fear. Then others will be drawn irresistibly to you.
  • Always love yourself unconditionally. Then you will love others unconditionally.
  • Always know you are Spirit. Then you will always recognize Spirit in others.
  • Walk in peace, knowing in your heart all is well.


Allan Hardman is a spiritual teacher who leads groups to sacred places in Mexico. Here he is with one group as he teaches them how to speak their truth:

Related links:
What Is Truth?
Be Yourself
Being True To Yourself


If you’re like most of us, you likely do not always speak your truth. What can you do to be truer to yourself, and to always speak your truth? Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.

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About John Cali
John Cali is a writer, blogger, and channel for a group of spirit guides. His next book is Real Answers to Life’s Pesky Questions: Conversations With Spirit, Book 1. John lives in northwestern Wyoming. Sign up for his newsletter here.