The theme of the morning walk was integrity. Integrity is a word that deals with morals. Morals have a number of cultural implications.

Some cultures have morals that we in the United States would consider immoral. For instance, if your sister was raped in the Middle East it is a moral and justifiable act to kill her. In the United States, the same action would be considered murder and would be considered immoral. Some authorities would suggest there are universal morals that would be applicable in every culture. We call this the argument of mala en se (evil in being). These are acts that, by their very nature, are “evil” —rape, incest and murder, for example.

When a person becomes spiritually aware and the awareness deepens, one get a sense that judgment transcends the moral plane of ordinary existence. This is called spiritual discrimination. Spiritual discrimination is a state of consciousness in which every act is an act that emanates from love of neighbor and of self.

Integrity, for those who have deepened their spiritual awareness, is based on a spiritual awareness rather than a moral injunctive. Spiritual awareness has no cultural role and has no acts that are evil by their very nature. Rather, the function of discriminatory love is the basis for all action.

From Journey with a Modern Mystic written by Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D. Read by Jodi Behan. © Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D.