“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Self mastery as I understand it and experience it has to do with one’s ability to live from the inside out. My worldview changes when I truly learn to do this. Outside influences dissolve as the realization that I am both cause and effect of my earthly experiences becomes the reality. No more can I look to others for what is ‘wrong’ in my life. If someone is doing or not doing what I want of them, now it is solely an indication of my own objection to myself. This is the perspective one lives from if one takes on 100% responsibility for all of creation.
When realized, self-mastery is total and complete freedom. In this realization, I can say, “I am the creator. This is who I am, and it brings me great joy to look around me and see all that I have brought forth thru my intention and desire. It is very good.” In this statement lies the knowing that whatever appears in my world is perfect for my ‘remembering’ of who I truly am. If I desire to change something, I do it from the inside out….changing MY thoughts and ultimately my feeling response….in order to experience something different.
As long as the body-mind exists in the world, self-mastery calls for vigilance of every thought and every feeling. My awareness of another….my story of them….my judgment of them….this becomes information about myself ….not them. I eagerly seek such information, for I KNOW this always brings me the opportunity to see something about myself and change it. This is the point for all relationships while in a physical form.
What is your perspective of the world you see? How do you live each day? Do you remind yourself to check ‘where you are’ in your mind during the day?
Become a critical thinker. Learn to ask introspective questions. Become an expert at this. This is how you shift your perspective. Creating questions and applying them to one’s self is the key to self-mastery. KNOW THYSELF.
May you experience insights daily!