Integrity is an element within the symbol called the Caduceus: the central staff
Integrity is a word that we would like to define in several ways – words that infers structure and order, human qualities which denote truth and uprightness and an inner reality which conveys the notion of contact with Self and the larger Reality.
Integrity is the epigenesis of the inner intent to grow towards our Source.
If we were to take the analogy of a seed that germinates, then the shoot which emerges from the cotyledon ascends towards light. It illustrates the nature of integrity, in that it seeks to connect what is, between the earth and ‘its’ heaven – the sun. Likewise the roots descend to connect with the source of life. Integrity is a quality that emerges from what we may call the heart of earth. A philosophical idea that our ordinary physical (of matter, or earth) heart–a mere pump to most of us–is in fact a psycho-spiritual organ that literally propels us into an inward journey of growth and development, when we practice Remembrance. Thus the ordinary heart, full of promise, pathology, history and patterns of love, evolves into a feeling heart whose nature from one of mere earth transcends to a less substantial element which we may call the heart of water, as it cleans what has gone before.
This seedling therefor illustrates a ‘soft’ life-affirming aspect of ‘integrity’, the upward, transcendent, light seeking, epigensis of what was. The term integrity is our language to illustrate the core of the caduceus; the staff.
Like the seedling and its roots, the central pillar, the staff, needs to be placed in the ground, as it’s like a flag pole pointing upwards yet connected to the ground. It is firm, strong, resilient, fundamental and true. In our bodies it is the vertical structure, our fascia and skeleton, the integrity of the piping – blood vessels, lymph, nerve pathways – and particularly our vertebral column. It recalls honesty, uprightness, straight forwardness, truth, trust, true. It is an integer, a complete whole, and connects things. It infers a contact – with our ancestry, our inner self and with something Higher.
Integrity as a word has many sub-texts associated with it. Using common vernacular we talk of people losing their integrity, bending their integrity as they lean towards a greater force, mass or authority, word or idea. We give people an external staff to denote authority, such as a Bishop and his crozier, a judge and gavel, policeman and truncheon, a conductor and baton, an officer and his staff of authority. Our own integrity could be said to be our core, a central tenet, an internal strength, a core feeling, an axis around which we operate. Integrity is not necessarily a given. It may not be transferred in our genes, nor transmitted through our parents, peers, environment and schooling. It may not be passed on as a meme or collective behavior. It may be missing in the general population as part of the culture; there may be no interior understanding of truth, honesty etc.
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