Originally Posted by tekomino
I am not sure that holds water either. I met people that we were not aligned with truth and/or love and were successful and very effective, materially/financially. Material success comes from providing value to others (unless you are stealing) so in a way they are helping.
Its the power one that is crucial.
Sure. You can experience all kinds of success in your life while misaligned with any of these principles. Look at Leona Helmsely! She didn't seem to be interested at all in alignment with either truth or love, and she was filthy stinkin' rich when she died. She left it all to her dog. Do you think she was in love with her life? I'm thinking probably not.
Even the people you may be talking about who are less insane than Leona -- the guy you know who runs a successful energy investment company, or the gal who runs a racetrack, or the couple who makes a fortune in dealing drugs -- you're right, they may very well make a difference to someone other than a dog. And if they're aligned with power, making tons of money, but misaligned with truth and/or love, you can be sure they have or will run into some serious personal stoppage that comes with that. They certainly may be still donating money or boosting the economy or whatever you are saying is providing value. If you're in that position and you're not aligned with truth, what's to stop you from going over your line the line you drew, that of stealing? If you're misaligned with love, don't you think it would be rather hard to feel really good about the life you are creating -- to love it?
I'm not saying you *should* be in love with your life, or align yourself with love, truth or power; I'm just saying that if you don't, one way or another you will find yourself stopped and ineffective. What you want and what you are committed to will be two entirely different and conflicting forces, and you'll end up wondering what the hell happened -- why are you so unfulfilled and unsatisfied?
Not that there's anything wrong with that.